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 in Virginia

Flat Stanley was hot on the trail to Virginia again.  He was missing his bestie Alexa and had to find a way.  He heard the train rolling down the tracks and hopped aboard!

“All aboard!!” The captain shouted.

Flat Stanley waved his arms to signal his safe landing on the train; and he was off for another adventure!

Alexa met him at the train station.  The first thing she noticed is that he had lost his red suspenders.  She loves those red suspenders on Flat Stanley; it’s his badge of honor for being such a great farmer and taking care of the chickens.

Flat Stanley explained how well he’s been eating at Nana’s house and well, the suspenders just didn’t fit anymore.  You know what Alexa did?  She bought him new red suspenders!

After shopping and dinner, they headed back to the house.  Flat Stanley was so happy to be sporting his larger red suspenders!  He missed them!

Flat Stanley climbed up on their big couch and grabbed the remote control.  He loves clicking through the channels!

He started with the cooking channel.  He loves to watch chef’s create their masterpieces.  Today he was wishing for taste-o-vision.  He wanted to taste the bbq’d chicken!

Alexa was getting hungry watching the cooking show too.  She went into the kitchen and rummaged around for a nice snack.

Flat Stanley enjoyed the fresh fruit!

“Fruity Tutti, Fresh and Juicy,” Flat Stanley sang out.  He made Alexa laugh.

When they started cooking with sardines, Flat Stanley wrinkled his nose and Alexa copied him.  Can you wrinkle your nose?

They changed the channel to something more fun!

I don’t know what you call this, but it was LOUD and screechy!  Flat Stanley decided it was movie time.

Flat Stanley knew that “A Wrinkle in Time” is one of Alexa’s favorite movies.  They watched the astral travelers travel to a far away planet with  Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which.  They love watching this movie together.

After the movie, Flat Stanley was tired, so Alexa tucked him in on the couch and you can see he was smiling really big.

He loves spending time with his bestie.  Nighty Night Bestie!   I hope you wake up with that same smile on your face.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe and share Flat Stanley’s Adventures with your family and friends.  Smiles are meant to be passed along!

Flat Stanley Works his body to get Healthy!

Today Flat Stanley spent the day with friends helping them and himself to get, and stay, healthy.

“Gotta get that heart rate pumpin’, come on girls!” Flat Stanley prodded.

Sweatin’ to the oldies with Richard Simmons!  This is a fun video that gets your body moving!  You’ve got to move and groove and swing and sway.  It’s a little different than Gene Simmons that paints his face and rides that “Rock and Roll Train.” All of the Simmons’ just like to have fun it seems!

The girls were quick to join in!

Emilee and Devin were rockin’ it from swoooosh, and rollin’ it to swaaaang! Then they jump, jump, JUMP! Do you like to exercise?

Exercise keeps your muscles strong, your blood pumping keeps everything working better in your body and dancing just makes you feel good!  What’s not to love?

Alissa wanted to join in on the fun!  Shake-a-Shake a-Boom-Shake-Shake-BOOM!

Whew, Flat Stanley found the fan to cool off as this summer heat was slowing him down a little bit.  But then he was back at it!

“Boom baby, rock it to the right, shake it baby, to the left and shake it all right.”

“Step, step step and a hop hop hop, find your squat and shoot up like a POP!”

Richard Simmons has a higher voice than Flat Stanley when he gets going on his exercise routine.  Flat Stanley enjoyed rockin’ to the oldies with him on TV.  Next time will you dance with me?

After a great workout, you need to stay hydrated, so drink a lot of water and join in with the smiles!  I hope this finds you healthy and smiling back at Flat Stanley!  Enjoy your day and thank you for sharing Flat Stanley with your friends and family.

 

 

Flat Stanley Joins the Electricians

“Fire it up and let’s roll!” Flat Stanley said when he saw the electricians truck pull up in the yard next door to work on Nana and Papa’s new house.

