4th of July with Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley wants to wish you all a VERY Happy Fourth of July!  It’s a special day for our country. Independence day is a day to celebrate being an American by what we call patriotism.

Nana loves the BBQ’s and fireworks and parades with flags flying high!  In this parade, George Washington was on the grand finale’ float.  It’s a big flowery flatbed of a truck that is decorated with fancy chairs for the parade stars to ride on.

Flat Stanley saw George Washington and immediately recognized him as our first president.  You know he wanted to, you know he had to; you know he DID!

Flat Stanley jumped right up on that float and shook President George Washington’s hand.

Nana went to get Flat Stanley down and overheard their conversation before taking him by the hand.

“Mr. Washington, what do you think of our world today?”

“Well, Flat Stanley, I think there’s one thing all of us could do to make America better and better.  Number one, I think is being kind to one another.  Are you a kind person Flat Stanley?” George Washington asked him.

“I’m very kind,” he responded quickly; “why, see that chair that I hauled all the way from home carried on my flat back?”  I let that nice man have it, because he has a cane, and was struggling standing too long.”

George Washington smiled a happy smile as Nana helped Flat Stanley back to the street side, allowing the parade to continue.

“Keep up the good work, Flat Stanley!  Each and every one of us can make this country a better place just by being more kind to one another.  Showing kindness by accepting and loving each other is what makes America the wonderful nation that it has always been!”

So, as you’re watching the fireworks, parades and enjoying BBQ’s today…try to think of how we can be better citizens of this great nation.

I hope you enjoy doing what you love best today with family and friends.

Nana enjoyed her day watching the Red Sox win!  I will be on vacation this week, so please be on the lookout for more Flat Stanley stories to come next week!

 

Flat Stanley Flies High

Flat Stanley was asking about the ski lift on the resort where Nana and Papa were staying.

Nana explained that it’s summertime, but in the winter, when there’s snow covering the ground up here on the mountain; that skiers fly down the mountains.

The ski lift has bench seats on a heavy wire that runs up and down the mountain.  The lift carries skiers to the top of the mountain, they are let off at the top and the ski to the bottom.

“When it’s summertime, you ride the lift for the view,” Nana explained.

“I want to go!” Flat Stanley exclaimed with that high pitched excitement in his voice.

Nana loves high places and Papa, well he breathes deep and plays along like he likes it.  Do you like when you’re in really high places looking down?

Flat Stanley decided he’d find out if he liked it.

We all climbed aboard the bench seat that would take us for a ride to the top of the mountain.

We started out low and slow on this cloudy day.

It didn’t take long before the lift carried us to the top of the mountain up in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.  We stayed on board and let it carry us back down.  The view was amazing.  Flat Stanley held on tight and giggled a lot.  Papa breathed in big sighs, I’m not sure if he was really enjoying this.

But Nana!  She was pointing and shouting “look you can see the lake over there in the next town from up here!” “Look at those farm animals, the cows look like speckled frogs from up here!”  It was amazing and Nana was loving the thrill!

As they reached the bottom of the lift and stepped off, Papa’s feet got up under him and he swayed a bit, but he caught his balance and nodded.  He’s a trooper.  Flat Stanley held his hand to steady him as they walked back to the car.

Flat Stanley was ready to ride again!!  His smile was so big.  I hope this finds you smiling too.  Enjoy your day!

Stir Fry Stanley

Nana and Papa were on their way home from their weekend getaway when they stopped for lunch at Koto’s Japanese Steakhouse.

We decided to sit at the cooking table where the chef cooks the food right in front of you!

Flat Stanley was really excited about this lunch!  There was bamboo climbing up the walls and the people were really friendly.

Then the waitress rolled out a huge cart of cooking supplies, and set it next to the cooking table.

Flat Stanley asked the little guy up on top if he was the chef.

“No he replied, I just help put the flames out in case they get out of hand.”

The chef came out and heated up the grill very quickly.

“THIS grill is on FIRE!” he sang.  This let everyone know it was part of the show and not to worry.

His little buddy had to come out and put out the flames!

When the chef started putting the food on the grill, Flat Stanley asked if he could help.

“You’ve got to move it move it,” Chef Nur sang.  He liked to sing while he cooked.  He knew a lot of songs.

Flat Stanley joined in when he started doing the WHIP WHIP Nae Nae song!  That’s one of Flat Stanley’s favorites!

Then Chef Nur and Flat Stanley got down to business and put all the veggies, rice and meat on the hot griddle.  It was sizzling hot!

“The key to good stir fry is a sizzling hot pan and quick movement.  Like I said, you’ve got to move it move it…” Chef Nur sang again. “Fast and Steady, Fast and Steady.”

Flat Stanley helped Chef Nur put the food on Nana and Papa’s plate and they devoured it!  That means they ate it really fast.  It was so yummy!

When they got home, Flat Stanley decided to go to a friend’s house and show them what he learned today.

Emilee and Devin were really fast learners too!  Flat Stanley showed them how to safely chop chop chop.

“You have to be really careful with the big knife,” he explained.

  “Turn it up high and stir like you fly, fast and steady on the ready!”

 Emilee and Devin are wonderful chef’s and they were so happy to plate up some food for the family.

When Flat Stanley went in to let Alissa know that dinner was ready, he copied Nana’s screachy line; “Ohhhh it’s time for, DIIIINNNNNAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhh” He said.

As he was hanging on the last part of the ahhhhh, he noticed the beautiful artwork Alissa was working on and cut the last of the ahhhhhh short.

He went over to look a little closer.  She showed him how to shade and shadow and he showed her how to move it move it, so they could get to DINNnnaaaahhh!!!!

It was delicious and everyone was smiling!  I hope this finds you smiling too.  Enjoy your day and thank  you for sharing the pics!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

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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.