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!

Flat Stanley Rides to the Wild West

Today is a very special day at Alexa’s elementary school.  Alexa and Flat Stanley were excited about the “Shake Your Tail Feathers” dance!

Alexa dressed in her flannel shirt, jeans and boots, before coming downstairs to pack her lunch.  Papa is still amazed at how grown up Alexa is, that she can make her own lunch for school.

“Did you know that I used to wear my hair in two braids like this everyday through elementary school?” Nana geezed as she braided Alexa’s hair in two pigtails.

Alexa was dolled up just like a little cowgirl!

“Round up and saddle up!” Papa said when it was time to go.

Flat Stanley grabbed his hat and galloped to the car.

Because this was such a special day, Nana and Papa stopped at McDonald’s before school today.

Although Alexa’s smile didn’t show it, she said she found the worst thing to order at McDonald’s! She did not like the pancakes on the McGriddle!

“Mom makes much better bacon!” Alexa said as she sipped her juice.”

“Now it’s time for a hootinanny!” Flat Stanley shouted as they finished their meal.

Nana was really excited about meeting Alexa’s first grade teacher Mrs. Wenzel.  She was so sad when she found out that she wouldn’t be at the party.

“I hope everything is ok and that she’ll be back to school soon” Nana told the nice lady in the office.

Flat Stanley was also looking forward to seeing Mrs. Wenzel again, and he was sad that she couldn’t be there on this special day as well.

They heard the big speakers in the gym calling everyone to a big circle! Six classrooms of first graders filed in and found their places!

The gym was decorated in a wild west theme with their artwork displayed on the walls.

Flat Stanley pretended he was Sheriff John Brown.  He put the hat with the fancy star on his head and went on his way to find the bad guys.

The wild west can be a very dangerous place.

Nana was so excited when they started off with the chicken dance! Flat Stanley was flapping his wings and clucking like a chicken around the center of the gym.

Then Alexa grabbed Flat Stanley for the Disco limbo, where they leaned way back and tried not to touch the pole.

Flat Stanley liked line dancing!

But Flat Stanley’s favorite dance was the Macarena!

This “Shake Your Tail Feathers” dance was so much fun it made Flat Stanley tired!  He decided to sit with Papa and watch the kids do the hokey pokey.

But, when the kids put their whole selves in, Flat Stanley had to join in and shake it all about!

What a fun party!  Flat Stanley was smiling his big beautiful smile.  He really enjoyed dancing with all of his friends in Mrs. Wenzel’s class again!

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Flat Stanley is Spoiled Sick

This was another day of fun for Flat Stanley!  So many days of fun wrapped up like a present called vacation!

Nana and Papa are having so much fun with all of their grandloves in Virginia.

Today may have been a little too much fun though!

Nana asked Jaida to pick her day of fun.  Jaida chose shopping!  Tomorrow, Jaida is spending the day at Kings Dominion amusement park where they have a lot of fast rides and roller coasters.

“I’m so excited!” Jaida kept saying.  Her band class had a fundraiser where they worked really hard at selling things to their family, friends and neighbors.  They did so well that they earned a trip to the amusement park for free!

As they buckled up in the car, Flat Stanley found his favorite cup holder seat and they prepared for adventure!

“Where to?” Nana asked Jaida.

“Oh Nana, there’s this country store up the road that you are going to love!  Every time I go there you come to my mind. There’s a lot of natural stuff and country pictures and things.”

Jaida pointed the way, and it didn’t take long to get there.

It WAS an amazing store!  Natural? Nana wasn’t so sure, but the cart was filling up!  Bakery goods, rows and rows of every kind of candy and fun games and technical trinkets.

“Look at the candy isle!” Alexa said as she led Nana to her favorite part of the store!

They had Nana’s favorite Almond Roca, Papa’s favorite chocolate covered chips of ginger and we bought individual turnover pies for everyone.

Flat Stanley chose the chocolate pie.  Nana chose the lemon pie and Jaida got a Pecan pie for her Grandma Christa and a Raspberry pie for Papa.

What is your favorite kind of pie?

We bought so much stuff that Jaida had to help the check out lady by bagging the items.

When we got home and unpacked, Nana told Flat Stanley that he could choose one treat to eat after dinner.  He was having a hard time choosing just one special treat!

After dinner, Flat Stanley chose the fiery hot chips as his snack.

They were spicy hot and made his lips smack in goodness.

Nana and Papa were watching the baseball game.  When Flat Stanley looked at the big pile of snacks as he passed by, the chocolate pie seemed to whisper in his ear.

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

Flat Stanley snuck the chocolate pie into the dining room and unwrapped the flaky crusted turnover.  As he bit into the creamy chocolate center, it was delicious! He ate the pie as fast as he could and then returned to the living room where Papa was screaming at the TV. His Red Sox team was losing.

Flat Stanley sat as cool as a cucumber, he knew he should have listened to Nana, but she won’t know.

Pretty soon his stomach started gurgling pretty loudly and his face felt a little green with sickness.

Nana looked over at Flat Stanley and gave that stern look she gives.  You know, the one where her chin dips down and she peers over the top of her glasses looking at him through her eyebrows.

Flat Stanley knew he was caught, but how did she know?  Did Alexa tell on him?  Flat Stanley thought Alexa had seen him in the corner of the dining room as he devoured the pie…ughh the thought of the pie and that stern look, was making Flat Stanley feel even more sick!

“Did you enjoy your chocolate pie AFTER your fiery chips” Nana asked.

Flat Stanley started to slowly shake his head no, but knew that lying would make things worse, so he changed the direction of his head shake from a no to a yes.

Nana could see that Flat Stanley didn’t feel well after eating so much.

