10 on 10 - June

by Amy Rhodes

Well Hello - It's been a while!  

June 10th was perfect.  It was the day I have been looking forward to for a long time.  

Monday was the first time in months that I was able to have a day where I was not required to do ANYTHING.  It was our first "official" day of summer spent at home. 

We started the day out late.  We slept in!  I didn't drag myself out of bed until 9:30!  I felt so guilty, but had to keep reminding myself there was no reason why I should feel bad about catching up on rest!

Clara likes to sneak into our bed once my husband has gone to work, so she made her way downstairs when I did and jumped right on the iPad.  The good, strict mother in me wanted to tell her that she couldn't play on it just yet, but the mother that wanted to have a free day and and throw caution to the wind won the battle and let her stay on and play. 

Thomas REALLY slept in.  I think this guy finally made his way downstairs around 10:30.

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For lunch I fixed myself my new favorite, Honey Chia Bread with Peanut Butter and extra Chia Seeds.  If you haven't tried the bread yet, run to your nearest Costco and buy it!  

Once the kids were fed and watered we decided to head to the pool.  This was our first time this year and it was fantastic.  Every year keeps getting better and better now that they are older and know how to swim.  They run off and make friends while I sit on a lounge chair and read.  

While I was helping Clara practice her swimming skills a little boy kept swimming over and jumping right in front of her as she was approaching me.  I was starting to get annoyed.  I asked Clara if she knew the boy and she said, "Yes, he didn't have any friends to swim with so I friended him."  I love her.  I love that she is so friendly and outgoing and manages to teach me lessons on how to treat people kindly.  I also love that she uses the word friended.  

We came home from swimming and ate popsicles and checked out new freckles.  They have become so abundant it is no longer possible to count them all.

Took baths...

and then made my favorite Summer dinner, Chinese Chicken Salad.  

Nappa Cabbage Chinese Chicken Salad

1 head of Nappa Cabbage - finely chopped

1 bunch Green Onions - sliced

1 1/2 lbs chopped cooked chicken

2 packages chicken top ramen

1 package Oriental flavor top ramen

1 TBS butter

Mandrine Oranges

Sesame Seeds

Slivered Almonds

DRESSING

1/2 cup salad oil - I like to use olive oil, but it does have a stronger taste than other oils

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1/2 cup sugar (could use less, but who am I kidding - I always use the full 1/2 cup)

1 TBS Soy Sauce

In a frying pan, melt butter and then break up the 3 packages of top ramen and stir into the melted butter.  Keep the noodles moving around until they are lightly toasted (you still want them to be crunchy).  Turn off heat and sprinkle the seasoning packets over the noodles and let cool. 

DRESSING:  Mix all ingredients in blenderr.

In a large bowl mix the lettuce, onions, chicken and cooled top ramen noodles.  Pour on the dressing and mix with the entire salad.  

 

Make sure you check out the links below to see how a few other photographers spent the 10th of June.

Sara Arrigoni from The Blessed Everyday

Beth Wendland from Life As A Sports Mom

And our guest blogger, Jennifer, who is blogging about a day in the life of a chef's wife

 

Make sure you follow me on instagram, @theamyrhodes.  I am doing a year long project revolving around gratitude.  Many days has turned into a hunt for pretty light.

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