CrabbieMaster Anna: Hey, King!
King: Hey yourself, Anna. What in the world are you two doing?!
Anna and Abby: We are turning our day around!
Anna: Don’t you know, King? When we wake up in the morning, we decide to make it a good day and that’s how we beat you!
Abby: Then if something goes wrong, we just Turn Our Day Around!
As the preschoolers were sitting with me the other day, they were recalling the obstacle course the older kids had made last summer.
One of them asked, “Miss Becky, can we do that tomorrow?”
Suddenly, three Crabbies were standing right there in front of me!
“You still have to help the kids sign all those autograph dogs. You can’t set up an obstacle course too! Tell them there is no time. There’s just no way. They’ll have to wait for another day.”
While the Crabbies were talking to me, I could hear another child ask, “Can we, Miss Becky? Can we do an obstacle course tomorrow?”
This time I answered, “It would be fun, but I don’t think we can. We have to sign all the dogs tomorrow, and I have to manage that. I won’t have time to set up an obstacle course and get lunch ready too.”
One by one, the kids showed me they are CrabbieMasters:
“Miss Becky, we can’t let Can’t-Do win.”
“Half of us can sign the dogs while the other half works on the obstacle course. Then we can switch.”
“If we all pitch in, Hurry-Up won’t have a chance!”
“We can help you, Miss Becky!”
As I said, “Okay. Let’s give it a try,” I watched the three Crabbies out of the corner of my eye. I watched them quickly slump away.
“Whew!” I thought. “They almost had me today!”
How did it all work out, you ask?
Well… see for yourself!
Another fun way to keep the Crabbies at bay!
It’s June! Time for some summertime fun! Campgrounds and beaches are open and for many it’s warm enough to enjoy all kinds of outside activities. Hey – looks like a ball game is about to get going!
Here’s a few more of Jay and Kay’s favorite ways to enjoy summer fun:
I like camping! I get so excited when Dad says we’re going camping. I get so excited I can’t even sleep. Too-Tired tries to sneak up on me, but I get good night’s sleep anyway so I can enjoy everything! I do a Power-Up by closing my eyes until Too-Tired goes away and I drift off to sleep. That way I have energy for the whole next day!
They also love watching Jay and Kay’s ball games with friends. And climbing around together on all the fun equipment at the park. Lots of fun teamwork is great at keeping Get-Along away!
Ha! Even though King tries to send in the Crabbies on their little missions, CrabbieMasters know how to stop them.
Right in their tracks!
What’s your favorite summertime fun?
Sometimes the Crabbies like publicity–good or bad. After all, they’re Crabbies.
CrabbieMaster Kay was a bit surprised to hear King promoting our Instagram page. Here’s the link:
And here’s what King said:
“You know how we love to get our picture on the Internet for the WORLD to see?! Well, CrabbieMasters has us on Instagram! As a King, I photograph quite well, and so do all of you. 🙂
“Of course, you know how the CrabbieMasters are… always telling everyone to watch out for us so we don’t ruin their day.
“Oh, how much fun we can have parading all over Instagram! The more CrabbieMasters put us there, the more fans we’ll have, and the more fans we have the more days we can ruin. We’re celebrities!
“Hip… hip… hooray!”
“Ha!” said Kay, smiling.
When she got wind of King’s silly speech she let him and the rest of the Crabbies know that they can admire their Instagram pictures all they want, but they won’t be tricking anyone.
“King, get real! We show everyone how to BEAT you and make sure you DON’T ruin the day. We use Instagram to show everyone how to make you GO AWAY!
“So, enjoy your pictures because we know they help everyone recognize you when they see you! Sorry, King. You’re off your game today. Instagram helps us, not you! Now everyone will know who to be on the lookout for – YOU!”
We are excited to have some outdoor playtime and share some good habits with our friends… like eating right and getting along and helping someone to try to do something they think they can’t do.
We are well prepared to keep the Crabbies away. But look…
They are in a meeting, plotting and scheming. We know what they’re doing.
Listen… we can hear them…
King: It’s the weekend, do you know what that means?
Crabbies all together: Yes!
King: It means it’s time to ruin the day. Saturday and Sunday. Ruin, ruin, ruin!
Junk-Food: This is too easy. I will shower kids everywhere with candy and gooey treat and tasty sweets.
Achy: I’ll be working with Junk-Food to make sure tummy aches are EVERYWHERE!
King: Good, good. And, Hungry, what will you do?
Hungry: Why, I’ll make sure all the kids are too busy playing to stop to eat. And when they do finally eat, I’ll make sure they pick, pick, pick.
