Tag Archive for: Wednesday 2017-2018

Feb. 14, 2018
Day before New Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Cole was absent today and Eamon, Holden, and Uma were back.

The air was crisp and the Cloud Children were playing hide and go seek with Grandpa Sun off and on throughout the day so, sometimes we were warm and sometimes we were cold.

The day began with joy over it being Valentine’s day and some of the children brought Valentine’s cards to pass out.  Seeing their hearts alive and filled with the joy of giving is always so beautiful.

When we got to the Lakes they all pilled out. Eamon, Holden, Luna, and Uma went straight to our Sunny Spot. Ruby had the other children and thought I meant the OTHER Sunny spot. I called her back and they came laughing to our first Sunny circle spot.  Eamon and Holden were instantly playing yet the girls went straight to circle, even though we thought playing was a fine way to be for the moment. Non the less, they all came in and we sang our songs and then….We finally got to honor Holden for his Birthday from a couple of weeks ago.  We sang him our Tender Tracks Birthday song and he got to pick out his special Birthday rock and put it in his very own pouch. He then blew out the candle after story.   For snack, we had a special chocolate gluten-free heart cake. We just gave the children one small piece though some really wanted to eat more!!!  Holden, however, did not want to even take a bit so he got some crackers and was content.

The story was a little tale about Once upon a time all beings, animals, bugs, birds, bees and people knew that warm fuzzies were everywhere and ALWAYS lived in our hearts.  You never ever could be with out them…. The jist of the tale, love is always in our hearts and giving from our heart can always be done. Sometimes we forget this yet it is true none the less.  The story included a Big pink pocket heart with colorful soft wool inside.  At the end the warm fuzzies flew to the children.  And then, after a time, they went into the woods and found their own.

Each one of them found their heart treasures and loved them so!!!  From there we packed up and went on a great adventure to a beautiful spot near the creek and the Redwood trees.  The whole rest of the day was filled as well with finding “gifts” from Mother Earth.  “But I don’t see any gifts!”  “We’re just walking. There is nothing on the ground,” some of them said. And from there they were shown the hearts in the stones, the flowers blossoming all around us, the little stones that we can write with, the colors all around us, the fresh air and so much more. All day they were reminded to see and to listen. “But the trees can’t talk.” “Oh well, they do not talk in our language. And you must sit ever so still to hear them for they speak very slowly.”  And, for those reading this, if you don’t believe me, find a tree to sit with over and over and over again and after a time, you will begin to hear the voice of the tree’s  in their slow, kind and wise tree voices. 🙂

•Ashley was the fastest today. She was eager to run, run, run, run… And her running got the other children to keep up with her, as best they could.

When we got to our spot they wanted to eat so we did. There we had more fun observations of Heart Rocks and young trees standing near us who wanted to play with the children.  We noticed all the baby rocks and the young trees, the birds singing far and near and the great silence that fell upon the forest for a time.

After lunch, they played for a little bit with jail, and capture and running and catching. It was then time to go so backpacks on and down the path we went.  Their legs have gotten so much stronger as they went fairly far for themselves.

•Eamon today was his usual happy self. He LOVED his heart pouch and carried it all around until he couldn’t find it.  When it was found he decided to put it in his backpack so he would not lose it.
•Luna was very happy with her heart clothes and singing her many long songs she knows, word for word.
•Uma was in grand spirits.  She was holding my hand a lot with happiness and playing with children and their games.
•A favorite moment for me with Ellie Acorn was when Eamon asked her a question. She replied in her usual fashion of a whisper. He could not hear her so he kindly turned his ear towards her and listened very carefully.  She was running and jumping often throughout the day with great smiles.
•Holden, however, was not his usual happy self though at times he could not keep it from coming through.  He found a flower for his Mommy at the beginning of the day that he picked and put it in his backpack. By the end of the day, he discovered that it had wilted and therefore did not want to bring it to her.
•Violet was excited to receive the Heart and fuzzies and gave great efforts with putting on her coat, getting up when she fell down and sharing with her friends.
• Ellie Turtle was just happy throughout the day playing, exploring, laughing and having fun at lunchtime remembering the lunch game we played last week.

