April 30, 2019
Waning Moon
Lake Lagunitas: Sunny Hill/Horse Trough

Holden, Theo & Ellie absent.  Josie, her brother and Mother met us there.

Well, this was truly a great day!  And, here is how it started.  Eamon showed up and then Luna. Eamon asked if Luna would sit next to him. She said yes.  However, since there were only the two of them we thought we could bring the twins of the stuffed animals out and buckle them up for the first time.  When that happened, Eamon wound up getting both the Turkey Vultures and buckling them up next to him.  Luna didn’t mind as she had other stuffed animals next to her. Ruby took so many out and buckled them all up and then, we were indeed ready to go!

When we got to our spot, a spot we have not been to in quite a while, the horse trough was filled to the BRIM with wooden logs and such.  There was no way the horses could ever drink out of that so the four of us got to work to clean it out. We then got the buckets out and began, after getting the big pieces of wood out, scooping the water out.  Luna left after a while and then Eamon followed. Ruby and I kept going and then, in the end, it was Ruby that really finished the cleaning job as she took one of our towels and cleaned out all the grime and stink.  As that was all happening the automatic filler attached to this trough was filling it back up with clean water. In the end, Ruby’s ingenuity cleaned it SPICK AND SPAN!!!! However, I forgot to mention that, Luna and Eamon got the buckets in the beginning and worked dilgently to empty the water out with their own buckets!

While she was finishing the job just mentioned I am afraid that I was being put into jail for stealing jewelry! Can you imagine that??  The problem though is that I was part of the Wood Rat family and, if you know anything about them, they LOVE to take shinny things from people. They don’t even think two thoughts about it!!  But, I really did not like being in jail. I cried and asked if they would help me remember about not stealing next time I saw some that I thought was so lovely to take.  Their hearts softened and, they let me out. Phew! All was well and off we went.  🙂   So goes glorious games of imagination and growth through play.

Josie and family finally made it by 10 am.  Last night, you see, Josie’s little brother fell, hurt his head and they had to go to the emergency room and get his gash GLUED together!  It was grand that they finally made it and to have them all with us.  They all went over and started playing in the house that Luna and Eamon created and, after a time, we all came to Circle time. There we sang and learned about the Doug Fir cones. After snack Josie, in particular, picked a great deal of the fresh Spring Green tips on the Doug Fir tree for us to make tea from. Luna and Eamon came over later to help.

Some challenges came up for Luna and Eamon after of time of their playing happily together. The day began with Luna playing a lot of Eamon’s games.  But Eamon began to cry when Luna didn’t want to play his.  She did for quite some time and then wanted to play her Fairy games. But alas, he was clear that he did not. Oh dear, wanting to play together yet with different games so, I gave them a story about How the Ninja and the Rainbow Fairy helped each other out. It worked enough to where they listened all the way through and then, off they went again to play together.

After a time, when all the children were together, they closed their eyes, and did what Momma Mouse did in the story to find something; They closed their eyes, asked for what they wanted and then felt in the answer in their body. And the question they asked was, “Which way  would I like to go today?” And, THEY ALL WOUND UP POINTING IN THE SAME DIRECTION! And off we went.  Down to Bon Tempe to a spot they love we went but alas, that was just a stones throw so, we took Josie’s family around to see other treasures of ours until, we wound up at the bench where we tried our best to sneak up on someone once.  It was a perfect place to stay for lunch and play. And here we found GRAND treasures of nature.

Eamon found Frog Eggs that it turns out had already left their egg sack and then I saw a Dragon Fly that seemed like maybe it had just died. Eamon wound up looking closer and found the nymph skin and, the Dragon Fly moved. At which point Eamon yelled “It moved!!”  And sure enough the Dragon Fly moved and it turns out, had JUST come out of its nymph body. We stayed and watched it puff up, then went to lunch as it still was getting ready to fly and then after lunch we kept checking on it. And then, it’s wings and body was fully pumped up. Eamon went to get it on his hand, it went there and the FFFLLLEEEEEWWWWW away. We were all in awe.

Luna loves the ducks and they came by.  There was climbing of trees, and playing up and down hills.  The explorations and fun that was going on was grand and then, it was time to go back for our Tea Party. We were going to have our Doug Fir Tip Tea with ALL of the stuffde animals.

When we got back to the bus the children brought all the stuffed animals out, and we had our grand tea party. Then we got in the bus, Josie, little brother and all and made our way home. And Ruby shared such a grand tale of the adventures of the day along with the wonderful drawing of their thank you’s.

It was simply a peacefully and deeply nature connected day.

April 25, 2019
Waning Moon
Lake Alpine

Luna off to work with Mom for Go to Work with Mom day.

So, it was Josie and the boys and, a great deal of warm Sun!

Josie, fairly soon as we got there found, with Ruby, a stick, fishing line and a feather.  They made a beautiful weather stick, or that is what it looked like. For circle I asked if she would like to be the Weather Watcher with her stick and she seemed happy to do so. She always likes that job!  Holden and Eamon were content being snack helpers and Theo wanted to help fold the mats.

