April 27, 2017
New Moon
Lake Lagunitas

What a glorious sunny and fine day.  Today we celebrated Kuba’s fifth birthday.
We started our day at the “Witches Brew” hill. It was sunny and the children scattered to their favorite places.  There was a new and beautiful Fairy Home there that the children added more gifts to.  The boys afterwards got VERY into building and all worked together pulling logs and such to do so.  Isabella and Ruby played at the Witches brew pot.

Circle time was filled with the Birthday story and the snack that Kuba brought. He passed them out graciously.  We then made our way to a journey back to a place that we have not been to in a while. We went to the other side of Bon Tempe. The trail is through the woods and is ever, ever so beautiful.

The girls had fun, as they do, slowly walking along the trail talking and finding interest in many things.  The boys were up ahead with Michelle and settled into our place that was right next to the lake and in the sun.

Truly, for over an hour before and then after lunch the boys were building. Kuba was the head of this and had quite the idea of how to do it.  Throughout the day the boys were quite funny about who was leader. Jake, Kuba and Archer ALL wanted to be the Leader/Boss and there were some very fascinating dynamics going on around that.  Jesse had played a game to figure out who would be the “boss” at the beginning of the day. It was Jake. Archer was NOT happy about that. They then decided that there were many different kinds of bosses so they each chose a name that worked for them. For example: Regular boss, Special Boss and….many different variations.  They figured it out.  And, that is what we saw a lot of today.  We were able to sit back and give them room to figure these things out more because, they have really grown so very, very much.   The quintessential moment happened when we were at our final place.  Jake had splashed Archer with water from the lake. Archer got made and splashed him back and then said, with out a lot of anger but just clearly ” This is what you did to me and how it felt.”  Jake was about to give it back to Archer but he stopped, heard what he said to him and completely stopped his impulse to strike back.  Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!  The day was filled with these wonder filled milestones of their maturing processes at work.

But, back to Kuba and building.  Kuba was trying to build a shelter. Archer said a shelter and a fort are the same thing. Kuba explained how they were not.  He continued to build and he kept asking for help, particularly from Jesse. But alas, Jesse really liked playing more then “working.”  Jake  however really wanted to help but Kuba was less interested in his help.  I did come in and assist them at this point just a bit and then Kuba saw that Jake’s desire as well as skills could be of use.  So Jake helped, I helped, Kuba lift a really big log,  and in and out they all came to create this amazing home.  By the end of the day we all thought it would be good to come back and see if it was still standing or if wind and weather might take it down. So, after holiday we must come back!

The girls were delighted to play in the water and try to go quietly and slowly up to the ducks that came by.  They gave a valiant attempt but alas the ducks never let them get that close.  The butterflies were of great interest to all as well as the beautiful Lupin flowers that were all around us.

During lunch I read the beautiful story Miss Rumphius/the Lupin lady.  Isabella knew it by heart!

The day was sweet, warm and filled with so much new life!

April 25, 2017
Waning Crescent Moon
Roy’s Redwoods

All were here. Archer was the one to pass out the stuffed animals and he did quite sweetly.  Isabella and Edie remembered that they were Guardians of Safety and we made sure to put their first aid kits on their packs before we left.

The ride to Roy’s was sweet as they all talked about this and that and played together with their stuffed animals that they had in cozy blankets.  Usually I suggest that they whisper some nice stories to their stuffed animals since the animals have had no one to play with all weekend.  The children jump right in to doing this. It is one of the many precious things about this age.

When we got there I instructed them where to put their packs, different then where we usually put them, and out they went to get there.  Edie helped me with the rest of the belongings and Jake was with us as he needed a warmer coat.

When we got down there there was a large group of older students playing hide and go seek games. The children did what young children usually do around big kids, they got in “safe” places and watched!. All that is accept Ruby and Isabella who were immersed in trying to cross the creek where a log had been placed down. Back and forth back and forth they went.

Most of the boys, after acclimating, went over to their favorite bouncy tree. There they climbed on and were ready to go!!  All that is accept Kuba who needed to get on which takes a bit of a climb and effort.  So they all waited.  Then Edie came over and there was more waiting and then finally, finally, finally, the swinging happened!!!!!!
Then there was figuring how to get off. Jesse had a fine technique and he was doing his best to share this with Jake. Jake enjoyed his way and slipped off landing upon the ground with a small tumble bumble. Then, off to play and soon after to circle.

Circle was very beautiful. The story was one called The Empty Pot. The plot structure of The Empty Pot is: Ping, the main character, loves to grow flowers. The emperor, who loves flowers himself, is seeking a successor for his throne. He decides that the child who can grow the most beautiful flower will be able to take his place on the throne. Ping, who passes the test that the emperor gives, earns the spot because of his strong virtues. 

