Flat Stanley enjoys May Day!

The first of May is a very special holiday!

“Flat Stanley, today we get to celebrate May Day with Alexa!” Nana exclaimed, showing her holiday excitement.

We started off by gathering a nice bunch of flowers for Alexa to take to school and give to her first grade teacher, Mrs. Wenzel.

Mrs. Wenzel was so surprised to see Flat Stanley strutting in wearing his infamous red suspenders!

“Happy May Day,” Alexa and Flat Stanley sang out together.

May Day is a special holiday originating long ago in the Roman times, to celebrate the goddess of flowers, the changing of the seasons and warmer weather!

On May Day in England, Scotland, and other Eastern European countries, they celebrate May Day by dancing around the colorful May Pole.

“The children (and young at heart) form a circle around the pole.  Long ribbons stretch from the top of the pole, to each person in the circle.  And then they dance!” Nana explained.

Alexa and Flat Stanley loved the cake that Nana bought for their own May Day celebration.

Flat Stanley got a lot of icing on his face, he’s a very messy eater; but Alexa helped him clean up.

After cake, they used bright markers to color spring designs on the the flower pockets they were creating.  Nana helped them shape the paper into a cone and tape it together.

Then Alexa and Flat Stanley placed fresh flowers in the cones and tied a string, so the cone of flowers could hang from a doorknob.

And then the fun part!

“OK Alexa,” Flat Stanley said, “you do the first one, hang it from the neighbor’s doorknob, ring the doorbell and RUN back to us.  We’ll stay hidden behind this bush.”

Alexa was a little nervous at first, but she knew that the nice neighbor Mrs. Buford would love the surprise.

Alexa hung the beautiful bouquet in her pretty handmade cone basket on the doorknob.

She could hear Mrs. Buford talking to her dog inside, so she rang the doorbell and ran as fast as the wind back behind the bush, where Flat Stanley was crouching in his hiding place.

They watched as their neighbor, Mrs. Buford opened the door. Seeing nobody there, she looked a bit dismayed.  But then she saw it!  She saw the beautiful bouquet left secretively for her.  She looked up and down the sidewalk wondering who left these fresh flowers and pretty May Day cone of flowers for her.

Success!  Alexa and Flat Stanley remained hiding as May Day is all about making people smile in secret.  They can’t find out who left the flowers, or the secret is blown!

They did have a hard time containing their giggles as they watched Mrs. Buford take her flowers inside and shut the door; she was smiling.

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Flat Stanley in The Land of Wishes

Flat Stanley ran out to greet Alexa as she came down the giant stairs of the school bus with a big smile! It was a happy reunion with a lot of hugs and smiles.

When they walked up the driveway to the house together, Flat Stanley’s eyes lit up with sparkles of excitement and he  said to Alexa, “look at all those wishes in your yard!”

Flat Stanley jumped down in the middle of the wishes!  Then, you wouldn’t believe what happened, but Nana got a picture of it, so we have proof.

If you look really close, you can see the wasp that landed on his left hand.  Thankfully, it was a friendly wasp, and he didn’t sting Flat Stanley.  Thet would have hurt!

Alexa picked him up and picked the biggest wish making Dandelion from the yard.  She closed her eyes and held Flat Stanley close…and then she made her wish.

What do you think Alexa wished for?

If wishes come true, I think she wished for a fun day with Nana, Papa, Flat Stanley and the family.

Flat Stanley smiled really big for the camera as Alexa caught him climbing up the dogwood tree to smell the flowers.  Did you know that the Dogwood tree is recognized as THE Virginia state tree?

Then Alexa got her bike and fancy safety helmet from the garage.

Alexa put Flat Stanley in her bicycle pouch and rode like the wind down the little side street.  Flat Stanley started singing.

“Ride, ride like the wind…” As he felt the wind blowing through his hair.

They passed Alexa’s sister Jaida on her pogo stick.  It was a beautiful day for playing outside.

Nana was delighted to spend this afternoon in the warm Virginia springtime, outside with Flat Stanley and her grandloves.

After Alexa’s brother  Jake scared Nana with his tricks on his bicycle, Jake and Jaida continued to worry Nana with their skateboard tricks. These. Kids!

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Springtime in Virginia with Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley woke up early.  He was anxious to go outside and explore the lake and yard around Auntie Elaine and Uncle Jimmy’s house.

“Come on Henry!!” Flat Stanley said to their dog and then he tried to whistle.  It wasn’t much of a whistle, but Henry caught his intention and ran by his side.

Henry ran across the grass ahead of Flat Stanley. He’d scuttle three steps ahead and then turn around to make sure Flat Stanley was following.

The water was so beautiful.

Flat Stanley went out on the dock to look for fish swimming below.  He didn’t see any fish, but two big ducks paddling their feet with a flutter, scuttled past.

He walked back up to the house and found springtime!! Nana is going to be so happy to see this!  He laid in the middle of the phlox flowers, rolling around and around, breathing in the scent of spring!

“Ahhhh springtime!!” he said as he exhaled.

He wanted to pick an Iris for Nana.  The flowers were in perfect bloom their petals blew softly in the spring breeze.  Flat Stanley decided the flowers were happier in the garden.

Uncle Jimmy lined the gardens with bowling balls!

Flat Stanley wanted to go bowling, you know he really had to; you know he did.

He picked up one of the heavy bowling balls.  He couldn’t quite lift it when he stuck his little fingers in the holes, so he got his hands underneath the heavy ball, and hefted it up. With a mighty push throw, he projected the heavy bowling ball forward on the grass.

That’s when Nana came out on the porch. She didn’t look very happy about Flat Stanley’s lawn bowling.

And then Flat Stanley’s last hefty finale came, but the ball went a little too far and went crashing against the rocks.

Flat Stanley clenched his teeth as the bowling ball careened and crashed down the rocky bed.

A loud voice screeched “SteeerrrIKE!!! From across the yard. Auntie Elaine had come out on the porch just in time to save the day.

It made Flat Stanley giggle and yes, even Nana, who stood shaking her head,  smiled and chuckled.

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