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.

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 Enjoys Shopping with Great Grandma!

When Nana told Flat Stanley she was going to lunch with Grandma Great, Flat Stanley immediately jumped up and began putting his shoes on.

“I want to go too,” he said.

“Well then tie those laces up tight and let’s get!” Nana replied.

Nana and Papa were up in front.  Flat Stanley sat next to Auntie Elaine in the backseat and when Grandma Great got in, he scooted to the middle to make room.

The restaurant was really good!  Flat Stanley loved his macaroni and cheese.  I’m sure it’s as good as the one that Auntie Terri made last week, but Briana forgot to bring some over for Nana to try.  She’s been teasing her all week about it.  Nana likes macaroni and cheese as much as Flat Stanley does!

Auntie Elaine let Flat Stanley try a bite of her steak.  It was delicious! 

After a wonderful lunch, it was time for some shopping!

In front of the grocery store there were a lot of beautiful flowers for sale.  Flat Stanley climbed up into the hanging basket and when Nana walked by with Grandma Great he was swinging and singing.

“Magical flowers await you here, magical flowers will greet you there.  Come  buy one, come buy all, magical flowers await you all.”

Nana shook her head and helped Flat Stanley down out of the hanging basket of flowers.

When they got in the store Flat Stanley spotted  his little cart and zoomed up next to Grandma Great.

“Not so fast there Flat Stanley,” Grandma Great said, “I may be older, but I’ll still outshop you!”

Flat Stanley liked moving ahead and helping her shop as they went through the store.  His eyes could see the sodium content on the labels.  She watches how much salt she eats, that’s why she’s so healthy.

When Flat Stanley saw the Cheerios he grabbed one for his own cart!  You know how Flat Stanley loves the crunchy munch of Cheerios!

…and the crunchy munch of pickles are good too.

Sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don’t.  Flat Stanley likes the crunchy nutty peanut butter, but Papa likes the creamy smooth one.  Which one do you like?

Flat Stanley couldn’t contain himself when he saw the red and blue stars on the cookies!  He jumped up and said “please, please please Nana.”

It was hard to resist his cute face, but Nana didn’t buy the cookies.  But, she told him he could get something from the gumball machine on his way out.

Flat Stanley had some choices to make then!  There were a lot of gumball machines.

Flat Stanley went for the stretchy Fling Shot toy and had a big smile as they left the store.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe so Nana can send you a free smile every day!

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 Explores Spring Flowers in Massachusetts

Flat Stanley awoke very early this morning.  He tossed and turned in his bed a bit, tried to get his pillow fluffed up just so, hoping to get back to sleep; but sleep wouldn’t come.

So, he trotted downstairs and poured a bowl of his favorite cereal, Cheerios! He likes the little circles and the crunchy chrunch as you munch.

After breakfast, Flat Stanley decided to go out and see what was going on in the yard.  There were no workermen working on Nana and Papa’s house, so he strolled out back.  He was surprised to see how many plants that were just bushes yesterday, had beautiful flowers blooming.

The hotter days really do sprout pretty flowers, he was thinking as he took a selfie with a few of them.

The rhododendron stands nearly as tall as the old farmhouse.  It’s covered in pretty purple blossoms that had yet to open, but there were a few starting to sprout their beauty.

The dogwood is one of Grandma Teresa’s favorite flowers.  Whenever Nana and Papa go for a ride in the car, she points them out and admires their beauty.  The Dogwood Tree is the state tree of Virginia…or is it the state flower?  Maybe someone in Virginia will tell Flat Stanley in the comments below.

Nana loves her pretty pink lilacs!  This bush is huge too, but you can’t stay close to it for too long.  The bees really like it and they need a safe place to buzz around.  So Flat Stanley left them to gather their nectar and do the pollination thing they do so well to help grow a lot of the food we eat.  They don’t call them worker bees for nothing, we really rely on them.

When Flat Stanley got near the chicken coop, they were very loud this morning.  They were squawking for extra treats!  So Flat Stanley ran into the barn and grabbed a few handfuls of treats.  Did you know that chickens like to eat grit?  It’s like gravel and it helps their food digest through their gullet.  They like to eat hard oyster shells that are crushed into small pieces too.

The chickens were happy to have Flat Stanley bring them extra treats today.

Flat Stanley walked back to the house and Nana was outside.  She was pulling weeds and admiring the Iris that bloomed this week.

