Flat Stanley Celebrates Briana’s Birthday!

July 1st has come in hot as a tater tot straight out of the oven!

New Englander’s aren’t used to this kind of heat!

“This feels like Texas!” Auntie Terri declared.

But it’s a day for BBQ and water sports, so let the fun begin!

Happy Birthday Briana!!

Slipping and a sliding Flat Stanley got a nice running jump and flung himself like a cherry from a slingshot straight across the slippery slip and slide!

“Weeeeeeee!!!” The water sprayed in his ear so he had to shake his head to let it come out.  Do you ever get water in your ears?  It’s not a fun feeling, but it shook out fast and he was back up and ready to slide again!

Briana’s friend Shay had her style down flying in like a goose on the loose.

“Swishhhhh and sliiiiiiide” Shay cried as she flew across the slippery plastic.

“Hot days are the best of days for getting soaked!”

This was a fun birthday party!  Flat Stanley liked his light up rings and fancy glow in the dark bling in the party bags.  He helped Nana pick out the funnest stuff and the kids were having a blast.

All that running, slipping and sliding made them hungry!

Nana came out with a platter of watermelon and cantaloupe and the juice dripped down Flat Stanley’s chin, but he enjoyed every bite.

The BBQ started smelling really good as his belly began to rumble and tumble.

Flat Stanley went over to the grill and helped Uncle Dana, the Grill Master in Chief!  Flat Stanley was a good assistant and was very careful not the let the flames get out of control.

It was a hot, but very fun day for a birthday!

Happy Birthday Briana!!

Flat Stanley on the Farm

Flat Stanley woke up to his usual routine of feeding the chickens their favorite treats and grains and then giving them plenty of water.  But when he went to collect the eggs, it was anything but routine today!

Flat Stanley had to hold the JUMBO egg with two hands as he brought it in to show Nana and Papa.

“I think an ostrich snuck in the chicken coop last night and laid a BIG egg,” Flat Stanley exclaimed in his high pitched voice, full of excitement.

“WOWZA!!  That IS a BIG egg!” Nana replied with equally as large eyes showing her surprise.

We couldn’t close the top of the egg container when we put it away and cannot wait to crack it open tomorrow to see if there are two yolks inside.

Today, they enjoyed the fresh fruit, BACON and fried potatoes that Nana made.

Nana and Papa had an appointment to pick out the carpet, tile and other flooring for their new house.  Flat Stanley had fun hiding between the carpet rugs that hung from the high ceiling.

He squeezed his flat body between the tiles and scared Nana as she walked by.

When it was time to go, Flat Stanley found his favorite seat in the cup holder and his stomach growled really loud.  Nana and Papa were hungry too and this made everyone in the car laugh.

Nana looked in the car computer “GPS” for restaurants in the area because we were in a place called Upton, MA.  It’s not as far up the road as a ton, but close. So Papa didn’t know what restaurants were nearby.

The GPS mentioned The Red Rock Grill and we were on our way!

While browsing through the menu, Papa started laughing and asked Flat Stanley if he wanted what they called “Jeb’s Burger.”

Flat Stanley looked at the menu and both agreed that Jeb’s Burger sounded pretty gross.  It has Peanut Butter, Bacon, Pickles and Cheddar Cheese, ON a BURGER with a bun! Would you try it?

Although, noone decided to get that burger, the food was absolutely delicious!  Papa was so happy with his Arctic Char fish that he was literally moaning.  Nana had a salad and Flat Stanley chose the ginger carrot soup.  It was all delicious.

“We’re coming back again, VERY soon,” Nana told the nice waitor as she handed him the payment.

We left and drove by a farm on our way home.

Flat Stanley loved tickling the little hairs on the chinny chin chin of the horse.  He was a handsome fellow and loved eating the fresh hay from Flat Stanley’s hand.

The pig was BIG!  Her name was Ezzie, short for Ezmerelda.  What a beautiful creature with her curious eyes, monstrous snout and cute ears.  Flat Stanley was talking to Ezzie for quite a while.

