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 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.

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 and the BIG ol’ Egg

Flat Stanley woke up with one thing on his mind today.  That big ol’ egg was waiting to be cracked and he wanted to surprise Nana and Papa with breakfast!

Remember that big ol’ egg that Flat Stanley collected from the coop yesterday?

Flat Stanley carefully retrieved the egg from the refrigerator and got a little dish to crack it into.  He wanted to make breakfast!

He was surprised to see not one, but two yolks fall from the cracked shell of that huge egg.

When Flat Stanley heard Nana coming down the stairs he showed her the one shell and the two yolks.

“Look Nana!  Twin yolks!  That big ol’ ostrich looking egg had two yolks in it!”

“Good, because I’m double hungry this morning,” Nana said with a smile.

Nana helped Flat Stanley turn the stove on and stand with him for safety.  He gingerly dropped the eggs in the pan, and then she smiled when he ever so carefully flipped them without breaking the yolk.  That’s very hard to do!

Nana looked at the fruit basket and noticed a big orange that was ripe and ready to eat.  She sliced that juicy orange as Flat Stanley buttered the bread.  The butter was a bit hard, so he just had to leave it to sit and melt on the warm toast.

Papa was one happy man when he came downstairs.  A nice breakfast was waiting for him.  His smile was huge when he heard about that big plate of two eggs coming from one eggshell!  I hope your smile is big right now too.  Please subscribe so that Nana can send you a note when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  Everyone needs a free smile a day!  Share the smiles.

Flat Stanley Enjoys Bubbles and Puddles

Flat Stanley wasn’t having a very good couple of days.  He wasn’t feeling very well and spent most of his day resting.

After dinner tonight, Flat Stanley began feeling much better.  A few friends came over and Nana came out with BUBBLES!  Flat Stanley was so excited about meeting a new friend.  Her name is Eris and she was pretty taken by Flat Stanley too.

All kids LOVE bubbles and Flat Stanley and Eris are no exception!  Nana proved she was a kid by showing how much she loved popping the bubbles out of the air too.

“Pop, Pop, Pop,” she said as she finger poked them in mid air.

Flat Stanley enjoyed doing the blowing part.  He loves watching the bubbles fly from his wand like magic.

Eris liked chasing the bubbles that Flat Stanley blew and she also said “Pop, Pop, POP,” as she plucked them out of the air with her finger.

Then Flat Stanley and Eris found the big puddle.

You know they wanted to, you know they had to; you know they DID!

…and then he went swimming.

Eris had her rain boots on, so she was able to save Flat Stanley from his swimming hole.  Everyone was so happy to see Flat Stanley get up and laugh.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe if you’d like Nana to send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley adventure is posted.  Who doesn’t like a smile delivered daily?

Flat Stanley Enjoys Shopping with Great Grandma!

When Nana told Flat Stanley she was going to lunch with Grandma Great, Flat Stanley immediately jumped up and began putting his shoes on.

“I want to go too,” he said.

“Well then tie those laces up tight and let’s get!” Nana replied.

Nana and Papa were up in front.  Flat Stanley sat next to Auntie Elaine in the backseat and when Grandma Great got in, he scooted to the middle to make room.

The restaurant was really good!  Flat Stanley loved his macaroni and cheese.  I’m sure it’s as good as the one that Auntie Terri made last week, but Briana forgot to bring some over for Nana to try.  She’s been teasing her all week about it.  Nana likes macaroni and cheese as much as Flat Stanley does!

Auntie Elaine let Flat Stanley try a bite of her steak.  It was delicious! 

After a wonderful lunch, it was time for some shopping!

In front of the grocery store there were a lot of beautiful flowers for sale.  Flat Stanley climbed up into the hanging basket and when Nana walked by with Grandma Great he was swinging and singing.

“Magical flowers await you here, magical flowers will greet you there.  Come  buy one, come buy all, magical flowers await you all.”

Nana shook her head and helped Flat Stanley down out of the hanging basket of flowers.

When they got in the store Flat Stanley spotted  his little cart and zoomed up next to Grandma Great.

