Waxing Gibbous Moon
Redwood Grove via Shoup Park

What a glorious, glorious day!!! The weather was beautiful ( and yes we DO need more rain!!!) and the children were filled with radiant Spring energy: alive, vibrant and full of life.
Nareya met us there after having been gone for a week and just getting back the night before and Aurora’s Mommy and sister joined us again this week. And, they came with snacks for the day. It was Aurora’s little sisters birthday this past week and she wanted to celebrate it, so, how could we refuse yummy snacks???!!!!!
We had our circle, songs,snack and I told, instead of read this week, the story about How Colors and Rainbows Came to Be from last week.  This turned out quit syncronistic as Auroras mom brought paints and paper for them to paint with.
After circle time we found our way down to the creek. They remembered the way and off we went.  What fun to walk along the creek bed but, alas, NO WATER!!!  There were logs along the way to try and climb over, Eucalyptus caps to pick up, mint plants to smell, Poison Hemlock to relearn about and then, we made it, set up camp and began our adventures there for the rest of the day.
Auroras mom brought out the paints she brought and I brought them into finding paints from right around us.  We smashed rocks and put water on them to make color. We took Emme’s strawberries and blueberries and made paint. Eric found a rock that looked like it would make gold so we worked at smashing that and we DID make a sort of gold colored paint.  We made green from Jasper’s pea husk and brown red from another type of rock.
Nareya and Dahlia had a GREAT time painting and painting and painting with the paints Auroras Mom brought and later on Nareya painted Bosch’s arm so beautifullY!  She and Dahlia seemed to be making wonderful rock hair for him as well. Meaning, putting ROCKS on his head!
Nareya’s Mommy was able to join us later and that was such a delight but, Nareya did not want to leave when it was time to go 🙁  She really liked it there.
Aurora and I went off down the creek and began making a great rock house. Then Emme,  Natalie, Eric and later Jasper joined us and we carried on.  We also found such great treasures, like a worm, underneath a big rock.
Throughout the day there were games such as: sneaking up on Bosch, using a stick to help balance as they walked across a log, sticking sticks out behind trees and not being able to be seen, running around, becoming deer, crawling on our bellies and, well, so much more.
Natalie and I had a GREAT time sneaking up on Bosch and then most of them wanted to join in.
Bosch, of course, was just SOOO SURPRISED!!!

Waxing Moon

Nareya was off visiting family far away today yet her dear friend and Mommy came to play with us. Aurora and her Mommy and sister joined us as well so, we were a full house.
When we got to Pichetti we had our circle right there outside the bus before we made the long journey to the pond.  I was going to tell a different story but Bosch noticed in the Morning that he had a red shirt on and I had a blue one on.  I had a beautiful book with me about how the colors and the Rainbow first came to the world and it seemed perfect to read to them. And that is what I did. We had circle, songs and this beautiful story about colors.  The rest of the day we were able to look for colors all around.  However, the rest of the day the children were so busy noticing all the wonders of the amphibian world around us.
When we got to the pond from our grand hike there we came upon LOT’S of California Newts!  But for me, the grandest, was finding the Frog.  Our new friend Fionna along with Emme, were looking under neath some logs.  I saw lot’s of newts but she kept saying there’s one, two three four frogs!  I thought, no, those are just newts but, sure enough, THERE WERE FROGS!  We caught one several times.  It was about as big as the palm of their hands.  Emme was REALLY into it and by the time we had to let it go in order to leave for the day she gave it a BIG kiss and let it go.  She, Eric, and Fionna in particular, really, really loved this frog. The rest of the children came over and had such a good time with it. Especially when it would jump, jump , jump away!!!
Aurora’s Mommy found dried eggs  and we found  no water in the pond.  There were a great many galls that we played baseball with,well actually Aurora’s Mommy and I played baseball with, exploring under all sorts of logs and rocks, climbing and just so much fun in this incredible and beautifuul place.  Earlier, along the path we were tracking the horse tracks and finding some very interesting horse shoe tracks.  There was one horse shoe that I have never seen before.
The bird sounds were all around us with Spring exuberance and Life was rich with it’s annual vibrancy.

Waxing Moon
Arastradero Open Space Preserve

What a beautiful day!  Everyone was in such beautiful spirits.
Serena was just a happy, happy camper after having been gone for a while.  She was delighted to play with her friends and was sharing her ideas and thoughts throughout the day.
Juliette, well, she is just a ray of kind sunshine to all and herself.  She always plays with love and kindness with everyone she is with.  Her bright blue eyes and her warm smile, radiate out to us all.
Ridham was having such fun with the boys playing in the mud, climbing and running.
Finn had a grand time playing and laughing with me and being so very happy and silly.
Zara continues to mature with her ability to wait for things she wants. Her smiles and ease with this grows more and more each day. She is such a curious one about stories. If I say anything in a story that she doesn’t understand she asks with such grand purity of heart.  So tender and beautiful to be around.  Her ease and connection to the natural world helps everyone around her as well.
Eden was just peacefully happy, sharing, playing and exploring.
Julian, what a happy camper today playing with Cole and Zac.  Cole and Julian created these houses inside the tall Cattail plants.  He beamed  with happiness over these houses.
Cole, was like Julian, so peaceful and happy playing in these homes they created.
Zac, well he was Cole and Julians guard to these houses and was HAPPY about it all.
After lunch, Finn, Ridham, Juliette, Zara, Eden and Serena were sitting with me, when Finn was delighted to be playing with me, and we all played a great game of 20 questions.  They really, really liked this game. We went on and on with this.  Zara got very involved with one of my laminated pull out cards for the birds, I think it was that one.  I am not sure because I pulled out the mushroom one first because we had found a great mushroom nor far from where we were sitting.
Earlier there was a fisherman near us and all the children became fascinated with him and his fish that he caught.  He let the fish go and showed the children  pictures of what they looked like.  Some of the children really wanted to know if the fish were ok if you throw them back.  They wanted to know  how it all worked.
He finally took his things and went further away to the other side of the pond.  I would assume to gain more quiet.
Our walk to our usual place took a different turn as most were interested in a new path.  It was an exciting adventure. Along the way we found the Teasel plant, a plant that I call natures hairbrush.  Each one of the children got one and it was fun seeing them brush their hair throughout the day with these gifts.
Cole, Zac and Julian got the most muddy and wet so by the time we got back they needed some true stripping down and drying off.
The day, as already said, was peaceful, easeful and expansive in time and space.