“Go brush your teeth and get ready for bed Flat Stanley.  You’re going to go to bed early tonight.”

Flat Stanley was grateful for the punishment and opportunity to get away from Nana’s stern eyes boring into his soul, that wasn’t feeling very good tonight.

Flat Stanley knew he should have obeyed Nana, but how she found out was nagging on the edges of his mind as he made his way to the bathroom.

As he stepped up on his stepping stool to reach the sink he looked up into the mirror and there was his answer.  His face was covered in chocolate cream! Woooops!

Flat Stanley washed the evidence from his face, brushed his teeth and went to bed.

When Nana came in to tuck him in and read a story, Flat Stanley started feeling a little bit better.

Nana wasn’t too mad, she talked to Flat Stanley about how hard it is for everyone to resist the temptation of too much junk food.

He promised to do better tomorrow.

Nana left his room smiling as she thought of his messy chocolaty face that gave him away.

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Flat Stanley Joins the Orchestra

Flat Stanley was really looking forward to his day with Alexa’s big sister, Jaida.

He climbed up the giant steps, onto the school bus and found his seat; right in the front row, behind the bus driver.

“Come on, Flat Stanley,” Jaida said “my friends are in the back row, where the cool kids sit.”

Flat Stanley counted the rows of seats as they made their way to the very back of the bus.

“16 rows!” Flat Stanley exclaimed as he hopped up on the seat under the very back window.

Jaida introduced Flat Stanley to Cool Cody “Dominic.”  He let Flat Stanley wear his ear buds and listen to his boppin’ music.

As they cruised up to the middle school, Flat Stanley slid into Jaida’s backpack.  Flat Stanley isn’t old enough to be seen in middle school, so he had to hide.

Sometimes, between classes, Flat Stanley would poke Jaida’s back, through her backpack.  She giggled down the hallways.

At one point, Jaida took Flat Stanley out for one sneak peek at the coolest hallway in the school!

This hallway listed all the kids that worked really hard in school.

Flat Stanley also liked the shiny trophy case that highlighted the school’s top athletes.

After school, Jaida had an orchestra concert to perform in.  She plays the clarinet really well.  Flat Stanley enjoys listening to her practice, but to hear her play with a full band of instruments was going to be really fun!

Flat Stanley had the best seat in the house; in Papa’s shirt pocket.

It wasn’t long before Jaida took the stage like a rock star! Flat Stanley was clapping for her!

They sounded precise and well practiced.  Flat Stanley’s feet were tapping so hard, he almost toppled out of Papa’s pocket.

Flat Stanley was watching the conductor “Maestro,” as his arms flew through the air leading the beat. He looked at the row of clarinet players that Jaida played in perfect time with, he watched the oboe players and flute players, but he decided it was the symbols  he would play when he’s in middle school.

Or maybe he will play the BIG Tuba!

He really couldn’t decide!  But then he came across the DRUM!  He knew then that he would grow up and play the drums like Alexa and Jaida’s big brother, Jake!

Flat Stanley tracked the drummer down because he was feeling the groove through his bones! You know he wanted to, you know he had to; you know he did!

Flat Stanley found the drummer and joined the orchestra!

With a bam boom bam and a rattaty tat, he hammered out a beat, just like that!

After the show, everyone was congratulating Jaida, Flat Stanley and the band.

Papa gave Jaida a big kiss on the cheek.

Flat Stanley then got to meet Jaida’s daddy, Leo.  He was very proud of his girl.

Jaida had a wonderful night and was smiling.  We were all smiling!  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Thank you for sharing Flat Stanley’s daily adventure eBook blog with your friends and family!  We all need smiles delivered daily.

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 Shares Thai Food with Alexa

Nana and Papa woke up with twinkling taste buds.  They were in the mood for Thai food and couldn’t wait to visit Thai Town near Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Alexa tried the coconut soup, tom kha ga, but it wasn’t her favorite.  She gave it to her grandma Christa, and she loved it!

Alexa and Flat Stanley shared the Chicken on a stick, called Satay.  They both loved the creamy peanutty sauce!

“This is the BEST Asian food ever!” Alexa said.  She’s definitely Nana and Papa’s grandlove!  They feel the same way.

When Nana went to pay the bill, she found Flat Stanley had snuck away from the table and climbed up on the lovely buddhist display to dance with the pretty karashina doll!

Flat Stanley’s feet were moving to the funky beat pulsing with his heart. “Yaba baba bay bay, Saba Saba nay nay!” He danced as he chanted and grooved in his groovy way. Until…

“Flat Stanley! What did you get into today?” Nana exclaimed in her not so nice tone.

Nana was helping Flat Stanley down from the special display and brought him back to the table where Alexa was just finishing the last sip of her pink lemonade.  She sucked on the straw and made loud gurgling sounds in the bottom of the cup.

The nice lady at the restaurant had a pretty smile and brought Papa the hot hot hot peppers he asked for and has to have whenever we visit Thai Town!

After everyone was very full and very happy, we decided it was time to go shopping!

Nana saw the “little cuties” tangerine display and just had to have a picture of her “little cuties” in front of the store display.

Nana placed Flat Stanley safely in Grandma Christa’s care. Flat Stanley enjoyed the motorized cart.

As Nana turned down isle fourteen, to pick up some baking powder for her peanut butter cookies; around the corner flies Grandma Christa and Flat Stanley.

“Bbbbrrrmmmmmmm, bbbbrrrmmmmmmm” Flat Stanley hummed with the cart as they flew past Nana in the isle.

There was little Nana could do.

I just shook my head and finished up with my shopping.

We all met up at the check out with big smiles!  Alexa had a few crafts in the cart.  Nana’s been trying to get the grandloves to enjoy baseball with her, but sometimes a distraction works best.

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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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