“What do you like to eat for breakfast?” Flat Stanley asked Ezzie; he continued with “I won’t tell you what I had,” sporting an evil grin.  He’s a crazy boy that loves his bacon, and making Nana smile.  I hope this finds you smiling too.  Please subscribe so that Nana can send you an email whenever a new Adventure with Flat Stanley in Massachusetts is posted.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Flat Stanley Photographs Maine

Flat Stanley woke up and the wind was whipping his hair to and fro.  He was happy to get into the lobby of the hotel without blowing away!  The waffles at the hotel are the best with fresh Maine blueberries!

“Maine is where we’re heading today,” Nana said, seeming to read his mind.  “Maine is known for their blueberry crops and they are delicious!” she said, solidifying his assumption.  She CAN read minds!

After a hearty breakfast, Nana and Papa drove about 20 minutes north to the Sarah Mildred Long bridge.  It’s a LONG bridge that takes you out of New Hampshire and into Maine.  Flat Stanley thought the bridge looked like four rocket ships rising into the sky.  So, of course he took a picture.

Once in Maine, Nana and Papa headed for the beach.

“Maine has beautiful beaches and I love to listen to the waves splashing against the shore,” Nana said.

She collected a few rocks for Papa and Flat Stanley took pictures.

They made their way all the way to York, where Nana was thrilled to see all of the old houses, antique shops and little art galleries.  It is a fun little town.

There’s also an historical lighthouse in Maine, well there are many of them; but we went to the one in York.

The Cape Neddick Light is a lighthouse in Cape Neddick, York, Maine.  Construction began on this historical lighthouse in 1879.

After a windy walk along the shore there, they got back in the car and Papa said he had a hankering for LOBSTER!

“When in Maine…”

When we pulled up the restaurant, Papa hopped out and found himself a lobster.

He literally, found himself a LOBSTER!

And guess what Nana found?  She found herself a Captain!

Captain Morgan!

It was a fun afternoon and the lobster plates were wonderful.

Flat Stanley had to use the mens room in the restaurant.  On his way, he looked up and found these buoys hanging from the ceiling.  You know he wanted to, you know he had to, do you think he did?

I think he did.  But he had the camera, so we’ll never know for sure.

He does keep us smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your day!  Please subscribe so that Nana can send you a free smile in your email box every day!  Thank you for telling your friends about Flat Stanley’s Adventures!

 

 

 

Flat Stanley Explores Coastal New Hampshire

Nana made a last minute decision to take Papa and Flat Stanley on a quick getaway.  Papa had a rough day in Boston with his eye procedure yesterday, and he deserved a couple of days on the coast.

Flat Stanley heard “coast” and his mind immediately lept to roller coasters!  Flat Stanley LOVES roller coasters. Do you?

Well Nana wasn’t talking about roller coasters, she was talking about the New England seashore.

After driving for a couple of hours, they found their hotel in Plymouth, NH.  Not the same Plymouth we celebrate on Thanksgiving with the arrival of the pilgrims; that’s in Massachusetts Nana explained to Flat Stanley.

“Plymouth does have a lot of homes from the colonial times though, and one houses a photography museum.”

Becoming a photographer is another interest Flat Stanley would like to explore.

Flat Stanley was very disappointed when the photography museum was closed when they arrived.

“Closed for renovations until 2020” the sign read.

“That’s OK Flat Stanley, how about you be the photographer for our whole trip!” Nana said in an effort to cheer Flat Stanley.

Do you think it worked?  You bet it did!  Flat Stanley’s smile was huge as Nana handed him the camera.

He started right there at lunch!

Flat Stanley was having fun as the photographer.

There are a lot of colorful things to take pictures of on the coast.  Flat Stanley loved breathing in the salty air and it was a beautiful day!

After lunch, Nana drove along the coast and found a nice little harbor.

Flat Stanley even got a nice picture of Petey’s Lobster Shack where Petey brings in his bounty for the restaurant where thay just ate lunch.

After exploring the harbor and filling their nostrils with the smells of fish and salty air, they drove further up the coast.

Nana could hardly keep the car straight as they drove along the shore of Rye Beach in New Hampshire.  This is where they have big Victorian era mansions standing so stately, overlooking the shore.

She decided to stop for a snack along the rocky shoreline.  Flat Stanley grabbed his camera and bag of goldfish crackers and ran to climb up on the rocks.

He soon had seagulls and other shore birds gathering around to share his snack.  Flat Stanley is good at sharing.  The birds would get pretty close when they saw how friendly he was.