It was a fine Valentines day. As they rode home, each shared their thank you’s in ways only an innocent preschooler can do. Just tender and beautiful.

 

Feb. 7, 2018
Waxing half Moon
Lake Lagunitas

Eamon, Holden and Uma were absent today.

The sun was up, warm yet with a tender breeze at times. Cole came back after being gone for so long and just jumped in with ease, grace, joy and aliveness.  No boys yet he did just fine. He and Ashley had a lot of fun together today too.  He went right into singing songs that he remembered and trying on the new songs that we were all learning.   The children all took him right back in.

We had our circle at our Hill Top Spot where the sun shines and the water trough there begs to be played with. And that is what they did, played with the water, and sat on stumps. Ashley and Ellie Turtle climbing up on some stumps. They were there for so long and I wondered why. It turns out they knew how to get up but not how to get down. With a little guidance, they figured it out and were so very proud of themselves for doing so!

At circle they heard a story about Spring being Just Around the Corner and what to look for. Violet really loved this and wound up going around a corner during our  hike and explaining “I FOUND SPRING!!!!!!”  The Milk Maid plants were out and blooming all over as they are the first flowers to show us that spring is truly on its way.  Violet also really wanted to see Poison Oak. All day long I told her I would show it to her when I saw it but alas, I did not come across it accept the first place I shared it with her near our circle area.

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Our time is always short so after circle we packed up fairly quickly to get them to where we wanted to go.  We found the trail and down, up, around, they went. Violet, Cole and Ashley led the way and the others followed.  When we all got to our beachfront on the Lake for the day they just settled down, settled in and, began fishing!  I broke off long sticks from the old Douglas Fir trees near us and they ALL just stood there catching fish. Just like real quiet and still Fishermen.  We made a fire circle for them to put the fish in too.  This was such a gloriously beautiful sight as they were all so peaceful and content.

Lunchtime was filled with so much fun.  I played a game with them with their food. At first, it was just with Ashley’s food and pretending that her food was some kind of inanimate object which she would then tell me what it was.  And I would say, “What do you do with it?” and she would say “eat it!”  And I would say, “How do you eat this??” And she would eat it. Pretty soon all of them wanted to play this game and pretty soon we were all laughing and their lunches were eaten!!! with great delight too!

They are all getting so good at putting their food away in their lunch boxes and asking to be excused and then off to play some more.   Ashley had to go poop after lunch so I found her a beautiful spot to do so and she liked that. 🙂

Then, back to fishing.  We then had to change clothes and pack up to walk back.  Ruby was in front with Ashley and Cole and I was with Luna, Ellie Turtle, Ellie Acorn and Violet.  Luna and Ellie turtle were having fun in the way back and Ellie Acorn and I held hands having a nice time walking down the trail. Then Violet, Ellie and I held hands, then we all did, then we got into canoes and rowed down the lake(trail) that we were on.  Luna sang a full rendition of a Frozen song and the others wanted to sneak up on Ruby, Ashley, and Cole.  We all went down the trail and walked right past THEM! They were so happy with themselves too about that. We heard a little bird sound though (Ruby) and YEAH, we found them!!

The day was simply a PURE delight, peaceful, happy and big smiles all around.

Jan. 24, 2016
First Quarter/Half Waxing Moon
Sorich ranch

Cole will be gone just two more weeks.
Everyone else was here and in such fine and delightful spirits.  The day was gray, over cast warm yet still cold with the wind whipping about every now and again.

