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Waxing Crescent Moon
Lake Lagunitas

What a glorious day with six words that sum it up: Stillness, observation, and walking with wonderful joy.

They started out with their usual exuberance and still filled with joy over hiding the grease board.   They finally settled from that, got in their seats and then I shared with them the new songs of the month/season.  Aero likes to sing but Bodhi does not and doesn’t like him to but Aero did any way with a big smile.   The songs are words and hand movements and all about rabbits and different animals with movements.
We then went off to our adventures to Lake Lagunitas.    I started out with working with them on making a map.  We noticed where the sun was in relationship to the bus and drew that on the grease board. They looked out the window to see where the Sun was but they were filled with such youtuful goofiness that continuing on was pointless!!  So, I dropped that and just walked us all through where we were going and where things are in a playful manner. It really works best with this age anyway.    We checked out the waterfalls and the water level.  It is SO VERY, VERY FUN to check this out each week because it changes every single day that I/we come!
We made our way to the left and they became very intrigued with a big log and a culvert and we explored that for awhile. Then, up a big hill we climbed. They remembered being here and wanted to tip over the cone that they did last time but alas, the orange cones/hats, were no where to be seen so up the trail we went until we got to the damn where the Comorants sit and mingle with each other or swim on the water.  Bodhi wanted to sit and watch them again but Aero wanted to go and eat Sour grass down a ways from there like he has done with his family.  We went down this skinny trail and he started to shimmy around and over skinny rocks and up a steep hill.  Bodhi REALLY wanted to go that way but  kept getting stuck, stuck yet wanting to keep going yet believing that he couldn’t do it. He was in a real dilema and had lot’s of tears over this.  Aero with his calm and gentle presence was more then willing to help Bodhi and Bodhi took his assistance gratefully. However, he kept getting so worked up and upset that I calmly suggested we go back the way we had originally started. Purnat wanted that and we all helped Bodhi get over the hurdles he was experiencing.

By this time Purnat was hungry.  They walked past the place we went to a time before and Bodhi and Aero went that way yet I encouraged them to go another way for a new experience.   Down the trail we went until we went a way, that it seemed we also went last time. Bodhi scurried to find the same old wonderful little home, he called it, underneath brambles and bushes. Followed him we did until he was content with where we were. It was a bit tight for all of us so I moved  slightly further down and Purnat and I settled there. Aero came with us shortly after and Bodhi stayed in his cozy little place while we all ate.  While we were eating and watching all the birds and wildlife around us, we heard a very big sound. It was a Helicopter.  We couldn’t see it for the longest of time and then, it finally came into view.  We watched as it flew over the mountains across the way from us.  It had something very long dangling from it.  A person?  It could have been!  But then, it hovered over this hill across the way that looked to me like it had a Pagoda on it. Purnat thought that it was a Hospital and Aero thought that it was too small for a hospital.  The Helicopter got lower and lower until it placed the object? person? down and then flew off.  Well it was now clear that it was NOT a person as this thing stayed tall, long and immobile.  The Helicopter came back and forth with bundles after this about five times.  We were all so engrossed in this journey and filled with great wonder over what they were dropping, where they were going, where they came from, why were they doing this…… We tried to figure out where that Mt. was. Was it Mt. Tam? “No”, Purnat and Aero said, “It’s too small.”  And, all the while we were still watching all the soaring birds and listening to the Woodpeckers, Frogs and Crows talk and talk.

After all of this I thought it would be great to take them to a familiar place that I have always gone to from the other side.  Well, I did not realize how far it really was so we spent the rest of the day needing to keep on walking in order to get back on time.  It was wonderful, as I said, “to map” all of this.  We found three bridges and found  many wonderful places to play and explore for future adventures. And, we came across a California Newt that did not look very well so we stayed with it for awhile and then made sure that it was on the side of the trail.  There were so many things that caught their wonderful and curious attention yet alas, we needed to keep going.  Aero had no objection as he proclaimed, “This is fun!”  And off we went.  They were perfect with getting right into their seats and buckled up and then, off we went from an invigorating and delightful day, for all. Even Bodhi who got a bit scared at times.

Waning Crescent Moon
Deer Park

What an absolutely beautiful and fabulous day.  The boys were alive, bright and filled with fun and play.  They began the day with the joy of hiding the grease board with the note of where we are going to go and this time Purnat joined in. So, they were indeed a unified group. After playfully singing, getting stuffies and giving thanks for the day off we went.  When we arrived we began our journey and made it to the open meadow where the bicyclist love to make ramps and fly over them.  I found a shovel, Purnat got REALLY into having it and Aero found another. Bodhi was very unhappy that he couldn’t have it and found a way to wait his turn.  Aero after a time gave it to Bodhi and throughout the day this sort of initial struggle yet offering things one to the other took place.  More unifying actions.

