Posts Tagged ‘Nicole S’

19
Jun

Flat Tristan Goes Texas!

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Flat Tristan Goes Texas

3 May 2010

One of last week’s posts was a shot of the “Flat Tristan” Nicole’s son made—a “paper doll” of himself that I was to photograph and send back to the school. I took him for a walk with the dogs and placed him in a local bluebonnet patch to represent his visit to Texas in the spring. The instructions from the school were to send him back with his photo and perhaps a souvenir for the child. I was sorry to say that money and time were both a bit tight and I couldn’t easily find a good Texas t-shirt that I really liked. I didn’t really know what size to buy for Tristan, anyway. I did find a really cool key ring that went in the envelope when all was said and done. I know when I was a kid and had only a couple of keys of my own, a cool key ring was an awesome thing. Hopefully, times haven’t changed much in that regard.

But, I felt I hadn’t done enough. I mean, I don’t live anywhere cool enough to have a giant arch, or statue, or widely recognized skyscraper … and my photos weren’t very exciting. The dogs added a personal touch that was fun, but … what else could I do? Then, I got the brainstorm … Flat Tristan should go home dressed like he’d been to Texas! Tristan had colored him in a t-shirt and blue pants I fancied to be jeans … so that part was done. A Texas t-shirt for the paper doll was my first thought. I made it from heavy scrapbooking paper (of which I have plenty!) and even remembered to put little tabs on it here and there like paper doll clothes always have. I was pleased with the results and then got another idea! A hat! He needed a cowboy hat. And when that turned out so well, I thought boots just had to be next.

I am very pleased with the results of my efforts and I hope that Tristan, his teacher, and even Nicole get a good smile out of my silliness.

~MB

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9
Jun

Bluebonnets, Flat Tristan and the Dogs

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Flat Tristan and Friends in the Bluebonnets

23 April 2010

One of the lovely side effects of having friends with school-aged children, is that once in a while you get a delightful packet in the mail such as the one I received recently from Nicole’s son Tristan. Tristan is her third child, and although I don’t really know him as well as I once knew her other two kids, he is special to me since he was born while they lived here in North Texas, and I was fortunate enough to hold him before he was even two days old. He is now eight years old, and his class at school has read Flat Stanley.

In a large manilla envelope, therefore, arrived Tristan’s version of Flat Stanley, with his paraphrased telling of the story inside a little booklet … AND … a Flat Tristan!  It seems the students in his class, all made “flat” versions of themselves to send to friends or family in the mail.  My job, then, was to take my Flat Tristan on some sort of an adventure that was unique to where I live, and provide photographic evidence.   In the final throws of preparations for Scarborough, I’m afraid he had to wait for me to make time for him.  But, in those weeks of looking at him on my desk, I formulated a plan … and when the bluebonnets bloomed, I was ready!

I wish I could have visited the Alamo, or gone to a rodeo or something even more “Texas-flavoured,” but what I came up with was bluebonnets.  And, I decided somewhere along the line to combine the Texas-thing, with the dog-thing.  Tristan loves our dogs (‘Tia is offspring of Charlie and Charlotte, their two border collies) as some of our readers may remember from this Daily KRuMB entry.  So, I thought I’d get them in on the act.  We took a walk to the nearest patch of bluebonnets and took a bunch of photos.  Unfortunately, the dogs didn’t cooperate as well as Flat Tristan did.  There were so many distractions!  This is the best photo of the batch.  I printed copies of a few others … I hope they make the 3-dimensional Tristan smile.

Outside of that … today was Friday … off to another weekend of faire.

~MB

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