For Adults Only

Tonight Nana is talking to the adults only… please don’t continue if kids are in the room.

I’ve waited until after hours for kids when we can talk candidly.

As you may have found, Nana runs a day behind.  Yesterday, Nana was at a funeral with Papa for Papa’s auntie.  It just wasn’t a time for Flat Stanley… we weren’t smiling.

I’m sure you understand that sometimes it is hard for Nana to come up with new posts every day.  The chickens, the garden, the construction…we do our best, but Flat Stanley needs a change of scenery.

I beg of you to download, print and dress with the clothes, skin and fun coloring of your choice and please take Flat Stanley on adventures with you!  Send me about 5 pics to colleen@novahosting.com and I’ll create a story around your pics / kid’s names he is playing with and the environment you describe in as little or as much detail as you wish.

Kids love to see their names in the adventures!  Have fun and I look forward to seeing what we can create together!

Save the template, print, color and send to colleen@novahosting.com

I look forward to sharing adventures with all of you!!   Be sure to include your children’s first names, so the story can be more personable.

We are glad Flat Stanley and Nana’s adventures can keep us all smiling, even on the hardest days.

Flat Stanley Goes Fishing

Auntie Terri surprised Flat Stanley when she told him she was taking him fishing!  Flat Stanley was so excited!  He had never been fishing.

“Will I catch a shark?” Flat Stanley asked.

Auntie Terri had to giggle at the thought of a shark rising up from the lake where they were going fishing.

As they reached the dock beside the lake, Flat Stanley was swinging from the umbrella pole rising from the table.

Auntie Terri was threading her line through the hoops on the pole and getting her bait ready to roll.  Flat Stanley slid down the pole to help her.

“Look at that boat, are we ready to go?  My sea legs are waiting to carry me ‘to and fro’.”

When everyone had their lines tied tight and the poles ready to go, they carefully walked down the dock and into the waiting boat.

“OK, watch your step there Flat Stanley, here we go, up up yeah!” He was on board the boat!

Auntie Terri headed to the front of the boat, she wanted to drive the boat and take everyone on a wild ride across the lake.  But Flat Stanley got there first and said, “Buckle up!”

They road across the lake with the wind and the sun behind them.  The air felt good and the fish were jumping!

Flat Stanley stopped the boat in the middle of the lake and grabbed a pole.

“Here Sharky Sharky, come here and bite on my line!”

Something was nibbling on his line.  He could feel the tap tap on his pole and saw the tip bending, he reeled it in as fast as he could but, oh the fish got away.  Flat Stanley put more bait on his line and cast his pole out to the deepest waters.  He waited, and waited.

Nothing was coming to eat.  The fish weren’t hungry today.

Flat Stanley decided he’d go down in the water to entice them to eat.

But it wasn’t a good idea.  You see, Flat Stanley never took swimming lessons.  He didn’t know how to swim!

“Don’t Worry, we’ll save you there buddy!” Auntie Terri shouted.

She got the net down in the water right under him and fished his little body out of the water.

  He was ok! 

After his swim Auntie Terri hung him out to dry in the warm afternoon sun.

“Is this what they call line dancing?” Flat Stanley asked as he shimmied his body on the tight wire under the clothespins.

It was quite an adventure today, but at least he was smiling!  I hope this finds you smiling too!

 

Flat Stanley was Jammin’!

Flat Stanley and Nana have one thing in common.  They love to sing!  Everywhere they go, they’re singing.  Nana picks her loudest and most annoying songs to sing when she’s doing chores.  If anyone complains, she says that it makes doing chores less humdrum (which is Nana’s silly way to say boring).

“So, I’ll stop singing these annoying songs if you’d like to do my chores.” Everyone stops complaining then.

When she finishes dinner and wants people to come to the table Nana has this really loud and screechy “oooooh it’s time for …. DINNNNAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” that makes everyone come quickly, because if they don’t come, she keeps doing it.  Again, and again…and again as needed.  Usually it only takes one dinner call.

Flat Stanley’s favorite music is hip hop!  He says it makes him hip and hop better.  I think he’s right.  The beat does make you move in your seat.

He had his headphones on this morning and was singing really loud.

“Two plus two is four, minus one that’s three, quick maths..”

When he took the headphones off, the song was still stuck in his head.  Does this ever happen to you, when you hear a song and can’t get it out of your head for the rest of the day?

What’s your favorite kind of music?

Nana’s of course is anything by Bruce Springsteen, but she and Papa love all of that old rock that they call classic.

