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!

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 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 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!

Two Parties in Two Days? Flat Stanley is LOVING Life!

Auntie Terri came over with a surprise for Flat Stanley today.

“We’re having a party!” It’s Shay’s birthday and we’re going to have a BBQ today!”

“Two parties in two days?” Flat Stanley couldn’t contain his excitement.  You know how he does it; he tucks his hands up under his arms like a chicken?  Well he was doing that and flapping his wings.

“Cluck Cluck little hens, I’m the one at the party again!” His smile was so big as he went to feed the chickens today!

When everyone arrived, Flat Stanley got the drinks.  The kids loved the Hi C as blue as the sea.

Flat Stanley was showing off his basketball skills, Joseph and Blain were showing him how it’s really done.  SLAM DUNK!  Joseph was 20 feet from the hoop, and in it went.  This boy has skills.

After shooting some hoops, they sat on the log pile beside the barn and found a little ant.  Joseph named the aunt Adrien.  Blain explained to Nana that the ant was a boy ant and that’s why the ant wouldn’t climb on Nana’s finger.  The ant then went to play hide and seek and snuck inside the crevice, hiding from everyone.

Then Nana came out with BUBBLES!  You know how Nana loves her bubbles.  Flat Stanley was playing with Promise and Blain.  Promise would blow the bubbles and Blain would chase and POP them.  POP POP POP.

Flat Stanley had a lot of fun blowing bubbles with Joseph and Blain too.  This was a fun party!

Promise found the peony flowers on the property and her eyes lit up as bright as her smile.  Nana let Flat Stanley pick one when he asked.  The blooms are so delicate and pretty, just like Promise!  Flat Stanley’s face was just a little red, can you see it.  He was a little embarrassed, but loved the smile this flower brought to Promise’s face when he gave it to her.

But today was all about Shay.  It’s Shay’s birthday!  Shay is Briana’s friend.  Flat Stanley LOVED hanging out with the birthday girl and the “teenagers” that were so cool on the log pile.

Look at their beautiful smiles!  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe, so Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

Flat Stanley Enjoys Play Time with Jenna

Flat Stanley was munching on his third piece of pizza, yes, THIRD piece.  He loves pizza.  His favorite is pepperoni.  Nana likes to cover her pizza in vegetables, it’s good, but Flat Stanley prefers the pepperoni. So today we had “the works” pizza pie with vegetables and pepperoni.  What do you like on your pizza?

After his late lunch Jenna and her friend came over for a piece of pizza.  When  she filled up on pizza she said she was going out to the barn to shoot some pool.  Nana and Papa have a pool table in the barn, but Flat Stanley has yet to see it.

“Can I come play pool with you guys?” Flat Stanley asked.  He needed to work off some of that pizza.  He was feeling bloated and needed to move and groove a bit.  He had his hands tucked up under his armpits like a chicken and was twisting from side to side as he asked.

Jenna looked over at her friend Nick and smiled.

“Of course you can come shoot pool with us.” Jenna told him.

Flat Stanley ran outside and climbed up the pole of the basketball hoop on the paved area in front of the barn.  This is where he waited for them to come out.

When Jenna and Nick came outside, they looked around for Flat Stanley and Flat Stanley giggled from high above them making them look up and see him dangling like a participle waiting for a party.

“Rim shot ready!” Flat Stanley shouted down before Jenna helped him to the ground.

They played basketball for a while.  For his short stature Flat Stanley can shoot some hoops!   He was also good at sneaking the ball away from Jenna when she was dribbling, Flat Stanley snuck between her legs and grabbed the ball.  He raised his arms and shot the ball toward the hoop.  As it was going through the hoop he raised his hands and ran for the pile of logs waiting to be cut into firewood.  The long trees laying on their sides are stacked up in a huge pile beside the barn.

“He shoots; he scores!” Flat Stanley shouted from atop the log pile.

and then he got kinda stuck in a spider web.

“Ew!”

“I think it’s time for some pool,” Flat Stanley said.

Nick helped Flat Stanley out of the icky webbing hoping that the little guy didn’t become a projectile from the slingshot of a web, but he got him out safely and they went inside.

“What? No swimming?” Flat Stanley asked in surprise.

“No, this is a pool table,” Jenna said and continued with “look, I’ll show you how.”

Flat Stanley had a hard time with the really long pool stick, but Jenna showed him how to line the stick up with the white ball you tap, to get that ball to hit another ball into the corner pocket.

He didn’t quite clear the table, but he did well.  Jenna was a really good teacher and he was so happy that she let him join the party.  I hope this finds you happy too!  Smiles are contagious, you smile at someone and they pass it along to someone else.  Thank you for sharing the smiles and telling your friends and family about Flat Stanley’s Adventures with Nana in Massachusetts.

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.