WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- It was a special day for a Dothan family, who not only got to visit the White House, but play in the president’s backyard.
Five-year-old Kassie Abney knocked her egg right to the finish line at the annual Easter Egg Roll Monday. Her mom, Laurel, couldn’t be more proud.
“Never in a million years would I dream of being on the White House grounds with my kid," said Laurel Abney.
Abney’s brother-in-law, Kyle Mottinger, scored tickets in an online lottery.
“I saw an email saying enter for a chance to come to the Easter Egg Roll, and I was like, ‘What the heck? Let’s try it,'" said Mottinger.
They’re now part of a tradition that dates back to the 1870s when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.
Today, the festivities include much more than the egg roll. Kids can take pictures with the Easter bunny, play some corn hole, and listen to cabinet members read a story.
“It’s just exciting to be part of all this and to be an American," said Abney's sister, Stacie Mottinger.
It rained on and off all day, but the family says it was worth it to be at the people’s house. They even got a glimpse of Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson.
The real stars of the show – President Trump and First Lady Melania – made a brief appearance earlier in the day.
“It would be nice to meet him or any of his team," said Kyle Mottinger.
After a memorable weekend in our nation’s capital, a 15-hour car ride home awaits.
“This is something I’ll never forget," said Abney.