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 Fenway Park!

Nana and Papa are HUGE Boston Red Sox baseball fans.  They never miss seeing a game.  Their granddaughter Briana isn’t a big fan, but Nana is working on her.  A few times a week Nana will excitedly inform Briana of the highlights and her granddaughter will just shake her head and say, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, I don’t watch baseball.”  But Nana doesn’t give up.  “Someday…” she replies, “someday you’re going to LOVE Baseball!”

Flat Stanley was actually excited to hear they were going to Fenway Park to see a game LIVE!  Nana didn’t have to talk him into coming along!

“The Boston Red Sox are playing the Baltimore Orioles today.” Nana explained to Flat Stanley in the car.

“Which team is better?” Flat Stanley asked.

“Well usually, I’d always answer the Red Sox no matter what, but in this case, Baltimore really is about 15 games behind in wins.  The Red Sox are tied with the New York Yankees for first place in their division.”

As they entered the ballpark, Flat Stanley had his trusty catching glove on, just in case a ball came flying his way, hopefully off of Mookie Betts’ bat!  He loves watching the games at home with Nana and Papa and likes to call Mookie Betts, Moooooootts;  it’s his little nickname Flat Stanley gave him.

“Mookie has the most homeruns this year out of all players in the league!” Papa announced.  “He hit his 15th homerun last night!” Papa said smiling.

They found their seats near the bull pen.  This is where the pitchers practice their throwing.  It was an exciting place to sit.  Flat Stanley loved watching all the players practicing.

Flat Stanley decided to go for a little walk around the park.  When he made his way over to the dugout where all the batters sit waiting for their turn to hit the ball, he shouted out to Hanley and Mookie.

“Hey Mooots and Hanley, want to get a selfie with me?”

“Sure!, come on in here!” Mooots replied with his big ol’ smile.

A selfie to remember!

Flat Stanley made his way over to coach Cora, and started singing.  “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today…” Cora was eating his sunflower seeds and spitting the shells on the ground.

“You’re going to have to prove yourself in college first, little man.”  He informed him.

Flat Stanley was a little disappointed, and meandered back to his seat with Nana and Papa.  He was jumping up and down and cheering with everyone else in the stands when the Red Sox made another good play.

The game was an exciting one!  JD hit a homerun right over Flat Stanley’s head way up high curving around what Papa called the “Pesky Pole.”

“They call it the Pesky Pole,” Papa told him, “because Johnny Pesky curled a ball around it for a homerun in a very important game when I was a young boy.”

Flat Stanley looked up at the big yellow pole rising up into the sky and an idea to climb it came to mind.  You know he wanted to, you know he had to; you know he DID!

From way up high on the pole, Flat Stanley watched another ball go sailing into the crowd off of JD’s bat!  He hit TWO homeruns today, tying Mookie Betts for the most homeruns this season!  So now, the top two homerun hitters in all of major league baseball, play for the Red Sox!

Flat Stanley was cheering and supporting his team!  He loves baseball.

Flat Stanley carefully made his way down from the big yellow “Pesky Pole,” and snuck behind Manny Machado, who plays for the opposing team, the Baltimore Orioles.  Flat Stanley began heckling him. 

“Hey batter batter, heeyyyy batter batter, swing, swing and MISSSSS!!” Flat Stanley was laughing and then began singing a tune from The Lion King.  “Swing and miss Machado, oooh yeahhh… acumba Machado!”  And just like that he struck out!  It worked!

Flat Stanley loved the game and being on the side of the winning team makes it much more fun!  When the game ended with the score of 5 – 0 Boston, Flat Stanley made his way to the dugout once again to high five the winners!  He gave a big high five to Brock Holt.  Nana calls him “The Brock Star.”

It was a fun day at Fenway Park and everyone left with big smiles on their faces!  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Have a great week and subscribe so that Nana can send you an email whenever a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.

 

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.

We hope you enjoyed this distraction of smiles today!  Thanks for subscribing and sharing the smiles Nana and Flat Stanley bring!