Spring Is Here, Safety First; especially in May & June.

May 13, 2014
Mother's Day has passed. I hope that everyone felt the "love" that you all so deserve! Parenting is one on the HARDEST jobs there is and it doesn't really end. Yes, it is rewarding too. 
I was reminded today of a Beautiful Spring day with 12 children at my house after school. It was the birthday of one of the children. Her mother was  standing there talking to me, while I was helping a child onto the swing. Meanwhile, everyone was just a bit wilder than usual. IT WAS SPRING! Everyone was busting out of their skin. The noise was louder, the excitement higher, and their bodies were just bouncing with abandonment.   (this was happening today, 16 years after this day I could feel the same energy)
What happen next was a first...
My daughter, Ashley goes to jump out of the swing, LANDs on the Ground and proceeds to cry, then turn white and throw-up. (not a good sign,right?) The other parent called the rescue squad (911) and an ambulance was there within minutes.
To make a Long Story short... Ashley and I got in the ambulance and off to the ER we went. What did we find out?
Ashley had broken both wrists. (She chose a purple cast and a green one; I almost fainted while they took x-rays)
But, just as interesting and this is FOR YOU... the ER said that "Spring time is one of their BUSIEST TIMES". I see this...
The children are "just having fun" but, not really thinking clearly. They are WILD with JOY.
So... watch them and Keep them safe.
May 5, 2014
Yesterday, was on of those perfect "adult" days where there was a lot of freedom, PLAY and blessings. I was blessed to spend the morning quietly drinking tea and reading about the chakra's and about gardening. Then, I joined 8 plus beautiful women (some I knew and some i was just meeting) for a Gluten- Free Brunch made by Maureen Wheeler and Jo Jo; while Henna was being created and drawn on each of us by Rebecca of Heartfire Henna.
The morning was slow and joyful. The food was beautiful to look at and amazing to eat. The atmosphere was easy. The conversations bounced but, flowed. I was reminded how much we forget to be playful; how much fun it is to be inspired by the unknown. I loved walking into a community of women and hearing their parenting stories and most of all hearing the laughter of the imperfections of this parenting and of being human... It was the laughter, the beautiful food, and the art that fed and nourished the soul.
Then if that was not a full day, I  met up with my soul sister JoAnne and we foraged in the woods of Shelburne, Vermont in my back yard... RAMPS, NETTLE and FIDDLEHEADS. We connected and shared about her travels to and from Peru, about teaching children, about business here in Shelburne.   
It is here that I want to say... I am committing to creating MORE PLAY for ADULTS. (and yes, always for the children that come here).
Lastly, yesterday I shared a story about "parenting with you and your child's angels".
We must remember to ASK (wait to receive) the ANGELS  for guidance. They can not help unless they are asked ...
We humans have "free will"; it is in the ASKING THAT WE CAN RECEIVE. (  I know ... you know this. I am reminding you, while I am reminding me).

First, Mark just saw a crow gathering sticks and stuff... he was fascinated! ( I missed it)  Do you know what this means... THEY ARE making NESTS! So...there is hope;  Spring is coming even though it doesn't look like it.
We know this right?
Okay, the last time that I was in contact in this way, it was a lot of enrollment, schedule and money stuff. Here, today I want to share the view from inside the program.
So, here are the behind the scenes; the happenings inside the program and in my head:
The Chickens
*I had to move the chicks  to the basement because they are growing like ... "weeds". So, each day the children and I head down to the basement to check on the 14 chickens. (crazy... having teenage chickens in the house) They are growing fast and furious. We are also trying to hold each of them and name them, hoping they will grow up to be friendly pets.

*We have been planting seeds. They too, are growing like crazy (but, not weeds). I have a special "tool" to make paper planters. The children are filling each one with dirt and choosing what to plant. They are very gentle and caring in doing this. We now have "rainbow cherry tomatoes" and special pumpkins growing. They are ready to be planted into bigger pots. Perhaps, I got too excited and planted too soon.

Easter is on it's way... we will be creating a little baskets here... with wheat grass and more.
I have a contact person in Huntington that could cut and create BLUEBIRD houseKITS; for us to put together ourselves. I thought that I had pine boards and that would make the cost cheaper but I don't. So, I am calling her and wanting to place an order of ONE PER CHILD. Could you/would you be willing to help me with the cost and each child would take a BLUEBIRD house home. I will copy the info and have it for you on TUESDAY.

Child Development here in the Preschool and Home:
Every year about this time I take a look at the class and wonder, notice and ask myself "what is needed"? I have nurtured and created a safe haven (hopefully). Everyone seems pretty happy and comfortable. So, I am thinking it's time to "step it up" just a little bit more. I will incorporate a few more "jobs" like, setting the table for snack, pouring the water in the water glasses, clothes put a way (neater) in their cubbies and just a bit more "up rightness" at circle etc... Good? 

The Business End: 

**I think I have done it... getting the go ahead with $$  for parents and act 62. I am expecting to hear from them soon. We can and will talk further about the impact of this when it is a "for sure" thing.

** A new WEB-Site is about to be launched... I can't wait! We (my web guy, Scott McGrath and my creative graphic person; Lindsey Graham) have been creating together... so fun! We changed the name from one "r" to two; the way it really is... You'll see it for sure when it goes "live". 

** Summer Camp Brochure available on my web-site

*** Let's Mark our Calendars for a Parent Evening (sooner than later...)
April 10th ; 7-9pm 
*Lets talk about out Easter traditions and other ideas to add or delete.
*Easter Artistic ...
*Perhaps, some fun Astrology info about you and your family :0)
and I want to share a new inspiration (Perhaps you're doing this ... the book NOURISHING TRADITIONS by Sally Fallon.