Giving a speech at the White House with the First Lady #kidsstatedinner

brae-firstlady-hugWhat a roller coaster of a month July has been! I feel like I say something like that every time I begin writing a new post. I guess it’s good to be keeping busy though, right?

My last post let you all know that I was going to be giving a speech at the White House and I did on July 18th.

I also took my first plane ride and I really liked looking out the window and seeing how the cars got smaller and then seeing how I was above the clouds. It was really cool!

Me at the White House

Me at the White House

But about the trip, my Mom and I flew into Washington, DC Thursday morning and we stayed at the Westin in Georgetown. It was a really nice room and I got to go swimming, too. My Mom took a lot of pictures and she has them on Flickr if you want to see.

I also got to go with all the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners to the National Museum of American History and I really like that. I got to meet everyone and talk with them. It was funny because everyone kept asking me what my recipe was because they all got to Washington because they were winners for their recipes. So I tried explaining that I was a 2013 winner but that the new Delaware winner was Roisin Liew and she was very nice. I met her in the airport before we got to Washington.

I think people were surprised when they got to the White House and I was already there. I got to go early with Tanya Steel and my Mom. They let me walk in the ballroom and practice a line of my speech and make sure I would be tall enough at the podium. They had to cut down the stool to be just my size which was pretty funny. We were joking it was like Goldilocks the three bears.

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Me and the First Lady Michelle Obama

When it came time for the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner I stayed with First Lady Michelle Obama and with Tanya Steel and then we were introduced in the room and I was on stage with them. My Mom was in the front at a table. Tanya gave a speech and she introduced me, she said she is proud of me and that she hopes my story will inspire other kids. I hope it will, too. And then I gave my speech. I was nervous, but I just did like I practiced before and when people in the audience started clapping and laughing during funny moments I knew I was doing good and so then I wasn’t nervous anymore. The First Lady gave me a big hug which was an awesome feeling and then she told everyone that I did a great job but that I’m not supposed to make the First Lady cry. Of course she meant happy, proud tears, so it was okay. She seemed really, really proud of me.

Me with Tanya Steel

Me with Tanya Steel

I got to talk about Brae’s Brown Bags, but what was more important was to be able to talk about how everyone no matter their age or no matter if they are rich or poor that they should all have the opportunity to eat healthy. I think a lot of people agreed and seemed to understand. I think it is important that people think about it. Food insecurity is an injustice.

I know my Mom and really my whole family and all my friends were also very proud. Everyone watched and said I did good. And then I got like 100 tweets on my phone. Really, every time I cleared the screen I was getting more. I am still responding to people even now!

One thing I have learned about Tanya Steel and about First Lady Michelle Obama is that they are more than just inspiring leaders, they are Moms. I think people forget about that sometimes. They both talked about their kids and about how they love their families. But you can tell they love all kids and they want all of us to be happy and healthy.

So then after the trip to Washington, which was a crazy whirl wind, roller coaster ride, then my family went to the beach. We went to Fenwick Island, that is where we go every summer. It is always a lot of fun. It was nice to just be able to dig in the sand, watch Disney on TV and also swim in the ocean. I went out in the waves this year even without my boogie board. We all had a lot of fun and it was good to be able to unwind.

2 thoughts on “Giving a speech at the White House with the First Lady #kidsstatedinner

  1. What an unbelievable experience for you Brae! I loved your speech, it brought me to tears, just like Mrs. Obama. The daycare children watched on my laptop with me. We are all so very PROUD of YOU! Braeden, you went to Washington, to share 3B: Brae’s Brown Bags and you inspired many, many people. I have read comments from some of the Healthy Lunchtime winners, and now they too, want to pay their experience forward. You are certainly making a positive difference in our world. So happy that you enjoyed your time at the beach, too! You definitely deserved the break.

  2. I just checked out the pictures from your trip. Awesome, just awesome!!!

    On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 6:33 PM, Margie Mannering wrote:

    > What an unbelievable experience for you Brae! I loved your speech, it > brought me to tears, just like Mrs. Obama. The daycare children watched on > my laptop with me. We are all so very PROUD of YOU! Braeden, you went to > Washington, to share 3B: Brae’s Brown Bags and you inspired many, many > people. I have read comments from some of the Healthy Lunchtime winners, > and now they too, want to pay their experience forward. You are certainly > making a positive difference in our world. So happy that you enjoyed your > time at the beach, too! You definitely deserved the break. > > > On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM, Braeden Quinn Mannering <

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