This is an exciting day! You see, the CrabbieMasters are challenging the Crabbies to a baseball game.
This all came about when the CrabbieMasters were trying to play ball in the park one day not long ago. King, Too-Tired and Hungry showed up… trying their hardest to ruin the game. Too-Tired tried to tire out the pitcher and Hungry was busy making sure no one stopped playing long enough to break for lunch.
Finally, Jay made an offer.
“Hey, King. Why don’t you get your Crabbies together and we’ll challenge you to a game of baseball.”
“You got it! Just say when,” King said.
“One week from today. Meet here at noon.”
And so the game was on…
“Strike one! Strike two! Strike three! You’re out!” The umpire called out as Kay returned to the dugout.
“Don’t worry, Kay,” Jay said. “We have two more chances.”
“It’s… it’s… it’s out of the field!”
Homerun for Jay!
With a score of 1-o at the bottom of the first, Hurry-Up took to the plate.
It’s a hit! And he’s off… first… second… third… and he’s home! He’s pretty fast in those inline skates. The score is now 1-1.
The game went on with one team scoring one point and the other team scoring one point.
Then came the tie-breaker…
Kay was at the plate. Can’t-Do was pitching. “Na, na, na, na!” Can’t-Do chanted at Kay. “You can’t do it. You can’t hit the ball. Come on, Kay, let’s see a strike.”
“Strike one!” the umpire called.
Oh no. This was it. Full count. Bases loaded. Can’t-Do taunting and teasing.
“Don’t pay attention to Can’t-Do,” Jay yelled. “Just focus on the ball. Keep your eye on the ball.”
Kay did as Jay said, and she watched as the ball came toward her. She swung! She hit! Boy, did she hit! Over the fence and into Mrs. Wilder’s flower bed.
“Homerun!” the umpire shouted. The game was over. CrabbieMasters won! Kay was carried off the field by her teammates and the Crabbies crawled away.
Mrs. Wilder came over and handed Kay the game ball. “Great game, kids! Be sure to stop over when you leave and I’ll give you some nice peaches to take home.”
Team CrabbieMasters had a great day. They won the game and they got to pick some yummy peaches from Mrs. Wilder’s tree.
And that made everyone very happy!
Poor Kay. Her day didn’t start too well.
Her dad asked her to do a hard chore. He didn’t think it was hard, but Kay did. He had asked her to move some boxes from her mom’s sewing room to the garage.
The first three were easy. They were light and not too large. Then… a big one stared at her.
I can’t move this by myself, she thought. I wish Jay would hurry home.
But Jay wasn’t coming. He had spent the night at his friend’s house.
Kay huffed and puffed and took a deep breath. She tried lifting the box.
Not even a budge.
Nope. She couldn’t move it even one little inch.
She leaned over and tried once more to lift the box.
“Ha, ha, ha!”
“Who’s laughing?” She asked, standing and looking around.
Suddenly, something jumped on top of the box.
“It’s me! Can’t-Do!”
“Oh, I should have known you were around somewhere.”
“What’s the matter, Kay? Did I ruin your day?”
“I guess you did. I can’t lift this box and my dad asked me to take it to the garage.”
“Ha, ha, ha!” Can’t-Do laughed and laughed.
“What’s so funny?” a voice called out. “Do you need help, Kay?”
“Jay! You’re back. Yes, I could use some help. Can’t-Do here is trying to ruin my day.”
“Can’t-Do, take a hike. Kay and I got this!”
And so, Jay and Kay moved the box to the garage and Can’t-Do ran away pouting.
You see, friends, it’s okay to ask for help when you can’t do something on your own!
We here at Team CrabbieMasters would like to know how you prefer to read books. Do you like Kindle or Nook? Soft cover? Hard cover?
We want to get an idea of what you like best for reading and where you like to read. Do you have a favorite place? Do you like to read in bed before you settle in for a good night’s sleep? Do you like to read outside under a tree or on a porch swing?
Do you like to read with friends? Or when you’re alone? Comment below and let us know! We sure would appreciate it.
It’s almost time for the weekend! That means lots of outside fun!
Jay and Kay are going on a camping trip. They love to sleep inside a tent and sit by the campfire. Of course, one of their favorite things is S’mores.
Now, Junk-Food gets all excited when he sees S’mores. But… you and I know that it’s okay to have a little chocolate and marshmallow once in a while. We just don’t overdo it, and we don’t eat like that every day of the week!
What is your favorite outside activity?
We would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment and Jay or Kay will reply.
Have a good weekend!
“That’s right! We’re on the move. We’re going to New York City, also known as the Big Apple,” King announced.
“We’re going to the Big Apple?” Hungry asked as he rubbed his stomach.
“Yes, Hungry, to the Big Apple.”
“What will we do when we get there?” Junk-Food asked. “I don’t like apples. Apples are healthy.”