When the snacks were gone and they flew away, Flat Stanley sat smiling as he looked over his pictures of the day. I hope this finds you smiling too! Enjoy your day!

Flat Stanley Goes to Cuba

I’m sure Flat Stanley has already been to Cuba. Did you know that Flat Stanley has been to 88 countries?  He’s a well traveled boy.  Today, Flat Stanley didn’t really go to Cuba, but we were all invited to a Cuban restaurant in Worcester, MA called Cafe Reyes.

Shinae and Chris came to pick Nana and Papa up.  They loved walking through Nana and Papa’s new house.

“Seeing the designs we helped you with on paper is one thing, but walking through the house as it’s coming to life is way cool!” Shinae said.  The ‘butler’s pantry’ was Shinae’s idea and her favorite part of the house too!

After the grand tour, Chris helped Nana, Shinae and Flat Stanley out of the newly framed  house. The stairs were taken away and it was quite a leap.

“Shaaaazaaahhhhm” Flat Stanley shouted as he flew from the edge of the doorway.  He flew like the wind down to the gravel where the concrete will be poured on the garage floor next week.

Shinae ran ahead of everyone and found her place on top of the heap of rocks and hollered, “I’m the Queen of the Mountain!!”

They all piled in Chris’ car and off they went to little Cuba!  Nana still had a few fingernails left when they arrived at the restaurant.  She’s a terrible back seat driver!

As they entered the restaurant, Chris and Flat Stanley were enjoying the vibrant artwork painted on the walls.

Then, Flat Stanley spotted the musical instruments that were just his size.  You know he wanted to, you know he had to, you know he DID!!  Flat Stanley climbed up to serenade the crowd of diners in the restaurant.

“Babalu Baby!!” Flat Stanley sung like Ricky Ricardo in the ‘I Love Lucy Show’ “Babaluuuuuu, for youuuuuuu!!”

Nana shook her head and helped Flat Stanley down before finding the perfect seat just below this great picture of a hen with lots of eggs.

The empenadas were so good Nana had to get a few to go, so she could share them with Auntie Terri and Briana.

Cafe Reyes helps young men and women in transition with housing and job development skills.  The food, the concept and the staff will definitely have us all coming back for more, and sharing this great treasure with others.  If you’re ever in Central Massachusetts, this place is worth a visit!

Flat Stanley had a huge smile on his face as we were leaving, he too wants to return, and SOON!  I hope this finds you smiling and that you enjoy a wonderful weekend!  Thank you for subscribing so Nana can send you a note when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

 

 

Flat Stanley Rides the Storm Out

As Flat Stanley layed his head down to sleep.  His pillow needed a bit of fluffing up and Nana helped adjust his sheets just so.

“Ok, Flat Stanley, we’ll rise early tomorrow, so get a good night’s sleep.” Nana said after reading a bit.  “Nana’s making bullseye eggs for breakfast tomorrow.”

Flat Stanley smiled as Nana left the room, he likes when Nana cuts the hole in the center of the bread and breaks an egg inside.  She flips it so carefully, that the yolk stays whole and runny.  Then you use the circle of toast she grills in the pan to dip in the yolk.

Sleep didn’t come quickly for Flat Stanley.  He tossed and turned a bit and the rain was beating against his window.  Usually, this is a comforting sound and it puts him right to sleep, but tonight, his mind just kept wandering to far away places.

Of course he was thinking about his friends in Virginia and he smiled recalling the dolphin ride with Mermaid Alexa.  Dreams are such a wonderful thing.  He squeezed his eyes shut tight, trying to enter a really fun dream.

But then crash boom went the thunder, and lightning bolts lit up the sky outside of his bedroom window.  Flat Stanley sat straight up in bed and said.. “Nanahhhh,” but Nana had already gone downstairs and Flat Stanley knew he should be sleeping, so he placed the pillow over his head and tried to silence the thunder.

His mind then went to fourth of July celebrations.  You know when the sky lights up in vibrant colors of red, white and blue?  Flat Stanley pretended that the crack boom bam in the sky was fireworks.

He pictured himself with Alexa and her cousins.  They were sitting on a sandy beach in a circle around a BIG Firepit.  Each of them had a straightened coat hanger with a marshmallow on the end of the stick roasting and toasting as they turned the gooey goodness over the flames.

