May 16, 2017
Roy’s Redwoods
Waning Gibbous Moon

Everyone was here today well, all accept the great warm Spring Sun.  It was cold and over cast most of the day and sprinkles began, ever so small, at lunch time.

When we got to Roy’s Redwoods they ran to their favorite spots and began to play.  As they were playing Michelle spotted something quite exceptional on the ground: a fully intact yet dead snake!  We really wondered if it was dead or not but after noticing what the head, and skin looked like and that there was NO movement, no breathing, no wiggle AT ALL, it was clear that it had died. But, HOW!!!  Did it eat something? Did something eat inside of him? I did see a small wiggly creature about 1/2 inch long and about as thin as a thick piece of hair crawl out of his lower body. Did that happen before or after it died?  These and more were the questions, curious questions that were asked.  The children went to make a burial place with Michelle and then Edie and Jesse picked it up and brought it over.  They all helped cover it( video on our FB page) and put fern on it for beauty and gratitude.

We then went to circle.  Songs sung and the story from last Thursday repeated. It was a sequential tale that enabled them to chime in often with all the parts and, they did with glee!!!

They found a smaller bridge from the one that they usually see and one that they built and were very, very delighted with that.  We then got ready to go on our adventure up the open aired trail and to our beloved Redwood Cathedral, bouncy tree and other fun places to play.

Archer and Jake went to build a boat and asked me to come with them.  Jesse and Kuba had a BLAST!!!! playing on the bouncy tree. The girls did that as well as played inside the cathedral.  I was with either Archer or Jake a lot of the day helping them build as well as gathering fire making material that they found.  Jesse and someone else ran over to let us know it was lunch. When we got to the Cathedral it was beautifully set up. There we ate and, as mentioned, little, very little, drops of rain fell upon us.

After lunch they ALL ran over to where Archer and Jake had been building and playing and spent the rest of the day working together to make a home in this small little opening of a tree.  Michelle made her legs into a slide and many thought that that was GREAT. Archer and I did some target practice too in another area close by.

My favorite image was seeing Ruby drag this very large piece of wood all the way over to the house and Kuba asking Michelle and I to help pick up a VERY LARGE PIECE OF WOOD to use as the roof!!

When back in the bus they loved hearing all about their day and what they did and then off we went back to the park to be picked up.

May 11, 2017
Day after Full Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Jesse was home with a hurt foot and I suggested Michelle stay home and do some TT work since there were just five children.

The weather was cooler then Tues and a bit warmer then Wednesday.  Grandpa North seems to keep his hold on the cool and windy weather and that is what we experienced on and off throughout the day.

When the day began Archer got, as he has often done, upset with Isabella and Ruby and began using unkind words. I stopped the bus to see what the discomfort was all about.  As I invited more clearer feelings in it turned out that the day before Archer was feeling like two girls at his other school were being mean to him.  There was a beautiful exchange at this point around his needs and how he can ask for them and how the girls can let him know if they would like to play with him.  It would take a lot for me to write the whole dialouge down but just to say, it never ceases to amaze me how, when a person/child is met, their intensity subsides and their true and mostly simple and clear needs rise up. This then can all be tended to with grace and beauty. Phew, it worked and off we went.

When we got to the Lakes Jake and Archer jumped out to explore with glee. Kuba noticed that our water puddle/lake right there when we got out was EMPTY/DRY! and Isabella and Ruby went right back to their “house.”

Kuba began gathering material to make his father a birthday present for a week or so from now. Jake really wanted to play with Kuba a lot during the day. Actually he wanted to play with everyone on and off all day.  Kuba wanted to play with Jake every now and again and Archer now and again and by the end of the day they were all weaving their play stories together.

Today we sang our new songs with great fun and then I told them a story that they asked for on Tues: Tiki Tiki Tembo No Sa Rembo Chari, Bari Ruchi Pip Perri Pembo!
What fun we all had with that.

We then packed up and made our way to an old and familiar place. The walk was fun and engaging. When they got there they really DID remember it. The girls instantly wanted to take off their clothes and get in the water. That didn’t last too long however as the day was really too cold. So, clothes went back on though Ruby really wanted to stay in her shirt and underwear.  Archer joined them and by lunch he got cold and re dressed.  Kuba really, really, really tried to make a tri pod to build for his dad with string I had but it kept falling, and falling and falling and falling. He finally decided to take it home and work on it there.  Jake and Archer REALLY wanted to build with him or, shall I say, build it for him. That didn’t really go over too well.  So, they carried on exploring the area and looking for sticks for me to make bows and arrows with.  Which I did and the three boys wound up with bows and arrows. Jake was impatient with the arrow part so finally just ran around “shooting” his bow. Archer was similar but wasn’t using it so carefully so I tended to it for a time.  Kuba actually was able to shoot his arrow and went around for the rest of the day practicing this.

