Jan. 8, 2019
Lake Lagunitas
Waxing Crescent Moon

The day was sprinkling most of the day with gray covering the sky throughout.  All the children were here with tales of their holidays.  And, we had new things for the children straight away. Up on our chalkboard were four tracks that they guessed what they were as I told them a story.  One or the other guessed what the animal was and all were filled with joy over this fun game/story.  We were all dressed in our rain clothes, ready to go so, off we went.

When we got to our beloved site we set up our  seat buckets as the ground was not only wet but quite muddy. The buckets were helpful.  But, before circle what should happen???  “Wendolyn, Wendolyn, Eamon lost his boot in the mud and he can’t find it!”  Running over to him I did and it was true!  Where was his boot??  He stood there with a very muddy sock and a boot that I could not find. The children thought this was exceptionally funny. I got a stick and poked and poked while Eamon kept trying to guide me to where it was and then, finally, I saw a sliver of his boot, hooked it with a stick and pulled it out.  Ruby took over from there and got Eamon all cleaned up!

At circle it was a double birthday party time.  Eamon was Jan. 7th and Josie on this very day!  But before birthday celebration the children gathered something that they liked to bring to circle.  They then got a special task for a new song we are learning. It is a song we sing to the 7 directions each day: East, South, West, North Above, Below and the Heart that holds it all together.  They each got corn meal to give as a gift after each song to the direction.  We then learned another song about Jackie Frost and then all about the 12 months, four seasons, and 7 days of the week.  And Then….. to story.

We lit the story candle but the rain kept putting it out so we took the light that lives in our hearts all the time and let that burn brightly as the tale was told.  They then received their special gift and then gave out the snack that they both brought to share with everyone.  We then got new jobs and off to play they went.

We packed up and began our adventure at about 11:30.  They loved jumping in the puddles, climbing the big stairs, making their way through Woodpecker heaven and looking for the Mighty Crawdads that we had found on the trail on past adventures.  Sadly, we found none:(

They did, however, find the Fairy Pond in the tree we always pass.  And then, we made camp at the Tree that lays down in the water and lets them climb up it.  Yippeee as they had so much fun playing, on, in and around this great tree.  Climbing up it and down it took care for self and for each other. It was slippery.  Luna crawled down it to get down touching the two different parts saying “hard, soft, hard, soft, hard, soft….” and Josie laughed as she did this and then made sure she came down without falling.  The boys were playing, easily and happily guns but then Uma and Josie said they were shooting at them. The boys, actually, are very peaceful about it all and, another truth, the girls kind of egged them on.  This was mentioned every so gently and then it was time for guns to take a reprieve. Later on Josie and Uma got above them and began shooting so, the recess from guns went both ways.  I then began making them spears and showing them how to fish and have, safe, target practice.  Eamon came running out to Ruby saying “The Ancestors are showing us how to fish with spears!!!” He was happy. The rest of the day we spent making spears for them and they learning how to use them safely in and around each other.

We had an incredible time at lunch as well. At first they were filled with a great deal of cross talk and chaos.  We then brought their attention to the Great and beautiful Egret that alighted upon a tree near us.  We all got very, very still and quiet and watched this beautiful being, for quite some time. We sat so still that then two crows came upon the tree branches near the Egret. But then, the first loud sound and whoosh they all flew away.

On our way home all was fine until right at the end when Ellie fell straight down upon her face!  Ruby tended to her. Eamon, Theo and Holden were with their spears and doing a GRAND job of using them wisely.  I asked them, as great Warriors and Guardians, to go check on Ellie and to stand around her. And, as they did that to make sure everything was safe all around her. They went right to it but it was Eamon who stayed to see how she was really doing.

We all finally made it to the bus with our end of the day rituals and then off we went back home.

Dec. 20, 2018
Waxing Moon
Lake Lagunitas

All were here, the sky was foggy and grey all day and the air was cool and in need of warm coats unless running around quite a bit.  Ruby and I were instantly greeted with presents from some of the children with delighted faces to be giving us something.  Throughout the day we opened some up here and some over there with the children who gave them and shared with everyone the beauty. What a treat!

We set up our home base where we used to, near our first “Back Pack Tree” and Fire pit.  Ruby and I brought out many things and they were wondering, wondering all the while, “What are we doing? What is all of this?” and little by little the answers showed themselves.

Josie and Uma carried the buckets for us to sit on out to the circle in a very comical way. They did finally get there. Ellie helped get water in one of our cooking pots and Theo got water in another one.  They all set up their bucket seats around the fire pit but, “are we going to have a fire??”  No, not really. And then our one burner camp stove was put on there. Then a pot with another pot inside it with, “What was that??”  We took out something yellow and chunky and they smelled it. “What do you think this is or what does it smell like?”  Beeswax! some figured out. We melted that, got all settled in, sang our songs, and heard a fine story that is a deeper unfolding of the story they have been hearing. In the tale, they saw how Trilly Trully and Trippy Troopy learned to hammer open stones and find crystals and how to make candles for their lanterns.  We then had a wonderful special snack that the Gnomes had shared with Trilly Trully and Trippy Troopy and that they shared with me and now I was sharing with the children. They ate up with delight. Luna and Eamon cleaned up snack and then the boys asked for the hammers.  They hammered and hammered the rocks around us looking for crystals.  They did not find any. Eamon told me of his crystal and rock collection that he is starting at home and wanted to find more and more.  This hammering happened on and off throughout the day.

