Flat Stanley Enjoys a Father’s Day Celebration with Papa

Flat Stanley was a happy boy today.  We had another BBQ party for Father’s Day!  Papa was smiling most of the day as the phone kept ringing and he got to hear from all the kids.

After Nana and Papa got back from taking Grandma Great to the cemetery and enjoying a nice lunch, Flat Stanley got to show Papa his cooking skills.  Flat Stanley stayed home this morning to help Auntie Terri and Dana prepare for the BBQ.

As Auntie Terri washed the greens, Dana showed Flat Stanley how to shuck corn.  Before long, it was time to fire up the grill!

The meat was placed on the grill and Dana let Flat Stanley slather on the BBQ sauce.  He only licked his fingers twice.  It’s hard not to lick your fingers when you’re grilling with BBQ sauce.

It was really hot near the grill today.  Flat Stanley was so happy to see the kids come over, and he ran to get his trunks on so he could play in the swimming pool with them.

Nana came out with her primal screechy scream yelling, “Oh it’s time for DInnnnnnnnnnaaaaahhhhh,” Everybody enjoyed Dana’s cooking.  BBQ’s always bring out the fun.

After we all filled up on the sweet corn, greens, burgers, hot dogs, shrimp and pork, it was time for dessert.

Nana came out with a box of cookies!  Yummy cookies!

Blain looked up at Nana and said, “you know you can never eat just one.”

Nana agreed and went for a blue ribbon cookie herself.

Flat Stanley liked the little balls covered in powdered sugar and it showed!  His mouth was covered in the white powder!

It was such a hot day we had to give a lot of extra water to the chickens to keep them cool.  Flat Stanley brought all the kids over to show them how to give them the treats and water.

While they were feeding the chickens they heard the magical sound that made Nana RUN down the driveway hollering for the kids to hurry hurry and get to the street to stop the Ice Cream Truck!

A ding and a ling and woooppedy doo dooo…we like ice cream, do you?

The ice cream truck stopped at the end of the drive and all of the kids listened to the ice cream truck music clanging as it drove up to us.

There were so many options, Flat Stanley didn’t know what to choose!

His friend named Promise helped him out by selecting the Hello Kitty ice cream bar.

Nana chose the pineapple one.  She was so surprised to get ice cream from an ice cream truck on OUR street!  This hasn’t happened since Nana was a little girl.

She was smiling so wide!  You know who else was smiling?

Papa!  He was really enjoying the nice celebrations for caring Dad’s and Papa’s like himself and Dana!

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy a wonderful Father’s Day!

 

Flat Stanley Helps the Window Crew

Flat Stanley enjoyed a relaxing morning at the house today.  He was hanging out with Shinzee the cat.

“Run, Shinzee, RUN!” Flat Stanley yelled as he threw her salmon treats as hard as he could out into the yard and just like a dog playing fetch, Shinzee would run to get them, and then return for more.

Shinzee was tired and all of the treats were gone.  So Flat Stanley was hanging out with her on the bench in Nana’s garden.

“A bit of rest is just what we need today, Shinzee”  It’s been a long week complete with friends, travel and warriors!

But then Flat Stanley heard the tap tap tap of the hammer going on next door and decided to go see what was going on.

“No rest for the weary!” Flat Stanley whispered as he smiled his lovely smile and rounded the big bush in front of the house.

When he saw the workermen putting windows in Nana and Papa’s new house across the drive Flat Stanley took off into a gallop run.

“Hey guys! Do you need any help today?”

“Oh we can always use the help of a strong young lad like yourself,” Wild Willy the Window Man said.

So Flat Stanley grabbed a hammer and started tap tap tapping the windows in place.  They let him run the glue gun around the edges and even frame in a window that wasn’t fitting just right.

The workermen were very nice and loved Flat Stanley’s help.

Flat Stanley worked with the level to make sure the window was situated just right so it will open and close for Nana and Papa with an easy slide.

When Wild Willy the Window Man was securing the last window in place, Flat Stanley ran inside and popped up on the other side of the glass with a surprising “Peek-a-Boo!!!” It made Wild Willy jump a bit, but he recovered quickly and shook his head at Flat Stanley.

