Monday, January 24, 2011

Chicken Orzo Soup & Other Updates

I apologize for not posting recently! I have been very pre-occupied and haven't had a minute to blog!

Personal Training: I started working out with a personal trainer last week. Ouch! It has been very good, but after the first day I came down with a stomach bug. I was couch ridden for 24 hours with a headache and fever. On top of it I could barely walk, as I was so sore from my first workout! As soon as I was over the bug, I felt fantastic and had plenty of energy, which I needed to finish planning my husband's birthday bash! (More on the bday bash later!)

Coffee Update: consistently less than 2 cups a day for several days in a row!! Isn't that fantastic? I am super excited that I have cut down so much! I really didn't think it was possible!

Sleepwalking: A new development: my youngest (age 8) has been sleepwalking the last 2 nights. One night she left her warm comfy bed & woke up on the couch. Last night she turned on all the bathroom faucets, flushed the toilet, walked downstairs into the kitchen (she seemed like she was wide awake!) gave me a hug, and used the bathroom. My husband asked her who we had dinner with that night & gave her the names of 2 friends. She picked the wrong one so clearly she was asleep! When I told her about it this morning she laughed and of course, didn't remember a thing! I know this is pretty common, but I am a bit anxious about it! My older two when they were very young, shared a room and would talk in their sleep to each other. Weird!!

Blog Button: figuring out the last little bit of code & then it will be visible on my site. Don't have a blog button & want one? Then you need to go see my friend Heather at A Lovely Mess. She does a great job & is very reasonable!! Tell her I sent you!

The Bday Bash
We had a fantastic weekend celebrating my husband's birthday. I planned the party in less than a week. I used Evite for the party invitations. It was super easy! I love sending real invites, but was under a time crunch so I decided just to email the invites. He especially enjoyed reading everyone's comments as the party drew closer! does a great job on keeping you notified of rsvps. The only tricky part is making sure that you have the correct email for everyone. After that, it is super easy!!

We held the party at our local ski lodge where there was already a great band booked. The snow fell lightly all night long & it was super pretty to look outside and be inside with great friends. I ordered 24 latex balloons & 6 huge mylar balloons. NOTE to self: hard to fit that many in a SUV! I had friends that secured tables for the party and they decorated the whole area for me! I walked into a beautiful party. Thanks girls!!

I had a photo banner made (12 feet long) of 200 fun photos of my husband. I was sure to include all of our family (including pics with his Grandpa, "Pop Pop") and our closest friends. It is now stretched out on the living room floor and we keep looking at it and laughing about all of the good times we have shared! I stitched this photo together on my point & shoot camera:
And in place at the party:

I had our local grocery make a cake with a skier on it. It was super inexpensive. Let me tell you that it was DELICIOUS!! It was awesome when everyone sang Happy Birthday to my husband. 

The food was prepared & served by the restaurant. We had gourmet pizzas, dips & nachos. People snacked on the yummy comfort food all night long. 

I forgot to mention that just prior to the party, my son was competing in an event called BIG AIR. I was slopeside to watch him compete. The competitors ski down the hill to a steep ramp, which is about 50 feet from the ramp till they land on the downhill slope. My husband had been there all afternoon & witnessed a  lot of falls and skiers/boarders pulling out of the event. My son did 3 practice runs safely. In the competition he had 2 awesome jumps and he did not fall or get hurt. He did lose a ski on the first comp run, but was able to ski down on ONE ski. I was a nervous wreck. I found out later that he is the YOUNGEST skier to EVER compete in BIG AIR. I am still nervous. After the comp I had to change out of ski clothes into party clothes & get the kids fed & arrange to meet up with their babysitter, who took them home, after giving their Daddy big birthday hugs & greeting some of our guests. My husband made his entrance right on time. He had to run home & get my jeans. Yep, I left them in the dryer!

The best part of the party was interacting with our awesome friends in one spot. It was an amazing feeling to look over at my husband and watch him with his great friends, laughing & talking and enjoying life! We are truly spoiled by having so many wonderful people in our life. I feel very blessed. 

I didn't forget AP Here was my Anti-Procrastination list for the week of 1/10/11. I link up with Amy at New Nostalgia and you can see her button for Anti Procrastination on my side bar.  These things were done before January 10th!

  • Order family photos of kids from our summer photo session DONE
  • Clean 2 kitchen junk drawers DONE (so glad I did this! I can find what I need now!)
  • Treadmill workout~ease back into running with a workout  NOT DONE. but started  personal training instead
Anti Procrastination List 1/24/11 (get done by Feb 1st)
Get new photos in frames
download photos from email, phone & then back up
back up kids' photos & videos
set up printer for Ana

And Last but not LEAST. A few have asked for the Chicken Orzo Soup recipe. I just made it up as I was going along. Here it is:

Chicken Orzo Soup
2 T. Wesson oil
2-3 fresh chicken breast, washed & cut into 1 inch pieces
3 carrots washed, peeled & sliced
3 celery stalks, washed & sliced
1 small onion washed, peeled & chopped 
1 cup orzo pasta
1 Large can Chicken Broth 49.5 ounces ( I used Swanson 100% Natural, 99% fat free, no MSG)
lemon slices

Sautee chicken in oil until cooked through. Add carrots, celery & onions & cook until carrots are not hard (about 5 minutes). Add can of chicken broth & bring to a boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes & then add orzo. Simmer for 10 minutes. Serve soup into bowls (with fresh warm bread!) I squeeze the lemon after I have served the soup into a bowl. Some of my clan likes the lemon, some do not. 1 slice of lemon squeezed, per bowl. Enjoy!

I am off to enjoy a cup of hot tea and watch it snow. We have had a beautiful winter and January is zipping by us! 


  1. Looks like you have been a very busy lady! So glad that you are feeling better and the party looked amazing! What a great time! The soup looks so good too, thanks for the recipe.

    I hope you have a good week!!

  2. Beautiful party! My son would be jealous of the BIG AIR competition. Right up his alley. They went up to ski twice last week and temps were sooo cold but my boys weren't even phased.

    Can't wait to try the soup. We're on a natural kick and it looks great!

  3. Okay that banner is the coolest ever! I love that idea. Fabulous.

    So, I was a sleepwalker, too. My mom told me I went into her bathroom, ran the deodorant under the water to get a drink, then walked downstairs, unlocked the door, opened and closed the garage, and then headed back to bed. WEIRD.

  4. Yours is probably the only blog I've read where you are loving winter. Glad it's you and not me!
    As for the sleepwalking, I would only be nervous if she was doing dangerous things. My Ben used to do that, but he had night terrors, where he'd be asleep, running and screaming that huge bunnies with sharp teeth were trying to catch him (weird, huh?). As long as I could wake him up or get him back to bed, all was fine. And he grew out of it.
    Good luck.

  5. Sorry I was not in town to enjoy Big Air and Big Par-T. You are a wonderful couple and it is always fun to hang out with you at the lodge.
    Great seeing you at the gym today... The "Amishman" will kick your butt and laugh all the time while doing it. :)

  6. man, you have been so so busy!! I love the new blog button and wow does that ever look like an amazing 40th birthday party - what a great job!! And thank you thank you thank you for posting about the orzo soup - I'm totally copying this into my recipe book, can't wait!!

  7. That banner is the COOLEST! I love it! Sounds like such a fun birthday. What could be prettier for a January bday than to have your party in a ski lodge as the snow falls outside? aaahhh!

    And you go on all the new accomplishments. I'm tired just reading about all you do and with less coffee?


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