“Oh there you are Flat Stanley,” Nana said with a smile as he trotted up.  Look at how pretty this Iris looks today!  Did you know this was my sister Valerie’s favorite flower?  I planted them all in a row here beside my porch the year she died.  I think of her and her beautiful soul when they bloom.

Nana’s smile was shadowed a bit…she seemed happy and sad at the same time.  But when she leaned down to smell the flower, it was all smiles.

I hope this finds you smiling too, hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight.  Our world needs more hugs, and of course smiles!  Please subscribe and Nana will send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley adventure is posted.

Flat Stanley on the Scaffold

Flat Stanley watched the workermen working on Nana and Papa’s house all day from early in the morning until late in the afternoon.  It was a hot day today, rising over 85 degrees.

Nana brought the workermen some ice water to drink in the afternoon.  Flat Stanley asked if they needed any help, but they said they were just finishing up for the day.

After covering the entire home in a beautiful colonial cream siding, they loaded their work truck with all of the tools and off they drove to have dinner with their families.

After he watched them leave, Flat Stanley went through the house trying all of the windows.  Someone has to make sure that they all work is what he was thinking.

When he trotted around to the front of the house, he was singing his own happy song.  Do you know what song makes Flat Stanley happy?

“Bibbidi-bobbidi-BOO” from the Cinderella movie!

“Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Put ’em together and what have you got“

Wow!  Flat Stanley was surprised to see the front of the house nearly completely covered in the pretty siding now too!

The workermen left their big scaffolding up.  They used it to get the highest peeks of the siding in place.  As he walked and dipped along the rock wall out front his eyes kept skipping back to the scaffold ladder.

You know he wanted to, you know he had to; you know he did!

He climbed the scaffolding to the very tippity top.

Nana came out to call Flat Stanley in for dinner and could hear the singing coming from way up high.

“Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo

Put ’em together and what have you got“

“Flat Stanley!” Nana shouted, “what are you trying to do, hurt Nana by giving me heart palpitations?”  That’s when your heart beats really fast and it feels like it’s going to come out of your chest, you know like after you run really fast for a long time, or when you’re really scared.

Flat Stanley giggled and began working his way down the scaffolding.  He was still smiling as he ran toward Nana and chased the kitty shinzee up the walk.

I hope this finds you smiling too!

 

Flat Stanley on Memorial Day

Nana and Papa are taking Papa’s mom, GrandmaT to the cemetery today.  Flat Stanley helped Nana pick some nice flowers from the yard and make an arrangement to decorate Grandpa Henry’s grave.

It’s memorial day and he was a decorated war hero.

Memorial day is a day where we remember those that have gone before us.  Soldiers that fought for our country and are no longer with us, a day of rememberence.

Nana’s purple iris bloomed this weekend, it reminded her of her sister that left us way too early.  Being a kind of sad day of rememberence; Flat Stanley and Nana decided to share a link with you today that is a real true to life story about the Flat Stanley Project and how a third grade student and his class,  sent Flat Stanley to a soldier and how he survived Baghdad and many other trials with the soldier.

It’s really long and more for grownups… but today is kind of long and more for grown ups.  Unless you’re having a BBQ or you’re on vacation.  A lot of families do that on Memorial Day weekend.  However you spend your day, spend it safely and know within you that there’s that beautiful smile.

CLICK HERE For that beautiful story I was telling you about the soldier and Flat Stanley.

Flat Stanley Spends the Day with Briana

Flat Stanley was quick to notice that Nana wasn’t in the best of moods this morning.  He was careful to stay out of her way and not become the target of her bad mood.  You know how some days are just like that and you need your own space?  Flat Stanley has had days like this too; have you?

So, Flat Stanley decided to make himself disappear, not really disappear; although that would be fun, but leave for a while.  He went to visit Auntie Terri and Briana next door.  He left Papa to cheer Nana up.

Unfortunately, it seems this bad mood is contagious today!

Auntie Terri was in a wicked mood too!  When he walked in the door, he could hear Auntie Terri was very upset with Briana about her messy room.

“You’ll clean this room today, before you go out and play,” Auntie Terri said.

Flat Stanley watched as Auntie Terri stomped back into the living room, where she returned to her vacuuming.

“I can help you clean your room,” Flat Stanley told Briana.  “Come on, we can make it fun!  Put some music on and we’ll dance our way through it!”

