Xander joined Tender Tracks today. He and his family are just wonderful and he was welcomed very nicely. Michelle was held up due to construction and the awful incident that happened in Marin. I did not hear about it until the end of the day but cars were being stopped and checked, which included Michelle.
When she had come we were all so happy to see her and she was warmly greeted. She in turn greeted Xander. At our circle we played our game to get to continue our journey in getting to know each other and, we began some of our new October songs. Then Michelle told us a great Acorn story and how they got their caps which was to lead us into cracking open the acorns we gathered. But first, before anything could happen after circle we were to play BANDAID TAG!!!! This was very, very fun and most of us were running running all over accept Aaron and Ariel who were busy cooking things and needed a pot to do so. An imaginary one did not seem to do the trick either. Aaron asked if anyone brought a diaper to play diaper tag and we all REALLY wanted to finally know how to play this game he has been telling us about. He finally told us and we all laughed. But, still no one had a diaper to play so, back to bandaid tag!!
It then became time to begin sewing their Tinder Bundle pouches and crack open those acorns so, some were with Michelle and some with me. My group went down to the creek to find just the right rocks to pound the acorns with. I had a very good time with Rhett, Ione, Alara and Layton. Ione LOVED the little maggot worms that were found in some of the acorns and they became her tenderly cared for friends that she shared with everyone. There is still much to do with regard to getting all the sewing done, then putting on the buttons and then finger knitting the straps so this project will take awhile. However we DO need to find the dry tinder as quickly as we can before the rains, that we keep hearing about, will come.
After this it was very much lunch time so we made our lunch place but alas, the Yellow Jackets came swooping out of what seemed like no where so we moved far away and into the sunlight. Being in the sun was a bit challenging yet lunch was eaten.
They then discovered the great climbing Redwood Tree near us and what a beautiful sight it was to see them all at different places on the tree, like colorful christmas lights.
The children thought that they saw a snake in a little water lid covered spot. Some were poking it, Ione was highly opposed to that ( so were MIchelle and I, for a variety of reasons) and others were just so curious. Others found a safety spot to run to and many went to check that out.
At the end of the day we had fine conversations about the animals and what they need right now: water, food and safety. This means that they often hide in little places and it could be very dangerous for us to poke about in those places. Michelle left and I told a story about how the Rattle snake came to be and why it rattles before it strikes in the bus on the way back.