On this day, 28 years ago (you’re welcome) Lexcee Riley decided it was high time to bust into this world.

As I sit here looking for top knotch embarrassing photos, I find myself reminiscing about all the good times we have shared. Allow me to delve into blogger mode:

When I first met Lexce, Lexi, Lexee or however you spell her name, we were working together in a coffee shop in North Hollywood. I found her to be a very bossy little individual but I could nonetheless respect her work ethic and her ability to create an environment that maximized success. We started swapping stories and I discovered that she had recently moved here from Michigan. After prodding further (I am very nosy) I learned that she had always dreamt of living in Hollywood and she wouldn’t be put off any longer. She had packed her car and set out across the country. That takes guts and Lexcey was reaching for the glory. Within a few weeks- auditions, jobs and friends emerged and she started living the life she had dreamt for herself as a wee Michigander.

Unfortunately for her, that’s where I come in and thankfully for me, we embarked on a glorious friendship. She has traveled with me to the mystical land of Disney where we were adored as Anna and Elsa look-a-likes by tiny little girls. We traveled to the mountains of Montana, the deserts of Vegas and the lush lakes of California. Adventure after adventure keeps rolling in and Lexsee never loses her childlike enthusiasm for what life has to offer.

A friend recently asked her,

“What do you want out of life? What is important to you?”

Her reply?

“All of it.”

This in itself is all you need to know about feisty Lexy. She reaches for the stars and demands greatness for herself and those around her. There is no danger of a mediocre life for this young pistol. We are all lucky to have her in our lives, pushing us forward and reminding us how magical life can really be. I’m thankful to know her.

Happy Birthday, Lexcee.

Thank you for being my friend.

-Maranda Rossen