Flat Stanley likes to make up songs.  He’ll get a nice backbeat playing in his head and the words just flow.

“I’m missing my Alexa, she is the very besta.  Besties are the besta forever and ever aftahhh!  I need pics with Alexa, please send them rather fasta! Booo diddy boooo diddy, hip hip HOP!”

His smile was so big as he was dancing around the kitchen.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Have a nice night!

Flat Stanley and his Suspenders

Nana was sitting out on the back porch with an iced tea in her hand this afternoon.  It was a hot day.  She was pondering Flat Stanley and all they’ve done since he was sent here by her granddaughter Alexa.

When Flat Stanley first moved to the farm with Nana and Papa in Massachusetts, he was slim and trim and had no idea what a chicken ate, or how to care for them.  He was a wide eyed boy full of wonder, with that beautiful smile.  He learned quickly.

He never lost this wide eyed sense of wonder.  He loves everyone and appreciates all of the kindness Nana and Papa give him.  He likes to return the favor by helping out on the farm in any way he can.

When Nana saw how well Flat Stanley did on the farm, to show her appreciation; she awarded him with a brand new pair of red suspenders.  He loved his red suspenders, and he loves helping Nana, still.

Yesterday it was gardening, today it was feeding the chickens and helping her gather and cook the eggs for Papa.  He made sure the chickens had plenty of water.  Today it was over 90 degrees and very humid.  Chickens can handle the heat, but they do need extra water; just like humans.

Nana likes to repay kindness and help around the house and farm, in any way she can.  With Flat Stanley, it was easy.  He loves her chicken fried steak, macaroni and cheese and dill potatoes with sour cream.

With the added calories in his diet, Flat Stanley soon found he didn’t need the suspenders to keep his pants up.  With all the work he was doing to help Nana and Papa, he wasn’t getting fat, but he was filling out and growing.

So the red suspenders ended up in his drawer upstairs in the bureau.  Nana calls it a bureau, but Flat Stanley knows that’s just a fancy word for “dresser.”  He still calls it a dresser, and has his red suspenders rolled up in a nice round circle in the corner of  his top drawer.  It’s a daily reminder of when he was awarded the label of “farmer,” a label he wears proudly.

Just looking at those suspenders makes him smile.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  If so, please subscribe so that Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley adventure is posted.

 

Flat Stanley Enjoys a Father’s Day Celebration with Papa

Flat Stanley was a happy boy today.  We had another BBQ party for Father’s Day!  Papa was smiling most of the day as the phone kept ringing and he got to hear from all the kids.

After Nana and Papa got back from taking Grandma Great to the cemetery and enjoying a nice lunch, Flat Stanley got to show Papa his cooking skills.  Flat Stanley stayed home this morning to help Auntie Terri and Dana prepare for the BBQ.

As Auntie Terri washed the greens, Dana showed Flat Stanley how to shuck corn.  Before long, it was time to fire up the grill!

The meat was placed on the grill and Dana let Flat Stanley slather on the BBQ sauce.  He only licked his fingers twice.  It’s hard not to lick your fingers when you’re grilling with BBQ sauce.

It was really hot near the grill today.  Flat Stanley was so happy to see the kids come over, and he ran to get his trunks on so he could play in the swimming pool with them.

Nana came out with her primal screechy scream yelling, “Oh it’s time for DInnnnnnnnnnaaaaahhhhh,” Everybody enjoyed Dana’s cooking.  BBQ’s always bring out the fun.

After we all filled up on the sweet corn, greens, burgers, hot dogs, shrimp and pork, it was time for dessert.

Nana came out with a box of cookies!  Yummy cookies!

Blain looked up at Nana and said, “you know you can never eat just one.”

Nana agreed and went for a blue ribbon cookie herself.

Flat Stanley liked the little balls covered in powdered sugar and it showed!  His mouth was covered in the white powder!

It was such a hot day we had to give a lot of extra water to the chickens to keep them cool.  Flat Stanley brought all the kids over to show them how to give them the treats and water.

While they were feeding the chickens they heard the magical sound that made Nana RUN down the driveway hollering for the kids to hurry hurry and get to the street to stop the Ice Cream Truck!

A ding and a ling and woooppedy doo dooo…we like ice cream, do you?

The ice cream truck stopped at the end of the drive and all of the kids listened to the ice cream truck music clanging as it drove up to us.

There were so many options, Flat Stanley didn’t know what to choose!

His friend named Promise helped him out by selecting the Hello Kitty ice cream bar.

