Happy Valentine’s Day!!


Oh my, I just LOVE this day. I think it stemmed back to when I was growing up and my parents would make the biggest deal out of it! Every Valentine’s Day morning before my brother and I would wake up, my mom would completely decorate the kitchen table with streamers, confetti and candy hearts and there would be cards and presents at each of our place settings! Little stuff, like chocolates or my favorite chewy cinnamon bears….but I remember one year getting a new nightgown (with hearts on it of course) and I seriously thought it was the best thing ever and I was the COOLEST girl ever for receiving such a big girl gift! Funny how we remember those things so vividly.

And, as I have said before, this is the first Valentine’s Day that Ryan and I actually get to spend together! We have been dating now for ALMOST 3 years (!!) but I’ve always been in school or at work and we have had to celebrate later or earlier. My sweet boy came home yesterday with THIS under his arm:




He knows me SO well! I have never really been a flower type of girl—I’ll admit, flowers are GORGEOUS, but I would much rather have something that would last and that, I’ll admit it, I can EAT!!! =) Ryan was so sweet with getting me little zucchini and buttercup squash plants and he also brought in two huge clay pots and a big ol’ thing of soil! Aint he sweet?! He also got me a card that I will probably keep in my bible, it was so sweet. In the (almost) three years of dating, I had no idea he could write like that! I almost cried!

Ok–I am done gushing! I know how lucky I am to spend the whole day with the man of my dreams but I also know how it feels to be single on this day!!!! When I was a freshman in college I was single and I remember sitting on my friend Tess’s top bunk, eating ice cream and watching sad movies all day. It won’t last forever girls, I PROMISE. Everyone goes through it and it will not last. You are all SO beautiful and even if you are 100% totally single, God loves you more than anything in the world and more than you could ever even imagine. I think He is the ultimate Valentine and He is definitely smiling down on you today.

For breakfast this morning I made a beautiful bowl of oat bran (1/2 cup made with 1 cup skim) topped with brown sugar, sliced banana, sliced strawberries and creamy peanut butter:



I’m going to let my food digest for a little bit and then hit the mat for some yoga! I really want to start designing my own practice, something Courtney and I were talking about yesterday on our walk. I think I have definitely reached the point in my practice where I feel comfortable enough to start depending less on someone else telling me what to do, and start depending MORE on guiding myself. We will see how that goes!

Our plans today are really working around our plans for TONIGHT. Ryan is taking me to dinner at a mystery restaurant (he says I have never been there and it is a big surprise), but the only reservation time he could get is at 5:15! The restaurant is on the water so we are taking his parent’s boat there.…I think its about an hour boat ride there and back and we are praying for gorgeous weather!

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  • VeggieGirl
    February 14, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Hope to read more about designing your own yoga practice!!

    Soooo fabulous that you and Ryan will be able to spend V-Day together – enjoy!! Can’t wait to find out about the “mystery restaurant” πŸ™‚

  • Amelia
    February 14, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Aww how sweet is Ryan?! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!
    That would be incredible to design your own practice. Go for it!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    February 14, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Enjoy yoga and have an amazing time with Ryan!!! Sounds like he is a keeper for sure =)

  • Julie
    February 14, 2009 at 8:19 am

    That lump of PB looks delicious! hehe.

    Sounds like your man is quite the catch, hang on to him! πŸ˜‰
    Have a great date!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    February 14, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Ryan is so sweet! It’s wonderful you two finally get to spend the day together! Can’t wait to read about tonight:)
    Good luck with creating your own routine. I don’t know much, but it seems like designing your own routines is definitely the next step for ya!

  • Ann
    February 14, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Aww, you have such a sweetheart! Enjoy your day with him and tell us all about it later!
    Good luck with your yoga too! I’ve been trying to get back into it myself but I’ve been slacking. Every time I read one of your posts I get the urge to do it though!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    February 14, 2009 at 8:27 am

    OMG HOW AWESOME!!! I love that he got you squash plants!!!!
    I love V-Day too…my mom always (and still) gets us flowers and treats for Valentine’s day, and never made me feel guilty when I was older and single!

  • joyful
    February 14, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Your evening sounds so cool! And your message about God being the greatest Valentine is really great, too. Have a wonderful day soaking up your sweetie!

  • Sarah (Sarah's Eats and Exercises
    February 14, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I loved Valentine’s Day too. I even got some special treats for myself to celebrate. Have fun at the restaurant.

  • Sarah (Sarah's Eats and Exercises
    February 14, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I love Valentine’s Day too. Have a wonderful evening and can’t wait to hear about the restaurant.

  • Sarah (Sarah's Eats and Exercises
    February 14, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I love Valentine’s Day too!

  • Sarah (Sarah's Eats and Exercises
    February 14, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you. I can’t wait to hear about the restaurant.

  • Joy
    February 14, 2009 at 8:43 am

    happy valentines day, i’m so happy you get to spend it with ryan!
    also.. i am trying bikram yoga next week. is there any specific yoga poses i could practice at home to prepare me a bit? i know nothing about it!

  • Emily
    February 14, 2009 at 8:46 am

    What a nice boyfriend you have! Hope your day is wonderful…God Bless!

  • Shelby
    February 14, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day Jenna!!!

    Love the oatmeal, it’s so colorful!

  • Fit Mommy
    February 14, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Happy Valentine’s day!
    Love reading your positive thoughts.

  • Alison
    February 14, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I loved this post Jenna! You are too sweet. Have a great day!

