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Waning Moon
Sorich Ranch

Hana and Theron were absent today and Michelle’s almost 9 yr old daughter and 6 yr old son joined us.  What a treat that was!
Today was the day to celebrate Thea and Nico’s birthday as well and they were very excited for this.  They are the last birthday celebrants of the group and it was a fine celebration too.
When we got to the ranch the weather was much warmer then expected so instead of our usual  circle place we found a nice spot under a tree with some welcomed shade!
There we had their story and they received the last stones in the birthday bag, both amethyst’s.  They then were VERY delighted to pass out the cupcakes. Velia really wanted to help and they were both very happy to have her join them.
Then it was off to the place they love to go “Nature playground!” to see if the swings were the same or set up differently.
On our walk there we discovered not yet ripe plums and figs and then some rip plums. Please go there within the next week or so and you will have an ABUNDANCE of yummy, yummy plums.
From there we made our way up the dry and winding hot path to joy.
Once there the rest of the day was filled with such beautiful play, exploration, relaxation, creativity and delight.  One of my favorite parts was when Velia and Ariel both wanted to swing on one of the swings and began a bit of a tough time about who would go first.  I brought out the very old and traditional way of solving these things: Icky bicky soda cracker, icky bicky boo, icky bicky soda cracker out goes you…. Each one puts out their fists and the last fist still sticking out gets the first turn.  Well they just loved this and began to use it for the rest of the day.  It was wonderful to watch Enzo take pride in sharing that he and his Father had just come here to do Trail maintenance day.  It was also fun to see him take the swing that you can take down with the carabener and figure out how to put it on another swing so that it would work better.
He and Julian found these great shaped sticks that were good for digging and they spent a good amount of time doing that.   Ariel had a great time taking a “Siesta” on my lap with my hat over her head and Velia LOVED this and wanted to do it too. So, after a while Ariel changed laps to Michelle’s and Velia went on my lap.  Thea found a straw colored Praying Mantis that blended it PERFECTLy with the Oat Straw and we all played with this incredible new friend for awhile. She also found this most intriguing dead snake right when we got there that looked like it was freeze dried in motion.
This was such a sweet and gentle day and a great way to end our last day of the year together. Before we left we made a circle and said our thank you and good byes and then made it down the hill.  We were very hot and sweaty by the time we got to the bus.

Full Moon
Lake Lagunitas

This was a gloriously beautiful day with Suns warmth upon us, gentle breezes and the smell of summer on the tips of the wind.   The waterfall is getting smaller and smaller yet the Bull frog TadPoles are as large as ever!    Today we celebrated Theron’s B’day.  He doesn’t like a lot of attention on himself so when we began to sing a special song to him he covered his ears and I had us all just sing it once very, very quietly and then left it at that.  I have seen this reaction often over the years too.
We had a very delicious chocolate Paleo treat that everyone enjoyed, a little play, and then off in a direction that Theron wanted to go in; towards the lake past the parking lot.
We have had such good times here in the past and Theron loves staring out at the Lake here so, this is where we went.  They all really wanted to eat so Theron decided that under the trees would be just fine and everyone else agreed.
It didn’t take too long for the children, one by one, to discover the slippy sliddey mud that went into the water near a rock that they liked, climbed to and onto.  Pretty soon all but Julian were taking off some or most of their clothes and turning into pure mud babies and then washing off  the mud in a beautiful little lake bath that they found near the rock.  Watching them was so very magickal as they were no where else but their senses and being One with Life.  Julian, though not in the mud, did  take off some of his clothes and get in the water. However, when he went to go to another side he slipped in the mud and did not like that. He then chose to change his clothes and he and I went on an adventure near by to do so.
This play went on for quite awhile until, while I was with Julian and Michelle was joyfully watching the children a yell came “Wendolyn!”  I turned and ran to Michelle who called as Velia, according to Hana, let go of the rock and, slipped in and under the water!!!!!!  Michelle jumped in, I ran over, we pulled her out, she cried it out and then told the tale.  After much love, hugs and tending to all the children, we packed up, made it to a different spot, finished lunch and then went home.
My joy of the day was while I was waiting for Julian to get dressed and Lizard came very near me and just kept walking around me.  I got to have such a good time with it.  The other joy was truly watching the children have such a GRAND!!! time playing with the mud and water.  And oh yes, Everett, by mid day was completely sick, lethargic and saying so as he could barely keep his head up.  I followed his lead that night.  May this sickness pass through us quickly.

Richardson Bay Audubon sanctuary
Waxing Moon
Julian was home sick today and Thea and Nico met us at our location with their Mom who stayed with us through circle time.
The weather was over cast yet the Sun came out by noon and it was GORGEOUS.  Being at this place was nourishing and peaceful for all and created a space for gentle and kind expansion of everyones heart and soul.
I told them a story about How tides Came to Be and it for sure really stuck with Theron.  The tides come because of an old woman who twice a day either takes out a big rock in the center of the water ( low tide) or puts it back in ( high tide.)  Some of us did watch and noticed the tide through out the day. It was indeed going out not coming in. And what was the moon phase?
As soon as the children got down to the beach  they began to find so many  dead crabs!!!! The best was when they found a large one that was using his claws with heroic jesture to ensure his safety.  He was left un harmed yet pushed into the water where he floated away and, hopefully, back again.   Nico kept saying all day “We have never seen so many crabs like this before!!”  Michelle went on great explorations with Everett, Theron, Nico, and Thea. They then all came back and wanted me to see what they had all seen so Michelle stayed with Hana, Velia and Ariel while I went exploring with them.
I had earlier become the child of the three girls. Ariel and Velia were two mom’s and they were putting me to bed.  Hana was, insistent about being  Santa Clause who was making gifts for us to put near us while we slept.

While I was with the others it appeared that they had begun to travel about and when we came back they had become Mermaids and, Ariel in particular, was ready to do a show.  Velia was down to her underwear and realized that the air got cold and all of a sudden, “I’m COLD!!!!” so off she went to find her clothes and put them back on.
When I was with the others they wanted to explore the many beaches that we could go to. One bend after the next we climbed over finding more crabs, sparkely rocks and the joy of walking barefoot.  Thea and Nico didn’t have their shoes off but by the end they saw how much fun we were experiencing with our shoes off and they joined the rest of us.
When we all re joined we settled down into eating lunch.
After lunch Michelle, Velia, Hana and Ariel took an adventure to the bathroom and the rest of the children were a BEAUTIFUL sight to behold as they all laid flat down together in a row on their bellies on the warm sand just taking it in with great relaxation. After a time they got up and began exploring the water and all the little snails they found that WERE NUMBERED!!!! on a protruding rock.  I thought for sure they were numbered for races they must have been in for Memorial Day weekend but no one really thought I was right! 🙂
The entire day was simply  MAGNIFICENT!!!!