Thursday, October 2, 2008

Breakfast with the President

Two years ago, Big Joel and I had the privilege of attending the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. I was so excited when I found out I was going, but that quickly turned to panic when I realized that I literally had NOTHING to wear. I was the administrator of a small Christian preschool at the time, so all of my clothing was either jersey or denim and usually stained with paint or some other kid-friendly/laundry-resistant substance. What DOES one wear to breakfast with the President? I tried to ring the White House to find out what Laura would be wearing. I didn't want to show up in the same outfit. You know us Texas girls must stick together. My calls went unanswered. A minor oversight, I'm sure. Left to my own devices, I finally managed to choose a pink houndstooth suit. Very cute, very Jackie-O minus the pillbox hat. To complete my ensemble, I found the most amazing deep-pink-faux-alligator-high-heeled pumps. I looked good, but let me just say that its difficult to walk in 3 inch heels at 5:00 a.m., which is what time we had to leave our hotel room. Little did we realize, that it would be almost 5 p.m. before we would return to our room. I'm not sure which was harder: walking in 3 inch heels early in the morning, or walking in those same heels 12 hours later. Yeowwwy! I can hardly complain though, because it was such a surreal experience. After the Breakfast, we had a private tour of the White House followed by a tour of the Capitol Building. It was an absolutely wonderful day. And the best part was, Laura and I didn't show up wearing the same suit! Whew! I'm sure she was relieved. I know I was.

141 comments:

Kimberly said...

How cool!!

Ronnica said...

Neat experience. I always forget how a little walking throughout the day adds up to a lot of walking...

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my SITS day with me!

JourneytoFamily said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, I cannot wait for the Twilight movie. My husband screened it again tonight and he officially begins working on the sound effects tomorrow!

Having breakfast at the White House for the National Day of Prayer is VERY exciting!

Gombojav Tribe said...

How'd ya score that?! I'm happily jealous! :-)

I think you chose the perfect suit, too!! LOVELY!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please come again!

~Tara said...

Wow, how cool is that? Great pick for the pink houndstooth suit...

ConversationsWithACupcake said...

Oi! You lucky ducky.

What an incredible opportunity to enjoy our great country! Love it! Love it!

(And hope your SITS Thursday is GRAND!)

cat said...

That is so cool! I just don't do high heels at all. Happy SITS day!

Jolene said...

Here from SITS...
I cannot believe you wore 3 inch heels! I try to stay away from wearing heels, because I'm accident-prone!

Karen Hoover said...

Oh, how wonderful and torturous! I thought STANDING in high heals for an hour today was bad. Did your arches every recover? Happy SITS day!

Tranquility said...

Oooh - very exciting!!!

But, oh, your pooooor footsies!

{Katie Lane} said...

Good job on not matching Laura. You make me laugh. What a cool experience!

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

What a nice experience to have. I would have probably made the three-inch heel mistake, too. But only once. :)

Louisa said...

Gosh, how exciting! What a wonderful experience!

Elaine said...

What an exciting day that must have been....but oh I so understand the achey feet from wearing those heels too long! The price of beauty as they say! :0
Blessings, Elaine :)

Danni said...

Your suit looked great, and I can just imagine how gorgeous the shoes were!

Eve said...

Sounds exciting!

Complicated Mama said...

Congrats on being a SITS featured poster!!

Love your pink suite... Laura doesn't have enough style to sport such a suit :)

Laurel said...

Oh so glad you got to go. I used to volunteer at the NPB for years. Nice suit too!

Diva Scrapper said...

I'm sure you looked lovely...

blognut said...

That's an important point that I will have to remember - if I ever have breakfast with the president.

Astrid said...

That is just TOOO awesome!!! Did you get to speak with the President? I've never met anybody who has met any President (past or present).

Melissa said...

Wow! That's awesome! How fun was that? I also made the mistake of wearing 3 inch hills while sightseeing in DC! Let me just say I won't be doing that again!

sandy said...

That sounds like a lot of fun. It also sounds like we share the same kid stained wardrobe!

K said...

Awesome!

The suit and shoes sound fab.

Although, I think you should have bought the pillbox hat too.

Monica said...

That would have been a cool experience!

HeatherY said...

Ah, the price you pay to look cute! That had to be so much fun though and well worth the pain.

