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Waning Half Moon
Foothills Park-The Island

Jasper was out with with family today and Aurora’s Mom and sister came with wonderful birthday treats to celebrate Aurora’s fourth birthday, which is actually tomorrow.
When we got to the park there were all sorts of painters all setting up their wonderful easels and paint and, right where I had planned to have circle too so, Bosch found another wonderful spot and there we went.   We sang our songs, got our wonderful snack from Aurora and then sang her her Tender Tracks Birthday song.   She and Emme passed out the snacks, and Dahlia and Eric passed out the drinks.  Then I retold the story from last week.  After that most of them immediately ran off in the direction that they were very familiar with only, that wasnt the direction we were actually going on this day.  Bosch, after awhile, was able to round them up but, something happened?  Natalie found a plastic suction cup type of ball.  Eric REALLY wanted it as well as Emme.  Eric had tears and then I brought him into some awareness that there would be a special gift for him today too.  It might be a feather, a stick, a butterfly landing on his cheek….and sure enough, later in the day he found a stick and a wonderful bird feeder underneath some trees. Those seemed like his gifts to him and he smiled with joy over finding them.
When we got to the Island we got fishing poles from the wonderful Cattail folks, we found ducks, slipped, a fair amount, upon the little hills, sat upon the rock near the pond with Bosch and watched the wonders go by, ate, and then played Hide and Go Seek.
Bosch, towards the end of the day,  became an Orange Monster and Aurora’s little sister was having a grand time with them all.  Aurora though slipped in the water and did not like that. We remembered that that happened last time too. Mom was there to take off all of her wet things and put on new ones and then off she went.
Eric, Nareya and Dahlia kept slipping and it seems it will take them a bit to figure out how to slow down when they are on slippy ground.  Hide and Go Seek was wonderful fun as well as looking at all the plants that were Poison Oak and how NOT to hide in them.
Emme wanted a treasure that Nareya found and it seemed that, after awhile, Nareya was willing to share it a bit because I saw Emme with it for awhile.
I noticed that there was a lot of getting the Cattails and then immediately crunching them up, throwing them away, disliking what they had and then asking for another one. Today it felt right to me to bring the point of view of the gift that the Cattail people  bring and how to really use what we have instead of cutting them down, throwing them away and then asking for another one.  I had them take their time and really notice what exactly they wanted before I cut one down. We gave thanks as we cut them down and then we took very good care with the one’s we had as there were no more to be  cut for the rest of the day.  I did  not get any more requests.
Anissa was delighted with her lunch and play. Aurora with water and play. Nareya and Dahlia had their usual squabbles as well as love for one another and were the one’s who said “IT’s time to play Hide and Go Seek!”
Eric, as I said, was very sad with not having found the wonderful toy that Natalie did but delighted when he found his own treasure and he got better with his falls.  Natalie did not like the other children wanting the toy she found yet happy when I suggested that she put it in her backpack and leave it there until she got home. After that she was running all around the Island.   Emme too was falling yet got up like a trooper and had fun. Most, if not all noticed the most wonderful red, and blue dragonflies that were all around.  Bosch spotted a Great Blue Heron up in the tree and we sat there watching it. The children came by to try and see if they could see it. Emme and Dahlia had to go pee so I had to leave and we did not see it take flight from the tree.
Eric earlier helped me gather fire tinder of dried Mugwort and Old Man’s Beard from the ground and trees.
Aurora went home with her Mommy and the rest of us took our usual path back to family and home.

