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Day 67
Gibbeous Crescent Moon
Rancho San Antonio

Emme, Giselle, Aoife, Alice,Paul, Jill and Myself all came today and were blessed with such wonderful critters to play with and view.   The weather was not too hot and not too cold.  The day began in the bus with Alice saying that her tummy hurt and that she wanted to punch it.  We had a little discussion about whether that would help it or not . I then brought them into slowing down the punching.  The intention is to bring more awareness to sensations and feelings and truly feel what is going on in their bodies.   By doing so they all wound up feeling their tummies much more and all became settled.  I then brought them into another “game” of warming their hands by rubbing them together and then slowly pulling them away from each other until they couldn’t feel anything between their hands.   Then, rubbing their hands again and putting them on any spot that was feeling poorly.  They REALLY liked these games and kept doing them on and off for awhile.
Once we got there the sky would become gray and questionable with a warmth that feels like rain might fall upon us at some point.  It never did.   And then, the sky would clear up with beautiful blue and gentle winds.

Emme was the Weather Watcher today and she really liked this.  She raised the feather counting stick to see what the wind was doing and decided that there was little wind. She found the faint blue in the sky along with the gray clouds above.  Giselle and Paul asked to be Guardians of safety.  Giselle went straight away to taking care of a cut that was no longer visible yet “it used to be there” said she. She really likes to put the tea tree/lavender oil on and then a bandaid.   Alice and Aoife chose to be the mapmakers and at the end of the day they drew their pictures.  They did not get too involved with this though and soon they ran off to play again.
Highlights of the day:
• holding a Darkling beetle ( which can be mistakenly called a Stink Bug: http://images.yourdictionary.com/images/definitions/lg/darkling-beetle.jpg

Paul did not like holding it so much even though he wanted to hold it. He decided that he didn’t like it.  Aoife is really a bit of a bug person, she seems to really like holding them all, and she had a lot of fun with holding and playing with this one.   Giselle held it for a bit but Alice and Emme just gave a quick peek.
• Watching a Ground Squirrel close up, about three feet away, eating a nut.  Throughout the day we watched a lot of ground squirrels going in and out of their holes and being with them fairly close up.  We were all in awe.
• Seeing and hearing Wild Turkeys RUN past us.  This was really something to see.
• Watching closely the Stellar’s Jays as they tried to eat some of the lunches that got left open.
• Hearing a beautiful story about How Colors Came to be and how the Rainbow is really the Colors smiling
• Watching closely rolly pollies and how they close up when they are frightened and open when they feel safe.
• Discovering Bay nut shells that can be used for carrying water for fairies or, pouring on my hair to fashion it!
• Listening and pointing to all the different sounds that we could hear and the different birds.
• Putting blind folds on again and walking across an open field either led or non lead.
•Playing a great stalking game.  One child sits down with, in our case the first aid kit, in front of them and with their eyes closed.  The other children stalk as quietly as they can up to the sitting child in order to get the kit without being heard. If they are heard then the blind person points a finger at them and they have to go back to the beginning and start over.  Each one took a turn and had a very good time playing this game.
• Hearing great Rabbit stories being read by Jill on the way back

This was a very fine day with ease, delight, and playfulness.

Day 68
Third Quarter Moon
Denis Martins Creek

Paul, Miu and Alice were not with us yet Kaden’s Daddy was.  This was a great delight for us all.
The children explored, adventured, ate, played and then, we went on a grand adventure towards the end of the day through the wet creek bed. This was truly a GREAT adventure.  Kaden and Taz were in the lead. I actually fell in the water, a first for me, yet came out unscathed. The children had to climb up sides of hills, find a way out of the creek bed, then find a trail and oh yes, “Where is the bus?”  I asked several times.    They had to do a good deal of navigating, figuring out which way the water in the creek runs, what they remembered from earlier in the day, did we come from down hill or up hill and the like.  They were wonderful with all of this.  We found lot’s of Banana Slugs too throughout the day.
Kaden’s Dad got wet along with me but not for falling.  His sunglasses fell and to retrieve them required getting a little further into a pond below then desired.  All was well though and glasses were returned from waters world.
This is a very short blog but know, WOW what a very fun day.

Day 66
Day before Full Moon
Hidden Villa

It turned out that Audrey had to go home ill, Taz got a bit scared when he came because there were only three girls so he went home with Mom. Paul came and Aoife was home sick.  That left four children and me for the adventure of the day: Giselle, Emme, Alice and Paul.  The four of them preferred going to Hidden Villa as opposed to Rancho San Antonio, my choice so, there was no reason not to honor their desires and off we went.  But of course, not before stuffies and things that bring comfort and ease.  However, not long after we left Emme and Alice, who were sitting next to each other, had a bit of a struggle. I stopped the bus and was easily able to take the time needed to aid them.  Assistance and acceptance took place, tears, were shed then found rest, understanding of the other came like a light bulb turned on, kind words and gentle eyes given and then off we were able to go.
When we got there the four of them made agreements about all the places they wanted to go and I made sure that each one of those places were visited: The garden, the lambs, pigs and chickens, and the Big Rock. And oh yes, we had a little circle and I was able to tell the story that never got finished on Tuesday.
Each place was welcomed, enjoyed , explored and when it was time to move on there was little or actually, no resisitance.
We saw young chickens, not baby chicks, but a little older, out in a pen where the children could see them easily.  Emme just loved these little characters and stayed with them for quite a while.  Giselle, when we got to the piggies wanted to go back to the pig stall that they all like to play in but alas, I believe the “Powers that Be” tied it shut and closed the lid so there was  no more playing in that.    I was not able to catch a chicken today. Almost all of the Reds were somewhere else.
Then, off to the Big Rock we went and where we ate and played for the rest of the day.
Giselle and I sat at the bottom for a long time eating and talking while the other three brought their lunch to the top of the first Big Rock.  Soon a whole group of older children came and watching them is always an enjoyed adventure for the children.  Your children, as so often is the case, though much younger, were far more comfortable and skilled going up and down and up and down this big rock.  It is always fun to see them notice this interesting phenomenon.
When Giselle was finished eating, she and I caught up with the others. From there we all explored the rest of the rock all the way up to “Story telling Trees.”  This is a great little grove that is just perfect for telling stories.  Alice loved this and not only wanted me to tell stories but she, and the others, had great tales to tell.  We spent the rest of the day resting and listening to each other peacefully up there.   Then, down we went and off to the bus to return from sweet adventures.