Nana chose the pineapple one.  She was so surprised to get ice cream from an ice cream truck on OUR street!  This hasn’t happened since Nana was a little girl.

She was smiling so wide!  You know who else was smiling?

Papa!  He was really enjoying the nice celebrations for caring Dad’s and Papa’s like himself and Dana!

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy a wonderful Father’s Day!

 

Flat Stanley The Gardener

Nana and Papa had a garden party.  Flat Stanley was excited about everyone coming over to help Nana and Papa plant their garden this year.

“This is going to be a fun day!” Flat Stanley said with great excitement in his voice.

“Yes it is!” Nana smiled as they browsed the rows and rows of plants in the nursery.  She had to decide what vegetables she wanted in the garden.  It was hard to choose.  Who knew they had so many different varieties of tomatoes.  Nana finally settled on the little cherry tomatoes, the Better Boy tomatoes and Roma’s for the tomato sauce she likes to can in the fall.

Flat Stanley chose the banana peppers.  When Nana told him that they don’t grow bananas, he put them back.  But Nana likes banana peppers, so she put them back in the basket and added bell peppers, spinach, different kinds of lettuce and all kinds of herbs.  Nana’s favorite herb is basil.  What’s your favorite thing to grow in the garden?

Friends came over and the party got started!

Flat Stanley enjoyed playing in the pool with the kids.

But he also liked getting his hands dirty and planting the vegetables.

These are the “better boy” tomatoes.

“You can plant me right here,” Flat Stanley said, “cause I’m the BEST Boy!”

“You are the best boy in town sonny!” Nana told him with a smile.

Turning the soil was fun.  Flat Stanley loved getting his hands all dirty!

“Here you go Nana!  Here’s your favorite Basil.” Flat Stanley shouted as she left her pots boiling with corn and potatoes on the stove, to come out to see how the garden was coming along.

After all that hard work it was time to feast!

Nana had a dozen lobsters for everyone and fried chicken for any crazy soul that doesn’t like lobster.  She boiled corn on the cob and potatoes.  Flat Stanley’s favorite part of the meal was the fruit bowl!  It had fresh strawberries, blueberries and grapes.  His mouth looked like a rainbow of colors when he smiled.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy a beautiful day!

Flat Stanley Yells BINGO!

Nana and Papa kept their promise to Grandma Great.  They promised her last week that they would take her to go play BINGO this week.  Keeping a promise is important to Nana and Papa.  Do you keep your promises?  It’s so very important that we try to follow through with what we say we’re going to do.

When they pulled up to the bingo hall with Grandma Great, Papa was not a very happy man.  He doesn’t like BINGO very much.  But, he’s a trooper and likes to make others smile; so in he went.

We bought our stack of BINGO cards and Flat Stanley helped Nana put the colored cards in the order of when each game will be played.  The first game was on the blue bingo card and the last game was on the magenta colored card.

Papa got the bingo dabbers out and began dotting all of the free spaces on the cards.  Flat Stanley liked this BINGO hall.

There were a lot of nice ladies here at the senior center.  They loved Flat Stanley and his silly ways.

He decided to entertain them while they waited for BINGO to begin.

What could be more fitting than the BINGO Song?

“B-I-N-G-O ~ B-I-N-G-O ~ B-I-N-G-O and BINGO was his name-OOOoooo,” he sang the whole song and everyone clapped along.  They loved it and some even joined in to sing with him.

Then it was time for the games to begin!

Flat Stanley helped Papa with his cards.  He didn’t like how fast the lady was calling the numbers and Papa had six cards to keep up with.  When B-2 was called, Flat Stanley shouted “BINGO!!!!”

He and Papa had been sitting on that number for what seemed an eternity; and that’s a VERY long time.

The kind man came over to double check their numbers and cleared them with a “GOOD BINGO!”

Guess what Papa won?

He won chocolates!  Now, they didn’t know he’s not supposed to have chocolates, but he loves them so much he was smiling!

When BINGO was over we went for a nice lunch at Holy Cannoli’s.  This place in Worcester makes the best sandwiches and pastries.

After a fun day, we dropped Grandma Great off at home.  She got out of the car and said, “even though I didn’t win, I still had a lot of fun!”

It was a fun day and Briana LOVED the chocolate treats when Papa opened them to share with her and the grandkids.  This made EVERYone smile with the taste of chocolate dancing on their tongues.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy a beautiful day!

Flat Stanley I am I am

Flat Stanley woke up in a pretty good mood, but his mood got way better when Nana pulled a BIG Mango out of the fruit bowl.  Flat Stanley’s eyes lit up and his mouth began to water as Nana cut into the juicy fruit and he could smell the sweet mango scent in the air.