“Not a real apple, it’s just a nickname,” Get-Along said.
“Are we going to be celebrities?” Too-Tired asked. “I always wanted to be a celebrity. After all, I’m the worst Crabbie in the whole universe.”
“Settle down, all of you,” King commanded. “We are going to New York City to meet with fun humans. We must be on our best behavior. We can’t be making anyone sick or tired and especially… LATE. We want to make a good impression.”
“THAT’S NOT FUN!” Achy shouted. “How can we have fun if we behave?”
“None of this sounds good,” Hurry-Up complained. “Be good for one day? We are Crabbies, we aren’t made that way.”
“Just one day,” King said. “You will see. We might become celebrities!”
“When do we leave?” Get-Along asked.
“I don’t know yet, but it will be soon so STAY TUNED!”
Hi all! It’s me, Too-Tired. I’ll be doing the writing today. You see, Miss Becky is out on a lake somewhere, in a canoe, enjoying the sun and having a good time. But… she forgot to close her computer, so here I am! Tee hee! Miss Becky, you’ve been hacked!
So… this is what I want you all to know. I am NOT the worst Crabbie in the universe. Nope. Not me. I love making you all tired and crabby, but that doesn’t make me the worst Crabbie. Nope. Not me.
I am going to make Miss Becky tired. Sun and fun can really tire out humans, but not me. We crabs live in sand and water. We love the sun and we love fun. It’s an easy day for me. I have the sun and fun to help me. Tee hee!
Uh oh! Here comes CrabbieMasters Jay and Kay. I’ll hide until they go away.
Pay no attention to Too-Tired. He thinks he’s not the worst Crabbie in the universe, but he is! And… he should not be touching anyone’s computer without permission. He may think he outsmarted Miss Becky, but he didn’t. She’s coming in the door right now, and she’s not tired at all. She’s carrying a big, heavy bag and she’s singing a song. That’s right, Too-Tired. Time for you to leave.
Pay no attention to silly Too-Tired. He thinks he’s clever, but he’s not. Oh look! Miss Becky is shooing him away. She told him not to come back today or any day!
He’s running out the door with his claws between his legs. Poor Too-Tired, NOT.
BYE BYE TOO-TIRED!
We knew it. We just knew it. The Crabbies are at it again. They thought after the Independence Day celebrations that there would be some overly tired and crabby kids out there somewhere.
The Crabbies are plotting and we can hear them. Shhhh…
King: Let’s target kids who were camping and kids whose parents grilled outside. Let’s target kids who were at the beach and kids who Jay and Kay don’t know.
Achy: I’m on it, pal.
King: Perfect, perfect. Now… how about the rest of you?
Too-Tired: I’ll find some campers. I know sometimes they like to stay up late and tell spooky stories and then get up early. Oh, the fun I will have finding crabby campers!
King: Sounds like a good plan. Who else?
Hurry-Up: Me! Me! I know how kids can make mom and dad late for work after a long weekend of no work and all play! I can ruin their day!
King: Get on it, Hurry-Up! Next?
Get-Along: I’ll find campers too! After all that time together, the kids might not be getting along. You know, like we don’t get along sometimes. I’m sure I can find a few crabby kids.
Can’t-Do: I’ll head to the beach. I’m sure there I can find at least one kid afraid of the water. There will be at least one kid who won’t even toe-dip. Ha, ha! I know it! I know it!
Hungry: I have the easy task! I can go anywhere and find kids so busy playing they don’t stop to eat. Then, they will be so hungry, when they do eat, they’ll pick, pick, pick.
Hurry-Up: Okay, let’s do it. Follow me.
King: Go everyone. I’ll wait here for you to return with your reports.
After hearing this, Team CrabbieMasters knew we had to jump into action!
Miss Becky: You silly Crabbies. You know we know how to beat you today and every day. Look at the fun we have! We don’t get overly tired and we don’t eat too much Junk-Food. We know when it’s time to play and when it’s time to eat. We all get along and we encourage one another to try something we aren’t sure we can do. When it’s time to go, we go without a fuss. Sorry, but you’ll have to go back to King and tell him that you didn’t have any luck. Maybe you should go back to the beach and enjoy the day, and try not to get in anyone’s way.
Junk-Food: Miss Becky, you and the CrabbieMasters sure know how to ruin our day!
Miss Becky: Whether it’s a holiday weekend or a nice summer day, we won’t let you get in our way! See you later, alligator!
Hurry-up: Uh oh. Did she say alligator? I’m out of here. Hurry up, guys!
And we all laughed as the Crabbies ran off. Some days it’s real easy to chase the Crabbies away!
My morning is going to be SOOOO great!
Jay and Kay are running late!
I hear their mom say, “Come on! Let’s Go!”
I see Jay and Kay. They are moving slow.
Well, what do you know! Ha, ha, ha! