You guessed it, today’s Friday Five from the RevGalBlogPals
is all about play. I know I’ve promised many of you a post or two about my journey of becoming a United States Citizen and I promise I will get there but first lets play Friday Five!
1. Tell about your favorite outdoor play: Being a mom of a little boy who loves to be outside but also being a mom who is at times limited to how much physical activity I can do, I’m often trying to strike a delicate balance. Allowing myself to free enough to play with him and yet taking care of my body. Last summer at the beach our family bought an Angry Bird kite (yes at one if those cheesy beach stores). My husband groaned a bit about the $5 kite and another $5 for a nicer reel. That night we headed out to the beach as a family and I can’t tell you for certain who had more fun (my husband, my then 6 year old or me). Guess what we did the next day? Yup went back and bought another kite. I LOVE flying a kite it’s so freeing for me . Theres no better way to describe it than its FUN to fly a kite. The butterfly kite that is pictured is one I took at a recent family adventure to a Kite Festival in Salem, VA (one of the best days we’ve had as a family in a long time). Perhaps one day I will own a more girly kite but first I need to find a good spot locally to fly them.
Another simple and childlike thing i love to do outside is blow bubbles. My husband and I spent the better part of the evening of our 15th wedding anniversary blowing bubbles off the porch of a cabin in the mountains (so grateful for church members who share). It was so cool to sit and blow bubbles out of a variety of wands and bubble toys and watch them take on a life of their own. Blowing bubbles with my dear husband was great fun and its equally fun to blow them with my littleman. I also experience great joy watching him blow them and our dog jump to try to catch them.
I love to take pictures when I’m out and about. I’ve never taken a class, my pictures aren’t perfect, but seldom a day goes by that I don’t snap a picture (with my phone or my basic Fuji Finepix). Anything that catches my eye becomes a picture in my rather expansive digital collection. Pictures of flowers, pretty sunsets or cloud formations, pictures of people playing (especially my Littleman or those who I love), and life in general. After all there is a famous saying “A picture speaks a thousand words!”
So in short: bubbles, kites, attempts of taking pictures and occasionally a creation with colorful chalk.
2. Tell about your favorite indoor play: knitting, sewing, crafting, coloring. Yarn brings me a sense of deep peace and there’s not much better than a comfy place to sit, something to drink, and a groups of like minded fiber loving friends. Ahh I miss my Friday evenings at a Tea House In the metro Atlanta area. A well loved hymn of mine has these words “What brought us together, what joined our hearts….” For this group of fiber loving friends it was the fiber and knitting (ok and crocheting) that brought us together and it was the fellowship, the laughter, and the friendship that emerged out of an otherwise unlikely crew. It is this group I miss the most since our move to NC in 2011.
Coloring is another favorite indoor play activity. I am a happy girl with a new set of Crayola crayons, markers, or pencils (or any variations of them). What’s even better in the last couple of years is coloring and creating with a littleman who has certainly stolen my heart. I have a great rolling tray in my office loaded with colorerful goodness waiting to be…..
3. Tell about a game you (or your friends) created: Not sure I’ve ever created a game. Except variations of games to teach church history or to try to help my child master spelling words or math facts. I know those are lame games but that’s all I’ve got.
4. Tell about a game that is new to you: I love my iPad and therefore love discovering different apps. Recently I took a break from Words with Friends (which I love but am not all that great at) and Gems with Friends. Not sure why I took that break but if anyone is interested in a new partner – let me know. I’d love to play a few games of words with a few of my revgal pals!
5. Tell how you would like to incorporate play into your workday: Another tough but good question. I think about coloring, knitting, sewing, etc but I seldom have the discipline to work them into my work day. I encourage others to play and to make time for themselves. Truth be told I need to pencil in, no use a bold sharpie, more time for play throughout my day, my week, my month, and my year. Time to play in silence and alone, times to play with my husband and littleman and time to play with friends. For with play comes laughter and joy and that would be good for my soul! Play date anyone?