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A Very Happy Birthday

Wow, where do I even start? I don’t think I have ever felt so loved on a birthday before. Thank you SO MUCH for your comments, facebook messages and tweets. I read every.single.one of the comments and loved hearing about your best birthdays! There were some common themes…

  • It’s fun to celebrate your birthday in Vegas.
  • Getting engaged on your birthday pretty much ensures it will be the best birthday ever.
  • Surprise parties are always a big hit!
  • Babies and children make birthdays special.
  • Pools, skating rinks and bowling alleys make for memorable childhood birthdays.

So much fun! Thank you for sharing! 😛

I had a wonderful birthday! I started it by honoring myself with an ashtanga practice. My body gave me the gift of a beautiful practice that felt amazing. I even did some second series backbending to really make it a special practice!

I worked on my birthday but my co-workers made it special.

I arrived to find a card and a cupcake on my desk. I had overnight oats for breakfast – oats, cinnamon, dried cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, chia seeds, raspberry Chobani and milk. Crofter’s and almond butter on top.

My co-workers treated me to sushi for lunch at Nikko.

We started with edamame as we discussed the truly crazy TLC show My Strange Addiction. Apparently there are people who are addicted to eating toilet paper and couch cushions. Whatttt????

Seaweed salad…which wasn’t so appetizing as I thought about eating foam!

Spicy tuna and bagel roll.

And then they surprised me with ice cream! Thank you to my fabulous co-workers for a fun birthday lunch.

I had to teach BodyPump after work. I was hoping to find a sub for my class but it didn’t work out. I didn’t mind having to teach because I love it. We celebrated my birthday with lots of extra pushups and hard work. My class loved me for it! They are definitely glad that birthday Jen only comes around once a year! 😉

This extreme cuteness came running out of the front door to greet me when I got home from teaching.

I mean, seriously? Instant birthday smiles. 😀

Brandon had cleaned the house and set out gifts and cards for me and bought a bottle of my favorite wine! So sweet! He told me I needed to be ready to leave for dinner in 45 minutes. Brandon had made reservations for us to finally try Customshop. I hopped in the shower and then proceeded to have a change of heart…I just was not feeling getting dressed up for a nice dinner. I ended up asking Brandon if we could reschedule Customshop for a weekend and just do something causal instead. I felt terrible but I wasn’t up for it.

We ended up on the patio at Mellow Mushroom.

We split a Lil’ Greek salad.

And a half and half pizza – Cosmic Karma for me (pesto, sundried tomatoes, feta, roma tomatoes) and the House Special for him.

Since Brandon was planning on taking me to Customshop he hadn’t done anything for dessert because he thought we would have it there. He felt so guilty about it but I was stuffed from pizza! We ended up ducking into Petit Philippe for a box of chocolates.

Petit Philippe is a relatively new wine/chocolate shop. This was our first time stopping in. There chocolates are beautiful and they offer all kinds of unique flavors. We selected a variety and brought them home. We each enjoyed a couple of chocolates as I opened gifts. I’ll post a gift roundup later this weekend.

Again, thank you so much for making my birthday special! I had a fabulous day!

And finally – the giveaway winner. Random.org says that’s #189!

Congratulations Christina! Send me an email at peanutbutterrunner (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll coordinate everything!

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Megan@eatmybeets June 17, 2011, 1:51 pm

    Oo I love sushi!! I wish it were cheaper haha

  • 2
    Heather June 17, 2011, 2:09 pm

    Oh my goodness. The Sullie cuteness was overwhelming. I would absolutely die if my husband ever did that.

    And it looks like you had an awesome birthday!

  • 3
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 17, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Mellow Mushroom is the perfect birthday dinner 🙂

  • 4
    Kamaile June 17, 2011, 3:01 pm

    Looks like a perfect birthday! I wish we had a Mellow Mushroom here, your dinner looks delicious.

    Congratulations Christina, that is a perfect birthday present! 🙂

  • 5
    tricia June 17, 2011, 3:22 pm

    looks like a great bday

  • 6
    Becca June 17, 2011, 3:31 pm

    Looks like a great birthday? Do I spy a BodyPump release as one of your presents???!!!

  • 7
    Emily June 17, 2011, 4:06 pm

    Sullie is the epitome of cuteness. I think I would have cried tears of birthday joy if our golden greeted me in this way on my bday! 🙂 Love your bday outfit! Too cute, all around!

  • 8
    Jen June 17, 2011, 4:08 pm

    Brandon wins the best husband award for tying balloons to Sullie. So, so cute! I’m glad you had a great birthday Jen 🙂

  • 9
    Danielle June 17, 2011, 4:22 pm

    Wow, you have a great husband! So very sweet! And Sullie…adorable 🙂 Have a great birthday weekend!

  • 10
    natalie (the sweets life) June 17, 2011, 4:32 pm

    i’m behind on blog reading and missed your bday…but wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! LOVED your dress in yesterday’s post as well as the one in today’s….you are too gorgeous!

    so glad you had a fun day–hope the celebrating continues this weekend!

  • 11
    Jacqueline June 17, 2011, 8:31 pm

    Happy happy birthday to you!

  • 12
    courtney June 17, 2011, 9:13 pm

    Did you get a new lens for your camera? Your pictures are great! Sullie with the balloons totally made me smile.

  • 13
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) June 18, 2011, 3:50 am

    AAAH this is SO SWEET!! The Sullie thing gave me the BIGGEST smile!! 😀 Looks like you had an amazing day!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY again!! 🙂

  • 14
    Becky June 18, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Happy belated birthday! I’m so glad you enjoyed a day all about celebrating you. Here’s to another amazing year!

  • 15
    Cindy June 18, 2011, 6:55 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I’m sorry it’s a day late–I’m a little behind on my blog reading! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and find you to be such an inspiration to women and staying fit and healthy! Thank you so much for being you!

  • 16
    lindsay June 19, 2011, 7:23 am

    you are adorable! so glad you had a wonderful birthday full of love and laughter!

  • 17
    Alaina June 19, 2011, 4:13 pm

    Looks like you had such a wonderful birthday!! I can’t get over how cute Sullie looks. And your husband is such a sweetheart! 🙂

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