When Nana handed Flat Stanley an entire plate of sweet juicy mango, his smile lit up wide and bright!  He devoured the sweet juicy fruit.

Nana shared hers with Papa and everyone was smiling with this tropical taste on their tongues.

This made Flat Stanley start the “Mango Tango Dance!”  This is where your feet fly high and your hands clap under your knees.  He wobbled his head from side to side and then broke into the slide.  Side to side swooop, side to side swooop.  Flat Stanley is a good dancer.

He’s a good singer too!  After Papa finished the dishes he spotted Flat Stanley in the corner jamming on his guitar.  Papa pulled up a chair to listen.

“I’m just a boy, I am, I am, I’m Flat Stanley and I love to jam.”

“You can do the Mango Tango if you please, do the side swoop and drop to your knees!  We do the Mango, TANGOOooooo; we do the Mango, TANGOOOoooo.”

Nana and Papa were both enjoying Flat Stanley’s silliness and it brought a huge smile to their faces.  I hope Flat Stanley brought a smile to your face too.  Smiles are definitely contagious and we all need more smiling in today’s world.

Please subscribe and Nana will send you an email when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  Have a great day and share the smiles with others!

Flat Stanley Finds a Kennel

Flat Stanley sat in his favorite cup holder as he was riding down a country road in Massachusetts with Nana and Papa.  Flat Stanley spotted the dogs on the hillside.  There had to be 100 dogs on that hill.

Nana pulled the car over at Flat Stanley’s request and got out to visit with the dogs.  They all came running to the fence and barking their loud barks.  They were beautiful and had fur in every color, some were really white, some really dark and some had spots and some did not.

“Hey Doggie Doggie, Here Doggie Doggie,” Flat Stanley shouted.

The dogs came charging down the hillside.  Thankfully, there was a fence or Nana and Flat Stanley may have gotten themselves into trouble.  The barking was loud and somewhat scary.  There were so many of them!

“I know if I could get in there with some nice doggie bones and treats, that they’d be happy dogs and wouldn’t bark at me,” Flat Stanley said.

They were really barking.  Nana and Flat Stanley quickly got back into the car.  That fence didn’t look very high and these dogs were big and very loud.

Flat Stanley came home to the chickens and instead of grabbing doggie bones and treats, he grabbed chicken food and treats.  He helped Nana clean the coop out today.  If chicken beaks could smile, the chickens would be smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too.  Thanks for subscribing so that Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

Two Parties in Two Days? Flat Stanley is LOVING Life!

Auntie Terri came over with a surprise for Flat Stanley today.

“We’re having a party!” It’s Shay’s birthday and we’re going to have a BBQ today!”

“Two parties in two days?” Flat Stanley couldn’t contain his excitement.  You know how he does it; he tucks his hands up under his arms like a chicken?  Well he was doing that and flapping his wings.

“Cluck Cluck little hens, I’m the one at the party again!” His smile was so big as he went to feed the chickens today!

When everyone arrived, Flat Stanley got the drinks.  The kids loved the Hi C as blue as the sea.

Flat Stanley was showing off his basketball skills, Joseph and Blain were showing him how it’s really done.  SLAM DUNK!  Joseph was 20 feet from the hoop, and in it went.  This boy has skills.

After shooting some hoops, they sat on the log pile beside the barn and found a little ant.  Joseph named the aunt Adrien.  Blain explained to Nana that the ant was a boy ant and that’s why the ant wouldn’t climb on Nana’s finger.  The ant then went to play hide and seek and snuck inside the crevice, hiding from everyone.

Then Nana came out with BUBBLES!  You know how Nana loves her bubbles.  Flat Stanley was playing with Promise and Blain.  Promise would blow the bubbles and Blain would chase and POP them.  POP POP POP.

Flat Stanley had a lot of fun blowing bubbles with Joseph and Blain too.  This was a fun party!

Promise found the peony flowers on the property and her eyes lit up as bright as her smile.  Nana let Flat Stanley pick one when he asked.  The blooms are so delicate and pretty, just like Promise!  Flat Stanley’s face was just a little red, can you see it.  He was a little embarrassed, but loved the smile this flower brought to Promise’s face when he gave it to her.

But today was all about Shay.  It’s Shay’s birthday!  Shay is Briana’s friend.  Flat Stanley LOVED hanging out with the birthday girl and the “teenagers” that were so cool on the log pile.

Look at their beautiful smiles!  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe, so Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.