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Waxing Moon
Martins Creek

Alexi still gone and Jasper was back.
A glorious and, as usual, fully alive and present day.  It was a bit hot so Martin’s creek seemed like a very good idea.
But first, songs, stories, snack and the circle time choice of becoming a unified circle and staying together for it all or letting go of circle and carrying on with the rest of the day.  Having circle was the choice and then we had a story that kept the characters from Tuesday alive yet with a different dilema to face. The children helped figure out how the story was to end and that was the intention.  Dilema stories are where they have to figure out, like in “real life” how to work trouble out with others.  So they did, circle ended and off they went with their own sets of challenges and hopefully with a little story wisdom to carry in their pockets for just the right moment!

Martin’s creek was simply and to the point, filled with wonder filled adventures, water excursions, climbing escapades and Audrey and I playing very , very sneaky games by  doing our best to heighten their awareness as we hid and would throw little sticks and things out making a bit of noise to see if their ears or eyes were more awake then what was just in front of them.  We all had many good laughs over all of this when they began to notice and wonder “Is something coming from the sky?”  “Where are all these sticks coming from???” And they looked around and looked around and finally found Audrey who was just above them on a ledge yet I was completely hidden behind a tree where some mysterious sticks would appear now and again and a familiar bird call.

There was the wonderful natural swings that the Redwood trees provide there and a target practice area that I created.  We had to gather just the right sticks and find just the right target and figure out how to do it without hurting anyone. This meant being a bit patient while each child took their turn and gathered up their sticks for the next person.

There was making houses for the Water Skeeter bugs and remembering to be gentle care takers of these tiny, tiny treasures.  And then there was running around up and down sides of the bank to get to the water below the waterfall.

It was a wonder filled day drenched in laughter and end of the year relaxing into the full freedom to explore and play and incorportate.

Waxing First Quarter Moon
Hidden Villa: The Big Rock

Alexi and Jasper were absent today.
The children were there squirrely selves and circle time was almost put aside for the day but, they REALLY don’t like when that  becomes a possibility so they decided to become a unified circle and hear the stories and receive snack.  And so that is what happened.  You see Anjalie and Grace were loving each other so much it became quite a big distraction.  They had some choices but Grace in particualar was  less then pleased with these choices.  Anjalie had a far easier time switching gears.  It seems that the two of them have exchanged behaviors a bit.  And so this is the way it so often goes……

After circle and scattering into play we made our way to Hidden Villa to go to the Big Rock.
They were actually quite fine going right past all of our favorite places, even Lucy past the chickens! to get to the Big Rock.  Kashi was very excited to lead me with my eyes close. He held one of my hands and Bodie the other and Bodie and I made it blind on and off all the way to the bridge before the rock!  When they got there they were ALL so happy. They dropped everything and just ran all around up and over the rock.  After they wore themselves out they finally came to lunch.

Anjalie and Lucy had quietly called me up to the “Story telling Tree” because they needed help.  They wanted to make Fern crowns for everyone.  I helped them but never was able to make more then two crowns.    Lot’s of activity was going on down below so down we ran only to find, the whole group, accept Gracey, were all gone!?
Down the path they went to hide from us and off Anjalie, Lucy and now Grace and I, went down the trail.  After much fun back we all ran.

There was the second round of lunch, chasing games with Audrey, last time runs up and down the rock and then, finding our way back to the bus.   Everyone went ahead because, as we were double checking to see if we all had our belongings Lucy realized she left her hat all the way at the top at the Storytelling Tree.  I waited for her and then she RANNNN all the way up and down. The others really didn’t get too far when we caught up with them.  Then, she went a head and Bodie and I walked easefully back to the bus.  He talked on and on and on with great joy about some very funny videos his brothers made when they were on their trip in Bali.
I was delighted to hear it all.

But oh yes, I did not mention that at the beginning of the day Lucy, and Anjalie found some blue tape with a coccoon type substance with a live spider in it and what looked like an egg sack.   They brought it over and we were all looking  at it to figure out what was really going on here when OUT came the spider!  They later found another one very much like it.  They played and explored with that spider for quite sometime with Kashi joining in and the others coming in and out of this.  It was VERY exciting!!!!

New Moon
Thornwood Open Space Preserve

Jasper was home sick today and Kashi’s Mom came with us.  It was another wild four year old day yet more calm then in past days though  Kashi’s Mom was not privy to such knowledge!  Truly, they were filled with lot’s of excitement yet right there with stories, songs, and WATERMELON that Gracy’s Mom brought from her Dad’s birthday this weekend. YUM! it was so good..
I wanted to get us on our way soon as it is a bit of a walk so, off we went and I passed out the stuffiies today because otherwise, it would have taken a glorious amount of extra time.  Then off we went.

When we got there almost all knew what direction to go and off we went to find all of our landmarks.  But, at least to my many years of coming here, two of our landmarks are getting very old indeed.  The Smiley Face welcoming log and Laying Down Grandma tree are being taken back into Mother Earths arm in such a graceful and elegant way. They are getting smaller and smaller, wood rotting and crumbling back into the Earth.  A beautiful testiment to the power of bugs, and plants, wind, rain and the force behind all things.  Down the trail they found the Snakey tree, Soap root Heaven, Rabbit Run, the Bridge and then, the Cross Roads.
We walked silently down the path to our resting spot in order to give thanks to the Gnomes and Faeries, Guardians of this place and took out lunch because: THEY WERE STARVING!!!! At least Bodie was straving three times over!    After lunch there was a group that did a grand exploration to find the waterfall from last time with Audrey.  Soon after Kashi and his Mom went exploring for them as well and Grace and I were left together.  What a treat for me as she and I decided to hide when we heard Kashi coming back.   She found a nook inside a Redwood stump but Kashi found her.  However, she asked me to cover her up and with sticks and debri I did. Kashi wanted to join in so he found a hollowed out log and hid in there.Then, all the other children came back but “Where is Grace and Kashi?  We just can’t find them. Can you find any clues and look about to find them?”  So off they went searching and searching until  “Found them!!!!”  Throughout the day there were more hidings going on and at one point a whole bunch of them were all piled on Audrey in the bushes hiding while Grace, Bodie and Giulio were coming down a very big hill. Grace got a bit stuck but Bodie and Giulio gave fine assistance to her needs.  Earlier Kashi’s Mom was up there with them doing her best to navigate up this steep hill all the while tending to and using her great camera equipment.  She and the equipment, in the end, made it down safe and sound along with the rest of them.

There was much that went on with out me today as I had the pleasure of being with individuals, a heavenly time for me I wish to say. Being able to spend alone time with your children is always a delight in the midst of the regular day to today togetherness and overseeing of it all.  So with that, what I can say is that Paul was a great Guardian of safety today as he helped Bodie when he got sliced by a Hedge plant: Sedges have edges and grasses have ridges.  A little saying to remember when in the presence of these great plants.  Paul also helped Kashi when he used the Plantain plant to help his cut and Paul gave him a bandaid.

Each one of the children went exploring, playing and having a fine time of it with either Kashi’s mom or Audrey.  Kashi took his Mom on many adventures and it seemed she most delightedly had a fine Tender Tracks day.

They were a bit wild coming and going in the bus yet able to find their centers when asked to and mostly, they were just filled with exuberant four and five year old brilliance!