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A Capital Easter

SoVaNow.com / April 24, 2014
Talk about experiences: one local family, Erin and Mark Thackston with daughter Courtland and son Carrington, had a wonderful time spending the Easter weekend in Washington, D.C.

The highlight of their trip was participating in the Easter egg hunt held at the White House, where thousands of youngsters gathered on Sunday afternoon to run across the spacious lawn rolling the colorful eggs by pushing them with long handled wooden spoons.

First Lady Michelle Obama who works hard at promoting healthy eating habits and exercises, chose a theme for this year’s event related to health and nutrition. There was a farmer’s market section with fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks and the White House chef was there entertaining the children with puppets dressed as vegetables. There were also arts and crafts, egg dying and egg hunting for the younger children. A sports and fitness section as well as a yoga class were also included.

Courtland and Carrington used the long handled wooden spoons to roll their eggs across the lawn. The eggs were real hard boiled ones that had been dyed, just like the many done in kitchens across the nation. “Somebody spent a lot of time dying all those thousands of eggs,” Erin said.

Upon leaving the eggs were returned and each participant got a package of Peeps (those little yellow marshmellow ones) and a wooden pink souvenir Easter egg.

The Thackstons were the second local family to attend the National Easter Egg Hunt at the White House. Several years ago Leo and Emerson Pambid took their young daughter Leah to the event.

Tickets to the event are free to the public, but they are in such demand that they must be secured through a lottery hosted by the National Park Service.

Erin, who works with the local Tourism Center, was not one to miss the opportunity of seeing the sights of Washington (or as many as possible in so short a visit.

Courtland was excited to visit the American Girl store in Tyson’s Corner on Saturday where she had her dolls hair styled. On Sunday the family had the opportunity to worship at First Baptist Church of Alexandria where Don Davidson (and wife Audrey who heads the local Halifax Education Foundation) is the minister.

The couple was married by Davidson when he was pastor of Mount Hermon Church in Danville.

Daughter Courtland, who is in the fourth grade, had just completed a large project on Virginia history so the family spent much of Sunday afternoon touring Mount Vernon.

Then on Monday they visited the Natural History Museum, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery where they saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Changing of the Guard.

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