Adventures with Flat Stanley

Flat Stanley came to visit us for Thanksgiving. If you aren’t familiar with Stanley here is the back-story. Flat Stanley is a series of books by Jeff Brown. The premise? A bulletin board falls on Stanley, flattening him so thoroughly that he’s able to fit into an envelope.

A third grade class in Colorado listened to the book. Each kid then made their version of Stanley. The teacher laminated them, wrote out a letter explaining the Flat Stanley project is a social study undertaking.

A boy named Frankie made our Flat Stanley. So far he’s been to Bainbridge Island, WA, Hana, HI, and here to Palm Harbor, FL. I just mailed him off to friend Jane in Galena, IL. She’s married to a Welshman, so I’m hoping Stanley has a visit to Wales in his future.

Here are the photos we took during Stanley’s visit. We printed them at Walgreens, and they are now on the way to Frankie’s third-grade classroom.


Stanley drew his self-portrait and was pretty pleased with it.


Eeek.   Stanley took a terrible tumble to the kitchen floor.  Frankie’s teacher specified adult supervision at all times.  Who was watching him when this accident occurred?


This is just before the turkey went into the oven.


This is just after the turkey came out of the oven.  It was HOT there.


Standing in the ice cube maker helped him to cool down.


One of five pies!  Two were pumpkin with gluten-free crusts, one apple, one bourbon pecan with chocolate chips, and the fifth was banana butter brickle. Bet you can’t say that three times fast.  I was really worried Stanley would get too pudgy to be jammed back into his travel envelope. Fat Stanley, not Flat Stanley stuffed into a shoe box.


Here he is doing some stunt riding!


He rode that cow so far and fast he decided to take on a horse.


It didn’t end well.



Here he is confessing his sins to Father Steve.


The day after Thanksgiving, chillin’ with Bronson Dog.


Friday we went out to lunch at Barfly because we hadn’t had enough food and needed to eat more.


The mail-lady just picked Stanley up and he’s off to Galena, Illinois.  He has a small baggie filled with Spanish moss.  I microwaved it.  When we were kids we hauled home a brown paper bag stuffed with moss.  When we opened the sack it was crawling with insects.  Hopefully the nuking killed any critters.  Note to readers-Microwaving Spanish moss stinks up the kitchen.  I don’t recommend it.