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 Goes to Boston

Flat Stanley had an exciting day with Nana and Papa today.  They piled in the car where Flat Stanley found his favorite seat in the cup holder and strapped himself in.

After about an hour on this bumpy road trip, they arrived at the Veterans Hospital in Boston.  Nana gave her keys to the nice man in what they call Valet.

Flat Stanley thought they were going to watch dancers in tights and slippers; but Nana explained that he was thinking of ballet dancers.  Valet, Nana explained, is where the kind men park your car for you.

Flat Stanley was thinking about what a fun job parking cars would be as Nana and Papa made their way to the elevator.  Flat Stanley pressed the number 7 button that Papa asked for, and then he continued pressing buttons as each rider got on and told him what floor that they were going to.

Hmmmm…maybe they could use an elevator operator he was thinking. That would be a fun job.

When they stepped off of the elevator, they stepped in the direction of the big sign that said Opthalmology.

“That’s a big word for eye doctor,” Nana said when she saw Flat Stanley’s brow krinkle in a questioning look.

As Nana and Papa waited in the waiting room, Flat Stanley enjoyed listening to the Veterans talk about their experience in the military.  He came to the conclusion that being a soldier seems like a very scary job!  He was happy to see all of these nice workers caring for them.

When they called Papa’s name, he followed the nurse back to a room.  Flat Stanley went with him for support.

They checked Papa’s eyes, and then Flat Stanley got a turn.

It was a big office with a lot of fancy machinery.

“NOW I’ve found the job that I really want when I grow up!” Flat Stanley announced happily; “An applemologist!!”

He made Nana and Papa smile through a very hard day.

I hope this finds you smiling too! Enjoy your day and please subscribe so Nana can send you another smile tomorrow, as she shares Flat Stanley’s Daily Adventures.

Flat Stanley Pumps Gas!

Flat Stanley and Nana entered the shopping center and Nana noticed her gas tank was getting low.

“Tomorrow we go to Boston, so we’d better gas up a bit here Flat Stanley,” Nana stated as she pulled up to the pump.

“I’ll help you Nana,” Flat Stanley said as he unstrapped his seatbelt and jumped out to help.

Flat Stanley was a big help and topped the tank off nicely.

“Can I clean your windows for you ma’am?” Flat Stanley chided in a joking way, but Nana took him up on the task and let him wash her windshield.

Flat Stanley dunked the squeegee sponge into the soapy water and washed all of the spring bugs that didn’t move out of Nana’s way, off of the windshield.  There were a lot of bugs!  When it was shiny clean, Flat Stanley got back in the car and they were off for more errands.

They picked up Papa’s mom, yes; Grandma T was treating us all to lunch today for an anniversary treat!  What a beautiful day.

This was followed by more card stores and shopping and then more shopping.  Flat Stanley loves how spry and lively Grandma T can hop and shuffle through the isles.

Flat Stanley didn’t have to hop and shuffle.  He found a driving cart and hopped on it!

Flat Stanley is quite the driver.  He was zoom zoom zooming around the store.

Flat Stanley got really excited in the bakery section.  He rode ahead and hid in the cupcakes.  When Nana walked past he did this “PPPSSSTTTTTTT…psssst.. hey… you know you want it…” sing song that made Nana laugh, but she shook her head and said no.

“But they have SPRINKLES!” Flat Stanley continued.

Nana really really wanted to, but she is trying to eat less sweets, so although she wanted to, although she had to, she didn’t.  She stayed strong.

Instead, she found the fruits and veggies and stocked up on fresh strawberries.  These are Papa’s favorite, so she smiled as she put them in her cart for him.

Flat Stanley loved the brightly colored sweet bell peppers and Nana was quick to say “YES!” to these.

When they entered the dairy section, Grandma T found some jalapeno cheese sticks and snuck them in her basket for Nana and Papa.  She knows how they love spicy treats.  It was very nice of her, and although Nana saw her do it and KNEW who they were for, she didn’t stop her, she just smiled a big smile as she raised her eyebrows in welcomed surprise.

Nana put a carton of what looked like milk in the cart, but when Flat Stanley looked closer he saw it said Almond Milk.

“How do they milk an almond,” Flat Stanley asked Nana.  She just laughed and laughed.  It’s been a great week of laughter for Nana.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  How do they milk an almond? .. still giggling.

Enjoy your day!!

 

 

 

 

Flat Stanley Helps the Window Crew

Flat Stanley enjoyed a relaxing morning at the house today.  He was hanging out with Shinzee the cat.

