Flat Stanley Plays “Digger Dan”

Flat Stanley got up really early today.  Long before Nana and Papa made their coffee, he ran outside to watch the workermen play in the dirt.

Digger Dan was using the monstrous claw machine to dig a hole in the earth that will one day be the basement in Nana and Papa’s new home.

Flat Stanley’s heart was racing and he was so excited when Digger Dan hollered over at him to join him in the big machine!  He ran over the big rocks that Digger Dan had pulled out of the raw hole in the ground and then climbed up on the loud, rumbling machine and into the controllers cabin!

Flat Stanley got to use the controls to pick up dirt from the gigantic hole and then drive the digger machine over to the mountain of dirt and dump the claw of dirt on top of the growing mountain.  Back and forth, time and time again he’d go.

This is when the song hit him and came bubbling up and out of his mouth in his usual high pitch.

“Dig it uh oh oh
Dig it
Dig it uh oh oh, (oh)”

Digger Dan let him know really nicely that Flat Stanley was kind of hurting his ears; but Flat Stanley persisted.  Digger Dan soon found himself singing along with him and enjoying the silly song!

“Dig it uh oh oh
Dig it
Dig it uh oh oh, (oh)”

They sang together.

Nana came out to find Flat Stanley up on top of a giant pile of dirt in the clawed digger machine!  They were trying to get a heavy piece of bedrock out of the crazy big hole in the earth, and it was making the whole digger machine rock back and forth with only the claw itself providing some balance.

Digger Dan looked over and knew I was worried about the little cutout cutie rocking it at the controls.  So, he had Flat Stanley ride the big machine off of the mountain of dirt and Nana brought Flat Stanley inside for breakfast.

“I got to BE “Digger Dan!” he exclaimed with excitement.  “He let me move the lever controls and everything!”  “Nana, did you know that the cabin spins in circles if you turn it around and around?”

Flat Stanley went on with his chatter throughout breakfast.  He was one happy boy today!

After breakfast, Flat Stanley looked out of the window and saw snow flying!  Yes, snow in April! “Nana! Look!!” Flat Stanley shouted.

“When is spring coming?  I’m ready for tulips and forsythia flowers!” I replied in utter disbelief as I finished up the morning dishes watching the snow fly out the window.  “This is one crazy spring!”

Unfortunately, the snow made the grounds and dirt piles turn to mud and started clogging up the machinery, so the workermen had to leave.

Flat Stanley couldn’t wipe the smile from his face all day though, it was such an exciting morning!  The song in his heart stayed with him all day long.

“Dig it uh oh oh
Dig it
Dig it uh oh oh, (oh)”

It was kind of catchy, even Nana found herself singing the tune after putting Flat Stanley to bed with a beautiful smile that wouldn’t leave his face.  His smile was catchy.  She left his room smiling too.

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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 and the Sky Bucket

Flat Stanley was enjoying his morning breakfast.  Today, Nana made scrambled eggs with cheese made from goats milk.  The chickens lay the biggest eggs, just one egg and Flat Stanley is full.  While he was finishing up his egg, he looked out the window and saw the big claw machine carrying a full tree up the driveway!  He quickly brought his empty plate to Nana in the kitchen and ran for the door.

As he ran around the house he heard the loud chainsaw cutting trees and looked up.  When he saw the big bucket truck carrying a man with a chainsaw way up high in the air, he jumped up and down and ran back into the house!

“Nana, Nana come quick! You’ve got to see this!” Flat Stanley shouted in his high pitched voice that gets ever so higher when he’s excited.

Flat Stanley grabbed my hand and led me to the door, and then around the house.  It was a sight to see!  The bucket truck was way up high in the sky!

I asked Flat Stanley if he would like to do that job.  Flat Stanley looked at me in wide eyed wonder and then shook his head from side to side.  “No, NO Way,” Flat Stanley replied. “I’d like to drive the trucks on the ground though, like Bobcat Bob” Flat Stanley said.

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They were pushing the dirt around, lifting logs and creating a big flat space where Nana and Papa’s new house will be built.

