Monday, July 27, 2009

What It's Like To Travel With The Diva's

Being a Diva is a great experience. We have become the best of friends. A few months ago we made plans to travel to California together for the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach. Out of the nine of us, five were able to attend.
We laugh and laugh together. I didn't even make it out of St. George before I had tears of laughter rolling down my face and lost all my makeup.
It feels great to laugh that hard.

We stayed with Margaret's brother Bill and his wife Susie, who live in Huntington Beach.
On Saturday it was Ricci's birthday. Susie had stayed up late the night before to decorate the kitchen in honor of Ricci.
She had placed a cute birthday banner across the window.

Along with a present, there was a message on the chair. As Diva's we were to write Ricci "coupons" through out the day and stick them in the Birthday stocking.
What a cute idea! Ricci loved her notes from the Diva's.

Susie lives in a beautiful home within walking distance of Huntington Beach. We felt very spoiled. For Ricci's birthday breakfast we wanted to go to Ruby's on the Huntington Beach Wharf. But, the National Surfing Championships were going on, and the crowds were horrendous.
Instead we drove down to Seal Beach and walked their wharf.

They had their own competitions going on.

We watched the women race an obstacle course paddling their surf boards.

And then on to breakfast at Ruby's at the end of the Seal Beach pier.

Ruby's is famous for their cinnamon roll french toast.
*I'm not in any of these pictures because I was busy behind the camera.
Ricci, Jan, Margaret, Pat, and Susie.

This is the first Susie has really gotten to know our group. (And found out how crazy we really are). We fell so in love with her that we voted on making her an honorary Diva. Ricci had Susie make the pledge of Divaship.
(There was so much laughter at our table that our waiter kept checking on us to see if we were OK).
Before heading to the Convention Center we did a little shopping first in Long Beach.
We stopped at a wonderful fabric store called "Woof & Warp".

They mainly carry decorator fabrics, but they do have a quilting section also.
The rest of the day was spent at the Long Beach Convention Center.
In the evening we went to dinner at a wonderful restaurant and then took a walk along the beach.
We went to our rooms and had a show and tell of some of our purchases.
The birthday girl got a new jacket.

That Ricci always is so silly.

Jan got a new Power Steam Pro that came with this nice black bag.
Ricci found a new use for the Power Steam Pro bag that I'm sure the manufacturer never thought of! Ole!
That Ricci!


Material Mary said...

Sure looks like you gals had tons of fun!! Good for you!

CJ said...

Fun group of Divas! I love Ruby's at the end of the Seal Beach pier and that Cinnamon Roll French toast mmmmmmmm.

Micki said...

It looks like you are all a great DIVA group.

Carol said...

What a fun, fun group!

Unknown said...

You ladies just have way too much fun!!

Ricci said...

The reason why you don't see Nedra in our trip pictures isn't because we were so insensative that none of us thought about that wasn't it. It is because Nedra had these long streaks of mascara running down her face and we were all so embarrassed. Honest, that's why. Really....we didn't forget to take her picture. Honest!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Look at you girls, just having a grand ol' time!! How fun, thanks for sharing!!

Latane Barton said...

You girls are having TOO MUCH fun. Keep it up, will keep you young forever.

dotti white said...

I love it when girls have fun together! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday to the hat!! Thanks for a great day today Nedra!! You are the hostess with the mostess!!

Nanette Merrill said...

So fun. Thanks for sharing your time with the rest of us. We're all jealous. Diva time is precious. Happy Birthday to Ricci.