Flat Stanley and the Warrior Princess

Flat Stanley woke up later than usual today.  He picked the sleep out of corner of his eyes as he made his way to the kitchen table.

Papa made his famous scrambled eggs with extra butter.  When he was cracking the eggs,  there was one egg that had TWO yolks inside!  One was a small yolk. See the cute little yolk?

Nana poured Flat Stanley a glass of orange juice as he grabbed for a slice of bacon.  Breakfast was delicious today.

“I had the best dream last night!” Flat Announced as he ate his breakfast.

“Do tell!” Nana replied with a smile over the rim of her coffee cup.

“Well, remember the other night when we had those thunder rumbles claps and slams that felt like they were coming through our roof?”

“It was like that in my dream, but this time instead of thinking about fireworks and a beach bbqs, I was in a far away land where the sky was pink and everyone walking down the street had bright colored clothes.”

“I was brought to the front of the crowd and that’s when I saw her!  Alexa was dressed like a princess.” Flat Stanley said with a big smile.

“We were both escorted to a clearing and then crowned with special crowns of bravery.  They were golden crowns with red and blue gems that glistened in the bright mid day sun.”

“Our eyebrows raised in unison and our shoulders shrugged as we read each other minds, you can do things like that in dreams you know,” Flat Stanley continued.

Papa coughed, wondering if you have to be dreaming to know what others are thinking, because it seems Nana can always read his mind.  And just like that Nana raised an eyebrow at him, seeming to read his mind.

“As they placed the crowns on top of our heads,  the Warrior Chieftain came forward with his large headdress and said, “Flat Stanley and Alexa, the bravery award is given to you as you have learned to rise above your fears and find ways to gather your strength, and become the Warrior you were born to be!”

“It’s weird” Flat Stanley said, “because we really felt like warriors with strength inside.  The crowd was cheering and just like that I woke up; I woke up feeling very strong and I was smiling!”

“You make me smile, Mr. Warrior!” Nana said “I believe you do find your true strength through some scary or upsetting times in life.  It’s all these trials that make us the unique, strong and hopefully happy people that we are.”

I hope this finds you smiling too and that you find your own strength to overcome that which frightens you; my warrior friends.

Flat Stanley Sings with the Birds

Nana woke up to her favorite sound.  Birds were singing in the air outside.  When she stepped carefully down the stairs they got louder and louder.  She soon realized it wasn’t a bird, but Flat Stanley doing a perfect cardinal whistle.

He’s been practicing his whistle for a long time and has really gotten good at it.  Can you whistle like a bird?

“Flat Stanley, your whistle fooled me today, I thought we had a flock of cardinals in the yard.” Nana said to him.

Flat Stanley smiled up at Nana and told her about his morning.  He got up early and went  wandering around the yard.  The storm last night left wet grass, big mud puddles and a lot of happy birds in it’s wake.

When Flat Stanley saw the big puddles of mud, you know what he wanted to do, you know he had to; you know he did!

Jump splash boom, splasha splasha splasha GOOOOOON!!!! Who’s the goon, who’s the goon?  Not me not you, SPLASHHHH!!

Nana was giggling when she told Flat Stanley to get his muddy feet back outside and go play!  It’s a nice day!

Flat Stanley was having a blast outside!  He heard the birds in the bushes and went out to say hello.  They like Nana’s sweet lilacs.

The birds flew away when he climbed up into the bush with them, so he stayed really still and quiet until they came back and he could listen to their chirps and special calls.

Did you know that you can tell what kind of bird it is just by their unique call?

The cardinal is his favorite, viiviiiiiiiw, viiviiiiiiiw, peep peep peep peep peep peep peep.

As he was chirping in the lilacs, he saw it!  The big groundhog that lives under Papa’s old shed came out to say hello!  Can you see him there ready to crawl back into his holey home under the shed?

Nana named him “Gary the Groundhog,” she came out just in time to see him scuttle back into this home.

This is what he looks like up close.

As Nana came to join Flat Stanley on the garden bench, Nana told Flat Stanley about all of the wildlife they’ve seen here on this beautiful plot of land they call home.

Flat Stanley was surprised to hear that Nana spotted a coyote, a fox and one time a mama deer and her baby doe came trotting across the backyard.