We stayed in our area that we were in for awhile. Holden LOVED running down the hill and FLOPPING on to the ground. I think at first he didn’t mean to slip and slid but after that he loved it and kept doing it and doing it.  Theo and Eamon tried it yet, I must say, Holden had it down!  The boys, led by Eamon, went over with great curiosity with what Josie was doing and there they all stood at the edge of the lake like happy fisher people.  Theo was his usual self IMMERSED into finding bugs and such. He found many Cicada skins. They all really liked seeing those. It is spring and there were many, particularly this year. And, we were surrounded by their sounds on and off in this area.

Spring was surrounding us with it’s new life and vibrancy every where we turned.  Josie found the fresh Rattle Snake weed and ate a great deal throughout the day with joy.

As we went on our adventure we went to check out the spill way and the place that we have walked across when there is no water. Holden instantly went sliding down it, Theo followed and then they would climb up and down and do it again.  Eamon went down yet climbing up was hard for him. Holden instantly tried to help him yet in truth, he wasn’t strong enough to do so, though his attempts WERE valiant.  Ruby and I coached him through it and he made it and then did it one more time. Theo discovered a specific way of sliding down that he then realized ripped the most of the back side of his pants off. All the children thought that that was very funny, as you can imagine. 🙂

Then, off we went down the top side of the dam. There were crystals found in the ground and the heat of the day pouring upon us. We finally made it to the other side and went into the woods, down a skinny trail and to the place we wanted to go. However, there were happy and quiet fishermen there so, we back tracked and found a small place to sit and eat lunch.

There we ate. A Dragon fly came to visit us and then we saw many others.  The question of what they were doing flying together came up.  We said it was Spring and they were making more of themselves.  “How do they do that?’ one of the boys asked. I said ” They have a very special dance that they do.”  Oh yes, I have seen them do that” One of them said. And Theo and Holden did a little wiggle dance. Like the Dragon flies soaring together.  All was easy and questions satiated.  Theo had asked about death at the beginning of the day so I told them a creation story of How Death came to Be. The gist: The world got TOOO full, when we don’t know when someone or something is going to die it helps us to remember to be as kind as we can and appreciative to the precious people and things in our lives and the lives of others. And, even when they leave their bodies they are always in our hearts and sending us love.

We had fun at our spot watching a Mallard couple swimming about.  Holden in particular was very happy to see them and to share this joy with the others.  We left this area and walked back to the bus. There were our fun Hide and go Seek games along the way and enjoyment of the gentle breeze in the midst of such warmth.

Back at the bus, Ruby drove and I read a book that, Eamon in particular love’s called What a Mess.  In truth this was read because Eamon has requested it several times from the last time I read it.   I wasn’t able to finish it but we had a lot of laughs all the way home with it. We then got there early so we went down to the creek and played there until they got picked up.

 

 

April 23, 2019
Waning Crescent Moon
Lagunitas creek near the Ink Wells

Josie absent today.

Today I knew that it was going to actually be HOT/81/87 degrees so, what better day then this to take them to this place. This is a place that none of them have been to before. It was quiet, away from people and a freedom that we do not usually have. Here we were able to have, for whoever wanted, to play with matches in order to practice lighting the tinder bundle.  Ellie and Theo were the only ones who wanted to.  We had hoped there would be some ground for making more plaster casts of their foot prints but alas, the ground did not support that.

When we first got there though they had a grand time climbing down a big hill, over a big log and onto a gravel beach. There the boys went straight to climbing and Holden into the water fairly quickly.  There was much debate as to when and/or not when to get wet. There were no extra clothes this day accept for Holden so,they had a lot of personal negotiations with this as to, “Am I going to get wet? or ” How much of my clothes can I get wet? or, “Do I want to go in my underwear and get wet?”. They really worked it and each came up with their own decisions, which were supported and they got to feel in an easy way.

When we very first got there the sun was covered over by clouds. When it became uncovered and great warmth rested down upon us the thought that they would dry out was exciting to them. Eamon then found some shorts in his backpack and a new possibility arose!  Theo just decided to go for it in his clothes and see how much they would dry by the end of the day and Holden, he knew he had clothes to change into!

The girls had a grand time playing “family”.  Luna was happy and self directed when it came to getting naked. Closer to the end of the day Ellie joined her and they both lounged on the warm rocks with utter relaxation, rest and happiness.

Throughout the day we “worked” with fire and materials for fire.  We then  had a contest on who could find the roundest and smoothest rocks and then who could find heart rocks and how many different colored rocks we could find.

Theo LOVES collecting bugs and such. He brought his “bug collector” container and found a dead bee and a dead..?  He and Holden were engrossed in such things.  Eamon loved, finally, getting into the water and playing in there. This took him a while but then he slipped and fell in only to discover that he was so happy there.

All the children worked together with their search for the above things. Ruby and I came to look at the round and smooth rocks as that was the contest. Luna and Ellie decided to work together on this and, as it turns out, they won. When we got back in the bus to leave they were given some gifts. Ellie a stone and Luna a beautiful Oyster shell for digging.

This was a day of ease, exploration, beauty, SO MANY INCREDIBLE BIRD VOICES that we were trying to see and hear more, testing physical limits with climbing over, under and around big logs, and unity as a group. There were some cuts to be taken care of by the Guardians of Safety, Luna and Ellie, and curiosities of the many things around us.  A most wonderful hot day!!!!!