Flat Stanley Photographs Maine

Flat Stanley woke up and the wind was whipping his hair to and fro.  He was happy to get into the lobby of the hotel without blowing away!  The waffles at the hotel are the best with fresh Maine blueberries!

“Maine is where we’re heading today,” Nana said, seeming to read his mind.  “Maine is known for their blueberry crops and they are delicious!” she said, solidifying his assumption.  She CAN read minds!

After a hearty breakfast, Nana and Papa drove about 20 minutes north to the Sarah Mildred Long bridge.  It’s a LONG bridge that takes you out of New Hampshire and into Maine.  Flat Stanley thought the bridge looked like four rocket ships rising into the sky.  So, of course he took a picture.

Once in Maine, Nana and Papa headed for the beach.

“Maine has beautiful beaches and I love to listen to the waves splashing against the shore,” Nana said.

She collected a few rocks for Papa and Flat Stanley took pictures.

They made their way all the way to York, where Nana was thrilled to see all of the old houses, antique shops and little art galleries.  It is a fun little town.

There’s also an historical lighthouse in Maine, well there are many of them; but we went to the one in York.

The Cape Neddick Light is a lighthouse in Cape Neddick, York, Maine.  Construction began on this historical lighthouse in 1879.

After a windy walk along the shore there, they got back in the car and Papa said he had a hankering for LOBSTER!

“When in Maine…”

When we pulled up the restaurant, Papa hopped out and found himself a lobster.

He literally, found himself a LOBSTER!

And guess what Nana found?  She found herself a Captain!

Captain Morgan!

It was a fun afternoon and the lobster plates were wonderful.

Flat Stanley had to use the mens room in the restaurant.  On his way, he looked up and found these buoys hanging from the ceiling.  You know he wanted to, you know he had to, do you think he did?

I think he did.  But he had the camera, so we’ll never know for sure.

He does keep us smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your day!  Please subscribe so that Nana can send you a free smile in your email box every day!  Thank you for telling your friends about Flat Stanley’s Adventures!

 

 

 

Flat Stanley Explores Coastal New Hampshire

Nana made a last minute decision to take Papa and Flat Stanley on a quick getaway.  Papa had a rough day in Boston with his eye procedure yesterday, and he deserved a couple of days on the coast.

Flat Stanley heard “coast” and his mind immediately lept to roller coasters!  Flat Stanley LOVES roller coasters. Do you?

Well Nana wasn’t talking about roller coasters, she was talking about the New England seashore.

After driving for a couple of hours, they found their hotel in Plymouth, NH.  Not the same Plymouth we celebrate on Thanksgiving with the arrival of the pilgrims; that’s in Massachusetts Nana explained to Flat Stanley.

“Plymouth does have a lot of homes from the colonial times though, and one houses a photography museum.”

Becoming a photographer is another interest Flat Stanley would like to explore.

Flat Stanley was very disappointed when the photography museum was closed when they arrived.

“Closed for renovations until 2020” the sign read.

“That’s OK Flat Stanley, how about you be the photographer for our whole trip!” Nana said in an effort to cheer Flat Stanley.

Do you think it worked?  You bet it did!  Flat Stanley’s smile was huge as Nana handed him the camera.

He started right there at lunch!

Flat Stanley was having fun as the photographer.

There are a lot of colorful things to take pictures of on the coast.  Flat Stanley loved breathing in the salty air and it was a beautiful day!

After lunch, Nana drove along the coast and found a nice little harbor.

Flat Stanley even got a nice picture of Petey’s Lobster Shack where Petey brings in his bounty for the restaurant where thay just ate lunch.

After exploring the harbor and filling their nostrils with the smells of fish and salty air, they drove further up the coast.

Nana could hardly keep the car straight as they drove along the shore of Rye Beach in New Hampshire.  This is where they have big Victorian era mansions standing so stately, overlooking the shore.

She decided to stop for a snack along the rocky shoreline.  Flat Stanley grabbed his camera and bag of goldfish crackers and ran to climb up on the rocks.

He soon had seagulls and other shore birds gathering around to share his snack.  Flat Stanley is good at sharing.  The birds would get pretty close when they saw how friendly he was.

When the snacks were gone and they flew away, Flat Stanley sat smiling as he looked over his pictures of the day. I hope this finds you smiling too! Enjoy your day!

Flat Stanley Goes to Boston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Fun Day for Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley ran outside to feed the chickens and saw the workermen out working on Nana and Papa’s new house.  He was so excited to see the new siding going up.  Flat Stanley told Nana that he was thinking the neighbors may think they chose that dark green color for their new home.  ICK!

Instead the beautiful new siding was shining!

Sylvester the siding guy was working really hard to get the siding up before the rains came.  Flat Stanley and Nana both really loved the creamy color!

