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 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 Finds a Portal

Flat Stanley was out in the yard again today.  He loves springtime and all of the beautiful flowers.  More flowers were blooming all over the yard, it was so pretty.  He walked up the long driveway, kicking up gravel as he stepped.

He cut across the front lawn toward the rock wall by the street that is lined with gigantic maple trees.

The tallest maple tree looked like it would be fun to climb.  Flat Stanley began placing his feet in the deep crevices of the bark and made his way up higher and higher.

When he got up as high as the telephone poles, he had reached large holes in the tree.

Flat Stanley looked inside thinking that maybe there would be a bird’s nest in there, but when he got really close, there was a swooshing sound and a vibration that pulled him in.  He felt a spinning sensation and closed his eyes for a second.

When he opened them again, he was in a magical land of gnomes.  He felt like a giant as he circled around a mushroom and watched the friendly gnomes sing and dance in the distance.

Flat Stanley walked up to them with his usual big smile on his face.  His feet started moving to the beat and the gnomes welcomed him into their circle.  Flat Stanley picked up on the chorus and joined in.

“We dance, we dance, circling around we dance.  Come fly over the rainbow of love as we dance, we dance, circling around we dance.”

Flat Stanley let his legs fly high and clapped under his knees just like the gnomes.  Their laughs were really high and cute.  Flat Stanley was having fun.

At the end of the song, a rainbow arched down and like a bridge all of the gnomes began to walk up the lines of green, red, yellow and blue.  Flat Stanley joined in the line and when he reached the top of the rainbow, Swoooosh!

Flat Stanley was swooshed back to the tree in Nana and Papa’s yard.

“Wow!  That was fun!”  Flat Stanley exclaimed as he ran back across the yard and up the driveway.  He has a great imagination.  His smile was wide and eyes were bright as he went inside for lunch.

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

Flat Stanley and His Anniversary Surprise

Flat Stanley stepped down the stairs a little later than usual this morning.  Nana and Papa were already making coffee and eggs in the kitchen.

“Happy Anniversary, it seems like 50 years, not 22; but I hope I’m lucky enough to enjoy many more with you.” He overheard Papa telling Nana.

Flat Stanley’s face turned a little red and he slowed his steps, kind of embarrassed to come trotting in on “the moment.”

Nana was smiling and was giving a Papa a kiss when he turned the corner at the base of the stairs.  He turned into the bathroom rather quickly.  Ew.

He could still hear them talking about all that they’ve been through with each other over the past 22 years, with the kids, grandkids, different homes and travel they enjoyed.

When he went into the living room he looked at the pictures on the walls that showed Nana and Papa when they were younger.

Later in the day, he was talking to Auntie Terri.

“So, what should we do for their anniversary?” Flat Stanley asked.

“Well cupcakes would be nice, but Papa is diabetic, so maybe flowers would be better.”

They decided they’d go look for some pretty flowers later.  While they sat in their quiet thoughts, Flat Stanley had to ask.

“Auntie Terri, why would anyone want to get married?  I’m never getting married.  Yuck.”

“Well,” Auntie Terri replied with a bit of hesitation on how to answer this one.  “There are different kinds of love.  You know how  you love Alexa and Briana as besties, and you love Nana and Papa because they are kind, loving people and me…” she said as she she squeezed his side, “When you’re older, things will look differently to you.”

Flat Stanley giggled a silly kind of bashful laugh over a conversation about love in it’s many forms.

“Can we go to the store now, Auntie Terri?” Flat Stanley asked.

They went to the store and found a nice assortment of beautiful flowers on this gorgeous spring day.  They had a hard time choosing.

“Yellow and purple grow nicely together,” Terri said. These are beautiful and Nana will enjoy planting them in the garden with you and Briana.

Flat Stanley agreed and they went home to surprise Nana and Papa.

Nana and Papa were just finishing up their dinner when Flat Stanley surprised them with a picture he drew.  He loves to draw.  It was a picture of Nana and Papa.

“Happy Anniversary” He cried out as he came in with his work of art made just for them!

Terri and Briana came over to give them hugs and Nana and Papa loved the flowers they chose, but loved their smiles most of all.

“This is love…” Flat Stanley said with a smile.