Purnat got very into digging, Bodhi was into making mud cakes/ peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and Aero found a big Axe.  He LOVED this Axe and this one he very much did not want to share.  At the end of the day Purnat was convinced that because it was smaller it couldn’t be heavier than his taller shovel.  This is so very classic four year old cognitive thinking. It takes children a while to figure this piece out and it is always fun to see it happen just the way “the books” describe it.

The played and played her until I wanted to get them further into the woods and towards the radiant water, the “gift of the Cloud children.”  We made our way to the trail and once there they  then got very engaged in the path and where we might go.  The path had quite a few challenging parts. Bodhi struggled the most and Aero the least and the other two helped Bodhi when he got frightended.   We made it across water, logs, skinny, skinny path ways and finally to a radiant and wonderful Forest!

We immediately sat down to eat because by this time it was well after 11.   After eating we found our way to a place that Bodhi had been to and played at with the Wednesday group.  We began to make the most MARVELOUS shelter and continued on with this on and off throughout the rest of the day.  It truly was wonderful.  I tried to take a picture but I still don’t know how to do this on my phone.  I am sad about that and MUST remedy this lack of knowledge!!

Aero found a wonderful path way up the hill near a whole lot of fallen logs. Purnat and Bodhi were so impressed with how he climbed up so high so we all went up to him and explored and then had to figure out how to get down!  More problem solving, more helping each other and down we all made it.   There was also running races up and down the hill and rolling and then there were stories and on our way back, Bodhi, accept for one spot, moved right through all the spots that were challenging. Puranat was filled with more moving out and into his strength such as, digging big holes with a very large shovel, and running ahead with the other boys instead of staying with me.  Aero was very cuddly yet his typical explorative self.

This day was such a joy as they all played with one another and shared the strengths and support one to the other.

Last Quarter Moon
Nicasio land:
Native Grass Ranch
250 Road to Ranches
Nicasio, Ca.
94946

What a fine day back from holiday.  They all started out very bright and chipper and ended the day even more connected then when they began.  We started with Aero and Bodhi very into hiding the dry erase board, as they have done before.  They think this is SOOSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    They finally got in their seats, got stuffies and off we went.  As we drove I pointed out many things outside for us to see and notice.  We followed a truck that had some things falling out, like little leaves, and we became ingrossed in the discovery of what this truck was really carrying.   When we got there they immediately went to a big tractor truck type of vehichle. We looked for lot’s of clues that would answer our question “what does this machine do?”  We checked it out all around and finally left to go on the adventure they chose, back to the lake and the Cattail forest.

As we walked up the hill there was tracking, seeing Turkey Vultures and other birds and then, they found some clumps of “clay.”  They wanted to take the clay to the water and make mud so each one of them carried a big chunk and back to walking we went.
We climbed under the fence, went down the wet grassy hill, through a small opening, under the Willow tree because the Lake has filled up more and the water level is higher, and to the open area where the Lake opens up. There we propped our belongings near the Cattails and carried on.   Aero and Bodhi went straight away to the water and played and played with their clay. I quietly came over and heard Aero singing, “Funga a la fia….”  Purnat wanted to eat so I stayed with him. I began to gather some Cattails to make a basket and he kept eating and then explored the area to find a whole village of Rolly Pollies!!   Purnat and I went over to them and then Bodhi left the area and Aero and Purnat were playing with throwing things in the water to see what would float and what sounds the different sizes thrown in made.  Then we all met at our eating spot and ate. There I told them a couple of stories and then, the playing of another sort began.

At first it was just collecting some of the Cattails and then we gathered the grasses. Then there were homes being made, then the new GOOD EARTH was made. It was large and wonderful.  Purnat and Bodhi were building that while Aero and I were building the old Good Earth.  Then Bodhi and Purnat wanted to bury me. I got buried then Bodhi Really wanted to be buried then Aero and then we ended up burying Bodhi about half a dozen times or more.  Everyone! thought this was quite fun and we did this until we had to leave.  Then Bodhi and Aero became bull dozers and pushed all the grasses to one area to keep the place in order for the next visitors there.

We did much cloud and sky assessing today for weather and watching and listening to many birds.  There was great tracking going on and sharing of games and adventures as well as being led by Bodhi through the wilds of the Cattail forest.  Frogs came to seranade us and the sky contiued to get darker and darker with more suspicions that rain was on it’s way.

On our way back they took turns finding the bus and the trail from whence we came.
We hopped in the bus and continued noticing all the things that were around us all the way back.