But of course Flat Stanley’s favorite critter will always be his feathered friends in the coop!  The chickens were squawking, awaiting their morning treats, so Nana and Flat Stanley brought them fresh water and food.

Do chickens smile?  If they could, they’d be smiling now.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your day and please subscribe so that Nana can send you an email when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  Everyone needs a free smile delivered daily!

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day from Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley would like to wish all the mama’s, and those that care for the loves in their lives a big Happy Mother’s Day!

“Here’s a big cup of your favorite blueberry coffee with toast and pretty smelling lilac flowers that Briana picked for you!” Flat Stanley said with love in his voice and a bright smile on his face.

A big Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies out there with little loves in their care!

Auntie Terri came into the room singing “Happy Mother’s Day to youuuuu…” to Nana, and then Nana joined in, singing the same tune back to her.  “Happy Mother’s Day to Youuuuu…” they were singing and laughing together in the tune of the happy birthday song.

They made Flat Stanley smile as they hugged good wishes.

Nana was thinking about her own mom on this special day.

“Look at this picture of Nana as a little girl with my own mom,” Nana said.  Flat Stanley’s mouth opened wide.  It was hard to imagine Nana as a little girl in her mother’s arms.  But he recognized her smile right away.

Flat Stanley was happy when he heard Nana and Papa saying that we were all going out to lunch with GrandmaT, Auntie Terri and Briana!

When we pulled up to a bakery, Flat Stanley’s belly growled really loud and it made everyone in the car laugh!

We stepped inside the bakery and the smell of fresh cookies greeted you!  Yum!!  Nana let Flat Stanley know that he could pick out a treat, but first he had lunch to eat.  He and Briana both chose bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.  It was stacked so high, Flat Stanley could hardly get his mouth to stretch that wide!  But he did.  He ate every bite and then had a pastry!  It was filled with his favorite lemon filling.

Flat Stanley offered to take our picture as we stepped out of the car to give Mother’s day hugs to GrandmaT.  He got pictures of all the ladies.  Flat Stanley and Briana were really enjoying this day to celebrate the ladies in their life.

When we got home, Briana set the camera up in Nana’s living room and sat her mom in Nana’s big easy chair.  Auntie Terri wasn’t feeling well, but she smiled really big when Briana surprised her with concert tickets to see one of her favorite musicians, Chris Brown; LIVE in July!

Auntie Terri was so happy and filled with love for her daughter that had worked so hard to save up every dollar earned for months, in an effort to give her mom a Happy Mother’s Day gift.

GrandmaT kept putting her rolled up newspaper over her face because she thought Flat Stanley was holding the camera too close.  Nana quickly moved the newspaper away from her face, and Flat Stanley caught her beautiful smile!

Everyone was smiling and feeling the love!  I hope this finds you smiling too and a BIG Happy Mother’s Day!  **Don’t forget to make plans to visit if you’re missing your mom or grandma, you know they’re missing you too!**

 

 

 

 

Flat Stanley Goes to the Petting Zoo

Flat Stanley’s eyes were sparkling with excitement when Nana told him that we were taking him and Briana to the petting zoo.

“I don’t know what kind of animals will be at a petting zoo,” Flat Stanley said, “but I love all animals!  So this is going to be a fun day!”

We piled in the car and drove out of town to where the special petting zoo was being held by Klem’s in Spencer, MA.

*** If you’re local, check it out!  They’re there all weekend. ***

When we got out of the car, we were greeted with the smell of fresh hay and cotton candy!

“This is what I’m talking about!” Flat Stanley said as he smiled up at Nana.

Briana took Flat Stanley’s hand and they ran ahead of Nana and Papa to see the baby goats.  Oh she knows how badly Nana wants goats.

“I want screaming goats and fainting goats,” Nana said, as she and Papa caught up with them.  “When the screamers blat out their screams, the fainters faint like they’re playing dead!”

Flat Stanley and Briana decided they wanted to see that too!

There were food receptacles set up near every stall with the animal’s favorite treats.  They loved being fed.  Briana was a little skittish at first, but the goats showed her how it’s done.  They’re not shy!

Papa’s favorite was the baby emu.  She was so cute with her little feathers and long legs the same length as her neck!