This story led us into something Michelle had planned for us but first: Kuba and Jesse became Bald Eagles. They have been loving turning their coats over their heads with their arms and being birds. Today they were the Bald Eagles that had little babies to feed.  They made a great little nest and worked on that for awhile.  Jake and Archer were gathering, gathering, gathering lot’s of sticks for a special home they were creating. Isabella and Ruby had their own special home that Edie and I came to visit for food and tea. They quite nicely gave us some.  Then they all joined the area that the boys were in and played until circle.

After circle there was some more play, as they had more to do! Then we all gathered round on a beautiful log and Michelle shared with them 5 packages of wild flower seeds with the pictures on the front of the packages.  We have been seeing many wild flowers of late and they recognized and could name a few of them.  Then, one by one they got seeds one package at a time, gave them their love and well wishes and put them in a pot. Then the soil went in and then they all went to gather good mud to put in the pot. Once that all was in their was stirring and mixing and then rolling into balls!  Then, they put them in a small bowl, washed their hands in the creek and off we went on our adventure.

We made it to Eagle Rock. The wild flowers and wild edibles were all around us and it was beautiful.  We climbed up the big hill to Eagle Rock. The girls were down at the bottom as Isabella and Edie, as Guardian of Safety, came to Rubies rescue with their bandaids and such.  They then came up.

After settling in it was time to send our Seed Balls into the open field in front of us with love and great big tosses!!!!

We had lunch up there, we made Vetch ( a plant with beautiful purple flowers) crowns, climbed up the big rock, made up a song for Poky hill ( the Thistle children were all around and they are POKY!!!!) There were stories told, magnifying glasses taken out to explore with and so much more.

Another sweet, and tender day.

On the way back they were all playing a hide and go seek game with their stuffed animals and each other.



April 20, 2017
Waning Moon
Lake Lagunitas & Alpine Lake

The day began a bit more wild and woolier then Tuesday.  We spent more time reigning in and redirecting. You could say it was more like the weather; ever changing yet ever filled with unexpected melodies, rhythms, cadences, color and variations on themes.

Being in nature, being with children always reminds me of surfing the unexpected waves of the sea.  If you let go and allow fun to enter, muscles you never you knew you had develop and the ability to see beauty everywhere grows deeper and more profound. 🙂

The children did as they always do when we got there, jumped up, out and instantly began being apart of the surroundings. They explored, discovered, ran, stood still in puddles, found beloved Newts, homes to create, waterfalls to rediscover and their friends to do this all with.

We had circle on the hill in the sun and it was very, very nice.

But, it was time to find those eggs they dyed on Tuesday, Michelle and I thought. So, “I have to go to the bathroom. I’ll right back” I said with a little wink to Michelle. And off I went to hide the eggs.

When I got back I called the children in because, ‘The strangest thing just happened!  Trilly Trully and Trippy Troopy just saw a large Jack rabbit running in these woods. He took the eggs you dyed and left them there!!!’  “Can you find them???”

And with a little instruction off the children went to find them.  Some found them fast and some took a while but they were all found. We sat at the picnic table near by looking at them, peeling them and some eating them and then, OFFF THEY WENT!

Ruby and Isabella made a great house to play in. Kuba, Jesse, Jake, Archer and I wound up playing near the creek. They were chasing me with delight until I wound up at the bouncy tree. Their love of that came right into play and the chase STOPPED!

You should have seen them trying to figure out how to make the log that goes through the V in the tree bounce from both sides.  Kuba and Archer were really working at figuring this out………………………………..And Jesse and Jake really wanted to bounce. Another very comical moment(s)!

This was all winding down when Michelle came in and brought them into an adventure up the hill and around.   Kuba stayed with me and worked at making a better bridge then was already there, for quite a while, until they made it back.

I went to be with the girls for a bit. They gave me tea and then we took some of the left over eggs and put it on another picnic table for the Ravens. We sat for awhile to watch and see if they would come down. Kuba then shouted. We ran over.  It turns out the Ravens were taking the eggs from the table they started at!!!

The others finally came back and we realized it was time to go to Lake Alpine. We had promised Isabella, Archer and Jesse that we would go back to where they found the boat. So we kept our word. Into the bus they all went and down the hill we drove.

When we got there they instantly went out, particularly Archer but, no boat to be seen. It was past lunch time so we ate. After lunch peace entered the group until the end of the day.

All the boys went to one side of the lake and very peacefully, very cooperatively worked together building things and being in this one place. The girls, they peacefully played by the waters edge in their under wear with delight.

Many joyful, peaceful things happened but this is the gist of the day. 🙂