Girls’ trip 2012

I’m never prepared for how much fun I have when I escape with friends, whether it be for a night out or a full blown weekend getaway.  Plans for this trip, the annual Sewing Night Girls’ Trip began almost a year ago.  IMG_1269We thought it’d be genius to plan it after school was back in session so our kids wouldn’t be home all day with a babysitter.  Turned out it wasn’t the best idea since it created lots of run around for the husbands with school, sports and scout schedules.  A very HUGE thank you to Carl for letting me dump all that on top of his crazy work schedule so I could go and play!!  We chose to try Newport Beach this year, something a little more local and still packed full of everything we want in a vacation: sun, sand, and shopping.  Not to mention that the idea of spending a day at the beach with nothing but a towel, sunscreen and a book sounded magical.  So we packed a Suburban to the brim with all the necessities (nail polish, brownies, beach chairs, clothes, clothes and more clothes) and said goodbye to the husbands and kids for a few days.

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We found this little cove in Newport to hang out for the day. ( I pretended that the house at the far end was mine.)  The weather was a little overcast but still calm and plenty warm to enjoy the down time.

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Then we rode the trolley back to the car.  We were a little slap happy at this point.

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We still had some grocery shopping to do (our hotel suite had a small kitchen) so rather than waste time getting ready and driving back and forth, we chose a chill little hamburger joint in Huntington Beach called T.K. Burger for dinner.  Conveniently located near shopping, of course.

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Jana is our resident foodie and always knows the best places to stuff your face.  This place didn’t disappoint.

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After that we went in search of an old friend.  We were so happy to smother Lauren with hugs!

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After that we shopped until every store in the area closed up shop for the night.

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(I know this next picture is fuzzy, but it makes me laugh every time I see it.  Tami, Jana and I were laughing at a street musician and his…unique voice.  And again, we were slap happy.)

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The next day was rainy and overcast so we filled it with more shopping, lunch at Rodrigos and junk food for dinner back at the hotel.

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{Tami, Jana (and expected little one), Krystal, Autumn, Shannon and me}

I geeked out about being this close to the ocean and living in California in general pretty much all weekend.  Thank you friends for putting up with me!

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I seem to catch a picture like this of Shannon and Krystal every year.  Shopping can be exhausting.

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Every night ended just like this.  Who needs TV and movies when you have iphones, ipads, macbooks and PINTREST?!

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By day 3 we were bound and determined to spend some good time in the sun.  So we went back to Huntington Beach and found more shopping too.  Big surprise, right?

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Like all our trips, we laughed until we cried, we stayed up late and slept in way too long, we had some really deep conversations, and even shed some tender tears.  But this year we also missed some very dear friends.  I’m hoping next year we’ll be able to coordinate everyone’s schedules and get us ALL together.  I’m so very blessed to have such amazing friends here in California!

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Categories: Beach babe, Friends, Sew inspiring, Vacation Bliss | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Girls’ trip 2012

  1. Epic. I’m glad to be known as the one who always knows where to stuff your face. 🙂

  2. Tami

    yes jana you should be proud. what would we do without you to tell us where to eat? and without shannon who always knows how to get everywhere? 😉 is it time to go again yet? i want that same trip again. so fun.

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