“Haha, you got me! Now go grab that door.”

Flat Stanley got to secure Nana’s pretty front door in place.  He was very careful with the special panes of glass.

When Nana came out to see it, she had tears in her eyes.

“It’s fun to watch a house come together, but Flat Stanley, with windows and doors, the house is becoming a home!” she said.

Flat Stanley had enjoyed a busy day with the worker men.  He sat on the little porch with Nana for a few minutes and she talked about how she can’t wait for her rocking chair on this very porch.  It was an exciting day for them.  Nana couldn’t stop smiling.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your weekend!

 

Flat Stanley Drives the Crane

The morning started out about as well as the week had been going for Flat Stanley and Nana, not well.

Flat Stanley and Nana went out together to collect the eggs from the chicken coop and give them food and water.

In Massachusetts, it’s been raining for days and the ground was very soft.  The rains did a number on the mountains of dirt around the chicken coop.  When Flat Stanley hit a mound of soft dirt, he felt his feet sinking and then felt his wet ankles.

I pulled Flat Stanley from the depths of the mud.

But while I was getting Flat Stanley out of the mud, I began to sink.  My shoes were completely buried and it was rising up around my own ankles.  When I tried to pull my foot out of the muddy gunk, the muddy gunk took my shoe!  My muddy sock covered foot tried to find the opening of the shoe through the gunky mud.

Gross, but I finally found my shoe, and forced my muddy sock inside.  I was struggling to pull my shoed foot out of the mud sucking muck!

Flat Stanley heard the big truck coming to the rescue!  A CRANE!  Flat Stanley began shouting, “Help, Nana needs help over here!”

The crane operator jumped down and helped Nana out of the mucky mud without the big machinery.  Nana’s face turned a little red in embarrassment, and thanked the kind workerman.

After gathering the eggs, and providing the food and water to the chickens, (thankfully, I didn’t spill all of the water while sinking in the mud); I made my muddy way back to the house and removed my shoes outside.

I made my way upstairs to change…this was not a good start to my morning.

Flat Stanley was feeling much better!  His lip is healing nicely after his fall yesterday, and he loves all the applesauce and ice cream treats that Papa sneaks to him, to help him feel better.

He ran back out, steering clear of the muddy hills; to see the workermen.

Today they were putting up the frames for the basement walls.  The big strong workermen carried the big boards down into the muddy pit that will one day be Nana and Papa’s new house, and made frames for cement walls.

The crane helped to stand everything up straight.  Flat Stanley ran to the big crane driver, thinking up a silly name on his way. “Hey, Trucker Travis, can I have a ride?”

“Trucker Travis” got a big smile on his face.  Flat Stanley brings a smile to everyone’s face!  He hefted Flat Stanley up into the cab and then backed the big crane up closer to the building worksite.

“BEEEP, BBBBEEEEEEEPP, BBBBEEEEEEEEEEEEEP,” Flat Stanley chimed in with the sound of the truck backing up.

Flat Stanley was shaking as “Trucker Travis” jumped out of the super high cab of the truck.  “Thank you, Thank you so so very much!” Flat Stanley said.  He was having a MUCH better day now!

And then, yes then, things got even BETTER!

Foreman Frank came over, you remember Foreman Frank, the one with the strong toolbelt?  Well he asked Flat Stanley if he wanted to climb up to the deck of the ACTUAL Crane with him!

“Me? Way up there?” Flat Stanley exclaimed with excitement laden with a bit of fear.

Would you go up there?

Excitement won out and Foreman Frank led him safely up Onto the BIG Crane platform!

He was up so high in the sky!  Do you see the telephone wires behind him? Yeah, he was THAT high!

He looked down on Nana and Papa’s new house from way up high and shouted at the workermen below.  “Hi Guys, Look at me!  Hi Guys!!!”

“Groovy Greg” was working today and looked up at Flat Stanley waving back.  With the sound of the big truck Flat Stanley couldn’t hear him shout, “You look cool up there dude!!”

It didn’t matter what was being said, Flat Stanley was grinning from ear to ear and it wasn’t hurting his lip at ALL!

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