“Not so fast there Flat Stanley,” Grandma Great said, “I may be older, but I’ll still outshop you!”

Flat Stanley liked moving ahead and helping her shop as they went through the store.  His eyes could see the sodium content on the labels.  She watches how much salt she eats, that’s why she’s so healthy.

When Flat Stanley saw the Cheerios he grabbed one for his own cart!  You know how Flat Stanley loves the crunchy munch of Cheerios!

…and the crunchy munch of pickles are good too.

Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don’t.  Flat Stanley likes the crunchy nutty peanut butter, but Papa likes the creamy smooth one.  Which one do you like?

Flat Stanley couldn’t contain himself when he saw the red and blue stars on the cookies!  He jumped up and said “please, please please Nana.”

It was hard to resist his cute face, but Nana didn’t buy the cookies.  But, she told him he could get something from the gumball machine on his way out.

Flat Stanley had some choices to make then!  There were a lot of gumball machines.

Flat Stanley went for the stretchy Fling Shot toy and had a big smile as they left the store.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe so Nana can send you a free smile every day!

Flat Stanley Celebrates Grandma T’s Birthday!

Flat Stanley had the best day, he got to go out to lunch with Papa’s mom, Grandma T; and share her 96th birthday with her!

As we made our way up the ramp inside the heavy door which Grandma T INSISTED on holding for everyone, we found ourselves in a beautiful Irish Restaurant.  The walls were covered in dark wood that made it really warm and inviting.

The signs on the walls were fun to read, and they made everyone at the table giggle as we walked by.  The walls were covered in signs and little plaques.  Our favorite was right over our own table.

“Money is the root of all evil, men need roots.”

“Yes we do!” Auntie Elaine said with a chuckle.  If you remember, Auntie Elaine is Papa’s sister.  She came up from Virginia to celebrate their mom’s birthday this week.

Flat Stanley climbed up into the seat and was ready to eat!  He was hungry.  Everyone was.

We ordered an app, not the kind of app on a cell phone, but an appetizer.  It’s a small snack that comes to the table before your meal.  Only this “app” was anything but small!  It was calamari, which is a fancy name for squid and Flat Stanley wasn’t sure if he’d like to try it.  But, it was delicious!  Flat Stanley is an adventurous eater.  He likes to try new things.  Do you?

Flat Stanley ordered the seafood pie.  It was baked seafood covered in mashed cauliflower and browned just a little to make it crispy on top.  Papa ordered the same thing as Flat Stanley!

When the waitress brought the food, she told Papa it was hot, but Papa must not have heard her because he burned the roof of his mouth on the HOT Potatoes.  Poor Papa.  The ice cubes from his water helped sooth his pain.  Flat Stanley was very careful to blow on his seafood pie.

Flat Stanley caught Papa stealing some baked schrod fish from Grandma T’s plate.  He looked a little guilty.

The best part of the meal came after everyone leaned back and said they were so very full they couldn’t eat another bite.  Have you ever felt like that?

Well, there we were, leaned back in our “full to the brim” mode, when the waitress came singing “Happy Birthday to you….Happy Birthday to youuuuu.. Happy Birthday dear Moooooom,” Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu…”

Flat Stanley helped Grandma T blow her candle out.

It was a sweet afternoon, but Flat Stanley knew that it was about to get way sweeter!

Everyone that was so full and couldn’t eat another bite just seconds before suddenly grabbed a spoon and completely devoured the frozen pie made with Bailey’s ice cream.

Grandma T then opened her cards and presents.

She was happy to receive a new necklace that has three circles.  One in silver, one in gold and one in bronze.  The circles on the necklace say Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma.

Flat Stanley decided that Grandma T needed a new name.  He started calling her “Grandma GREAT!”

  

When the presents were opened and the cards were read, Flat Stanley looked at the creamy melted goodness at the bottom of the dessert bowl.  You know he wanted to, you know he HAD to; You know he DID!

Flat Stanley enjoyed licking the bowl clean!  It was a day of fun and giggles.  I hope this finds you giggling too!  Please subscribe if you’d like Nana to send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley adventure is posted!