Ryan Ashley Scott@Optimistic Cynicism said...

Who doesn't look fab in pink? All pink, all the time, I say! 3-in heals all day are a whole 'nother thing, though. Ouch!

Happy SITS Day!

Mandy said...

That is a memory of a lifetime!! How cool!!

Stacy's Random Thoughts said...

What an exciting day! 12 hours in 3 inch heels, though...ugh! :) Happy SITS Day! :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am here via SITS, love your experience!

Creative Junkie said...

I would LOVE to have a tour of the White House!

Donn24g said...

Wow that would have been SO cool!!! You should post more pictures if you can-- i would have been so excited to do that:)

Happy SITS day!

Its Me(SARA) Behind the Camera said...

What an AMAZING experience

Carrie said...

I can't beleive Laura never called you back!

Sarah said...

that is very exciting! i would love to have that experience.

Melissa Papaj Photography said...

What a fun experience!

Karol said...

That's awesome! I'm sure it was something you'll never forget!

*Happy SITS day!

Safire said...

That is so cool! I've always wanted to do that. :) Happy SITS Day!

ScrappinAway said...

Happy SITS day! I can't believe you wore heels for 12 hours and didn't break you neck! I can not walk in heels, luckily when I had to wear them I was always at a desk and usually took the off, lol!

Erika said...

Whoa momma!! Three inch hot pink, faux alligator heels?!? You are brave!

Island Girl said...

First, I'm jealous that you got to have breakfast with the President.

Second, I love that you called the White House to see was the First Lady would be wearing! Good choice with the houndstooth - as a Bama girl, you can't go wrong with houndstooth!

Finally, Happy SITS Day!

Maggie Sue Designs said...

What an honor! I'm glad your outfit worked out.
~~Meredith from SITS
http://www.maggiesuedesigns.com

jewelstreet said...

Ooo la la! Very White House. Very chic.

Cannot imagine walking in 3 inch heels for 12 hours.

Janna said...

Ha! Very cute story. I couldn't walk in three inch heels for 30 minutes, much less hours and hours. Good job!

Happy SITS day!

Stesha said...

The pink was a great choice!

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

Bonnie said...

That is awesome! What an experience!

Christina Lee said...

Happy SITS day! I SO want to see a picture of those shoes!!!!

Ryan and Katie said...

Happy Sits day!

mommytoalot said...

Wow, what an experience

lmerie said...

That is neat - fun post!

Happy SITS day!

Bethany said...

That's so cool!!!

Joy said...

How amazing to have such a unique and unforgettable experience!

Brandy said...

What an honor! I'm so glad you found something to wear, and it was cute!

Although I would have never even pondered on wearing heels. Oh no not me.

Lyssa Ireland Thomas said...

Not being from TX, I would never think to ring up the First Lady to make sure we weren't dressed alike. Another great lesson you've taught me!

A most excellent adventure you've had.. and in HIGH heels!

Anna@Boogers,Bibs,BooksAndBubbles said...

Wow, that is exciting! I am a bit jealous. Was the White House as neat as we all think it is? Was it decorated nicely? Did they let you see it all?? I am thinking not but I have to ask. I could ask you a ton of questions about it. What a memory for you to treasure!

countryfriedmama said...

Happy SITS day!

What A Card said...

What an amazing exerience that must have been! Have you got any more use out of your pink alligator 3" heels?

Tabitha Blue said...

Haha, glad you picked a different outfit!! Sounds like a wonderful time!

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

Shalee- Be Speechless said...

Thats too cute. You should've posted pictures of those infamous shoes!!!!

Happy SITS day!

mommy4life said...

What a fun experience and memory, but I bet your feet hurt!

Jennifer said...

You looked great! What am awesome opportunity!

Nana said...

Awesome!!!!!!! Next time you will know to slip some flip flops into your purse. I want to see those shoes.

Procrastinator Crafter said...

How awesome!! I would of loved to have breakfast with the president. It takes areal woman to wear 3" heals all day. I bet you looked great!! That is hilarious you were trying to make sure you and Laura were not wearing the same outfit!!

MammaDucky said...

Super cool. You're a better woman than I. I think I totally would have popped over to the White House gift shop and bought some G.W. flip flops. Wait, they don't have that? WHAT?! Geez.