“Run, Shinzee, RUN!” Flat Stanley yelled as he threw her salmon treats as hard as he could out into the yard and just like a dog playing fetch, Shinzee would run to get them, and then return for more.

Shinzee was tired and all of the treats were gone.  So Flat Stanley was hanging out with her on the bench in Nana’s garden.

“A bit of rest is just what we need today, Shinzee”  It’s been a long week complete with friends, travel and warriors!

But then Flat Stanley heard the tap tap tap of the hammer going on next door and decided to go see what was going on.

“No rest for the weary!” Flat Stanley whispered as he smiled his lovely smile and rounded the big bush in front of the house.

When he saw the workermen putting windows in Nana and Papa’s new house across the drive Flat Stanley took off into a gallop run.

“Hey guys! Do you need any help today?”

“Oh we can always use the help of a strong young lad like yourself,” Wild Willy the Window Man said.

So Flat Stanley grabbed a hammer and started tap tap tapping the windows in place.  They let him run the glue gun around the edges and even frame in a window that wasn’t fitting just right.

The workermen were very nice and loved Flat Stanley’s help.

Flat Stanley worked with the level to make sure the window was situated just right so it will open and close for Nana and Papa with an easy slide.

When Wild Willy the Window Man was securing the last window in place, Flat Stanley ran inside and popped up on the other side of the glass with a surprising “Peek-a-Boo!!!” It made Wild Willy jump a bit, but he recovered quickly and shook his head at Flat Stanley.

“Haha, you got me! Now go grab that door.”

Flat Stanley got to secure Nana’s pretty front door in place.  He was very careful with the special panes of glass.

When Nana came out to see it, she had tears in her eyes.

“It’s fun to watch a house come together, but Flat Stanley, with windows and doors, the house is becoming a home!” she said.

Flat Stanley had enjoyed a busy day with the worker men.  He sat on the little porch with Nana for a few minutes and she talked about how she can’t wait for her rocking chair on this very porch.  It was an exciting day for them.  Nana couldn’t stop smiling.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your weekend!

 

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 and the Warrior Princess

Flat Stanley woke up later than usual today.  He picked the sleep out of corner of his eyes as he made his way to the kitchen table.

Papa made his famous scrambled eggs with extra butter.  When he was cracking the eggs,  there was one egg that had TWO yolks inside!  One was a small yolk. See the cute little yolk?

Nana poured Flat Stanley a glass of orange juice as he grabbed for a slice of bacon.  Breakfast was delicious today.

“I had the best dream last night!” Flat Announced as he ate his breakfast.

“Do tell!” Nana replied with a smile over the rim of her coffee cup.

“Well, remember the other night when we had those thunder rumbles claps and slams that felt like they were coming through our roof?”

“It was like that in my dream, but this time instead of thinking about fireworks and a beach bbqs, I was in a far away land where the sky was pink and everyone walking down the street had bright colored clothes.”

“I was brought to the front of the crowd and that’s when I saw her!  Alexa was dressed like a princess.” Flat Stanley said with a big smile.

“We were both escorted to a clearing and then crowned with special crowns of bravery.  They were golden crowns with red and blue gems that glistened in the bright mid day sun.”

“Our eyebrows raised in unison and our shoulders shrugged as we read each other minds, you can do things like that in dreams you know,” Flat Stanley continued.

Papa coughed, wondering if you have to be dreaming to know what others are thinking, because it seems Nana can always read his mind.  And just like that Nana raised an eyebrow at him, seeming to read his mind.

“As they placed the crowns on top of our heads,  the Warrior Chieftain came forward with his large headdress and said, “Flat Stanley and Alexa, the bravery award is given to you as you have learned to rise above your fears and find ways to gather your strength, and become the Warrior you were born to be!”

“It’s weird” Flat Stanley said, “because we really felt like warriors with strength inside.  The crowd was cheering and just like that I woke up; I woke up feeling very strong and I was smiling!”

“You make me smile, Mr. Warrior!” Nana said “I believe you do find your true strength through some scary or upsetting times in life.  It’s all these trials that make us the unique, strong and hopefully happy people that we are.”

I hope this finds you smiling too and that you find your own strength to overcome that which frightens you; my warrior friends.

Flat Stanley Sings with the Birds

Nana woke up to her favorite sound.  Birds were singing in the air outside.  When she stepped carefully down the stairs they got louder and louder.  She soon realized it wasn’t a bird, but Flat Stanley doing a perfect cardinal whistle.

