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Thursday, March 10, 2011

reclaiming sundays... with mud and sticks

One of the perks of our work is that we get to take students camping a couple of times a year for lectures "in the bush". Imagine 200+ people in the middle of nowhere. We're talking massive bonfires, a sprawling tent city, long lines for the one toilet and shower (per gender), a trailer full of food, gas BBQs for cooking, and three generator-powered refrigerators.

Oh, and a make-shift classroom in a huge shed near the edge of the paddock.

It's madness.

And it's so. much. fun.

So last weekend, we had an amazing day "reclaiming Sunday"... on our day off up there in the bush: Monday.

It was a great time for being half-dressed and playing the drums on a log...

For stick hunting with little friends...

For chasing after very large bulls who kept roaming through "our" field...

For eating stuff...

For getting our hands dirty... along with everything else...

And of course for bucket baths (that baby used to actually fit in!)...

And cool hair-dos... 

... cuz being clean is the perfect way to end a rock-sorting, stick-pounding, grass-rubbing, bull-chasing, terrain-exploring, fresh air-enjoying sort of day.

And now that we're back all shiny and clean in our lovely home with electricity and phone service and one shower per three people... I'm kicking myself for not being more deliberate about taking photos that include a little more of Ryan and I. (I did get a few less than impressive ones.) 

But rest assured, Levi isn't the only one that had a great time.

Oh camping, how we love thee... rain, mud, dirt, gray skies, and all.

Dear friends, it was fun to have our "Sunday" on Monday this week and get to spend time with friends enjoying the Aussie bush. What have you done this week to be deliberate about making family time to rest and refresh and just have some plain-old fun?

home now... clean and rested,

Note: You can read my original post with more of what this is all about here. If you'd like to grab the Reclaiming Sundays button and join in with our family's quest to make some more time for rest in our busy lives, then please feel free. (And remember, your "Sundays" don't have to literally be on Sundays... any old day will do, as long as it's deliberate.) Make sure to leave me your link so I can visit!

(And don't worry, the button will display on your blog as a normal button size!:)

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At March 11, 2011 at 2:01 AM , Blogger cooperl788 said...

Awww, what a great camping trip! It's so awesome that you take Levi camping. I always think how much fun it would be to take Georgia, but I have to be honest with myself, I really don't do so well "roughing" it. Maybe if we took an RV...
Anyway, that picture of Levi getting his hands dirty is too cute, especially with his dirty knees to match!

At March 11, 2011 at 4:46 AM , Blogger JIll said...

Ok so I love the bucket bath pictures. It reminds me of the pictures I have of me when I was little taking "dock baths". I grew up spending summers on our family boat and when I was Levi's age my parents would hose us down on the dock. Oh what fun.

At March 11, 2011 at 5:14 AM , Blogger Branson @ Reflection of Something said...

Oh my goodness, so cute! I love it!

At March 11, 2011 at 10:39 AM , Blogger Nessa said...

little red velcro shoes - so cute! I always forget to take pictures of the adults now - the baby gets the best shots.

At March 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM , Blogger Casey Martinez said...

oh these pictures are darling..pantsless and with cute red shoes and then the bath pictures oh how sweet!!! He is too cute!! Looks like a great way to spend some quality family time!! Does he sleep well in a tent with you guys? DAisy would be a nightmare to tent sleep with. lol


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