Finally came the time to dip our candles. We sang our song that they have been singing all month as we dipped. Round and round the campfire they went taking turns dipping and watching their candles get larger and larger. Then we tended to getting the candles sturdily in their lanterns. They went off for a bit more and then, we called them back in for a wonderful adventure to find the gifts the Gnomes left for them. We quietly walked over to the forest, lit our candles and walked around looking, looking until…What did they find??? A Gnome and large Geode wrapped up neatly for them. They took them to the nearby table, opened them and some starting asking, “What are you going to call your Gnome??”

Soon after they got their hammers and cracked them open. What did they find but beautiful crystals!!!  Uma was the only one that did not hammer hers open and Luna tried but hit herself and snuggled in my arms for a bit as that oowwee settled down. Which it did and she was happy for that.

Later, she and Ellie figured out how to crawl through the small culvert nearby. They showed the other children and all had a great deal of fun crawling through it or watching the others do so.

At the end of the day there were a few rousing Coyote and Rabbit chase games as well as Bandaid tag and then off to home we went with an encouragement to light their candles the next night as, it will be the LONGEST night of the year. They made such beautiful lanterns that let the stars from inside beam brightly out to the night.

Dec. 19, 2018
Waxing Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Gideon was absent.

Oh my, what a beauty filled day.  The sky was gray and the air was cool yet, our hearts were warm and filled with life. On the drive up Ellery was SO happy and filled with life that she gleefully sang sweet made up songs all the way up.  A few of the other children sang gently too but I think they were all mostly listening to HER!  It was glorious to feel, hear and see her joy and contentedness.

When we got to the lakes they went out and found our sunny spot where we set up our circle.  They are always ready for this.  There was some time taken for the first thing in the morning bathroom needs, checking their favorite places out and then coming in.

At circle we had a very special Holiday treat and drink and then the story culminated in a wonderful Angel helping two very kind and generous little boy and girl.  The story was showing the way for what was to take place at the end of the day.  They were, as usual, present, alive and soaking everything in. We then got ready for a wonder-filled adventure walk to find “Woodpecker Heaven” and all the wonders around us.

When the children climbed to the top of the stone stairs we take to get to the large walkway I was reminded of what they were like when they first started school and trying to walk these large stairs.
It was awkward and their little bodies could barely get up. Now, Rohin scrambled up without asking for a hand, at all!  Beau was at the top before anyone with Nathan right behind and so it went.
At the top they found PUDDLES!!!! and ran right through each one as they went to the other end of the long ridge top.  We looked out at the water to see if there were ducks.  Ellery spotted one right away. We looked for more but did not see them.

As we walked through “Woodpecker Heaven” and saw and heard many of them, we came up on a Beautiful Egret hunting for food. Nelly and Addie stayed with Ruby longer than the rest of us as they watched and watched. Addie LOVED this bird so much and told us all about it.

Walking down the trail was filled with fun games of Red Light, Green Light and Different animal walks running towards me and away from me. We found our spot for the day and set up there.
The waters in the lake seemed high and the Fog was all around us with a magical feel to it.  The Woodpeckers pecked and pecked, the Dark Eyed Juncos were flitting about and some birds in the Lake had their voice added to the sweet sounds that were sung all around us.

The children were climbing up the big laying down tree, well some of them, while others played down below.  When we came together for lunch we sat quietly at times to hear all these wondrous sounds. And then, after lunch, it was time to go back for something special.

It turned out that the Angels from the story wished the children to have their own special Guardian Angel. So, in the forest near us, the children used their great eyes, looked all around and, what did they find??? ANGELS, one for each one of them. Soft, gentle angels with wings to take their gentle nighttime whispers before bedtime and then fly them away to where all wishes are heard.

The children were so delighted with their new friends. We got on the bus and they held them well with them in their laps, under their clothes.

This was a most precious day with them. They can run farther, climb faster, laugh harder and are enjoying the day’s weather changes with such ease.  They are becoming far more involved with their play as parallel play takes more and more of a back seat.

Nelly was delighted when Addie was sitting next to her in the bus. Beau is playing easier with the children and coming into his three-year-old stride. Nathan, well, Nathan is still just as happy, adventurous and easy going as he has always been. Rohin is ALIVE, laughing, and enjoying so much more as well as being able to voice his feelings more.  Addie was holding hands and playing with Sienna today and playing more with, not alongside of, the other children.  Ellery was happier than ever and able to be less with Sienna and Sienna is even more active and present with all.