Flat Stanley Photographs Maine

Flat Stanley woke up and the wind was whipping his hair to and fro.  He was happy to get into the lobby of the hotel without blowing away!  The waffles at the hotel are the best with fresh Maine blueberries!

“Maine is where we’re heading today,” Nana said, seeming to read his mind.  “Maine is known for their blueberry crops and they are delicious!” she said, solidifying his assumption.  She CAN read minds!

After a hearty breakfast, Nana and Papa drove about 20 minutes north to the Sarah Mildred Long bridge.  It’s a LONG bridge that takes you out of New Hampshire and into Maine.  Flat Stanley thought the bridge looked like four rocket ships rising into the sky.  So, of course he took a picture.

Once in Maine, Nana and Papa headed for the beach.

“Maine has beautiful beaches and I love to listen to the waves splashing against the shore,” Nana said.

She collected a few rocks for Papa and Flat Stanley took pictures.

They made their way all the way to York, where Nana was thrilled to see all of the old houses, antique shops and little art galleries.  It is a fun little town.

There’s also an historical lighthouse in Maine, well there are many of them; but we went to the one in York.

The Cape Neddick Light is a lighthouse in Cape Neddick, York, Maine.  Construction began on this historical lighthouse in 1879.

After a windy walk along the shore there, they got back in the car and Papa said he had a hankering for LOBSTER!

“When in Maine…”

When we pulled up the restaurant, Papa hopped out and found himself a lobster.

He literally, found himself a LOBSTER!

And guess what Nana found?  She found herself a Captain!

Captain Morgan!

It was a fun afternoon and the lobster plates were wonderful.

Flat Stanley had to use the mens room in the restaurant.  On his way, he looked up and found these buoys hanging from the ceiling.  You know he wanted to, you know he had to, do you think he did?

I think he did.  But he had the camera, so we’ll never know for sure.

He does keep us smiling.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your day!  Please subscribe so that Nana can send you a free smile in your email box every day!  Thank you for telling your friends about Flat Stanley’s Adventures!

 

 

 

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 Boston

Flat Stanley had an exciting day with Nana and Papa today.  They piled in the car where Flat Stanley found his favorite seat in the cup holder and strapped himself in.

After about an hour on this bumpy road trip, they arrived at the Veterans Hospital in Boston.  Nana gave her keys to the nice man in what they call Valet.

Flat Stanley thought they were going to watch dancers in tights and slippers; but Nana explained that he was thinking of ballet dancers.  Valet, Nana explained, is where the kind men park your car for you.

Flat Stanley was thinking about what a fun job parking cars would be as Nana and Papa made their way to the elevator.  Flat Stanley pressed the number 7 button that Papa asked for, and then he continued pressing buttons as each rider got on and told him what floor that they were going to.

Hmmmm…maybe they could use an elevator operator he was thinking. That would be a fun job.

When they stepped off of the elevator, they stepped in the direction of the big sign that said Opthalmology.

“That’s a big word for eye doctor,” Nana said when she saw Flat Stanley’s brow krinkle in a questioning look.

As Nana and Papa waited in the waiting room, Flat Stanley enjoyed listening to the Veterans talk about their experience in the military.  He came to the conclusion that being a soldier seems like a very scary job!  He was happy to see all of these nice workers caring for them.

When they called Papa’s name, he followed the nurse back to a room.  Flat Stanley went with him for support.

They checked Papa’s eyes, and then Flat Stanley got a turn.

It was a big office with a lot of fancy machinery.

“NOW I’ve found the job that I really want when I grow up!” Flat Stanley announced happily; “An applemologist!!”

He made Nana and Papa smile through a very hard day.

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A Fun Day for Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley ran outside to feed the chickens and saw the workermen out working on Nana and Papa’s new house.  He was so excited to see the new siding going up.  Flat Stanley told Nana that he was thinking the neighbors may think they chose that dark green color for their new home.  ICK!

Instead the beautiful new siding was shining!

Sylvester the siding guy was working really hard to get the siding up before the rains came.  Flat Stanley and Nana both really loved the creamy color!

As he rounded the house, Flat Stanley saw his favorite buddy working on pouring the concrete floor in Nana and Papa’s new garage.

“Corrrando!!!!” Flat Stanley hollered out toward the concrete guy.  “Look at you, you almost let me miss out on all of the fun!” Flat Stanley said.

“Oh, I’d never do that,” Corando replied.  “Get over here and let me help you run this big concrete machine that Nana can’t remember the name of.

“You got it Flat Stanley?  It’s a rockin’ machine, so hold on tight.”

Flat Stanley held on tight as the machine slid like a surfboard across the smooth concrete floor.

“Oyyy Corando!!” Flat Stanley shouted as he skidded to a halt.

Flat Stanley then looked at the freshly poured and smoothed out concrete and well…you know Flat Stanley.  You know he wanted to, you know he had to; you know he DID.

Flat Stanley left his mark on the concrete floor.

See his little footprints there.

He’s got little feet and makes every one smile, even the big workermen.

I hope this finds you smiling too!

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Flat Stanley Pumps Gas!