Flat Stanley sat on the rock wall out front and watched them for most of the day.  It was fun to see the big dirt pile growing bigger and bigger.  He was careful to stay out of the way today as there were trees coming down with loud crashes from way up high in the sky.  Then the big claw machine would pick up the logs and carry them to the log stack that’s growing higher than a house.

A giant would have fun playing lincoln logs with that stack!

The chickens liked eating the little bugs that were gathering on the wood pile.  Flat Stanley was happy to see the chickens running free today.  They seem to be getting used to all of the loud noises around them.  Nana saw Flat Stanley looking at the chicken’s little ears.

“Did you know that you can tell what color eggs your chicken will lay based on the color of the little flap around the chicken’s ears?” Nana asked Flat Stanley.  Flat Stanley thought Nana was playing another one of her little jokes, but no, she was serious.  “It’s true.” she said.  “So, you learned something new today!”

Nana has a lot of crazy facts stored up in that brain of hers. Flat Stanley thought as he looked up at her smiling his beautiful smile.  Nana smiled back at him…crazy kid.

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Flat Stanley “The WorkerMan”

Today, Flat Stanley enjoyed a trip to Home Depot with Nana and Papa.  Home Depot is a BIG super store filled with builder stuff for workermen!  Flat Stanley LOVED this store!  He grunted as soon as he walked in, just like a big burly WorkerMan! “Grunt, Grunt!!”

Nana and Papa were excited to see the gardening section “springing” to life with potted flowers and vegetables!  We’ll be ready to plant very soon!

Flat Stanley is ready to ride the riding lawn mower with Briana this summer!  He was practicing in Home Depot today.

“RMMMMMmmmmm, RRMMMMMmmmmmm…” he sounded like a big motor as he road the shiny yellow display mower in a circle around the store.

Nana chased him down and cornered him as he came around the second isle.  “Flat Stanley!  You’re going to get in trouble riding around here on that!!”   He parked it where he started out and his head looked at the ground, before looking up at Nana through his eyebrows.  He felt bad for what he did.  But it was so much fun!  He cannot wait for summertime to cut the grass for Nana and Papa at the farm!  I wonder if Briana will let him?

Flat Stanley didn’t stay out of trouble long though.  There are a lot of things for Flat Stanley to get into in this big store!  He found the lift that allows employees to reach the highest shelves within this big warehouse store.  Again, he couldn’t help himself, it was like a burning fire in his belly, he just had to ride it! He climbed up and hit the switch.  UUUUpppppp up up Flat Stanley rose!!

He was nearly to the big florescent lights when Nana hit the button for him to return to earth.  “Flat Stanley!!  You’re not allowed to do that!” She helped him off of the big machine and tried to keep a better eye on him so he wouldn’t get into more trouble.

Flat Stanley saw a workshop going on, they were teaching you how to lay tile flooring.  Flat Stanley had to try it!  He just had to.  This time he did ask Nana first though, and Nana said YES!!

He was so happy wielding the big hammer like the worker man!  He huffed as he rose the hammer way above his head and then CRASH, whoops, he broked the tile.  Well this day isn’t going as well as we had hoped.  The worker man was very helpful showing him how you just gently tap the side of the tile to line it up with the next when you’re laying your new floor.  This wasn’t as much fun, but he tried it before moving along.

“If I’m going to be a WorkerMan,” Flat Stanley said, I’m going to need a big red toolbelt!  Flat Stanley strapped the BIG Belt around his waist.  It had a lot of pockets for tools.  Unfortunately, it was so heavy without any tools in it that Flat Stanley took one step forward and BOOOOM!  He was down.  He fell forward and couldn’t get up.

Nana helped Flat Stanley remove the tool belt and was ready to lift him into the cart like a baby, to keep him out of trouble at this point!

He was with Papa around the next isle when Nana heard the pop, Pop POP and had to run to see what they were up to.  As she rounded the corner she found BOTH Papa and Flat Stanley with the Bubble Cushion.

It was an entire roll of those poppable bubbles you get when you order breakable items in the mail.  They were pop pop popping them in the isle!  “PAPA!! What are you teaching him?!” Nana asked in dismay.  Papa smiled and winked at Flat Stanley, “Noone can resist an entire roll of a pop pop pop Bubble Cushion!”

