Flat Stanley & Briana Made Nana Cry

Auntie Terri and Briana brought Flat Stanley to the store with them.  Auntie Terri made Flat Stanley promise that he was going to stay right with her and not run off or go for rides on the riding wheelchairs at the entrance as he wanted so badly to do.

“Next time, when we come with Nana & Papa, we will.” Briana whispered to Flat Stanley.  This made Flat Stanley smile as he pictured himself and Briana racing down the isles in the riding carts!

They shopped and shopped and had fun together, and then they spotted the perfect gift.  A beautiful pillow to sit on Nana’s easy chair that said “NANA You’re the Best” on it.  Flat Stanley looked at Briana and said “we gotta get it!” Briana and Flat Stanley have been saving dollar bills all month.  Sometimes, they’ll get a few dollars for helping with Nana’s chores or doing work outside on the farm.  Briana agreed, they just had to buy it.

Nana was sitting in her easy chair when they returned from shopping.  The kids ran next door as quickly as their little legs would carry them, and gave Nana the gift they bought for her.

Tears of joy instantly sprang to Nana’s eyes as she hugged the fluffy, soft pillow to her chest!  Briana and Flat Stanley looked at each other with wide eyed amazement, is she ok, they were thinking.

Nana jumped out of her easy chair and came in for big hugs for both of them.  It was such a thoughtful and beautiful gift.  The pillow even had a warm scent, it smelled like the lotion that Briana wears.

“Oh honey, it even smells really good, just like you!” Nana said to Briana.  This is when Briana and Flat Stanley both knew that Nana was just fine.  They had just grabbed Nana in the “feels of her heart,” and that’s what brought tears to her eyes.  This is love…in it’s greatest form.

When I went into the kitchen later in the afternoon, Briana gave me a book she had written.  “This is really my lucky day!” first a beautiful new Nana pillow and now a one of the kind book with original artistry!  This day couldn’t get any better!

Nana loves the joy Briana finds in writing stories and bringing characters to life!  She’s got talent!

Briana was looking at Nana’s refrigerator showing all of the artistic talent from all of her grandloves and asked Nana if she could re-arrange them.

“And this day DID get better!” I said after seeing the beauty of Briana’s new arrangement display.  Flat Stanley had jumped into the mix and became a centerpiece within all of the amazing artwork.

Each little piece of art holds a special place in Nana’s heart.

and then there’s Papa’s favorite:

Nana is feeling the love today!!  My heart is full and my smile is Huge!!  Thank you Flat Stanley and Briana for making my day so beautiful.  This was my most personal adventure.

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Flat Stanley tries Vietnamese Food

Flat Stanley woke up just knowing  that the weather was starting to turn nicer.

“Today is Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox!” Nana exclaimed.  She loves her Boston Red Sox.  She’s trying to make Briana a fan, but, well, we’ll see.  Maybe someday.  Flat Stanley loves watching baseball with Nana and Papa.

Today, Nana and Papa surprised Flat Stanley by telling him that they were taking him out for lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant before the big game.  They were meeting their friends Chris and Shinae after a long winter.  Nana and Papa call winter “hibernation station months.” They act like bears and stay inside most of the winter.

They’re lucky because they have Auntie Terri, Ty, Briana and Flat Stanley to help them shovel out the snow and provide clear passage for mail trucks and deliveries.  They even get their food shipped in during the winter months.  A very nice UPS lady delivers paper goods, shampoo and stuff.  The delivery lady loves getting fresh eggs when she comes to the door.  All of the delivery people love the fresh eggs from our chickens.

Flat Stanley found his favorite seat in the cup holder of the car and they made their way to the restaurant.  It was called My Sister’s Crawfish!  That’s a funny name for a Vietnamese restaurant.

Nana ordered curried goat!  EW!!  Flat Stanley is very adventurous and tries ALMOST everything, but he had to draw the line at curried goat.  He did however try Shinae’s Avocado smoothie when she offered him a sip.

 

 

It was DELICIOUS!!  Smooth, creamy, sweet and yummy!  Flat Stanley snuck a few more sips when Shinae wasn’t looking.

 

 

 

Flat Stanley decided to order the chicken noodle “PHO” soup that the nice waitress recommended for him.  He enjoyed it and slurped it all down! “Slurrrrrrp, Slurrrrrp” YUM!

There was a lot of laughter at the table and plenty of time for Stanley to sneak sips.  He liked the hot tea too, but the smoothie was sweet and creamy; he just couldn’t help himself to more and more.

Papa was being EXTRA silly with his messy shrimp.  He really enjoyed his meal, you can tell by the red spiced beard!

Papa tried kissing Nana, but she was having NONE of that!

While they were being silly, Flat Stanley snuck away…

He found what they call a fortune tree and slowly he climbed.

Until he reached the top of the tree!

This is when Flat Stanley began to sing in his high pitched lovely voice;

“There’s fortune in the furlough
On the other side
Wrap ourselves in blankets
The crossing of a bridge so wide, so high..”

He sang the word “Highhhhh” the loudest, highest and was holding that note the longest before Nana came around the corner and helped him out of the fortune tree.

Flat Stanley always manages to find trouble…sometimes I wonder if trouble doesn’t find him.  I hope his silliness made you smile today.  If so, please subscribe, so Nana can send you a smile everyday!

Flat Stanley is Looking for Spring

Yesterday morning, Flat Stanley and Alexa were playing in the yard and  they found little crocus flowers with their purple and yellow blooms beginning to sprout!  Today, Flat Stanley was missing his friend Alexa, and was very surprised when he looked out the window and saw SNOW! “She would have enjoyed playing in the snow with me,” Flat Stanley thought.

“Is this a late April Fool’s joke?” Flat Stanley asked.  April 2nd in New England brings snow?  What happened to spring?

Nana took the water heater out of the chicken coop yesterday and we wrapped up the electrical cord running from the barn.  Chickens can’t have their water freeze.  So, Flat Stanley and Nana went out first thing in the morning to pour some warm water in their waterer.  The water was fine and the chickens loved the fresh veggie scraps Flat Stanley fed them this morning.

After collecting the eggs, Flat Stanley and Nana began walking toward the house when they heard a BIG Truck and looked out at the street to see another BIG claw machine, coming up the driveway!

Flat Stanley’s smile grew really wide!  It was Bobcat Bob coming back, but this time with a BIGGER Claw!

Bobcat Bob was having trouble seeing out of the window, so he was looking around for a solution.  “That big machine has a LOT of really important mechanical parts and special features, it’s a shame that they forgot windshield wipers,” Bobcat Bob said.

When he left to find a solution, Flat Stanley was quick to take advantage of the situation.

Seeing the key left in the ignition, Flat Stanley was just about to start ‘er up, when Bobcat Bob came back around the side of the house and started down the driveway.  Flat Stanley JUMPED out of the big clawed monster and whistled his way past Bobcat Bob as if nothing had happened.

Maybe someday, he’ll get his chance to operate this big machine.

Unfortunately, nobody will be operating it today.  The snow kept them from being able to see through the windshield.  At least the chickens were happy!  They hate the noise of the big machines.

Hey, do you know how to whistle?  Flat Stanley has a really high pitched whistle, kind of like his singing voice.

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