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Day 66
Waxing Moon
Huddart Park

Miu, Taz and Evan were absent today and Kaden’s Mom came with us. What a wonderful treat this was for us all.  And, we were blessed with some magnificent photos of the day by days end!
I thought it would be nice to go to this place so Kaden could take his Mom to the “beach” that we found at Huddart Park.
When we got there they ran to their beloved little house shelter and Kaden got to show his Mom this place. The children hid inside and oh, dear, where could they be?!!  Surprises and play around that happened and then we got together for a little circle.   Brother Sister Wind were BLOWWWWWIIIINNNGGGGG with more gusto then has ever happened this year, that I can recall.  The story that I was planning on telling seemed to need to be put on hold and the story about Wookosan the Wind Eagle was calling to be told, so I did.   They learned about why we need the wind and how sometimes it blows so strong and sometimes so gentle.  Then, a map was made on the ground to point our path and off we went.
The familiar path, the life that surrounded us as we walked, the air, smells, things to touch all came and joined the journey.
As we walked through the field and found a lot of Scat to check out, the “hitchhiker seed babies” as I like to call them, came upon many of our socks.  When we got past the field it seemed necessary to take a little time to pull out these pokey friends so we could walk with greater ease and then, we found the beach.
What fun as eating, watching Banana Slugs, playing in the water, painting faces with rock paint, climbing up and down hills all came to pass.  Some wanted a story but they were all filled with so many of their own stories that it never was able to be finished so, alas, it became time to walk back but not before watching some of the Water Stryders in the water and seeing beautiful Dragon Flies.
After we got a certain ways down the trail I brought out a rope that I had been carrying all day and the blind folds that I brought out during lunch to use while eating.
They now had the chance to turn into a Caterpillar!  The rope came out, the blind folds went on and they all held on to the rope as I led them on a blind walk. Some kept those blind folds on the whole time while others kept peeking.  All just perfect and they wanted to continue this game even when we stopped.
It was wonderful to hear their quiet focus and see them walk, then giggle and explore the world in a new way.

Day 63
Waxing Crescent Moon
Huddart Park

Miu will be gone for three weeks on holiday.  We miss you Miu!!!
The rest were here and raring to go however, there was some “trouble in the village” first off yet it found it’s way through and off we went.

Highlights of the day:
• Finding more worms and lady bugs that all the children just loved holding and watching
• A “dilema” story that they were asked to help find an ending from their own point of view. Each one had a suggestion and then, the story found it’s end.
• Rolling down the big hill like worms
• Becoming Eagles, Unicorns, Deers, Elk, Mt. Lions, and Chittas racing down the hill and then racing back up again and then down again.
•Burying each other in the sand
• Evan and Emme pounding oyster shells in order to paint themselves white and become Polar Bears
•  Many games in the sand
• Petting and studying a taxi dermed mole of mine and then, hearing a story about how baby moles, blind at birth, have to be taken down a long narrow path away from the others in order to poop and pee.  True story!!
• Then, blind folded and one by one they became moles, held onto a rope that was made into a special course, and followed their way through obstacles to find their way to the end.

This was a delightful game!  Kaden wanted to do it a couple of times a long with Emme, Giselle and Evan.  Jill coaxed Taz in by letting him know that the Super Heroes and Ninjas all learned how to walk in the dark and many of their stealthy skills by learning from the Mole and other animal people.  ( Another TRUE story!)  and this was enough for him.  When he got to the end and took off his blind fold, he was SOOOO delighted with him self and with great surprise and delight said ” I DID IT!”
Each one of them were amazed and in awe over this adventure.
On the way back we sang a new song, gave our gratitudes, Jill taught us all a really fun new song and then she read many stories from a book that Evan donated to Tender Tracks awhile ago.  We all loved all of this.

Day 61
Waxing Crescent Moon
Huddart Park

Kaden and Taz were not with us today.
I am sad that they missed this most fun and wonderful day.  The weather was gray a lot yet the air was fresh with winds coming in now and again with warmth as well as coolness.  Each one of them seemed a bit older then just a week and  a half ago and their group unity is very present.   We made our way to Huddart park and along the way we sang songs of familiar and not familiar to aid our bus ride.
When we got there our original place of destination was thwarted as the road was blocked off due to workers  so, there was a place open that I used to take Tender Trackers all the time but has no longer been available. Into this new place we went and it was wonderful.   As soon as we all got out of the bus we followed the loud worker sounds, as we were not far from our original parking spot, and began to put “clues” together to figure out what the workers were actually doing.   Clue by clue we tracked a lot of information and got a better picture of what was going on. It appeared that they were cutting down dead/almost dead? trees and clearing areas.
Circle time got set up and all came but Paul and Evan who were far more interested in building so, the rest of us/girls, sang our songs, ate our snack and did some circle dances while the boys were near by watching yet so very involved in what was giving them great joy.    The fun part was singing And the Green Grass Grows all Around all around and the Green Grass grows all around,  with hand movements and remembering it all.
From here on out there were many, many things that went on that were all so very, very fun.  I am just going to make a bit of a list here for you.
• Finding more charcoal and grinding it up.  Evan putting it on who ever wanted it.
• Pounding shells
• Taking out my hand drill pump and making holes in many things such as wood, oyster shells and anything else we could find.
• Playing house in the other empty wooden house there.
• Hammering with nails into felled wood
• Sawing wood with my mini saw
• Telling stories
• Being together and working together

This was a very full day of working with a lot of tools and learning about safety with these tools.  They all LOVED this and so did Jill and I.  It was truly such a very fun day with great focus.  All of them kept at it with the hand pump drill and were delighted with the holes that they made.   And hammering, that was a great highlight with the little nails.  It was most fun for me to watch Giselle get so into it.  And,as already said, they all just loved the many different things available to them.  Something I love to share with them when we are able to bring out the tools like this.
Riding back was filled with great stories, songs and fun.