He’s been practicing his whistle for a long time and has really gotten good at it.  Can you whistle like a bird?

“Flat Stanley, your whistle fooled me today, I thought we had a flock of cardinals in the yard.” Nana said to him.

Flat Stanley smiled up at Nana and told her about his morning.  He got up early and went  wandering around the yard.  The storm last night left wet grass, big mud puddles and a lot of happy birds in it’s wake.

When Flat Stanley saw the big puddles of mud, you know what he wanted to do, you know he had to; you know he did!

Jump splash boom, splasha splasha splasha GOOOOOON!!!! Who’s the goon, who’s the goon?  Not me not you, SPLASHHHH!!

Nana was giggling when she told Flat Stanley to get his muddy feet back outside and go play!  It’s a nice day!

Flat Stanley was having a blast outside!  He heard the birds in the bushes and went out to say hello.  They like Nana’s sweet lilacs.

The birds flew away when he climbed up into the bush with them, so he stayed really still and quiet until they came back and he could listen to their chirps and special calls.

Did you know that you can tell what kind of bird it is just by their unique call?

The cardinal is his favorite, viiviiiiiiiw, viiviiiiiiiw, peep peep peep peep peep peep peep.

As he was chirping in the lilacs, he saw it!  The big groundhog that lives under Papa’s old shed came out to say hello!  Can you see him there ready to crawl back into his holey home under the shed?

Nana named him “Gary the Groundhog,” she came out just in time to see him scuttle back into this home.

This is what he looks like up close.

As Nana came to join Flat Stanley on the garden bench, Nana told Flat Stanley about all of the wildlife they’ve seen here on this beautiful plot of land they call home.

Flat Stanley was surprised to hear that Nana spotted a coyote, a fox and one time a mama deer and her baby doe came trotting across the backyard.

But of course Flat Stanley’s favorite critter will always be his feathered friends in the coop!  The chickens were squawking, awaiting their morning treats, so Nana and Flat Stanley brought them fresh water and food.

Do chickens smile?  If they could, they’d be smiling now.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your day and please subscribe so that Nana can send you an email when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  Everyone needs a free smile delivered daily!

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day from Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley would like to wish all the mama’s, and those that care for the loves in their lives a big Happy Mother’s Day!

“Here’s a big cup of your favorite blueberry coffee with toast and pretty smelling lilac flowers that Briana picked for you!” Flat Stanley said with love in his voice and a bright smile on his face.

A big Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies out there with little loves in their care!

Auntie Terri came into the room singing “Happy Mother’s Day to youuuuu…” to Nana, and then Nana joined in, singing the same tune back to her.  “Happy Mother’s Day to Youuuuu…” they were singing and laughing together in the tune of the happy birthday song.

They made Flat Stanley smile as they hugged good wishes.

Nana was thinking about her own mom on this special day.

“Look at this picture of Nana as a little girl with my own mom,” Nana said.  Flat Stanley’s mouth opened wide.  It was hard to imagine Nana as a little girl in her mother’s arms.  But he recognized her smile right away.

Flat Stanley was happy when he heard Nana and Papa saying that we were all going out to lunch with GrandmaT, Auntie Terri and Briana!

When we pulled up to a bakery, Flat Stanley’s belly growled really loud and it made everyone in the car laugh!

We stepped inside the bakery and the smell of fresh cookies greeted you!  Yum!!  Nana let Flat Stanley know that he could pick out a treat, but first he had lunch to eat.  He and Briana both chose bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.  It was stacked so high, Flat Stanley could hardly get his mouth to stretch that wide!  But he did.  He ate every bite and then had a pastry!  It was filled with his favorite lemon filling.

Flat Stanley offered to take our picture as we stepped out of the car to give Mother’s day hugs to GrandmaT.  He got pictures of all the ladies.  Flat Stanley and Briana were really enjoying this day to celebrate the ladies in their life.

When we got home, Briana set the camera up in Nana’s living room and sat her mom in Nana’s big easy chair.  Auntie Terri wasn’t feeling well, but she smiled really big when Briana surprised her with concert tickets to see one of her favorite musicians, Chris Brown; LIVE in July!

Auntie Terri was so happy and filled with love for her daughter that had worked so hard to save up every dollar earned for months, in an effort to give her mom a Happy Mother’s Day gift.