Oh goodness, this shopping trip was not going as planned.  Nana was upset.  Flat Stanley wanted to make it up to Nana, so when they passed the spring Easter Lillies, he hopped up into the flower’s greenery and when Nana passed, he tapped her on the shoulder.

Nana couldn’t help but smile, and yes, she put them in her cart.

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Flat Stanley watches over the Chickens

Flat Stanley woke up to the sound of a large boom that shook the house!  He knew the workermen must be running those big machines and couldn’t wait to put his clothes on!  He remembered the snow we had yesterday and grabbed his thickest sweatshirt and beanie knit hat (like Bobcat Bob’s) before going out to see what the noise was all about.

That BIG Black box is a called a dipsy dumpster!  That’s a funny name.  I’ll bet you can’t say that three time’s really fast!

The truck driver explained to Flat Stanley that the stumps were going to come out of the ground today and they’d be put in the dipsty dumpster.

There are a lot of stumps that need to come out of the ground before Nana and Papa’s house can be built.

This BIG claw machine was clawing up under each root and then the driver operator would lift the big claw up high in the air with the root in the claw and dump each one in the dipsy dumpster trash barrel.

Flat Stanley was playing on a stump, watching the big clawed machine and feeling the ground shake under his body.  Then Nana hollered, “Flat Stanley come off of that stump, here comes the digger!”

Flat Stanley quickly jumped down off of the stump and ran really fast across the driveway to safety!  That stump is gone now.  It was sitting where Nana and Papa’s living room will be.  The roots run very deep on these old stumps.

All of the shaking and pounding on the raw earth made the chickens very nervous.  Nana and Flat Stanley moved the chickens to the other side of the yard, far far away from the noise.  They gave them special treats and Flat Stanley stayed outside to play with them.

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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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Alexa Visits Flat Stanley in Massachusetts

You know that Flat Stanley was quite the prankster yesterday, we were all gearing up for the big April Fool’s pranks.  But the biggest prank of all was played on Flat Stanley!

Last night, we told Flat Stanley that the Easter Bunny was coming for a visit.  He was so excited, he hopped like a bunny around the living room and wiggled his little nose.  “What does the easter bunny smell like?” Flat Stanley asked.  “I know!” he said, answering his own question; “CANDY!!!”

Well later in the afternoon, sure enough the doorbell rings.  DING DONG.  Flat Stanley’s mouth opened wide, “He’s here!! Or is it a She?” He opened the door, just a crack at first to take a peek, and then IN HOPS the Easter Bunny!!!  The prank came when the easter bunny lifted the head off of her costume and Flat Stanley saw it was really ALEXA!  It was a she!  Nana and Papa’s granddaughter Alexa came up from Virginia to spend Easter with Flat Stanley in Massachusetts!  Flat Stanley was so excited!

They went out to the chicken coop first and Flat Stanley introduced Alexa to all of the chickens and let her help in giving them their treats and fresh water.

Later that night, they decorated EASTER Eggs!  They have so much fun when they get to visit each other!  Look at how they both glow with joy when they share time together.

“Tadahhhhh” Flat Stanley said, when his were all finished.

This is Nana’s favorite.  Look at how smitten she is.  She loves her Flat Stanley.  Nana loves them both so very much.  I’m so glad Alexa came to visit us!

After the eggs were all colored and a treat for the REAL easter bunny was “layed” on the table, everyone went upstairs to read their bedtime stories and go to sleep for the night.

In the morning, guess what?!  YUP!!  It was EASTER!

 Yeah!  What a beautiful day!  Happy Easter!!

When Nana and Papa came downstairs, they went out with the kids to hunt for Easter Eggs!

 Good LUCK!  The bunny knew it was April Fool’s Day too and hid WHITE Easter Eggs in the WHITE snow!!!  Haha.. not really, April Fool’s to you!!!  Flat Stanley and Alexa wanted to play this silly joke on you.  Actually, the snow has melted and we’re starting to see little crocus flowers blooming in pretty yellow and purple!  But if white eggs had been hidden…phwew they would have been REALLY hard to find in the snow last week!

Hunting for eggs was fun with Flat Stanley.  Alexa would see an egg under a bush or in a really tight fitting place that she couldn’t reach, but Flat Stanley would squeeze his flat self in to get the egg for Alexa.  They got a nice basket of eggs together from very well hidden places.  It was a fun Easter morning for all of us.