We came to our spot, they came out and found wonderful mushrooms near the bus. The other children went to the other side of the road where our circle takes place yet Luna was immersed in the world of mushrooms and play. I came over to bring her over to the other children and she came talking all the way about the wonderful mushrooms. 🙂
Eamon and Holden checked out the big rock but then came down and the two of them + Violet went to play on the bouncy tree.  The girls were happy to set up circle time and mill around with each other.  Ashley was quite chilled most of the day so more layers were put on her. They all wanted snack straight away so we came in and began to read the sky above us. Were the clouds big, small, white, blue, black, gray? Was rain coming and what were the Wind Children doing right now?  We couldn’t see Grandpa Sun so it was the perfect time to begin singing our songs for, it turns out, the Sun, and the Moon and the Stars like to “eat” the children’s songs . Yes, it is like a delicous and loving snack for them. So, we fed them and then we had our own snack which all the children were delighted with.

Today I read a story that was about Jackie Jack Frosts sister The Child of Snow.  A story about an old man and old woman that never had children and they made one out of snow. She came alive and stayed with them only in the winter.  After story, we looked about to see if we could see or feel Jackie Jack Frost.  Sometimes we felt the nip on our nose or sting to our toes but we didn’t see anything frozen.  We played briefly in this spot after snack and then packed up and made it up the biggest hill we have walked upon so far.  I found a long Eucalyptus bark and used that to pull Uma, Luna, and Ashley up the big hill. Eamon and Holden just scurried up and Ruby took Violet, Ellie Acorn, and Ellie Turtle up the hill with her.  Luna whimpered all the way up and then cried for Daddy. Walking up the big hill was not her favorite. We snuggled for a bit and then sent colorful love to Daddy. Uma joined in and then all was well again.

There are two swings up there plus a bouncy tree.  Ruby put the children on the bouncy tree one by one and they got wonderful rides. Holden, Eamon, Violet, and Ashley liked the swing that you had to hang onto two handles and then twirl around and around.
We discovered a great place where beautiful paintings were on the rock face and it looked like we were in a great house. The children found lot’s of rocks that could break into stone tools to write with and clean sticks with. One by one they came into this house and they all played together using their tools, making house and stories.  At one point Ashley said she wanted to go home. She did not seem to be feeling all that well today.  I told her a little story about the magick of staying ever so still when you are wishing for something else or are, dare I use the word, BORED.  If you don’t move, the magick comes, that is just for you and a new discovery shows itself. But, again, you have to not move at all until that something special comes, just for you.   And sure enough, she said she saw a squirrel up in the tree jumping about. She then began to play again.

Lunchtime happened, and Ellie Turtle had to go poop.  It seemed that she had never done this before outside. We walked away from the group and I dug a hole.  She was not so keen on this yet, as she was squatting I sang a little poop song. She settled in, poop came, she turned around and looked, laughed and said, “It’s in a hole in the GROUND!” laughed again and went back to finish lunch.  Awe and delight in the simplest of things. 🙂 How much better can life be???????!!!!!!! 🙂

There was a little play after lunch and then the winds began to pick up a bit.  Eamon, Holden and Uma made it down the big hill and went ahead with Ruby. The rest were taking their time working at sliding down the big hill.  Ruby and the others made it back to the Big Rock and stood up there watching us come down, unbeknownst to us.  They howled to us and we howled back. We all made it to the bus and on the way back Ruby told a magickal Fairy story that everyone was mesmerized by.

Today Ellie Acorn was her playful fun, yet whispery self. Uma happy and playful with everyone. Ellie Turtle was just her playful self, Violet had the best day ever with ease, joy, fun and big smiles. Eamon was in a very happy place and he and Holden got along very well this week together and Ashley, as I shared, was not like her usual self, cold most of the day and quiet a lot yet never loosing her kindness and warm smile.

This was, over all, really a very, very, very fun and happy day.  Their bodies got pushed more than ever yet with the help of Eucalyptus plants and the fun of Mushrooms and freshly sprouting Soap Root leaves besides the many other wonders of Earth and Sky that we played with, they made it through with bodies all the better for it.