The girls had a great house. Jake became the great Guardian, Archer was something in there that I never figured out but it made them all laugh and Kuba, well he was simply, the Archer!

When we had to go home it was very delightful and funny as the girls sang a chant they made up the ENTIRE way back. This was not pleasant for the boys and they were “annoyed” with  such carrying on. So they got to figure out where to put themselves on the trail so they didn’t have to be apart of that!  And the girls, they were in 7th heaven. They also held a stick together that their hats were being carried on the whole way back as well.
Go to our Facebook page to see and hear this!

At lunch I told several stories that they enjoyed, we were sung to by the Red Shouldered Hawk and we heard the very loud pounding of a Pileated Woodpecker and a Crow watched us all the way through our lunch, just sitting above us ever, ever so still!

May 9, 2017
Lake Lagunitas
Waxing Crescent Moon

Michelle was absent today and Archer’s Mom came with us for a few hours.  That was a treat for everyone.

They all came in so sweet and easeful.  The whole day was just lovely and, WARM!! actually, it became very, very hot!  Yet to begin with it was just gentle.

In the bus they discovered that Trilly Truly and Trippy Troopy were up in the bus. One was hanging on the feathers and the other was riding on the Unicorn.  All the way up Jesse and Kuba were convinced that they would not fall yet the others thought for sure they would!  It turned out that Jesse and Kuba were right and that Jake didn’t like being wrong!  Sometimes these types of things are hard to embrace. 🙂

When then went to our Witches Brew spot. The boys went straight to the Fairy house. It was all apart so they began to rebuild and the girls went straight to the Witches Brew and began to play house and potions and such.

I told the boys about 8 children who were a bit older then them, that built a huge fairy village where I was last week. They IMMEDIATELY got into making a large village as well. They all worked together to gather lot’s of materials to build.  I think Kuba might grow up to be and Architect!!! He LOVES to build! They were very involved and having a grand time building this big project for the fairies!!!

Circle time came with some new songs and snack in the shape of cats, frogs and squirrels.  We played a game first though to test our skills at working together.  The first part of the game I filled one of our cups half full. We then were asked to pass it around with mindfulness so as not to spill a drop. We did it!  Then the cup was filled up ALL the way!  Archer wanted to spill it so he became a very needed watcher. And, THEY DID IT, again!  Then we all took one little sip from the cup to seal our unity and being back together again and continuing with circle time we went.  Circle got quite hot and bright so finishing reading the book I had was a bit challenging it. It was about a Butterfly and a Lamb.  We have been seeing a lot of butterflies over the past month or so hence the story.

After circle they played some more and then we packed up and made our way back to where we were the last day we were together. There the boys had built a structure that they really wanted to see if it was still standing so, off we went.

When we got there IT WAS STANDING!!!!  How excited they all were.  Archer and his Mom rebuilt it however to be taller and stronger. It staid like this for quite awhile until, until, until………………….Kuba came by and DDDDDOOOOOOOWWWWWWNNNNNN it went. “Can we build it again??” Kuba asked. But alas, this day was not the day to do so.

The girls went into the water, Archer followed, Jake followed, Kuba and Jesse staid on the side lines and they all had a fine time.  It was time for lunch and time for Archers Mom to go. We made our circle and had a very beautiful and fun lunch. During lunch I needed to take Archer to go poop up the hill. They all staid in the circle chatting. It was a beautiful site. Archer left his poop area to go back to the group and then Ruby came up to go poop too!

After lunch and before we left I wound up making about 5 fishing poles with stones at the end of the rope that I tied on the sticks they found.. They learned a lot about how to cast off safely/ far enough away from people and in a way you wouldn’t hurt self as well as learning about how  the rocks sometimes come off.  Jessie decided to have  Doug fir cone instead of a rock. It staid on quite well!

Walking back we rigged up their poles so that they were in their packs but, they had to walk very carefully as to not hurt their fishing poles.  They were magnificent doing this!

It was a very, very, very sweet, hot and fun day.