Briana put her favorite song by Jacob Sartorius on really loud and began doing the pick it up and put it away dance.  Flat Stanley joined in, and then grabbed the vacuum from Auntie Terri to get the floor looking nice too.

When Auntie Terri returned to see Briana’s room all clean, dusted and vacuumed, she smiled.

“Nice job Briana, and you’re quite the helper little man,” she told them.  “Now you can go out and play!”

Briana invited her friend over.  They call her “Muffin,” because she’s so sweet.

Then Briana and Flat Stanley decided to bring their friend over to visit Nana and see if her day was getting better.  Nana was sitting in her easy chair watching the Red Sox lose and she didn’t seem to be in a better mood, but at least she wasn’t growling under her breath anymore.

Nana’s house looked really clean too, I guess that’s what people do when they’re in bad moods, clean.

After the game was over, Flat Stanley and Briana found Nana with her headphones on and singing really loud, “Down in Jungleland…” Nana loves her Bruce Springsteen.  The best part was seeing her smile returned.

I guess everyone has their days.  I hope your day found you smiling and if not, then Flat Stanley has decided to tell you to play your favorite music, loudly!

What song will you choose? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

If this post made you smile today, please subscribe, so that Nana can send you an email when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  Everyone needs more smiles in their life!  Thankfully Nana found hers today.

 

 

Flat Stanley Meets a New Friend

Papa made his really good scrambled eggs and ham steak for breakfast this morning.

“MmmmMmm, thank you Papa, you make the best scrambled eggs EVER!!  They’re so buttery and yummy.” Flat Stanley said as he cleared the dirty dishes from the table.

The chickens were really happy to see Flat Stanley when he went out to give them fresh water and snacks.  Nana had some fruit that was going bad, so he brought it outside and the chickens LOVED the special treats.

After his morning chores, Flat Stanley decided to go for a little walk.  He saw a big truck backed up to the house a couple of doors down so he went to check it out.  He saw “Monstrous Movers” written on the side of the truck and the two men were struggling with a large couch.  Flat Stanley offered his help to get the couch into the house.  The movers asked him to open the door for them, and he did.  He was a big help and got out of their way as they moved the couch inside.

As he was leaving, he heard fast footsteps stomping down the stairs and turned to see a young boy about his age!

“Are you moving in here?” Flat Stanley asked.

“Yes.  My nayyyme is Kyle, and we moooved heeere from Ayylabama!” Kyle replied.

Kyle had a funny way of talking.  His drawl really drawled!

“Do you want to come over and see our chickens?” Flat Stanley asked him.

Kyle’s smile grew really wide and he asked his mom.  She was busy unloading boxes and was quick to answer.

“Yeah, just make sure that you’re back before dark, ok?” She said with an equally drawly drawl.

Nana looked out of the window and was surprised to see Flat Stanley and his new friend playing king of the mountain on the rocks and climbing on the pile of trees.

The chickens were squawking pretty loud.  They obviously wanted to meet Flat Stanley’s new friend.  Flat Stanley brought Kyle over to the chicken coop and then he wanted to go inside the coop.  They did, and Kyle liked the way they came to him and let him pick them up.  The chickens had eaten all of the cantaloupe and strawberries.

“You shuuuure are a pretty little hen aren’t youuuu” Kyle said as he held Ms. Lacy, the loudest chicken of the bunch.

After spending a little time with the chickens Kyle heard a woman hollering from the porch and watched as Nana brought a soda out for them and a beach ball they had bought for Flat Stanley in Maine.

“Thank you Ma’am,” Kyle said as Nana handed him a soda.

“What nice manners you have,” Nana replied. “Did you just move here?”

“Yes, I’m Kyle McCallister and my family just moved into the house up the road.”

“Oh is that wonderful news! I’m Nana and I have this big tomato I need to use today.  I think I’ll make BLT’s, do you like BLT’s Kyle?”

Kyle shook his head yes, who doesn’t LOVE Bacon!

The tomato was really special!  It was yellow and HUGE.

After they finished a nice lunch, the boys were back outside with the beach ball. Bouncing to a tune.

“Keep it in the air, don’t let it fall, keep it in the air, come one come all.”

Tossing the ball made them tired.  They sat on the grass to rest for a bit.

Today was a fun day for both of them and as they sipped their cold sodas, they were smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Please subscribe, so Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend!