Flat Stanley Goes to Colorado

Flat Stanley had a really boring day yesterday. Nana and Papa were buried neck deep in paperwork (not really, but they were really busy with stacks of papers all around them).  They were doing what they called taxes and had no time to play or go anywhere.

Nana and Papa’s friend Shinae called and asked if Flat Stanley would like to go to Colorado with her.

“Flat Stanley, would you like to go to Colorado with Shinae tomorrow?” Nana asked.

“Shinae? The lady with the crazy laugh and funny dance?”  Flat Stanley asked.

Nana giggled at Flat Stanley’s description.

“I’d love to see Colorado! But where is Colorado?” Flat Stanley asked. Shoot at this point if someone asked him to go to the dump he would have jumped up for joy!  He was so bored!

Nana Showed Flat Stanley Colorado on a map.  Can you find the little state of Massachusetts?  That’s a long way to travel!

Shinae was excited to spend some time with Flat Stanley and Flat Stanley was thrilled!  She bought his ticket and they were all set to travel!  See his name?

Flat Stanley loves to ride on the airplane.

Looking DOWN on clouds is really fun!  The sun was setting and going to sleep, right into the clouds.  Flat Stanley was glad when the sun went down, because it was kind of hurting his eyes.  The sunset hues on the horizon were really pretty after the sun set.

When they landed, it was really late.  Flat Stanley looked up at a clock and saw that it said 9:30PM in the airport in Colorado.  Flat Stanley looked at his watch and it said 11:30PM.

“Shinae, I think the clocks are wrong here,” Flat Stanley said.

“Shinae laughed her crazy laugh and explained that as you travel east and west, that the time changes.  There’s eastern standard time, pacific standard time and Colorado is in the Mountain Time Zone in the middle of the country.

“There are a lot of mountains here! When we were flying over them and coming in for a landing, I thought we were going to pop the top right off one of the mountains.” Flat Stanley exclaimed.

This is going to be a fun time, Flat Stanley does keep you smiling, Shinae was thinking.  She held Flat Stanley’s hand to keep him close through the busy airport.  They picked up their bags from the carousel and Flat Stanley went to hop on for a ride.  It goes round and round like a merry go round!  Shinae was quick to keep him safely by her side.

After a great night’s sleep in the hotel, Shinae woke up really early and asked Flat Stanley if he wanted to go hiking with her.

“Can we wait for the sun to come up before we go?” Flat Stanley asked.

“We’ll go down for breakfast first and then the sun will come up before we go out.” Shinae replied.

Flat Stanley was tired from the flight but the thought of orange juice and pancakes got him up.

After he had his breakfast his muscles and body were awake and he was ready to HIKE!  Flat Stanley brought his knees up as high as he could, one and then the other to work out the sleepy kinks and get ready for his hike!

They drove to what they call the Paint Mines.  The colorful clay formations look like a monster giant took a paintbrush and created a beautiful piece of art.

Shinae is a fast walker!  Flat Stanley’s little legs struggled to keep up with her, but she was determined to go the full 2 miles.  As they were walking along the brightly colored, clayish rocks, in shades of yellow, red, grey, and white, Shinae told him the story about how Native Americans used to mine for pigments and supplies for making pottery on these very grounds.  Flat Stanley was picturing himself with a mining pick in hand.

Flat Stanley was tired after their hike and enjoyed the ride in the car.

“Next we’re going to Seven Falls!” Shinae told Flat Stanley.  “It’s a place where seven waterfalls cascade down mountain cliffs.”

Flat Stanley was so giddy, he loves the sound of waterfalls crashing down the mountains.  When they parked the car, Shinae took him from his trusted cup holder seat and he ran to the base of the stairs.

The stairs were so steep and tall and there were 224 steps to the top!

“Do you think you can do this Flat Stanley?” Shinae asked.

Like the little engine that could, Flat Stanley replied, “I think I can, I think I can…” and they began to climb.  Flat Stanley was counting each and every step as they climbed.  When they got to 145 steps he had to stop for a rest on the platform.

Shinae wasn’t even out of breath!  She must do this hiking thing a lot!  She was being silly while Flat Stanley was resting.  She started in on her silly dance routine.  With her arms straightened she moved her hips from one side to the other and forward and backwards through her arms.  Flat Stanley was giggling at Shinae.  She is fun!

Then they started to climb once again.

“I think I can, I think I can…” Flat Stanley grunted out in a tired and slower drawl.  It sounded like Flat Stanley’s motor may be stalling out, but he kept climbing.

“Flat Stanley you MADE IT!!!!” Shinae was so happy for him.

The view of the waterfalls from up high above them was absolutely beautiful!  His little legs were tired and wobbly, but Flat Stanley’s smile was bright and beautiful.

I hope you’re smiling too!  Now Nana has the tune that will play through her head all day today. “I think I can, I think I can…”

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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 and the Sky Bucket

Flat Stanley was enjoying his morning breakfast.  Today, Nana made scrambled eggs with cheese made from goats milk.  The chickens lay the biggest eggs, just one egg and Flat Stanley is full.  While he was finishing up his egg, he looked out the window and saw the big claw machine carrying a full tree up the driveway!  He quickly brought his empty plate to Nana in the kitchen and ran for the door.

As he ran around the house he heard the loud chainsaw cutting trees and looked up.  When he saw the big bucket truck carrying a man with a chainsaw way up high in the air, he jumped up and down and ran back into the house!

“Nana, Nana come quick! You’ve got to see this!” Flat Stanley shouted in his high pitched voice that gets ever so higher when he’s excited.

Flat Stanley grabbed my hand and led me to the door, and then around the house.  It was a sight to see!  The bucket truck was way up high in the sky!

I asked Flat Stanley if he would like to do that job.  Flat Stanley looked at me in wide eyed wonder and then shook his head from side to side.  “No, NO Way,” Flat Stanley replied. “I’d like to drive the trucks on the ground though, like Bobcat Bob” Flat Stanley said.

Would you like to do this bucket job way up high in the sky?  Let us know in the comments below.

They were pushing the dirt around, lifting logs and creating a big flat space where Nana and Papa’s new house will be built.

Flat Stanley sat on the rock wall out front and watched them for most of the day.  It was fun to see the big dirt pile growing bigger and bigger.  He was careful to stay out of the way today as there were trees coming down with loud crashes from way up high in the sky.  Then the big claw machine would pick up the logs and carry them to the log stack that’s growing higher than a house.

A giant would have fun playing lincoln logs with that stack!

The chickens liked eating the little bugs that were gathering on the wood pile.  Flat Stanley was happy to see the chickens running free today.  They seem to be getting used to all of the loud noises around them.  Nana saw Flat Stanley looking at the chicken’s little ears.

“Did you know that you can tell what color eggs your chicken will lay based on the color of the little flap around the chicken’s ears?” Nana asked Flat Stanley.  Flat Stanley thought Nana was playing another one of her little jokes, but no, she was serious.  “It’s true.” she said.  “So, you learned something new today!”

Nana has a lot of crazy facts stored up in that brain of hers. Flat Stanley thought as he looked up at her smiling his beautiful smile.  Nana smiled back at him…crazy kid.

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