He went out and took care of the chickens, giving them fresh water and hay and collecting the eggs.  Today he had dried mealworms and oyster shells as treats.  They do love their treats, and happy chickens make for tasty eggs!

After compiling a dozen in a leftover egg tray that friends save for us, Flat Stanley trotted next door with a swing in his step.  He was ready for adventure!

“Hi guy! I’m Flat Stanley,” he announced to the first worker man he saw in the house.

“Well hello there little man, I’m Elliot the Electrician!” he replied with a smile.

“I brought you some fresh eggs, do you need any help in here?” said Flat Stanley.

“Ohh electricity can be a very dangerous thing to work with Flat Stanley, but I’ll keep you safe and thank you for these eggs!  My family will love them.”

Flat Stanley was indeed a good worker.  He helped him tie the blue line tight into the box that Nana’s washing machine will plug into soon.

Then he had to do some work up high for the ceiling fan that will keep Nana and Papa cool in the summer.

“Louisville slugger coming to the rescue,” Flat Stanley said with a smile as he joined the guys working on the ceiling wires.

When he strung the wire way up high, it was a bit heavy for him and Swwiiisshhhh… down he came flying like a monkey on a trapeze wire.

“Ahhhahahahahaaahhhhh” he hollared like Tarzan.”  Do you know who Tarzan is?  Well he lived in the jungle and swung from thick vines from tree to tree and he had this most particular shout he did as he flew through the air.  Can you do that shout?

“Whew…I think I’ll stick with the ground wiring.” Flat Stanley said after his flight through the air.

So he got down on his knees like Theodore and began threading the wires through the electrical boxes with him.  This is where Papa’s plugs will plug in his TV.  Papa is excited about his new TV, he says every house should start off with a new TV, and the bigger the better for watching the Red Sox play!  He loves his Red Sox baseball team.  Do you have a favorite team?

Today, Flat Stanley’s favorite team was Elliot’s Electric Company.  They kept him safe and taught him a lot of new skills.  Flat Stanley was a really good helper and enjoyed the smiles the day brought.  I hope this finds you smiling too.  Enjoy your day and thank you for sharing Flat Stanley’s Adventures with your friends and family.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nana and Papa Take Flat Stanley on a Getaway

It was a rough week for Nana, Papa and the family.  Flat Stanley tried to cheer everyone up, but sometimes, pain runs too deep for smiles.

Finally, Flat Stanley brought smiles back to the family!

Nana decided it was a good time for a little getaway. Sometimes we all need a break from the day to day routine.

Nana made reservations across the state and loaded the luggage, Papa and Flat Stanley into the car for a weekend getaway.

About halfway  across the state of Massachusetts, the driver’s side windshield wiper cracked and began to slap with each stroke like a snake.

Flat Stanley began singing..

“Now watch me whip whip
Watch me nae nae (want me do it?)…”

Nana pulled over into the Walmart parking lot and around to the auto garage area.  She went inside and talked to the nice lady at the cash register about the problem.

“Oh, this isn’t a problem at all,” she promised. “Just sit here and we’ll take care of it for you.”

Flat Stanley sat beside Nana, but after a few minutes, he got kinda bored.

Flat Stanley decided to go check out the garage.

The garage was noisy with large air compressors to blow up a flat tire and oh the tires, there was an entire room of tires!  Flat Stanley loves playing on tires in the playground.  He loves the tire rope swing, but even climbing on still stacks of tires is not as boring as sitting in a waiting room.

Michael the mechanic was a little upset when he came back into the garage and found Flat Stanley’s feet flying through the center of the mountain of tires.

He didn’t get too mad though.  He decided Flat Stanley needed a lesson on how to change a wiper blade, so Flat Stanley stayed to help Michael put new windshield wipers on the car.

This little getaway would be much safer now!  As Flat Stanley was sitting in his favorite cup holder for the remainder of the trip, Nana was smiling and commenting on what a nice job Flat Stanley did putting the new windshield wipers on the car.  I hope this finds you smiling too!

 

 

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!