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Play // Five Minute Friday

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Summer brings long days of sunshine and warm nights. When I was a child, I lived for nights of Kick the Can, Hide N Go Seek, Hopscotch, Jump Rope and bike riding. I would play outside with friends for hours until I heard the voice of my mother telling me it was time to come in.

Life today doesn’t afford me a lot of play time, or so it seems. My days are spent working and my nights are filled with cooking, cleaning, running the kids here and there and taking care of my family. But if I were to allow myself time to play outside on a warm summer night, here are some things I imagine I would do:

fly a kite
run through the sprinklers
dip my toes in the creek
chase a fire fly
eat s’mores by the fire
sleep under the stars
ride a ferris wheel
catch a movie at the drive in theatre
worship around the camp fire
walk on the beach at sunset

How do you like to play on a warm summer night?

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18 thoughts on “Play // Five Minute Friday”

  1. Tara says:

    I have such fond childhood memories of playing outside. And the things you dream of doing, I want to do some of them too. I’ve actually gotten to do a few of them this summer; a campfire, making s’mores, dipping my toes in water, etc.

    1. Barbie says:

      I have such fond memories of those times Tara. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Barbie says:

      I rode a bike a lot as a child. I haven’t been on a bike in years. Thanks for sharing Annette!

    1. Barbie says:

      My husband use to enjoy a good round of golf. I’ve been praying for you this week Andrew and will continue.

  2. Sarah Geringer says:

    Love this, Barbie! I can so relate. Not much time to play in my life either, and I’d be happy to choose a few activities on your list, if I could! #14 at FMF this week.

    1. Barbie says:

      I think we both need to take more time to play Sarah! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

  3. Debbie Putman says:

    Loved you list, especially worship around the campfire. It brings back memories of Girl Scout camping trips and the pure joy of singing with friends.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you for stopping by Debbie!

  4. Lisa Brittain says:

    {play} stay outside until dark. late night dinners on the patio. watermelon and popsicles in the cul de sac. beach walks. riding bikes barefoot. walks with friends. husband. sons and parents. dogs. neighbors. friends and family. warmth on the face. gardening. flowers. vegetables and fruit.

    1. Barbie says:

      Oh yes! I love your list Lisa!

  5. June says:

    Those all sound so fun, Barbie! I loved playing along the creek as a kid. And catching cat fish after dark when we visited our friends in the Adirondack mtns of New York state. Flying a kite would be fun and these breezy days we’ve had would be perfect for it! I think we all need to play more! Have a blessed week, friend!

    1. Barbie says:

      Yes we do. If only there were time enough in the day for good play. Blessings!

  6. Bethany Boring says:

    I think you listed all of my faves! Best new tradition for us has been making homemade ice-cream 🙂

    1. Barbie says:

      We love homemade ice cream! Thanks for stopping by Bethany!

  7. Anita Ojeda says:

    I’m in Alaska this summer (going on week 5, I have 10 days left), and I find myself sitting around a campfire at 10 at night looking for shade because between the fire and the sun, it’s a little hot ;). Other days have been filled with constant drizzle, and in the evenings we play Spite and Malice (I remember the Kick the Can days, though!).

    1. Barbie says:

      I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska! I’ll have to look up Spite and Malice. Sounds fun!

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