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 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 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!

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 Yells BINGO!

Nana and Papa kept their promise to Grandma Great.  They promised her last week that they would take her to go play BINGO this week.  Keeping a promise is important to Nana and Papa.  Do you keep your promises?  It’s so very important that we try to follow through with what we say we’re going to do.

When they pulled up to the bingo hall with Grandma Great, Papa was not a very happy man.  He doesn’t like BINGO very much.  But, he’s a trooper and likes to make others smile; so in he went.

We bought our stack of BINGO cards and Flat Stanley helped Nana put the colored cards in the order of when each game will be played.  The first game was on the blue bingo card and the last game was on the magenta colored card.

Papa got the bingo dabbers out and began dotting all of the free spaces on the cards.  Flat Stanley liked this BINGO hall.

There were a lot of nice ladies here at the senior center.  They loved Flat Stanley and his silly ways.

He decided to entertain them while they waited for BINGO to begin.

What could be more fitting than the BINGO Song?

“B-I-N-G-O ~ B-I-N-G-O ~ B-I-N-G-O and BINGO was his name-OOOoooo,” he sang the whole song and everyone clapped along.  They loved it and some even joined in to sing with him.

Then it was time for the games to begin!

Flat Stanley helped Papa with his cards.  He didn’t like how fast the lady was calling the numbers and Papa had six cards to keep up with.  When B-2 was called, Flat Stanley shouted “BINGO!!!!”

He and Papa had been sitting on that number for what seemed an eternity; and that’s a VERY long time.

The kind man came over to double check their numbers and cleared them with a “GOOD BINGO!”

Guess what Papa won?

He won chocolates!  Now, they didn’t know he’s not supposed to have chocolates, but he loves them so much he was smiling!

When BINGO was over we went for a nice lunch at Holy Cannoli’s.  This place in Worcester makes the best sandwiches and pastries.

After a fun day, we dropped Grandma Great off at home.  She got out of the car and said, “even though I didn’t win, I still had a lot of fun!”

It was a fun day and Briana LOVED the chocolate treats when Papa opened them to share with her and the grandkids.  This made EVERYone smile with the taste of chocolate dancing on their tongues.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy a beautiful day!

Flat Stanley Finds a Kennel

Flat Stanley sat in his favorite cup holder as he was riding down a country road in Massachusetts with Nana and Papa.  Flat Stanley spotted the dogs on the hillside.  There had to be 100 dogs on that hill.

Nana pulled the car over at Flat Stanley’s request and got out to visit with the dogs.  They all came running to the fence and barking their loud barks.  They were beautiful and had fur in every color, some were really white, some really dark and some had spots and some did not.

“Hey Doggie Doggie, Here Doggie Doggie,” Flat Stanley shouted.

The dogs came charging down the hillside.  Thankfully, there was a fence or Nana and Flat Stanley may have gotten themselves into trouble.  The barking was loud and somewhat scary.  There were so many of them!

“I know if I could get in there with some nice doggie bones and treats, that they’d be happy dogs and wouldn’t bark at me,” Flat Stanley said.

They were really barking.  Nana and Flat Stanley quickly got back into the car.  That fence didn’t look very high and these dogs were big and very loud.

Flat Stanley came home to the chickens and instead of grabbing doggie bones and treats, he grabbed chicken food and treats.  He helped Nana clean the coop out today.  If chicken beaks could smile, the chickens would be smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too.  Thanks for subscribing so that Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

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.