Flat Stanley and Nana entered the shopping center and Nana noticed her gas tank was getting low.

“Tomorrow we go to Boston, so we’d better gas up a bit here Flat Stanley,” Nana stated as she pulled up to the pump.

“I’ll help you Nana,” Flat Stanley said as he unstrapped his seatbelt and jumped out to help.

Flat Stanley was a big help and topped the tank off nicely.

“Can I clean your windows for you ma’am?” Flat Stanley chided in a joking way, but Nana took him up on the task and let him wash her windshield.

Flat Stanley dunked the squeegee sponge into the soapy water and washed all of the spring bugs that didn’t move out of Nana’s way, off of the windshield.  There were a lot of bugs!  When it was shiny clean, Flat Stanley got back in the car and they were off for more errands.

They picked up Papa’s mom, yes; Grandma T was treating us all to lunch today for an anniversary treat!  What a beautiful day.

This was followed by more card stores and shopping and then more shopping.  Flat Stanley loves how spry and lively Grandma T can hop and shuffle through the isles.

Flat Stanley didn’t have to hop and shuffle.  He found a driving cart and hopped on it!

Flat Stanley is quite the driver.  He was zoom zoom zooming around the store.

Flat Stanley got really excited in the bakery section.  He rode ahead and hid in the cupcakes.  When Nana walked past he did this “PPPSSSTTTTTTT…psssst.. hey… you know you want it…” sing song that made Nana laugh, but she shook her head and said no.

“But they have SPRINKLES!” Flat Stanley continued.

Nana really really wanted to, but she is trying to eat less sweets, so although she wanted to, although she had to, she didn’t.  She stayed strong.

Instead, she found the fruits and veggies and stocked up on fresh strawberries.  These are Papa’s favorite, so she smiled as she put them in her cart for him.

Flat Stanley loved the brightly colored sweet bell peppers and Nana was quick to say “YES!” to these.

When they entered the dairy section, Grandma T found some jalapeno cheese sticks and snuck them in her basket for Nana and Papa.  She knows how they love spicy treats.  It was very nice of her, and although Nana saw her do it and KNEW who they were for, she didn’t stop her, she just smiled a big smile as she raised her eyebrows in welcomed surprise.

Nana put a carton of what looked like milk in the cart, but when Flat Stanley looked closer he saw it said Almond Milk.

“How do they milk an almond,” Flat Stanley asked Nana.  She just laughed and laughed.  It’s been a great week of laughter for Nana.

I hope this finds you smiling too!  How do they milk an almond? .. still giggling.

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 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 and the Warrior Princess

Flat Stanley woke up later than usual today.  He picked the sleep out of corner of his eyes as he made his way to the kitchen table.

Papa made his famous scrambled eggs with extra butter.  When he was cracking the eggs,  there was one egg that had TWO yolks inside!  One was a small yolk. See the cute little yolk?

Nana poured Flat Stanley a glass of orange juice as he grabbed for a slice of bacon.  Breakfast was delicious today.

“I had the best dream last night!” Flat Announced as he ate his breakfast.

“Do tell!” Nana replied with a smile over the rim of her coffee cup.

“Well, remember the other night when we had those thunder rumbles claps and slams that felt like they were coming through our roof?”

“It was like that in my dream, but this time instead of thinking about fireworks and a beach bbqs, I was in a far away land where the sky was pink and everyone walking down the street had bright colored clothes.”

“I was brought to the front of the crowd and that’s when I saw her!  Alexa was dressed like a princess.” Flat Stanley said with a big smile.

“We were both escorted to a clearing and then crowned with special crowns of bravery.  They were golden crowns with red and blue gems that glistened in the bright mid day sun.”

“Our eyebrows raised in unison and our shoulders shrugged as we read each other minds, you can do things like that in dreams you know,” Flat Stanley continued.

Papa coughed, wondering if you have to be dreaming to know what others are thinking, because it seems Nana can always read his mind.  And just like that Nana raised an eyebrow at him, seeming to read his mind.

“As they placed the crowns on top of our heads,  the Warrior Chieftain came forward with his large headdress and said, “Flat Stanley and Alexa, the bravery award is given to you as you have learned to rise above your fears and find ways to gather your strength, and become the Warrior you were born to be!”

“It’s weird” Flat Stanley said, “because we really felt like warriors with strength inside.  The crowd was cheering and just like that I woke up; I woke up feeling very strong and I was smiling!”

“You make me smile, Mr. Warrior!” Nana said “I believe you do find your true strength through some scary or upsetting times in life.  It’s all these trials that make us the unique, strong and hopefully happy people that we are.”

I hope this finds you smiling too and that you find your own strength to overcome that which frightens you; my warrior friends.

Flat Stanley Sings with the Birds

Nana woke up to her favorite sound.  Birds were singing in the air outside.  When she stepped carefully down the stairs they got louder and louder.  She soon realized it wasn’t a bird, but Flat Stanley doing a perfect cardinal whistle.

He’s been practicing his whistle for a long time and has really gotten good at it.  Can you whistle like a bird?

“Flat Stanley, your whistle fooled me today, I thought we had a flock of cardinals in the yard.” Nana said to him.