Waning Moon
Rancho San Antonio

Ridham is off on other adventures this week and Serena has come back from her grand adventure from France!
There was much gratitude for her return and she was in grand and happy spirits to be back.  She and Juliette in particular were very happy to be reunited and played with absolute joy together.  Some beautiful moments with them on this day was listening to them sing songs, very well! from the movie, I believe, Frozen.  These were complicated songs that the two of them enjoyed so very much singing together!  Zara, Eden, Finn, Jill and I listened and watched with joy and awe.
Before all of this we let our time unfold with no pressure and ease from the bus, to our circle place, to circle and then into the adventure to our end result.  By the time we got to the creek it was a taste after twelve o’clock/noon!
We picked new jobs today. Eden was Weather Watcher and also got to look at the story box and choose a story from the pictures.  She chose the story about the Fox and the Old Woman that took his tail until he returned her milk that he took with asking.  They were all involved with the repetive and adventuresome parts of the story until finally, he returned what he took, got his tail sewn back on and went off to play with his friends.   Finn was involved all day in his slow, beautiful and deeply engrossed searches for tiny and beautiful things upon the Earth.  Cole straight away found a beautiful green rock that he liked and couln’t wait to get it to the creek to wash it off to see how beautiful it was.  Julian, Zac and Cole found some sticks and then some great “scraping rocks” earlier in the day before circle and were very proud to show me what they had done and made.
The children followed the land marks and when they got to “Grandma Bay” they all followed Cole in the pursuit to walk on the small wooden fence that surrounded the Bay tree. On one of our very first days Cole became immersed in this and the rest of them now LOVE doing this too.  They all were so very proud of themselves as they made their way around trying to never fall off.  After that they found the Gnomey tree and then we discovered that all the “wood pecker hotels” were GONE!!!! Yup, completely hauled away, or something like that.
They finally found the creek, Cole ran and washed off his rock. Julian, Zac and Cole went right back to playing at their “castle” like they did last time they were there.   Finn was still completely and joyfully involved in finding his treasures, Juilette and Serena were happily singing and Zara and Eden were playing with Eden’s treausres.  I was inspired by her treasures and asked if I could use them for a game. She said yes.   I went away and camoflauged them.  Then, they ALL came running over to play.  They found one out of three of them and then Zara and Eden and I do believe Finn had so much fun playing this again afterwards. The rest ran back to their Tree home and castle, Juliette and Serena joining them. But then, it was time to go and no one was very happy about this.
We really had had little time there yet we had spent such grand times in all our other places and, we had a great time watching alot of Ground squirrels and so many birds!!!
It was just another grand, beautiful and harmonious day.
The story of the day/mapmaker people were Julian and Finn. they shared some of their favorites stories of the day and the children asked great probing questions.  Jill then read some fine stories and all were alive, happy and vibrant with the gifts and gratitude from such a fine day.

Waning Moon
Pichetti

Ridham still gone. Today we were celebrating Serena’s birthday. Her Father baked a delicious gluten free chocolate cake with strawberry icing.  Do you think the children enjoyed this??!!!!! Yes, THEY DID!
But, before that came, we got in the bus after great games from “Mr. Thumbs” AKA Serena’s Dad.
They came in wild and happy and then, off we went.   When we got there we set up our circle in the parking lot next to the bus and commenced with all the traditional birthday aspects.  Serena beamed from the story to the snack and to the singing Happy Birdie to her!
Then we went on our adventure right to where she wanted.
On the trail there Jill saw a bunny and we all got very, very quiet as we did our best to see it and stalk up closer.  Well, we didn’t get to see it but, we did get to see it’s trails and hide outs.   The Roosters were at Pichetti again and so many birds singing and Jays squawking.   When we got to our regular place there were some children there yet leaving.  We set up camp and by mid day they were all at the other side of the empty pond.  Clearly rain had come signs of it were all around, ie, plants growing all over  the pond floor.
The structure on the other side made for great climbing and Serena was DELIGHTED with her ability to climb up and down and up and down asking, “Watch me, Watch me!!!” So we did. Right about then her Dad and big sister came along to fetch her as they needed to leave early for a trip.   She didn’t want to go but finally was able to pull herself away from the fun and off the three of them went.  We had already given her great thank you’s for the wonderful gift of chocolate cake and Pichetti.
After that, I went foraging through the bushes with Zara and Eden, due to Zara’s request, to look for birds and plant wonders.    All the rest were delighted with their explorations on the wooden “house” structure.
Later I brought them into racing games  to different descriptions of the wooden logs laying all over the pond.    I would describe the log and they had to find the one I was describing.  Zac nailed it EVERY time and Cole ran to it first.  There were many “winners”.  I wanted to give them all presents yet could not find the right ones laying about in my pack.  When I couldn’t Juliette gave Cole her necklace of Eucalyptus caps that we had made a long time ago. That could not have been more perfect as he really wanted to make another one of those.
I also brought out my magnifying glasses and half of us spent the rest of the day trying to make fire, in a very safe way, with the Sun, magnifying glasses and dried leaves and grass. Finn was the most successful. They were all told how to do this with grownups safely at home.  It was very hard to pull ourselves away in order to get ready to go back to the bus. But the prize from the races became one more piece of the left over chocolate cake so, off we all ran!
There was a lot of climbing to today, finding plants that they recognized, wanting to make things, listening to stories, being wild and joyful, playing baseball with sticks and Oak galls and much delight.