WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama says the family tries to use Sundays for downtime if they aren’t going to church.
Speaking to “Live with Kelly & Michael” Monday during the White House Easter Egg Roll, Mrs. Obama revealed the family likes to nap on Sundays if they don’t go to church.
“Since we’ve been in the White House we definitely try to go to church every Easter if we can. We try to go to church as much as possible but when the kids get older … Sunday is some kind of practice, rehearsal birthday party,” she said. “So getting us all together on a Sunday is becoming more difficult now that the girls are getting older. But if we’re not going to church, we really try to use Sunday as family downtime where we can kind of breathe and catch up and maybe take a little nap every now and then if we’re not working.”
She also said it’s hard to have “date night” with President Barack Obama.
“We came in with the goal of having that tradition and we did it a couple of times but … he’s the president, he’s really busy,” she said.
The Easter Egg Roll’s theme was “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape” and featured live music, yoga and obstacle courses in addition to the egg roll, sports and storytelling.
President Obama reprised what has become an annual reading of Maurice Sendak’s children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” With a group of children arrayed before him, Obama mimicked the book’s monsters, gnashing his teeth and growling and challenging the youngsters to a staring contest.
But if there was a feat he did not want to repeat, it was his 1-for-15 hoops shooting from last year. This time, the president, an avid basketball fan and pick-up game player, missed his first two shots from the foul line of the White House’s outdoor court, and then sank his third.
Wearing khakis and with his sleeves rolled up, the president also hit tennis balls, posed for photographs and joined his wife in encouraging children in an Easter egg roll race.
Mrs. Obama also participated in a healthy snack cooking demonstration with celebrity chef Marc Murphy and cast members of Disney’s “Jessie.” The group prepared fruit salad with honey and kale smoothies.
“I have a smoothie like this almost every day,” she said, adding that she likes to include green apples and ginger in her green drink.
Mrs. Obama did her own storytelling, making an appearance with the family’s dogs, Sunny and Bo, who quickly disappeared for their own walks with National Park Service staffers. The first lady read “My Garden” to the youngsters and asked what non-foods they would grow in their garden. After the children replied “money,” she said, “Wow, this is a very sophisticated crew.”
“You guys have big dreams,” she added. “I love it.”
The White House was expecting 30,000 people to take turns participating in the event on the South Lawn.
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