Hello world. I have officially made it through yet another retail Christmas:-) My holiday was a lovely one, and I spent it with my family who I adore dearly. It was short, simple, and sweet! I find the older I get, Christmas is about tradition over all else. And now that I prepare myself mentally for a new year with new beginnings, I want to share a special treat with all of you. I made my first trip to D.C. this November with my mother, and I can honestly say that it was an eventful one to remember. Not only did I see the city for the first time, I had the privilege of decorating our President’s home, the “White House.” It was an experience with memories to last a lifetime and I am so grateful to have spent every minute with my mom, who made it all possible! We volunteered with some truly talented designers and I met many colorful people, while making friends in the process. We set off on our journey on Thanksgiving Day, which mom and I spent in an amazing hotel. It was a week-long adventure, filled with hours of hard work and anticipation! Mom and I were assigned to the State Dining Room where we spent our entire time volunteering. It was a grand room with grand decorations, and some pretty awesome decorators, if I do say so myself. I took so many pictures, almost 900, that my computer said, okay, “I’m done”, and refused to upload them all:-) I am giving you an inside view of the East Wing, from my perspective. I only wish I could share every snap shot with you. The very moment I walked through those doors will forever be embedded in my mind. The employees touched my heart and I was amazed to learn just how hospitable the White House staff truly is. I hope this piece of mom and mine’s experience will touch you too. The house was transformed from grand to grandiose in exactly 3 long days. Enjoy and admire, because the final outcome really was as majestic as the pictures lead on!Be blessed, Chez.