King: Excellent. How about you, Get-Along?
Get-Along: Ohhh, I know just what to do to get kids to not share and maybe even make fun of one another’s hair.
King: Perfect. Keep those kids feeling crabby. They won’t get along at all.
Cant-Do: I have a plan! I will make sure when kids try something new, they fail. A second time they won’t try, and they’ll cry and cry.
King: Genius! And Hurry-Up–
Kay: STOP RIGHT THERE! You will NOT be going anywhere.
Jay: That’s right. If you want to do something fun over the weekend, go to the beach and visit your relatives.
King: Hmmm. We’ll see about that.
Kay: There’s nothing to see, King. Go play in the sand! Go play in the ocean! We know what you like and we won’t do it! We know what you don’t like, and we get right to it!
Jay: Look, Kay! They’re running away!
Kay: See you later–NOT, Crabbies.
And so, Jay and Kay and CrabbieMasters around the world set out to enjoy their weekend. And we hope you do too!
Yup, sometimes it happens–jealousy. We write about one Crabbie and another one whines that he’s not getting any publicity. Today, it was Junk-Food. He wants you all to know he’s gearing up for the long weekend too. He’s ready with candy and ice cream and cookies and soda and… and… and… well, he’s ready to be a sugar pusher.
That’s right. And he’s pretty proud that he has mounds and mounds of sugary treats. Fortunately, the CrabbieMasters know what to do. They will POWER-UP to get rid of you, Junk-Food.
Now, we know Junk-Food won’t like this post but bad publicity is better than no publicity! Be on the lookout for Junk-Food today and every day. He can be quite sneaky.
We know he wants us to say something nice about him, so we will. When the CrabbieMasters send Junk-Food away, he goes quietly because his mouth is filled with junk food! And he goes away quickly because he’s filled with sugar. We laugh when we watch hyper-quiet Junk-Food leave.
Don’t forget–where there’s Junk-Food, Achy’s not far behind.
Boy, it sure was a busy weekend with lots of things to do and then yesterday was Mother’s Day. For some of us that means Monday morning can be hectic.
When things get hectic, Hurry-Up gets happy. He loves it when kids are tired and cranky and make mom or dad late. He loves when kids are late for school. In fact, he loves anything late.
Hurry-Up sometimes depends on his pal Too-Tired to ruin the day. Getting a good night’s sleep can help keep Hurry-Up away because sometimes we oversleep and that makes us have to rush, rush, rush and that can make us late, late, late.
We here at CrabbieMasters headquarters hope that wherever you venture today, you’re on time!
Can you see Get-Along sneaking around behind the children? You can also see that the children don’t care. That’s right, Get-Along. They aren’t paying any attention to you!
Get-Along wants no one to get along. He loves squabbles and arguments and children who won’t share. He loves children who won’t take turns and who won’t do as they’re told. He loves, loves, loves when everyone gets so mad they won’t play together. He loves it when kids pick on one another. He’s not very nice. No, he’s not.
So if you see this fella lurking around, be sure to send him away. Don’t let him ruin your day and ruin your play!
He’s quite sneaky, but Miss Becky has a good remedy to make him go away.
Today was a very exciting day for Jay and Kay Gray. You see, Can’t-Do snuck up on CrabbieMaster Frankie as she was learning the yo-yo.
Frankie tried and tried but the yo-yo wouldn’t come back up once she let it down. She was getting frustrated.
“I can’t do this,” she said. “I give up. It’s too hard.”
Fortunately, Frankie was trying to yo-yo in front of Miss Jenna’s house. She heard the commotion and rushed outside. Can’t-Do gets easily distracted by Miss Jenna, so when he was distracted, Jay and Kay came along.
“What’s the matter?” Kay asked Frankie, seeing her frustration.
“I… I can’t get this yo-yo to work,” Frankie cried.
Jay looked around and saw Miss Jenna was keeping Can’t-Do occupied. “Here, Frankie. Hand me your yo-yo and I’ll show you how. It’s really easy.”
Both Jay and Kay took turns showing Frankie how to do it, and after only a few tries the yo-yo went down, up, down, up, down and back up again. Jay and Kay were so excited and happy for Frankie.
Jay looked over and Miss Jenna was still talking to Can’t-Do. CrabbieMasters don’t usually get the Crabbies to go away by distracting them, but it was fun!
Sometimes it’s just cool to be different. Today was one of those days! And best of all, Frankie can now yo-yo like a pro!