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Flat Stanley Arrives Back in Massachusetts

It was a really cool drive northbound for Flat Stanley!  As they drove from Virginia to Massachusetts, Nana kept pointing out the changes from fully leafed out trees, to return to the beginning signs of springtime like the fresh buds on the trees, yellow forsythia and daffodils.  As they pulled into the driveway, Nana’s smile grew wide as she noted that her favorite bright red tulips even waited for her to return, before dropping their red blossoms!

But Everyone in the car gasped when they saw the HOUSE!  Nana and Papa’s NEW House!!  The roof will be shingled tomorrow and all of the framing is complete!

“Stop the CAR!” Flat Stanley hollered.  When Nana stopped the car, Flat Stanley jumped out and asked the worker men if they needed any help.  They put Flat Stanley to work right away working on the porch framing.

“Oh this is a perfect porch for two rocking chairs,” Nana exclaimed as she walked around her new home that is quickly taking shape.

After a hard afternoon helping the guys frame the porch, Flat Stanley went inside with Briana.  Nana and Papa were missing all the kids here in Massachusetts too!  It’s so hard to be pulled.

“We all need to live on the same street!” Nana said once again.

Flat Stanley and Nana were both as amazed as Papa when Briana and Terri indulged in a taste of Papa’s pickled eggs! Yes, PICKLED EGGS!  Papa bought them in Virginia and tried to get all of the grandloves in Virginia to try one, but they wouldn’t.  But Briana DID!!  EWWW!!  haha.. she said they weren’t her favorite, and she wouldn’t have them again, but Nana was surprised that she tried them; and that she didn’t gag!

It made Nana and Papa and Auntie Terri laugh, and then Auntie Terri tried a taste!  I don’t think she’ll be doing that again either.  haha!  Papa gets to enjoy the rest of the jar all by himself!

He was smiling…

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Flat Stanley is Missing Briana and Auntie Terri

As Flat Stanley and Alexa were eating their cheesy eggs that Nana made, Flat Stanley’s mind began to wander.

He was thinking about all of the fun he’s had this week with Alexa, Jake, Jaida and all of the cousins, but at the same time had a nagging tinge of sadness.  He was missing Briana and Auntie Terri.

He knew he wasn’t alone in these feelings.  Alexa is having fun with Nana and Papa here, and loves the adventures with Flat Stanley; but she also misses her mommy and daddy who are on vacation.

Auntie Shana, Alexa’s mom and Don, her dad are enjoying an anniversary trip in paradise island; but Flat Stanley could even hear a tinge of sadness in their voices when they called home to check on everyone.

So Flat Stanley didn’t feel alone in his mixed emotions of overwhelming joy and excitement, and missing someone.

Auntie Shana recorded a fun good night video where she sings her special “good night sweetheart” song to Alexa.  Nana plays it for her at bedtime and although she smiles while she does the “tickle tickle” part back to her mom in the recording, Flat Stanley could see the sadness behind her eyes.

Flat Stanley’s happy heart strings are super excited about spending such a fun time on adventures with Alexa, but at the same time those other heart strings are pulled because it’s hard when you’re missing those you love. I wish we could all live on the same street!

It was nice to hear Auntie Terri’s voice when she called, but the pictures Briana sent, made Flat Stanley really miss home.

Briana was playing in the basement of the barn.  Briana likes to bring her friends to the creepiest places, but her friend Claudia didn’t seem to mind. She found a caterpillar!

And they finally have springtime in Massachusetts!  Look at those spring smiles in front of Nana’s forsythia bush!

And Flat Stanley loved the picture of Claudia holding Penelope the chicken!

Their BBQ looked fun too!  Flat Stanley can eat three hot dogs!  He likes his with extra extra ketsup, which usually makes a big mess, but that’s what outside BBQs are made for!

That and lots of laughter!

“You know what keeps me happy Flat Stanley?” Nana asked.  “I focus on the good heart strings, the ones that make me laugh out loud.  Like a chicken dance in my chicken pants, and the laughter of my grandloves!”

“Another thing that helps us through a sad moment is to think about tomorrow and something you have to look forward to.”

“Yes, Flat Stanley!” Alexa exclaimed. “Think about all of the hugs and kisses and tickles to come when we’re all reunited again!”

Alexa was smiling as she went on to cheer Flat Stanley up by mentioning the Cinco De Mayo party this weekend! On THE day her Mom and Dad return!  Something to look forward to brought a smile to all of our faces.