Flat Stanley accidentally caught his marshmallow on fire, and when he blew it out, it was as black as tar.  Flat Stanley slid the burned outer crust off and ate the yummy warm marshmallow inside.

His next marshmallow was perfectly brown like toast as he carefully kept the marshmallow above the flames.

BOOOOM!!!  Came another wicked thunder clap.  Flat Stanley held his pillow tightly over his head and pictured the beautiful fireworks in the sky with Alexa beside him.  Everyone clapped and cheered in excitement.

He took a deep breath and went back to his marshmallows.  He imagined Alexa handing him a graham cracker and piece of chocolate.  Flat Stanley snapped the graham cracker in half and then placed the piece of chocolate on one half of the graham cracker and then like a sandwich, he slid his perfectly toasted marshmallow off of the stick to complete his masterpiece S’more!

Want S’mores?  I do too now!

He imagined the creamy goodness as the storm seemed to settle down ouside and he found himself falling to sleep.

In the morning, Flat Stanley trotted downstairs to the smell of fresh eggs cooking.  BULLSEYES!!  yeah!!!  Flat Stanley was smiling, Nana was smiling too.  She knows that thunderstorms can sound very loud and she was proud of Flat Stanley for riding the storm out as he described how he did it.  I hope you’re smiling too and that when the next storm comes that you ride it out as bravely as Flat Stanley.

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Flat Stanley Shares Thai Food with Alexa

Nana and Papa woke up with twinkling taste buds.  They were in the mood for Thai food and couldn’t wait to visit Thai Town near Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Alexa tried the coconut soup, tom kha ga, but it wasn’t her favorite.  She gave it to her grandma Christa, and she loved it!

Alexa and Flat Stanley shared the Chicken on a stick, called Satay.  They both loved the creamy peanutty sauce!

“This is the BEST Asian food ever!” Alexa said.  She’s definitely Nana and Papa’s grandlove!  They feel the same way.

When Nana went to pay the bill, she found Flat Stanley had snuck away from the table and climbed up on the lovely buddhist display to dance with the pretty karashina doll!

Flat Stanley’s feet were moving to the funky beat pulsing with his heart. “Yaba baba bay bay, Saba Saba nay nay!” He danced as he chanted and grooved in his groovy way. Until…

“Flat Stanley! What did you get into today?” Nana exclaimed in her not so nice tone.

Nana was helping Flat Stanley down from the special display and brought him back to the table where Alexa was just finishing the last sip of her pink lemonade.  She sucked on the straw and made loud gurgling sounds in the bottom of the cup.

The nice lady at the restaurant had a pretty smile and brought Papa the hot hot hot peppers he asked for and has to have whenever we visit Thai Town!

After everyone was very full and very happy, we decided it was time to go shopping!

Nana saw the “little cuties” tangerine display and just had to have a picture of her “little cuties” in front of the store display.

Nana placed Flat Stanley safely in Grandma Christa’s care. Flat Stanley enjoyed the motorized cart.

As Nana turned down isle fourteen, to pick up some baking powder for her peanut butter cookies; around the corner flies Grandma Christa and Flat Stanley.

“Bbbbrrrmmmmmmm, bbbbrrrmmmmmmm” Flat Stanley hummed with the cart as they flew past Nana in the isle.

There was little Nana could do.

I just shook my head and finished up with my shopping.

We all met up at the check out with big smiles!  Alexa had a few crafts in the cart.  Nana’s been trying to get the grandloves to enjoy baseball with her, but sometimes a distraction works best.

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Flat Stanley Enjoys Time with Papa

Today, Flat Stanley enjoyed some time with Papa!

Flat Stanley and Papa just cruised in the car for much of the day.  Papa likes to turn up the music and they were singing the blues together.  Papa had to put his dark sunglasses on for the “coolness” factor.

“Dark glasses are a must when cruising in the car singing the Blues,” Papa told him.

We were jammin’ to Ray Charles as we cruised down the boulevard.  “Georgia, ooohhh Georgia, Georgia’s on my mind…”

Papa took Flat Stanley out for a nice lunch at Chili’s.  As we all know, Papa likes the spice!  But this time he kept in line with the southern blues line of food and went for the ribs!  Flat Stanley enjoyed an enormous plate of chicken fajitas.  They came out on a sizzling hot plate that was kind of scary, but Flat Stanley was very careful not to burn himself.

He liked the green guacamole and sour cream rolled up with chicken in the wraps they give you.

Flat Stanley started rappin’ to the beat.  The music in Chili’s is pretty loud and they were playing some upbeat music that had Flat Stanley a hoppin’ in his seat!

There was a really cool gaming system on the table and Flat Stanley wanted to play!  Papa found a video game that asks questions and he had to choose between four answers.  They call it “trivia,” and I’d agree…it was trivial!  But Papa has a lot of little weird information stored up in that brain of his, just like Nana.

“So, that’s why you like that Millionaire game so much,” Flat Stanley said after he did the millionaire tune while Papa tried to figure out the answers .. “do do do do, do do do.. bum bumm bumm bum bump bump BUMP!”

Flat Stanley chose the Creepy Spiders game!  It was fun.  While he was playing, the waitress came over and asked if they wanted dessert.  Papa has been so good at being careful with his diet, but Flat Stanley wanted that lava cake soo so badly!

Papa smiled at the waitress and Flat Stanley, who were both waiting for his response.

“Yes, Flat Stanley can have his cake, and I’ll steal just ONE bite.”

Papa caved.  It’s hard not to give in to Flat Stanley’s cute, pleading eyes.

Flat Stanley was wiping his chocolate covered face with the back of his sleeve, as they left the restaurant.

It was a fun day with Papa!  Flat Stanley was smiling his big beautiful smile!  I hope this finds you smiling too!  If so, please subscribe, so that Nana can send you an email when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

 

Flat Stanley tries Vietnamese Food

Flat Stanley woke up just knowing  that the weather was starting to turn nicer.

“Today is Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox!” Nana exclaimed.  She loves her Boston Red Sox.  She’s trying to make Briana a fan, but, well, we’ll see.  Maybe someday.  Flat Stanley loves watching baseball with Nana and Papa.

Today, Nana and Papa surprised Flat Stanley by telling him that they were taking him out for lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant before the big game.  They were meeting their friends Chris and Shinae after a long winter.  Nana and Papa call winter “hibernation station months.” They act like bears and stay inside most of the winter.

They’re lucky because they have Auntie Terri, Ty, Briana and Flat Stanley to help them shovel out the snow and provide clear passage for mail trucks and deliveries.  They even get their food shipped in during the winter months.  A very nice UPS lady delivers paper goods, shampoo and stuff.  The delivery lady loves getting fresh eggs when she comes to the door.  All of the delivery people love the fresh eggs from our chickens.

Flat Stanley found his favorite seat in the cup holder of the car and they made their way to the restaurant.  It was called My Sister’s Crawfish!  That’s a funny name for a Vietnamese restaurant.

Nana ordered curried goat!  EW!!  Flat Stanley is very adventurous and tries ALMOST everything, but he had to draw the line at curried goat.  He did however try Shinae’s Avocado smoothie when she offered him a sip.

 

 

It was DELICIOUS!!  Smooth, creamy, sweet and yummy!  Flat Stanley snuck a few more sips when Shinae wasn’t looking.

 

 

 

Flat Stanley decided to order the chicken noodle “PHO” soup that the nice waitress recommended for him.  He enjoyed it and slurped it all down! “Slurrrrrrp, Slurrrrrp” YUM!

There was a lot of laughter at the table and plenty of time for Stanley to sneak sips.  He liked the hot tea too, but the smoothie was sweet and creamy; he just couldn’t help himself to more and more.

Papa was being EXTRA silly with his messy shrimp.  He really enjoyed his meal, you can tell by the red spiced beard!

Papa tried kissing Nana, but she was having NONE of that!

While they were being silly, Flat Stanley snuck away…

He found what they call a fortune tree and slowly he climbed.

Until he reached the top of the tree!

This is when Flat Stanley began to sing in his high pitched lovely voice;

“There’s fortune in the furlough
On the other side
Wrap ourselves in blankets
The crossing of a bridge so wide, so high..”

He sang the word “Highhhhh” the loudest, highest and was holding that note the longest before Nana came around the corner and helped him out of the fortune tree.

Flat Stanley always manages to find trouble…sometimes I wonder if trouble doesn’t find him.  I hope his silliness made you smile today.  If so, please subscribe, so Nana can send you a smile everyday!