A Betting Birthday

Last Thursday was my 31st birthday. It’s been difficult to really celebrate my birthday since my mom passed as the anniversary of her death and my birthday are only 2 days apart. Since I didn’t do anything to celebrate the big 3-0 last year, I decided to do 2 things I love this year: go to the horse races and sing karaoke.

If you’re not familiar with Lexington, Keeneland is a race track here in town that runs in April and October. I might be biased, but I think it’s one of the most beautiful places to experience Thoroughbred racing. I am thankful for David and friends Holli, Tyler, Elizabeth and Amber for hanging out with me, and for Eric for stopping by to say hello.

I had to bet on this horse for the name. Unfortunately, it lost.

I had a lot of fun at Keeneland. I ended up winning on several races, which is always more exciting than losing!

After Keeneland, I had people over to my house to sing karaoke and eat, drink, and be merry. I always hate asking people over for a party because I feel like a sixth grader waiting and hoping that someone shows up. I was convinced I’d be left alone at my own party with platters full of food and a refrigerator full of alcohol. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case and I had so much fun!

The most depressing karaoke song ever. Name that tune!

Birthday’s are always such a time for reflection. I’m not sure where I thought I’d be at age 31, but I feel pretty darn good with where I’m at. Here’s to another great year!

  • Laura @joyful shimmy

    Happy birthday. Going to see a horse race is one of my things to try/do this summer. I am glad that you had a fun time with friends doing the things that you enjoy

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      Thanks! I hope you get to go to one this summer.

  • http://www.journeytoregan.blogspot.com/ Becky

    Happy Birthday!!  I had too look up the name of the sone, isn’t it Everybody Hurts by REM?

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      Thanks Becky! Yes, it’s “Everybody Hurts” and it’s a super depressing song for a party, LOL

  • Kalee @ SoreyFitness.com

    Happy Birthday!!! The race looks like so much fun! I live in Tennessee, and I think from our pictures (and Mac N Mayo of course) I am going to have to add it to my “life list”! I definitely can relate to the scared 6th grader feeling with parties-I’m glad it was fun, and you had a great turn out!!! :)

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      thank you! Keeneland is just one of those uniquely Kentucky experiences. I say you should do a weekend of it and then take a tour of the Bourbon trail visiting the distilleries, although I know you have some in TN as well! 

  • Samiam4eva06

    Happy birthday!! Glad you had fun!! You deserve it!!!

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      thank you!

  • http://www.laurieappleby.com/ Laurie

    Happy Birthday!

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      thank you Laurie

  • Debra Wilson

    Happy birthday! Lol had a good giggle at the horse’s name. Wouldn’t want to eat that mixture though!

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      I know, right? I have an aversion to mayo in general – the mac couldn’t help!

  • LHA

    Spring meet at Keeneland is always beautiful.  Glad you enjoyed your birthday so much!  We have too few fun celebrations in life!

    • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

      thank you, and you are so right – too few fun celebrations!

  • Bella Capri

    Happy birthday!  It looks like you had a great day!!

  • http://rubenesquesmoothie.wordpress.com/ Erin

    Love a birthday!  And I always love celebrating with friends, anyone would be a fool not to accept your invite!

    Emmie, I just have to say I absolutely adore your blog.  I also nominated you as an inspirational blogger on my blog!  Seriously, you are so very awesome.


  • http://twitter.com/TheBoldBlend Barbara Davis

    Happy Birthday!  Looks like so much fun!