Waning Crescent Moon
Ruby was gone today. We began our first drop off and pick up at Perri Park. It was a great Success! There was cell reception and a “beach” so says Eli, to play at. This beach is down by the creek. This place is wonderful to play at and it was truly good to be able to receive calls and texts from folks who might be in need of getting in touch with us.
The weather was warm, sunny and with a gentle breeze as we ushered ourselves into the bus.
Driving away was easeful and faster to get to Roy’s due to our new pick up and drop off spot. When we got there they immediately remembered this place and that place. Kai let me know that the “house” that no longer had a roof and the branch bridge was put there by students from his Mommies school. Having this community unity is so wonderful. The children played for awhile and then we came in for circle.
We were very, very blessed with Isabella’s Mommies muffins. Last week Isabella really wanted to have those again and here it actually happened!! The children were very, very happy about this. While we were in circle and singing Eli noticed a little boy and his Father playing behind us at the creek. He wanted to invite them over for snack. When they Father and son got a little closer to us Eli went over to ask if they would join us but got a little shy and did not, at first. But then he came back to see if someone would go with him to ask. No one wanted to except Kuba who actually did not go. Eli then brought the little boy a muffin from snack, came back and then we asked if he wanted to invite him to story. Eli then asked him if he wanted to come for story. So, the boy and his father came over and joined us. After circle they went back to themselves but later on Eli invited the boy over to see how they were “chopping down a tree.” The little boy was happy to partake. The sticks were getting a bit whirly while chopping the tree so they all began to take turns chopping down this little tree with their sticks/hatchets. They took turns BEAUTIFULLY!!!
Round and round the circle they went chopping the tree and taking turns.
When that all subsided we then went over to one of the bouncy trees. The little boy joined us. Eli then took him on a grand adventure up the hill to some great Redwood “homes” while the others were being bounced by Linda. They were HAPPY!!!
The little boy had to go but he did not want to go. Eli helped him down the big hill again. It turns out they were just looking at Tender Tracks and thinking it might be a good school for their son. I just love synchronicity!
So, they left and we packed up to find our way to our other bouncy tree and our Redwood Circle to have lunch. Off through the woods we went to see if we could find our way. I wish to share that Isabella has a really good sense of direction. No matter where we are she is very skilled at orienting. There were a few cross roads and the children were figuring out which way to go. Finally Kuba and Linda went one way and we went the other. Linda had a sound that we could use so we wouldn’t ultimately loose each other. The children really liked using that call to keep in touch with each other. We finally all met back up, dropped our packs in the Redwood Circle and began to explore. Kuba loved being on the bouncy tree mostly, and the rest were running around having fun climbing on the trees and such.
We had lunch pretty soon after that. Eli got cold and loved running around the tree we were in and climbing up the side for everyone to see.
After lunch Kuba wound up playing mostly on the bouncy tree with Linda and I was playing hide and go seek with the other three. Today the three of them played so very well with each other though at times it was still clear that Kai really likes to play with Isabella and have her to himself. Again, inspite of that the three of them played very well together. It was delightful to see how they scampered off so quickly to hide and squeezed themselves into such tight little spots inside tree holes or under logs.
We then became like the fox in our story and walked ever so quietly to try and sneak up on Linda and Kuba!!!
During one of our songs in the morning we wanted to see if we could see any of the beings that are waking up this time of year: butterflies, bees, frogs, ants, lady bugs. We saw none all day accept when we were walking back we saw some butterflies!! It was a delight!