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Flat Stanley visits DC

Have you heard about Flat Stanley, the boy who was accidentally squished by a bulletin board? Stanley is very, very flat; but otherwise fine. The children’s book goes on to tell how Stanley discovers some real advantages to being flat. He can slide under doors, and even fold himself up small enough to fit into an envelope and be mailed to California for vacation.

This year my 2nd grade cousin read about Flat Stanley and her class made paper dolls to send to cities all over America. A flat version of my cousin visited me in DC and like any first-time visitor, we had to do a Monument tour. We also had dinner and margaritas at Lauriol Plaza, but thought it best to keep those photos to ourselves.

We started with the Washington Monument.

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On the way to the Lincoln Memorial, Flat "Stanley" lost an eye. She's covering it up with one of her braids. She was a good sport though and kept smiling the whole time.

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We drew on an eye and kept going. Here's Flat "Stanley" across the Tidal Basin from the Jefferson Memorial.

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And to wrap up our tour, we visited the newest memorial on the National Mall, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. I remember doing my Flat Stanley project back in 3rd grade. Whew!๐Ÿ™‚

    January 23, 2012
  2. Megan Q. #

    Hannah was SOOO appreciative (and so was I) that Flat Hannah got the VIP treatment in D.C. Her class was most impressed with the Christmas card from Beau (Bo?). Hannah couldn’t believe all the adventures that Flat Hannah had and now she really wants to visit DC herself!!๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much!

    January 23, 2012
    • stmemory #

      I got Hannah’s letter today. So cute! Please tell her thank you. I had fun doing it, and of course the real, non-flat Hannah is welcome any time!

      January 23, 2012
  3. Dave Wilcox #

    Took her out for Margaritas?

    January 23, 2012
    • stmemory #

      I got Flat Hannah a non-alcoholic Margarita. Sheโ€™s only in 2nd Grade! What kind of influence do you think I am???

      January 24, 2012
  4. Aunt Nancy #

    Very fun! I would like to rename this traveling little girl “Flat Stanlita.” Flat Stanlita’s beautiful turtleneck shows that she is proud of her connection with NHCA and gives us a great example of product placement/embedded marketing. If this blog goes viral, Flat S. and NHCA will be known worldwide. Hurrah for the power of product placement and embedded marketing! One question, though: What is NHCA? I can guess at Christian Academy. NH = ?

    January 24, 2012
    • Aunt Nancy #

      Just noticed: You’ve already renamed her “Flat Hannah” — perfect!

      Still wondering: NH … ?

      January 24, 2012
      • Megan Q. #

        North Heights Christian Academy. North Heights is a church with two campuses, one in Arden Hills MN and the other in Roseville, MN. Years ago they bought a school bldg from the Roseville school district that is right next to their church and voila! NHCA was born. Flat Hannah almost went to Nicaragua but D.C. won out at the last minute! I’m sure she would have had fun with Levi too but apparently MaryAnn is the quintessential hostess!!

        January 25, 2012
  5. So I was curious, did the eye loss take place before, after, or during the margarita outing?

    January 24, 2012
    • stmemory #

      Good question. The margarita outing was before the Monument tour. And the eye fell off during the tour (between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial). But I’m afraid all of the commotion from the night before might have contributed to a loose eye.

      January 24, 2012
      • Megan Q. #

        Flat Hannah is a wild thing so I’m not surprised that she lost an eye during the frenzy.

        January 25, 2012

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