Flat Stanley smiled up at Nana and told her about his morning.  He got up early and went  wandering around the yard.  The storm last night left wet grass, big mud puddles and a lot of happy birds in it’s wake.

When Flat Stanley saw the big puddles of mud, you know what he wanted to do, you know he had to; you know he did!

Jump splash boom, splasha splasha splasha GOOOOOON!!!! Who’s the goon, who’s the goon?  Not me not you, SPLASHHHH!!

Nana was giggling when she told Flat Stanley to get his muddy feet back outside and go play!  It’s a nice day!

Flat Stanley was having a blast outside!  He heard the birds in the bushes and went out to say hello.  They like Nana’s sweet lilacs.

The birds flew away when he climbed up into the bush with them, so he stayed really still and quiet until they came back and he could listen to their chirps and special calls.

Did you know that you can tell what kind of bird it is just by their unique call?

The cardinal is his favorite, viiviiiiiiiw, viiviiiiiiiw, peep peep peep peep peep peep peep.

As he was chirping in the lilacs, he saw it!  The big groundhog that lives under Papa’s old shed came out to say hello!  Can you see him there ready to crawl back into his holey home under the shed?

Nana named him “Gary the Groundhog,” she came out just in time to see him scuttle back into this home.

This is what he looks like up close.

As Nana came to join Flat Stanley on the garden bench, Nana told Flat Stanley about all of the wildlife they’ve seen here on this beautiful plot of land they call home.

Flat Stanley was surprised to hear that Nana spotted a coyote, a fox and one time a mama deer and her baby doe came trotting across the backyard.

But of course Flat Stanley’s favorite critter will always be his feathered friends in the coop!  The chickens were squawking, awaiting their morning treats, so Nana and Flat Stanley brought them fresh water and food.

Do chickens smile?  If they could, they’d be smiling now.  I hope this finds you smiling too!  Enjoy your day and please subscribe so that Nana can send you an email when a new Flat Stanley Adventure is posted.  Everyone needs a free smile delivered daily!

 

 

Flat Stanley Rides the Storm Out

As Flat Stanley layed his head down to sleep.  His pillow needed a bit of fluffing up and Nana helped adjust his sheets just so.

“Ok, Flat Stanley, we’ll rise early tomorrow, so get a good night’s sleep.” Nana said after reading a bit.  “Nana’s making bullseye eggs for breakfast tomorrow.”

Flat Stanley smiled as Nana left the room, he likes when Nana cuts the hole in the center of the bread and breaks an egg inside.  She flips it so carefully, that the yolk stays whole and runny.  Then you use the circle of toast she grills in the pan to dip in the yolk.

Sleep didn’t come quickly for Flat Stanley.  He tossed and turned a bit and the rain was beating against his window.  Usually, this is a comforting sound and it puts him right to sleep, but tonight, his mind just kept wandering to far away places.

Of course he was thinking about his friends in Virginia and he smiled recalling the dolphin ride with Mermaid Alexa.  Dreams are such a wonderful thing.  He squeezed his eyes shut tight, trying to enter a really fun dream.

But then crash boom went the thunder, and lightning bolts lit up the sky outside of his bedroom window.  Flat Stanley sat straight up in bed and said.. “Nanahhhh,” but Nana had already gone downstairs and Flat Stanley knew he should be sleeping, so he placed the pillow over his head and tried to silence the thunder.

His mind then went to fourth of July celebrations.  You know when the sky lights up in vibrant colors of red, white and blue?  Flat Stanley pretended that the crack boom bam in the sky was fireworks.

He pictured himself with Alexa and her cousins.  They were sitting on a sandy beach in a circle around a BIG Firepit.  Each of them had a straightened coat hanger with a marshmallow on the end of the stick roasting and toasting as they turned the gooey goodness over the flames.

Flat Stanley accidentally caught his marshmallow on fire, and when he blew it out, it was as black as tar.  Flat Stanley slid the burned outer crust off and ate the yummy warm marshmallow inside.

His next marshmallow was perfectly brown like toast as he carefully kept the marshmallow above the flames.

BOOOOM!!!  Came another wicked thunder clap.  Flat Stanley held his pillow tightly over his head and pictured the beautiful fireworks in the sky with Alexa beside him.  Everyone clapped and cheered in excitement.

He took a deep breath and went back to his marshmallows.  He imagined Alexa handing him a graham cracker and piece of chocolate.  Flat Stanley snapped the graham cracker in half and then placed the piece of chocolate on one half of the graham cracker and then like a sandwich, he slid his perfectly toasted marshmallow off of the stick to complete his masterpiece S’more!

Want S’mores?  I do too now!

He imagined the creamy goodness as the storm seemed to settle down ouside and he found himself falling to sleep.

In the morning, Flat Stanley trotted downstairs to the smell of fresh eggs cooking.  BULLSEYES!!  yeah!!!  Flat Stanley was smiling, Nana was smiling too.  She knows that thunderstorms can sound very loud and she was proud of Flat Stanley for riding the storm out as he described how he did it.  I hope you’re smiling too and that when the next storm comes that you ride it out as bravely as Flat Stanley.

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