Palo Alto Tender Tracks Wed. Nov. 13, 2013 Day 11

Waxing Crescent Moon
Foothill Park- The Big Meadow

Emme and Hailey were home sick today.   The sun was shinning and the day was, in the Sun, very, very warm.  Even away from the Sun it was just slightly cool.   The bus ride was sweet and when we got there they gaily jumped out to play and run about.  Half of them went to the bathroom with me and the other half stayed with Bosch under the grand tree where we eventually had circle.
We sang our new songs and had our Squirrel story from last week.  They are responding so well to this because straight away they were looking for holes in the ground where squirrels might have buried their nuts and looking up in the trees for Squirrels nests.   I saw a butterfly and they stared with great focus where I pointed to in order to find it.
We then walked down the big open lawn space to get to the meadow with scat discoveries, bird sightings and a pond to check out.
We set up our things under the traditional tree camp and carried on with play, eating and exploring.
Eric, Dahlia, Nareya and Natalie went far off down the meadow and up into the the Pine trees. There they played. Eric began rolling down the hill, Natalie went away and I became a bird behind a tree.  She happily found me by the call I was making and then the others came to.  We scattered from there.  The others were playing with Bosch as he was up in the tree letting leaves gently fall down from the tree. Just the way the song we have been singing spoke about!
I brought out a big bag of some of the acorns that we have harvested.  We got rocks from the water near us and used those for pounding.  Jasper, Eric, Natalie and Anissa were very happy pounding with Bosch.  I cut some Cattails down for fishing poles. Aurora was having a grand time climbing through bramble to get closer to the water. Dahlia, Natalie and Naraya were playing near the water spot and they all finally took off their shoes to either play in the water or on the grass.
Each interest lasted about 20 minutes and then moved on to the next.
I began to crawl with Dahlia along the ground looking for ducks further away. I thought I heard a frog so we were looking for them too.   All of them wound up crawling or following us. Then a game of, put them on our feet while we were lying down and bounching them up and down happened with Bosch and I bouncing and bouncing them up and down. However, his long legs and high lift was THE HIT OF THE DAY!!!
After this there was more eating and then playing with BOTH of our hair.  They made our hair all special for a very long time to “get ready for the wedding.”  I began to bury myself under leaves and then Eric, Aurora and Dahlia really wanted to be buried.  At first Annisa kept taking the leaves off but then she, like Natalie and all the others became Squirrels and they were taking the leaves in their mouths like Squirrels and giving them to us to bury.  And on and on all of this and the day went until it was time to find our way back to the bus.
It was a full, yet also relaxing and very playful, enjoyable day.

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