The Obamas Welcome Home!

updated 02/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EST

DAY 1: MAKING MEMORIES
Malia (left, with camera), 10, chronicles early White House hours as Sasha, 7, approves Dad's Inaugural Ball tux. (Once their parents were out of the house, the girls enjoyed their own party—with music by the Jonas Brothers.) With Mom taking them to school each day, "the kids are in a really good place. They have a new routine and the comfort of having their parents home every night," says a White House spokesperson.

DAY 3: OPEN HOUSE
A few days after turning 45, Michelle Obama gets a surprise from her new staff. She asked traditionally tuxedoed waiters to go casual at family meals and told all staff, from florists to plumbers: "I want this house to feel open. There will be times I want you to bring your kids and we'll order pizza."

DAY 2: SHIRTSLEEVES
While he signed executive orders reversing President Bush's secrecy rules, Obama also upended his predecessor's strict coat-and-tie rule for the Oval Office.

DAY 1 1/2: NIGHT OWLS
After the Inaugural Balls, the Obamas (in a service elevator, commuting between parties) hosted friends till 3 a.m. "It was very relaxed," says Wynton Marsalis—who performed with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra—"like going to somebody's home."

GIVE UP E-MAIL? LOL
The BlackBerry-addicted President now uses a $3,350 smartphone that encrypts calls and e-mails to military standards. On it, he'll be in touch with senior staff and a few friends, said press secretary Robert Gibbs—adding that Obama's texts range from work matters to "why did my football team perform so miserably?"

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