Honey Mommy said...

Wow. I wouldn't know what to wear to the white house either!

Susan said...

Very cool! What an awesome experience!

Michelle said...

THAT is seriously awesome.

You probably came THIS close to matching with the first lady. Whew!

Monica said...

A true southern belle would not dare show up in the same outfit as anyone else if she could help it. And the shoes must always make the outfit. I am sure you looked hot in those heels. Beauty is pain, although that sentiment is only slightly comforting while you are trudging around D.C. for 12 hours!!

Amy said...

I too, would like to see a picture of the infamous shoes! What an unforgettable experience.

Lisa M said...

Hey SITSta! That is such a neat experience! What was Laura wearing? lol

Jacie said...

I'm sure the First Lady was jealous.

Xazmin said...

What a neat experience for you! Your writing is too, too funny!

Willo said...

What an honor. I never would have found anything to wear.

Karen (KayKay) said...

What a great opportunity and I think I'm a bit jealous. Not just of getting to have breakfast with the president, but also of your pink heels!

Marrdy said...

You totally had the Jackie look going. What a fun experience.

Michele said...

I worry about wearing the same thing as the First Lady every day.
:-) Great post. Made me laugh. What an exciting day!

Reeni♥ said...

How exciting!! What a great experience!

Amanda said...

So I love your outfit! Very Jackie-O!
The Bush family is from TX they probably would have been ok if you took your shoes off! Hehe

Tiffany said...

Perfect shoes for an awesome experience!

Ronnica said...

I remember reading this post the first time. It still made me smile!

{leah} said...

That's awesome!! And at least you looked fabulous while walking around for 12 hours.

Vickie said...

OMG, That was so cool! What an experience to be in the White House.

Very Lucky!

kikibibi said...

Love your suit, and especially love your story!

CC said...

Happy SITS Day!

Wow, breakfast with the former Pres! and First Lady. What an honor! Yeowwy indeed on three inch heels, I have a pair of peep toes and I feel like my toes are getting sliced after an hour. They're gorgeous though, so I'm keepin' them...

:-D

Hope to see you in my blog!

Angela said...

But wouldn't it have been hilarious if Laura was wearing the same thing?

Katie Stacey said...

That is very cool!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

When I become president, I will ask anonymous donors to donate nice slippers for guest who come in heels and get stuck in them all day.

Who wouldn't vote for that??/

Katie said...

How fun that you had breakfast with the President?? I love the suit; so glad you and the First Lady didn't wear the same outfit!

April said...

What an awesome experience...I would LOVE to see those shoes!

chellekay said...

how cool and fun that had must been!

Jamie said...

Haha, so glad you ladies didn't show up in the same outfit, hehe! Cute jacket and walking for 12 hours in pumps, ouch...you are better than me! I might have been walking through the streets barefoot after hour 2 ;-)
Happy SITS day!
Jamie

Just say Julie said...

I can't imagine having to wear those heels all day. I would have been the one kicking them off under the table :)
Congrats on your SITS day! Glad to find another Texas Bologger!

Man and Kat said...

That is really cool that you were able to do that.

Star Forbis said...

How Awesome that you were able to be there for the Prayer Breakfst with the President!
And as far as shoes go, we are always willing to sacrifice comfort for looks aren't we?!

Jen said...

what a great outfit.

Laura said...

Such a fun day in a perfect outfit.

Margaret said...

What a great day that must have been. I bet you look great in the shoes even if your feet didn't feel it.

Amy said...

Lucky you for getting to meet with the President! What a memorable experience for you! I am sure that Barbara was going to wear the same thing, but changed her mind at the last minute. Good thing too, because that would have been a little embarasing. I am sure she would have turned as pink as your suit had she done that. Wonderful!

Amy said...

You can't go wrong in a pink houndstooth suit! :) Sounds like a great experience (minus the 12 hours in heels... ouch!)

(I think it's funny I keep commenting after another Amy, small world us Amys live in!)

Amy said...

You can't go wrong in a pink houndstooth suit! :) Sounds like a great experience (minus the 12 hours in heels... ouch!)

(I think it's funny I keep commenting after another Amy, small world us Amys live in!)

Jennifer said...

The thought of your 3 inch heels makes my feet tired! But how cool you had breakfast at the White House!