Nana came inside because she wanted eggs for breakfast.  She wanted Papa’s really good scrambled eggs.  So, as usual, she got his pan, butter and eggs out.. but then an idea came to her.  She saw the WOODEN (but VERY real looking eggs) she keeps in a jar on the window sill.

 …and now we wait for Papa to come downstairs and try to crack the wooden eggs into the pan.  I’ll try to have my camera ready…tehe.  It’s going to be a FUN day with the combination of BOTH Easter AND April Fool’s Day all wrapped up in one big pretty bow!

We love you Alexa and we’re SO Happy that you got to share this Easter Morning with us in Massachusetts (wink wink)!

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Flat Stanley Meets Bobcat “Bob”

Flat Stanley arose after a very good nights sleep.  As Nana cooked breakfast, he was happy to tell Nana about his day in Nashville with Johnny.  While he ate his hot cereal with fresh blueberries, Nana told him about “breaking ground” today on Nana and Papa’s new house!  Flat Stanley could see Nana was happy about her day.

Flat Stanley jumped out of his chair and shouted, “Let the BUILDING Begin!!!!” as he twirled in a circle with his arms spread out as wide as they would stretch.

Then he heard the trucks coming up the drive, and he ran to the window.  It WAS going to be an exciting day!

The workermen brought out their tools for clearing the trees and brush for Nana and Papa’s new home.

The BIG Clawed Bobcat caught Flat Stanley’s eye!  When Bobcat Bob rode the big clawed machine up the driveway, Flat Stanley’s eyes got as big as saucers!  He had to ask, he just had to!

“Sir, um, Bobcat Bob, can I please have a ride in your clawed machine?  Please?” Flat Stanley said in his MOST sweetest voice.

Bobcat Bob smiled at Flat Stanley, the little cutout cutie steals hearts of even the biggest, bravest men!  “Come on up here son, and I’ll show you how this machine works.” Flat Stanley was so excited when Bobcat Bob let him work the controls to pick up big bushes and logs.  It was thrilling, like a roller coaster thrilling!

Flat Stanley yelled “TIMBER” as trees were falling to the ground, one after another after another.  He asked Nana if he could let the chickens out, because they seemed scared with all the cutting and grinding going on.  It was LOUD!  Nana said yes and was pleased to see Flat Stanley cared so much about the brood.  When he opened the gate to the chicken coop, they followed him to the other side of the house to scratch and play.  Flat Stanley fed them their favorite treats to keep them happy.

Then Flat Stanley resumed watch on the workermen.  He LOVED watching them pick up and carry full trees to a big pile!  Then CRASH and Down fell another tree by the chainsaw guy!

Flat Stanley saw a tear fall from Nana’s eye when the big Mulberry tree went crashing down.  It was one of her favorites, but would have stood right in the middle of where the kitchen will be, so it had to go.  Flat Stanley came up with a great idea.

“Hey Nana, we could cut a good chunk off that tree and get something really neat carved for you.  Maybe someone can make a bowl or statue or something out of it.”  Nana smiled down at Flat Stanley, “that’s a great idea, thank you,” she told him, but the sadness still showed in her eyes.

After all the trees were cut and you could see where the big house was going to be, Flat Stanley looked at the BIG PILE of logs stacked up and began to climb.  “Lumber Jack Time!!” Flat Stanley shouted.  He loved this day!  Nana came over quickly to help him down, “that could be dangerous, honey.” 

..but it was fun, Flat Stanley thought to himself (very quietly).

Flat Stanley was worried about the chickens after the workermen and Bobcat Bob left.  He ran around the yard and looked in the woods out back.  Nothing.  He didn’t think any scary animals would want to be around the noisy machines, so he didn’t think something hurt them.  He was worried that they ran away.

Then from the other side of the clearing he sees one, two three.. here they ALL come running toward him, just as fast as their little chicken legs could carry them.  All eight were soon safe in their coop and Flat Stanley went in for his dinner.

When he laid down to sleep that night he knew.  He knew he wanted to grow up to BE Bobcat Bob and ride one of those claw machines that picks WHOLE trees up and moves things around.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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