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Flat Stanley enjoys May Day!

The first of May is a very special holiday!

“Flat Stanley, today we get to celebrate May Day with Alexa!” Nana exclaimed, showing her holiday excitement.

We started off by gathering a nice bunch of flowers for Alexa to take to school and give to her first grade teacher, Mrs. Wenzel.

Mrs. Wenzel was so surprised to see Flat Stanley strutting in wearing his infamous red suspenders!

“Happy May Day,” Alexa and Flat Stanley sang out together.

May Day is a special holiday originating long ago in the Roman times, to celebrate the goddess of flowers, the changing of the seasons and warmer weather!

On May Day in England, Scotland, and other Eastern European countries, they celebrate May Day by dancing around the colorful May Pole.

“The children (and young at heart) form a circle around the pole.  Long ribbons stretch from the top of the pole, to each person in the circle.  And then they dance!” Nana explained.

Alexa and Flat Stanley loved the cake that Nana bought for their own May Day celebration.

Flat Stanley got a lot of icing on his face, he’s a very messy eater; but Alexa helped him clean up.

After cake, they used bright markers to color spring designs on the the flower pockets they were creating.  Nana helped them shape the paper into a cone and tape it together.

Then Alexa and Flat Stanley placed fresh flowers in the cones and tied a string, so the cone of flowers could hang from a doorknob.

And then the fun part!

“OK Alexa,” Flat Stanley said, “you do the first one, hang it from the neighbor’s doorknob, ring the doorbell and RUN back to us.  We’ll stay hidden behind this bush.”

Alexa was a little nervous at first, but she knew that the nice neighbor Mrs. Buford would love the surprise.

Alexa hung the beautiful bouquet in her pretty handmade cone basket on the doorknob.

She could hear Mrs. Buford talking to her dog inside, so she rang the doorbell and ran as fast as the wind back behind the bush, where Flat Stanley was crouching in his hiding place.

They watched as their neighbor, Mrs. Buford opened the door. Seeing nobody there, she looked a bit dismayed.  But then she saw it!  She saw the beautiful bouquet left secretively for her.  She looked up and down the sidewalk wondering who left these fresh flowers and pretty May Day cone of flowers for her.

Success!  Alexa and Flat Stanley remained hiding as May Day is all about making people smile in secret.  They can’t find out who left the flowers, or the secret is blown!

They did have a hard time containing their giggles as they watched Mrs. Buford take her flowers inside and shut the door; she was smiling.

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Flat Stanley in The Land of Wishes

Flat Stanley ran out to greet Alexa as she came down the giant stairs of the school bus with a big smile! It was a happy reunion with a lot of hugs and smiles.

When they walked up the driveway to the house together, Flat Stanley’s eyes lit up with sparkles of excitement and he  said to Alexa, “look at all those wishes in your yard!”

Flat Stanley jumped down in the middle of the wishes!  Then, you wouldn’t believe what happened, but Nana got a picture of it, so we have proof.

If you look really close, you can see the wasp that landed on his left hand.  Thankfully, it was a friendly wasp, and he didn’t sting Flat Stanley.  Thet would have hurt!

Alexa picked him up and picked the biggest wish making Dandelion from the yard.  She closed her eyes and held Flat Stanley close…and then she made her wish.

What do you think Alexa wished for?

If wishes come true, I think she wished for a fun day with Nana, Papa, Flat Stanley and the family.

Flat Stanley smiled really big for the camera as Alexa caught him climbing up the dogwood tree to smell the flowers.  Did you know that the Dogwood tree is recognized as THE Virginia state tree?

Then Alexa got her bike and fancy safety helmet from the garage.

Alexa put Flat Stanley in her bicycle pouch and rode like the wind down the little side street.  Flat Stanley started singing.

“Ride, ride like the wind…” As he felt the wind blowing through his hair.

They passed Alexa’s sister Jaida on her pogo stick.  It was a beautiful day for playing outside.

Nana was delighted to spend this afternoon in the warm Virginia springtime, outside with Flat Stanley and her grandloves.

After Alexa’s brother  Jake scared Nana with his tricks on his bicycle, Jake and Jaida continued to worry Nana with their skateboard tricks. These. Kids!

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