Flat Stanley Shows Kindness

Nana woke up not feeling well today.  Flat Stanley could see she was pretty miserable when she finished her first cup of coffee and that didn’t bring about her usual smile.

She took some cold medicine and layed on the couch with a lozenge in her mouth to sooth her sore throat.

Flat Stanley rummaged through the kitchen until he found a nice blend of ginger and green teas that he knew she would enjoy.  He put the cup of water in the microwave and waited for it to steam.  After steeping the teabags for a few minutes, he brought Nana a nice cup of hot tea.

“Oh, Flat Stanley, you didn’t have to do that, but I’m so glad you did.  The steam will really help my sore throat,” Nana said.

As Nana sipped on her hot tea, she began to let her mind wander…do you learn kindness or are you born either being kind or not so kind.  All of us have kindness within us, but some of us let that kindness shine more often.

What brought about these thoughts was a book written by a new friend  Rhonda Paglia.  It’s called “The Kindness Kids Project.”

Flat Stanley and Nana were reading the book together yesterday, and really enjoyed the creative ways the kids expressed how they show kindness in so many ways.

How do you show kindness?

This is a really nice book that is full of art and examples of how kid’s show kindness in their own special ways.

“Kids really do want to make this world a better place,” Flat Stanley said.  He loved looking at the beautiful pictures and descriptions on how each kid shows kindness.  It gave him some great ideas.

Nana is going to visit her grandloves soon and plans to have the kids draw pictures and write about how they show kindness.  It will be a fun thing to do together.

Are you a kindness kid?  Do you help protect the earth.  Some kids talked about recycling, picking up trash others had thrown on the ground and remembering to turn off the lights when not in use.

I hope you are thinking about ways to show kindness.  This makes Nana smile, even when she’s not feeling well.

I hope you’re smiling too!  If you’re interested in getting your own copy of The Kindness Kids Project book, you can ORDER it from Amazon.

Have a beautiful day and spread the love through kindness.  Our world needs more kindness kids!

Flat Stanley Goes to Fairy Land

It was a magical morning for Flat Stanley…

He was looking through a small hole, as if in a little bird house.  Looking out, he could see Alexa there!  She had a paintbrush in her hand.  It was a fairly broad wide brush and she was painting the base board brown.  Flat Stanley could hear a lot of people in the room, they were laughing and listening to what sounded like an instructor giving lessons, ideas and direction.

Through the small hole Flat Stanley could see Alexa was very serious about the task at hand.  As she was picking out her seashells and putting them ever so carefully in place, Flat Stanley heard the magic words…Fairy Garden!

“When you create your fairy garden,” the instructor explained, “you’re creating magic. For it is within the fairy garden that fairies feel safe to come out and play.”

Flat Stanley wondered if he had turned into a fairy, because he definitely wanted to come out and play!  So he did!  He squeezed through the little peep hole while she was carefully painting the little bird house with her pink colored paintbrush.

Alexa was very surprised to see Flat Stanley come out of the fairy garden she was creating!  She gave him a big hug and then let him help her place the special charms back on the house.  Because you see, when he popped out, the little butterfly charm at the top of the eve and the little key below his hidaway hole fell off.  So, they fixed it together.

The instructor allowed Alexa and Flat Stanley to use some of her teal paint to create a wading pool for the fairy’s to play in.  She and Flat Stanley created waves with a lighter color.  This was FUN!

Alexa’s sister Jaida and their Mom Shana and grandma Christa were all making their own little fairy gardens.  Flat Stanley had to help Auntie Shana put her cranberry strand back in place after he swung high and wide from the top of her magical fairy garden!

After they were all finished creating their masterpieces, Flat Stanley took a nice picture of all of them, with their magical creations…where fairies reside and hide.

Next thing Flat Stanley knew he was dancing.  Flat Stanley loves to dance!  He was dancing with Alexa!  He started Breakdancing!  The music was loud the beat was thumping through his bones and he was so happy!

…and then Flat Stanley woke up.

IT WAS ALL A DREAM!  A wonderful beautiful magical dream!  Flat Stanley shut his eyes really tight to see if he could return to his magical dream with Alexa…but no.  He was awake, hungry and needed to use the restroom.

Have you ever had a dream that you loved so much, you really hoped that closing your eyes and trying to get back to sleep would return you to the same dream?

Although he couldn’t return to the land of fairies, he was happy to tell Nana all about his magical dream over breakfast.  He made Nana smile.

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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 “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.

Flat Stanley did a nice job of keeping the chickens happy today.  We hope you are happy too!  If Flat Stanley made you smile today, please Subscribe so that Nana can send you a smile in your email box the next time she posts a Flat Stanley Adventure!

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 the Prankster!

Nana was a little groggy this morning.  These early morning workers are messing with her usual late night and late morning schedule.  Flat Stanley woke up earlier than usual, and came downstairs.  He had a cereal bar and some juice and was just waiting for the day to begin!

Nana came out of the bathroom and into the kitchen, heading straight for the coffee pot.  When out of the corner near the cabinets UP springs Flat Stanley from a crouched position with a LOUD “RRRAAAHGGGHHHHHHH!!!”  I jumped about 10 inches off the ground and shouted in fear!!  “Flat Stanley!!!  What are you trying to do to Nana?!!!” I shouted.

Flat Stanley couldn’t answer because he was rolling on the kitchen floor laughing.  Nana shook her head and made her way to the coffee machine.  “This crazy house is going to get the better of me,” Nana whispered under her breath with a little bit of a giggle of her own.  He got me, the little prankster.

After Nana’s breakfast the builder came by to meet with Nana and Papa and go over some plans for the new house.

“I see you brought Papa’s bathroom a bit early,” Nana said.  The builder looked at Nana and nodded in understanding of her own little prank.  He explained how the supply house was running a special, so he had it delivered quite early this morning, and it’s a nice all in one system.  Papa nodded his head understanding a discount; but he was a little surprised that he didn’t get to pick it out.

After the builder left, Nana and Flat Stanley went outside to play, and I wanted to show him Papa’s “new bathroom” so Flat Stanley could be in on the prank.

Inside is the all in one system.  Flat Stanley turned as white as a sheet!  “You go to the bathroom in here?” Flat Stanley asked.  Well, the workermen will be working long days and as the  house is being built, there will be no bathroom, so yes.  They will use this, the Porta Potty.

When they all went out later in the day, they drove down the drive and Papa saw his “new bathroom.” Everyone got a good laugh. “You got me!!!” Papa said with a laugh.  Pranks are fun.

When Papa saw it from further up the driveway, he thought it was a “telephone booth.”

“What’s a telephone booth?” Flat Stanley asked.

“Well today,” Nana explained, “people walk around with cell phones in their pockets or up to their ears or looking down to text as they try to walk.  Before cell phones were invented, there were pay phone booths set up on corners, where many people walked.”  You’d put a dime in next to the ear piece and dial the number you’d like to call.  It had a little bench inside too, and kind of looked like a little clear windowed outhouse.”

Have you ever pranked someone?  Flat Stanley would love for you to share your pranks in the comments below.  Tomorrow is Easter, and April Fool’s Day!  What pranks will you play?

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