Kelly said...

cute story! i am so intrigued by the whole white house thing! i'd love to be a fly on the wall...or just get a tour sometime! how lovely!

dddiva said...

How fun- so glad your outfit worked out, too. Adorable.

Tori C. (The Sweet Jelly Bean) said...

Wearing 3" heels at any time is very brave!

Bethany said...

Heels. . . I love them. I wear them most days teaching. They help, especially since I am rather short. The worst part is breaking them in, though!

Amber said...

Sweet!

Donnetta said...

How THOUGHTFUL of you to give Laura a heads up so as not to wear the same outfit! :)

Girly Do's said...

LOL--- you are too funny! Happy Sits day!!!

Sherrie said...

LOL! Funny thing you are. :) Happy SITS day to you!

Stephanie @ bizziemommy.com said...

Wow having breakfast with the president, pretty amazing. Stopped by from SITS

momma said...

wow! what a great day!!

congrats on your day :)

Kate said...

Too funny. So how does one go about getting tickets to such a prestigious event? I'm jealous!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

How cool! I'm sure your enjoyed such an experience. Happy SITS day!

Rachel Ann said...

How fun! I did the National Day of Prayer as a senior in high school, but didn't get to meet the prez....you looked very nice!

resplendentlife said...

You looked terrific. What an honor!
Happy SITS day!

Jenn said...

I feel your pain - I've left shoes for dead on the side of the road!!! Happy SITS day!

Blue Castle said...

Cute suit! What a neat experience!

Leslie said...

Man, oh man! I am jealous! What a great experience!

- Leslie

ScrapCandy.com said...

Glad to have found your blog!

hormonalhomemaker said...

Cool experience to be sure. But, um, I just don't do high heels. Not even for the President.

Saundra@ItalianMamaGoneCrazy said...

Okay... now I have to go change my pants... I think I wet them from laughing...

You have a definite way with words that just strike my funny bone juuuust right!!!

I can almost hear you voice when you write...

L said...

HI! Here from SITS. That was so funny! I love your style, you crack me up and I am totally sure that Laura was relieved.

Wendy@RuensOnTheRun said...

This Texas girl is impressed...White House. Be careful shopping in Dallas, you may run into Laura Bush there now...if you do, send her my best!

Tara said...

OH! WOW!! Very cool...yes, i'm jealous!

Michelle said...

Very cool! I was regretting my not even close to 3 inch high heeled boots for an hour choir concert. I can't imagine 12 hours in DC. Eesh. I love the suit you chose though!

angie said...

Great choice on the suit, but where's the pic of the heels?!

Jeanne said...

Great suit!

Jaden Paige said...

What a unique opportunity! So cool! Happy SITS day... those shoes sound killer! :)

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Awesome experience!!!! I'd love to visit DC one day!!!

Pink Ink said...

Beauty means pain, huh? Ouch! :-)

But cool experience.

BousMama said...

What a great opportunity! I'm sure Laura was probably more relieved at not having the same suit, can you imagine? She'd have to fire the designer!

Love you sense of humor, happy SITS day!

Jacky said...

Cool beans! Hey, I can barely walk across the church parking lot in my 1 inch heels...You did much better than I! =)

{april kennedy} said...

What an incredible experience...and I love your sense of humor!

Heather said...

Oh my goodness, that is SO COOL!! Wow, wow and WOW! :)

I'm a better-late-than-never-SITSta dropping by to wish you a belated Happy Feature Day! Sorry I didn't make it by on the big day itself!

Tip-Tops said...

How cool!
We def. have the same wardrobe. :0) I'm a part time pre-k teach at my church...Don't have any heals, but I would LOVE yours!

Wild Child said...

Would have loved to see a picture of the pumps!

jubilee said...

That Laura, always accommodating her guests! I'd like to see the pumps too!

Quiskaeya said...

Happy SITS Day! I would LOVE to see those pumps. Cute story :)

Rachael said...

That's so cool you got to go - but my feet hurt just THINKING about the shoes!

Rae Ann said...

For me, there isn't any time of day that is good for walking in heels. My husband has a saying: Weebles wobble, but my wife FALLS down!

Sugar Mommy said...

what an incredible opportunity!

do you have a picture of your shoes, too? ;)