As he rounded the house, Flat Stanley saw his favorite buddy working on pouring the concrete floor in Nana and Papa’s new garage.

“Corrrando!!!!” Flat Stanley hollered out toward the concrete guy.  “Look at you, you almost let me miss out on all of the fun!” Flat Stanley said.

“Oh, I’d never do that,” Corando replied.  “Get over here and let me help you run this big concrete machine that Nana can’t remember the name of.

“You got it Flat Stanley?  It’s a rockin’ machine, so hold on tight.”

Flat Stanley held on tight as the machine slid like a surfboard across the smooth concrete floor.

“Oyyy Corando!!” Flat Stanley shouted as he skidded to a halt.

Flat Stanley then looked at the freshly poured and smoothed out concrete and well…you know Flat Stanley.  You know he wanted to, you know he had to; you know he DID.

Flat Stanley left his mark on the concrete floor.

See his little footprints there.

He’s got little feet and makes every one smile, even the big workermen.

I hope this finds you smiling too!

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Flat Stanley Pumps Gas!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“But they have SPRINKLES!” Flat Stanley continued.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your day!!

 

 

 

 

Flat Stanley and the Warrior Princess

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Mother’s Day from Flat Stanley

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

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

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

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

They made Flat Stanley smile as they hugged good wishes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Flat Stanley 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 Does the Chores

Walking out to see his favorite feathered friends, Flat Stanley had lost the spring in his step.  He was feeling pretty bad about making Nana, Papa and Auntie Terri worry so much yesterday.  His trip was fun, but he learned his lesson.

He talked to the chickens for a while, giving them their favorite treats and by the time he collected the eggs, he was feeling a little bit better.

When he came inside, Nana was making scrambled eggs with tomato and cheese.  The cheesy goodness smelled good!

“Breakfast is my favorite meal,” Nana said as she put Flat Stanley’s plate in front of him.

“And orange juice makes every breakfast even better,” Flat Stanley said as he took a sip of the citrusy sweet drink.

While eating his breakfast, Flat Stanley decided he would take care of Nana and Papa’s chores today.  This would help him feel better for worrying them so much yesterday.

He started by emptying all of the trash cans, and carrying the heavy bag to the trash barrel.  Then, he got the recycling bin and hefted it up and out to the other recycling barrel.

Flat Stanley came in and grabbed the broom from the back hall.  He swept the floors and was really careful to get around the appliances and dust from the corners.  It surprised him to see so much gunk in the dustpan, but I guess dust falls, even when you’re out of town!

The dusting was Flat Stanley’s favorite chore.  He grabbed the long pole and dusted all the corners and fixtures.

Nana was just about to stop Flat Stanley when he went for the mop, but she held back.  He was really trying to help, so she decided to let him.

That may not have been the best decision.

Flat Stanley grabbed the mop and put the pad on it kinda sideways, but it worked.  He squirted five squirts around the toilet and began working on getting the floors bright and shiny like Nana does.

But the squirts weren’t working very well.

So what do you think Flat Stanley did?

Yes, he went for the dish soap on the counter and squirted that on the floor.  Then he grabbed a bucket and filled it with water.  He didn’t mean to, but his foot slid on the slippery floor and he accidentally bumped into the bucket.  It spilled across the floor making the dishsoap suds up like it does in the sink; but this was all over the floor!

“Ohh no!” Flat Stanley shouted.  This is NOT how he planned to “help” Nana!

Nana heard his shout and forced herself to remain at her desk doing her work.  She pretty much knew what she’d find if she went in there.

Flat Stanley ran up to the linen closet and grabbed towels.  On his hands and knees he cleaned up the water and suds and rang out the towels to the best of his ability.

Papa walked by the hallway, but decided not to go in.  He was really doing what he could to let Flat Stanley be the “big boy” he decided to be yesterday.

Flat Stanley was sopping up the mess for hours.  Everytime he thought he got all of the suds up, he’d feel the sticky tackiness when he walked on it and then get his damp towels down, only to stir up more suds.  It seemed like a never ending cycle.

Eventually, it was clean!  It wasn’t sticky and it shined like Nana’s floors after she mops!  He put the dirty towels in the washing machine and started the wash.

Nana decided not to sit this one out.  She went in and ran the rinse and drain cycle a few times to get the suds off of the towels so they didn’t overflow the washing machine.

She was shaking her head, but as she looked at what a nice job Flat Stanley did on his chores, it showed how he had learned a lesson, or maybe two today.  Nana was smiling.  Flat Stanley was relieved and feeling much better by the days end.  He sighed a big sigh of relief upon seeing Nana’s smile return to her face.

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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…

I hope this finds you smiling too!