Hey y’all! 🙂

My 21st birthday was Monday, October 23rd. I had an amazing birthday weekend and would like to share it with you!

It all started Saturday when I left school to drive home. I had to get up pretty early, so I grabbed some Starbucks and hit the road before the sun came up! The first thing I did when I got home was go to the Vintage Market Days of Lexington Event. If you want to read about that, you can find a post about it here.

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After shopping until we dropped, we turned around and went to Evan’s Orchard in Georgetown. I had never been here before, but heard good things about it, so I thought I would give it a try. I will say, if you decide to go, whatever you do, do not go on a Saturday afternoon. Literally all of Georgetown was there. And the children. SO MANY CHILDREN. It was extremely overwhelming. We still had a great time, it was just extremely crowded. We wandered through the apple orchard, picked out some pumpkins, and bought some apple cider donuts and apple cider. I love apple cider donuts!

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The apple orchard

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This is the first picture I took. Not manipulated at all. I didn’t really like how some of the apples were rotting and gross looking so I tried taking a different one with better looking apples (see below)
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This is the picture with the nice looking apples. To me, this looks too staged. This taught me that not everything has to look perfect. There is beauty in imperfection!
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I snuck a bite out of one 😉

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A giant pile of pumpkins!
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The process of trying to take a cute pic on the pile of pumpkins

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We were laughing at how far away Betsy was from us haha

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Apple cider donuts and a small sampling of apple cider
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Sabrina risked her life taking this picture (she is extremely allergic to hay haha)
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Eating our yummy treats!

Later that night, my family and I went to Mi Pequeña Hacienda for my birthday dinner. I had only been there once before, but I’m always down for Mexican food. We got an appetizer of chips and guacamole dip. I absolutely love guacamole, so that was a real treat. For my main dish, I got pollo con arroz (chicken with rice). I thought it was funny because the Mexican restaurant in Marion, where I go to school, Casa Brava, has the same dish, but switched: arroz con pollo. It’s one of their most popular dishes and I get it every time I go there. So I decided to try it at Mi Pequeña Hacienda to see if it was on par with Casa’s.

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Guacamole dip
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Pollo con arroz

The pollo con arroz was good, but I have to say Casa’s is definitely better. The portion size is bigger, there is a lot more queso on top and the vegetables are smaller, so it’s easier to eat.

After dinner, we went back to the house to open cards/presents and had cake and ice cream. We had my favorite: chocolate cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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I forgot to take a picture while the candles were still lit

On Sunday, after church and lunch, Sabrina and I went to Keeneland, the horse racing track in Lexington. I absolutely love going to Keeneland. I love horses and there is just something fun about getting dressed up. Unfortunately, I didn’t have nearly as much luck as I did last time we went when it came to betting. We still had a great time though! The weather was also great considering it was a fall meet. We were actually hot at some points!

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One of the horses I bet on (I don’t remember if he won or not)

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After we were done at Keeneland, I headed out to go back to school. When I arrived, I was so exhausted! I had jam-packed so many things in such a short amount of time, my energy level was pretty low. A good night’s sleep was just what I needed to feel rested on my birthday.

On Monday, my birthday, I got up a little earlier so I could curl my hair and one of my roommates, Alex, could do my makeup. Instead of going to chapel (we get an allotted amount of skips, don’t worry), some of my roommates, Alex, Rachel, Marissa and I went to IHOP because I had a free stack on pancakes for my birthday. I got the Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity pancakes with peach and raspberry topping. They were delicious!

This reminds me; sign up for as many restaurant and store email lists as possible. Many give out free items for your birthday! I got so many coupons for free items. You can really make a day out of it. Take full advantage of your birthday! Get free stuff!

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Later in the day, three of my athletic training friends, Alex, Abby, Bri and I went to the Cake Bake Shop in Indianapolis. I had been here once before and fell in love with it! It is the definition of girly. Everything in there is pink and sparkly and just so romantic. It’s not required, but most people usually dress nicely when they come. There are other food options in addition to cake, but why would you get anything else?! Below are some pictures from the last time I went back in April. It is currently decorated for Halloween and will be transitioning to Christmas soon.

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Our pieces of cake
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The red velvet cake I got had a beautiful pink rose frosting design
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I’m glad I have such great friends that will drive an hour and a half in rainy weather for expensive cake!!

I couldn’t finish all of my cake, so I got a box to take it back with me. When we arrived back at school, believe it or not, I was still pretty hungry! I guess it makes sense because all I had to eat was the pancakes and part of the cake so my body was craving real food that would keep me full, not just sugar. So I ordered a BBQ Chicken Pineapple pizza from Papa John’s (yes, I’m one of those odd people who like pineapple on their pizza) and enjoyed an Ale8 while watching Fixer Upper. It was a great, relaxing way to end my birthday.

I couldn’t have asked for better friends and family to make me feel so loved on my 21st.

Cheers to 21!

Alyssa

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