  • Natalie
    February 14, 2009 at 9:17 am

    How sweet! The restaurant has to be awesome if you need to take a boat to it, I love those kind of places.

  • Lexi
    February 14, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Your breakfast looks delicious!
    I really like what you have to say about yoga. I have been practicing for a while now and I would like to start creating my own sequences as well. Let me know how today goes! Let me know if you have any tips for flowing through a personal sequence! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Anne P
    February 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

    aw your dinner sounds so romantic!! i LOVE taking boats to restaurants… makes the night seem so exciting πŸ™‚ have a fabulous time!

  • polly
    February 14, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I love this post, AGAIN! What you said about God being the ultimate Valentine… amen sistah!! πŸ™‚

    Ryan is the sweetest to know his woman so well… πŸ™‚ The love for each other you guys have is rare and irreplaceable. SMOOCH HIM!

    Love you so much and have a wonderful V-day! We were talking about you this morning at yoga!! 3 of us blog readers were there and I got to brag πŸ˜‰ and say Jenna is my friend! πŸ™‚ XOXO

  • megan
    February 14, 2009 at 10:03 am

    What a wonderful Valentine Ryan is!!! Have fun at the “mystery restaurant” tonight…can’t wait to hear about it πŸ™‚
    Also, how awesome to design your own yoga practice…I am still definitely needing the instructor…but you are so experienced in your practice I know you will love designing and flowing into your own!
    Happy Valentine’s Day, Jenna!!!!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    February 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

    What an awesome and encouraging post Jenna! I love what you said about being single on Valentine’s Day as I remember those days. Feb. 14th can be so sad for some people, but your words are so true!

    Have a wonderful day with Ryan. I hope the weather cooperates for your boat ride.

    Loved the oat bran bowl this morning. πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    February 14, 2009 at 10:12 am

    You are so sweet! Delicious looking breakfast! Enjoy you Surprise dinner! πŸ˜€

  • AshleyH
    February 14, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Wow it sounds like you have a really romantic day planned! Have fun!

  • zestycook
    February 14, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day Jenna!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    February 14, 2009 at 10:47 am

    that sounds so lovely! Enjoy your day and your time on the mat!

  • Erin
    February 14, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Have fun!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    February 14, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Truly enjoy your day with your boy…so great that you can finally BE together!

    I love making up my own “go with the flow” yoga. I posted this on my blog, but I did it yesterday and my little girl asked, “Mama, who is telling you to do that?!” =)

  • skinnyrunner
    February 14, 2009 at 11:49 am

    great post! you said it so well, that God is our ultimate valentine; He’s so in love with us!
    my mom used to make a HUGE deal out of VDAY too when we were little and i loved it. i still get presents from her.

  • Maggie
    February 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I love doing my own thing on the mat – it is so much better than class πŸ™‚

  • Jenn
    February 14, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and really never got a chance to comment, but this post…. brought tears to my eyes. I love it!
    Have fun at dinner tonight, he seems like a keeper, and can’t wait to find out all about your date!
    Good luck with designing your own routine, I’m just slowly getting back to my bikram, with all the training for the Chicago marathon, it’s another way to relax and stretch tons of different muscles!

    p.s. never been a big fan of Valentine’s day because I’m always the single one, and it’s just to overrated for me. I’m still single, but this year I decided to do something that makes me super duper happy and helps me release all the tears and bring me joy… and that is to bake for all my friends |and my crush πŸ˜‰ |and I’m going to go and deliver their favorites once I’m done!

  • leadingladylis
    February 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Sounds like your Valentines Day is going great! I’m looking forward to spending time with my honey and then we’re going to a DANCE tonight! My husband LOVES to dance- so I’m really excited.

    happy Valentines Day, Jenna!

  • Sarah W.
    February 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    lucky you to take a boat ride to a restaurant for valentines day!! and that is super sweet on the edible plants!!! exciting!!!

  • michelle
    February 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Happy Valentines Day Jenna!!!!

  • Caitlin
    February 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I appreciate your Valentine’s Day message! enjoy your day

  • Heather
    February 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Your VDay message for us single girls was so cute! Thank you and have fun tonight!

  • girlatastartup
    February 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I’m a reader from Los Angeles and just wanted to say it’s so great to read your blog and feel your positive vibes, especially amongst all the snarky blogs out there. Keep doing your thing, and I also am a yoga fiend so it’s great to read your posts about that as well. You and Ryan are absolutely adorable. Happy V-day to all of you!


  • HangryPants
    February 14, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I love your Valentine’s Day plants! Much better investment than flowers and just as beautiful.

  • Marion
    February 15, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I really like your blog and all, but I think it’s kind of strange of you to say, “It won’t last forever girls, I PROMISE. Everyone goes through it and it will not last. ” I’m sorry, but I love being single and really don’t think a girl needs to have a guy (partner, whatever) to feel happy/have a good valentine’s day or to be a better person or happier or whatever you are insinuating. I personally think it’s ridiculous to have to make a “day” for expressing love to your loved one(s), when really it’s all about commercialism and sales, making people feel bad when they dont have a boyfriend and have to resort to eating ice-cream and watching sad movies. We shoudl celebrate our loved ones everyday in more honest, genuine, and non-commercial ways and, when it comes to the single people, thank God that he is preparing us for the right person to come because He knows we aren’t ready for them yet!

    Sorry for the rant-you can tell I’m single, I guess, it might be a different story if I was in a relationship- but STILL!

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