“It looks like a walking squash,” Papa said.

“Imagine what they’ll look like when they’re fully grown.” Nana pondered to herself thinking of their long legs and neck rising much higher than her own.

Flat Stanley liked the Llamas, and as you can see, the llamas LOVED him!

Briana posed for a picture with the big Australian Cow.  It was tame and let Papa grab his horn.

Nana said she took this picture for Auntie Shana, Alexa’s mommy.  She said she was waiting for them to dance like the ones in Barbados!  But they were very still.  Flat Stanley thought they were two large rocks in the corner, until Nana pointed out their little legs protruding from under their tortoise shells.

The sheep were very hungry with their calls for food.

Can you make a sound like hungry sheep?

We kept returning to the Llama pen.  They were so friendly, and they loved being scratched and talked to.

Papa was having a nice little chat with Eliandra the Llama, when Flat Stanley came up to do a little photo shoot.  They all smiled for the camera, even Eliandra.  Can you see her smile?

Wait, here’s a close up.

Flat Stanley saw the ponies and wanted to ride!  Unfortunately, Briana said she didn’t want to, so we had to just watch the other kids.  After a bit, Flat Stanley agreed that going in a circle being held on to, was more for babies.

He wanted a lasso, and to be let loose in an arena. As he imagined this he accidentally shouted out “Giddy up and RIDE!” The toddlers on the ponies loved it! One boy raised an arm in the air playing along with him.

After a lot of fun with the animals, Briana was drawn to the smell of cotton candy.  Flat Stanley, Nana and Papa followed her to watch the man spin the sugar on a stick round and around, until it was bigger than her head!

Flat Stanley enjoyed the fun adventure and skipped to the car smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy a beautiful day and please subscribe so that Nana can send you a smile tomorrow!  Who doesn’t need smiles delivered every day?

 

 

 

 

Flat Stanley and His Anniversary Surprise

Flat Stanley stepped down the stairs a little later than usual this morning.  Nana and Papa were already making coffee and eggs in the kitchen.

“Happy Anniversary, it seems like 50 years, not 22; but I hope I’m lucky enough to enjoy many more with you.” He overheard Papa telling Nana.

Flat Stanley’s face turned a little red and he slowed his steps, kind of embarrassed to come trotting in on “the moment.”

Nana was smiling and was giving a Papa a kiss when he turned the corner at the base of the stairs.  He turned into the bathroom rather quickly.  Ew.

He could still hear them talking about all that they’ve been through with each other over the past 22 years, with the kids, grandkids, different homes and travel they enjoyed.

When he went into the living room he looked at the pictures on the walls that showed Nana and Papa when they were younger.

Later in the day, he was talking to Auntie Terri.

“So, what should we do for their anniversary?” Flat Stanley asked.

“Well cupcakes would be nice, but Papa is diabetic, so maybe flowers would be better.”

They decided they’d go look for some pretty flowers later.  While they sat in their quiet thoughts, Flat Stanley had to ask.

“Auntie Terri, why would anyone want to get married?  I’m never getting married.  Yuck.”

“Well,” Auntie Terri replied with a bit of hesitation on how to answer this one.  “There are different kinds of love.  You know how  you love Alexa and Briana as besties, and you love Nana and Papa because they are kind, loving people and me…” she said as she she squeezed his side, “When you’re older, things will look differently to you.”

Flat Stanley giggled a silly kind of bashful laugh over a conversation about love in it’s many forms.

“Can we go to the store now, Auntie Terri?” Flat Stanley asked.

They went to the store and found a nice assortment of beautiful flowers on this gorgeous spring day.  They had a hard time choosing.

“Yellow and purple grow nicely together,” Terri said. These are beautiful and Nana will enjoy planting them in the garden with you and Briana.

Flat Stanley agreed and they went home to surprise Nana and Papa.

Nana and Papa were just finishing up their dinner when Flat Stanley surprised them with a picture he drew.  He loves to draw.  It was a picture of Nana and Papa.

“Happy Anniversary” He cried out as he came in with his work of art made just for them!

Terri and Briana came over to give them hugs and Nana and Papa loved the flowers they chose, but loved their smiles most of all.

“This is love…” Flat Stanley said with a smile.

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