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…

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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 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 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 at Play with the Pets

Auntie Elaine and Uncle Jimmy have a lot of pets.  None of the pets make breakfast for them, but Flat Stanley had fun playing with them during their visit.

Henry the dog has a favorite stuffed toy.  His name is “Rocky the Racoon.”

Flat Stanley was sitting on the couch and Henry came running up with “Rocky” dangling from his little mouth.  He dropped the stuffed toy at Flat Stanley’s feet.

Then Henry waited a bit less than patiently for Flat Stanley to toss the toy, again and again.

This wore Henry out!  Henry needed a nap!

Papa and Auntie Elaine were laughing with Nana when Riley, their cat, curled up INSIDE Papa’s slippers!  He was too big to fit all of the way inside, but it was funny to watch him try!

It seemed to be nap time for all of the pets.  Uncle Jimmy and Papa then decided to join in on the Sleepytime Festival and went into Dreamland too.

Penny the cat wasn’t sleeping, but she wasn’t much fun either.  She turned away when Flat Stanley threw Rocky the Racoon.  She was not amused.

And then the fish didn’t want to play with Flat Stanley either.

Flat Stanley is good at finding his own fun as you know and this day was no exception!  He went for a little walk outside and found himself in the middle of a pink flamingo oasis!

Yehaadoodledeeeeee!!!! Flat Stanley hollered as he rode the wild beasts.  Yippeeekayayyyyyy up up and away!!

Flat Stanley has an imagination dreams are made of.  It keeps him smiling.

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Wild Morning for Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley had a pretty wild morning today.  Nana and Papa were still upstairs, but Flat Stanley heard the working crew building next door, so he went out to see if they needed any help.

Boy did they!  They had all the wooden pieces they call “forms” up where the basement of Nana and Papa’s new home will be.  Then they had not just one but TWO cement trucks pouring cement into the “forms” to create the concrete basement walls.

The concrete crew is very nice. They were thankful to have Flat Stanley’s help.  But after some very tiring labor, Flat Stanley was ready for some fun!  You know how Flat Stanley loves to have fun.

There were a lot of slanted boards placed here and there to hold the “forms” in place.  Flat Stanley liked to use them as slides.  Then the workermen would help him back up to the top of the wall and dowwwwwn he’d slide again.

After the concrete set up and dried.  Flat Stanley helped the crew remove the “forms” and there all by itself stood the walls for Nana and Papa’s new basement.  VIOLA!!

They had all the tools loaded and were washing down the concrete slide, er, I mean ramp.  Uncle Jimmy used to do this work and said that the ramp can get REALLY heavy to clean and disassemble if you don’t get to it quick enough and the concrete starts to harden.

But the man Flat Stanley just referred to as “Santa” let Flat Stanley help him get it taken apart and loaded on the big truck.

But then we had a problem.  With all of the rain we’ve been having in Massachusetts, the big truck all loaded down with the supplies, got stuck!  It was stuck across the driveway!

“Flat Stanley to the Rescuuuuue” he shouted as he ran over to help get the truck out of the muddy muck.

He huffed, puffed and pushed, but, the truck was too big for him to push.  The truck was sitting diagonally across the driveway when ANOTHER truck came to fill Nana and Papa’s oil tank.  Oh is this a crazy day!  Thankfully, there’s another driveway on the other side of the yard, so Flat Stanley ran over to guide the oil truck driver in.

A lot of homes use oil to heat their homes in Massachusetts.  This man helps keep people warm in the winter…and this year, warm in the springtime.  Do you see that snow on the ground?!  Yes, it IS snowing on April 19th!

After the oil was filled, Flat Stanley went back to help the driver of the big equipment truck out of the mud.  He layed some of the diagonal boards under the tires to give them traction and OFF they went to the next job!

Flat Stanley saved the day!  He was excited to run inside and tell Nana and Papa all about his morning adventures.  Nana and Papa were smiling at the retelling of his huffing and puffing to get the truck out of the muck.

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Flat Stanley Learns Shadow Dancing

Nana went out to feed the chickens this morning and had to wear her heavy coat.  The chickens were squawking like loud hawks, rather than chickens.

“I KNOW,” Nana shouted back, “it IS supposed to be spring!” In Massachusetts, it’s mid April and temperatures are still below freezing at night!

Nana let Flat Stanley throw the chicken’s favorite treats into the coop and thanked him for a wonderful job on cleaning the coop yesterday.  He’s quite the little helper.

Nana’s granddaughter, Briana invited her friend Jianna over for another sleepover.  They came next door to visit with Nana and Flat Stanley.  When Jianna spotted Papa’s drumset, she was itching to play.

“Can I, can I please?” she asked Nana in her sweet little voice with her feet dancing beneath her in a jumping beat.

“Of course you can, just be careful not to topple anything and I’ll bet Flat Stanley would LOVE a lesson!”

“So let the drumming begin!” Flat Stanley shouted. “Booom Batcha Booom Booooom…,” he was hyped!

I don’t know if it was a drumming lesson, but it was FUN!  Jianna loved the sounds that came through her headphones.

“Can you hear us Nana?” She’s shouted, because she couldn’t hear how loud she was speaking with her headphones on.

“NO,” Nana shouted back just as loudly, not sure if she could hear through the headphones she was wearing.

The beats went on .. and on, and on.  Booom BBaba Boooooom tap tap tap, Boooom!!

Flat Stanley then saw the guitar and wanted to join in with a riff to compliment the drumbeat!

“Twank shilang a bang bang…” wonderful music filled the house.  Papa came in singing “Papa was a rollin’ stone…” in his low voice that made everyone laugh.

After the music “lessons,” it was time for some dancing!

“Flat Stanley have you ever danced with your shadow?” Jianna asked him.

“How do you dance with a shadow?” Flat Stanley asked with his little nose crinkled in disbelief.

“Come on I’ll show you!”

And she did!

 

With the light behind them, Briana, Jianna and Flat Stanley danced with their shadows.

“Everybody Dance Now!!” Flat Stanley sang in his high pitched wail.  They danced and sang together until they were exhausted and hungry!

Nana has a special snack drawer.  You’re only allowed ONE treat a day, but it’s fun to choose.

Brianna and Jianna both selected chips.  What do you think Flat Stanley selected?  Yes!  You know it was the M&M’s!  The sweet taste brings a big smile to his face.

What would you choose?

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