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30th Celebration Comes Early

The 30th birthday festivities started a little early on Sunday with an accidental surprise party.


My friends planned an early birthday pool party for me since my birthday falls on Father’s Day…and they forgot to tell me about it! I was teaching yoga on Sunday morning and after class one of my friends said, “I hope the weather stays nice today.” I said, “me too…I want to lay out.” I was secretly hoping in my head that she’d invite me over to her pool and then 5 minutes later they came back in the room and said, “You do know we’re having a party for you this afternoon, right?” I had no idea! It was hilarious. A fun surprise though!


So clearly my Sunday afternoon plans changed and I quickly left the studio, ate, blogged, ran and headed over to the party. Unfortunately, the early morning sunshine turned into clouds and drizzle but we still had a great time.


We did lots of snacking, hung out in the hot tub (in the rain) and of course enjoyed plenty of cocktails! 🙂 Of course my camera died a couple hours into the party so the rest of my photos are from my iPhone.


The rain finally forced us inside so they broke out the cake. Strawberry – my favorite! We had one “3” candle and a bunch of normal candles in the shape of a “0” on a snowflake plate. It was perfect! 🙂


And it wouldn’t be a yogi birthday party if I didn’t incorporate cake balancing asanas into the celebration.


Rain or no rain, all I felt was sunshine and love. I didn’t care that the weather wasn’t perfect. I didn’t care that my hair was a curly mess. I just felt so happy to be with my friends. It was incredibly kind and thoughtful of them to organize this party for me and to give up their Sunday afternoon to celebrate my birthday! 30 here I come!

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  • jennyv June 10, 2013, 6:04 pm

    You are getting me excited (did I really say excited?!) for my 30th in December! Keep in mind I’ll be in Iowa and not in a hot tub… but still, a fresh decade and time with friends/family!

  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona June 10, 2013, 6:50 pm

    Happy birthday! It looks like you guys had a fun time.

  • Shawn June 10, 2013, 7:00 pm

    Happy bday Jen. I love the cake balancing pics, very impressive seeing as I can barely balance in those poses, let alone holding a cake.

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad June 10, 2013, 7:56 pm

    happy birthday jen!

  • She Rocks Fitness June 10, 2013, 8:46 pm

    WAHOO to a fabulous celebration and of course no party would be complete without a yogi doing some sort of pose! Happy Birthday and glad you had a great time despite the rainy weather. 🙂

  • Suzanne June 10, 2013, 9:51 pm

    That’s hilarious that your friends forgot to invite you! I’m glad it turned out! Happy birthday 🙂

  • Holly June 10, 2013, 10:17 pm

    Looks like a really fun time and I wouldn’t say no to snacks either. 🙂

    Happy early birthday!

  • Patti Smith June 10, 2013, 11:07 pm

    What a wonderful birthday celebration!! Happy Birthday!

  • Michele Lian June 11, 2013, 4:51 am

    Happy Birthday Jen! Wishing you lots of love and light. Keep writing and inspiring 🙂

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen June 11, 2013, 5:27 am

    Happy early birthday!!!!! It looks like an amazing party 🙂

  • Karen June 11, 2013, 5:43 am

    Happy early birthday! I love your dress by the way!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 11, 2013, 6:11 am

    Aww what a great celebration and so funny how they forgot to tell you! Love those photos with you and the cake… hilarious!

  • Joy June 11, 2013, 6:22 am

    Happy Birthday, Jen!! It looks like a wonderful way to kick off your 30’s.

  • erin June 11, 2013, 7:48 am

    What great friends and a lovely afternoon! Happy birthday, Jen!

  • Erica Ro June 11, 2013, 9:10 am

    Aww 🙂 This post just gave me such a warm feeling! So happy they got your 30th celebration off to a fantastic start! Happy early birthday! And thanks for blogging before your party…that’s dedication!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt June 11, 2013, 9:49 am

    Happy early birthday! You looked so beautiful and happy. What great friends! 🙂

    The Grass Skirt

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes June 11, 2013, 11:35 am

    Happy early birthday – looks like such a fun time and how sweet of your friends!!

  • Katherine June 11, 2013, 12:57 pm
  • Lee June 12, 2013, 8:26 am

    Happy Birthday Jen!

  • Shashi June 12, 2013, 8:59 am

    Happy Birthday!

  • Leopoldine June 12, 2013, 12:36 pm

    You’re looking better and happier these days, Jen. Fuller in the face, which suits you.

    Happy birthday and lots of good wishes!

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) June 12, 2013, 4:41 pm

    Happy Birthday! You look great. So glad that you have such great friends that threw you a party!

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