Eighteen Candles

2.17.2011

I'm an adult now. As an 18-year-old, I can now do a lot more things than I could as a 17-year-old. It's one of those milestone birthdays. I also just think it's one of those that makes you step back and realize that you're getting older. I know my parents and older siblings are probably laughing. But really, I don't feel like I should be 18. That's two years away from 20. What! Regardless, it is what it is and I can't wait to see what is in store for me as an eighteen-year-old.

It started off with a bang as I got to ring in my birthday at midnight on the FYL Retreat. We had a crazy "dancing through the ages" dance party right up until midnight. At 11:50 Lexi, Caroline and Tyler took me to the dock to wait for the big day! It was the perfect start--nice and peaceful after the exhausting dance, we could see all the stars, and the weather was ideal as was the company. After that, the four of us headed inside to find a few others cleaning up so we decided to capture the moment of me officially entering adulthood...

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Then, we headed back to our cabins and all the girls greeted me with cheery "happy birthdays!" Lexi had brought me 18 small gifts that were all individually wrapped. I loved every minute of uncovering each one.


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{lexi's gift collection included everything from burnt orange accessories (she's a fellow longhorn lady too now!), car air fresheners (long story), a leopard print contact case (a staple for any girl right?), keychains, sweet notes, and my mom's favorite--the mini emergency kit}


And then, of course, we stayed up practically all night chit chatting on the bunk beds. The next morning Caroline gave me a tiara and beads to wear in honor of it being my day. As embarrassing as it was, I loved her for it!

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After a sleepy bus ride home, I got home to have my parents greeting me with hugs and cupcakes. So much for my Mexico bod diet!

And it didn't end there. After going to church, I joined my bestest girlfriends for a dinner at Ra. Nothing like a girl's night out on a school night (until you come home and completely crash without doing any of your homework!). On Sunday nights, Ra has happy hour from 8-11 where all their sushi is half price. Such a good deal and so so very delicious.

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And yes, after that, my day was finally complete. Midnight on the dock had felt like years ago by that point, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. I got to see practically all of my closest friends at some point in the 24 hour period and heard from all my family. I even got a precious cyber card by my gifted and talented graphic designer sis:

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And now it's finally Friday! And a three-day-weekend is on its way that's jam packed with activity from start to finish. But, that's just the way I like it.

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