GrandmaT kept putting her rolled up newspaper over her face because she thought Flat Stanley was holding the camera too close.  Nana quickly moved the newspaper away from her face, and Flat Stanley caught her beautiful smile!

Everyone was smiling and feeling the love!  I hope this finds you smiling too and a BIG Happy Mother’s Day!  **Don’t forget to make plans to visit if you’re missing your mom or grandma, you know they’re missing you too!**

 

 

 

 

Flat Stanley Skips Away

I’m sorry for the lack of a post yesterday, but Flat Stanley was nowhere to be found!  I woke up yesterday morning and he wasn’t in his bed!  Papa had to go to Boston to get an eye procedure done, so I asked Auntie Terri to keep an eye out for him.

“Where could he be?” Nana asked Terri upon returning home and still no sign of the little cutout cutie.

Auntie Terri, Briana and I were just coming out from the frames of the our home, thinking we may find him working in there when we saw him strutting up the driveway with a back beat swagger to his step and his backpack slung over his shoulder just before the sun went down.

“Flat Stanley, you had us scared out of our wits! Where were you all day?”

Flat Stanley smiled so wide his eyes were no longer visible as he told us about his day.

He told us about the sound of the train down the hill from our home speaking to him in the night and giving him ideas.  He took a walk in the morning, hopped aboard the local Worcester rail and found his way to the train station in Boston.

From there, Flat Stanley said he saw “Washington DC” on the schedule and just had to go see his bestie Alexa again!  He talked about how he’s been thinking about her nonstop since leaving town this week and he just had to go back and give her one last hug goodbye.

and the story continued…

Alexa was bedazzling the final dazzles on her new treasure box, when Flat Stanley came knocking at the door.  Her heart lept up into her throat and she looked up and down the street.

“Where is Nana and Papa?” Alexa asked.

“I took the train all the way from Boston to give you one last goodbye hug; I’ve missed you so much!”

Alexa was shaking her head and smiling but a bit worried that her little friend had taken such a long ride alone.

They enjoyed a late breakfast meal together and he got a great big hug from Alexa before heading out the door.

“We’ll see you soon Flat Stanley,” Alexa said.

As Flat Stanley was walking up the street to find his train back north, he see’s Alexa’s brother Jake taking a shortcut through the woods.

“Flat Stanley!  What are you doing here?  Are Nana and Papa back in town?” Jake asked.

“No, I came here alone…but I’m on my way back to Massachusetts now,” he replied.

“Well, before you leave, I’m having band practice in a bit, do you want to come?” Jake asked him.

You know Flat Stanley could never refuse a chance to play the drums with Jake!  Of course he said yes!

Jake’s friend came and picked them up, his friend Tom is a senior in high school and he was really cool.  They had the music going and were grinding to the beat in their seat.

When they arrived at the practice hall, Flat Stanley got to meet the entire band.  They loved his rhythm as they pounded out some beats.  He showed them how he could read musical notes and when to break.

This piano that brian was jamming on, had really cool sounds.  He could make it sound like horns, drums, strings, so many things!

The vibraphone is like a xylophone but filled the air with a really jazzy tone!

But you know it was the cool but rather odd drums that really caught Flat Stanley’s attention.

“Boom batta bam, boottie, bam bot tam!” Flat Stanley was singing as they played.

He really enjoyed his time at band practice, but he knew he’d better catch that northbound train if he was going to be back home by dark!

So, off he ran with a spring in his step and a big smile on his face!

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Flat Stanley Celebrates Cinco De Mayo!

It was a very special day for Flat Stanley and Alexa’s big family.  They all gathered at a Mexican restaurant to spend Nana and Papa’s last day in Virginia together.

Alexa was happy to show everyone the Mexican Hat Dance she learned!

Flat Stanley was a little disappointed when they didn’t follow with the Macarena, his new favorite dance.

When a big basket of tortilla chips were brought over, this brought a big smile back to his face.  He found out how much he loves the Mexican Avocado dip!  The green goop kinda looked nasty, but he loved the creamy goodness called guacamole; and it’s a fun word to say.  He kept asking Alexa’s cousin Mary Grace to “please pass the GuacaMOLeeee!!”

After they filled up on tacos and burritos, it was time for more dancing!!

Alexa and Mary Grace looked beautiful while singing with the Mariachi band with their fancy hats!

Then, Flat Stanley spotted the bucking bronco.  You know he wanted to, you know he had to, you know he did!  He brought all of the kids along for a ride with him!

A fun time was had by all.  We hope that you enjoyed a happy Cinco De Mayo!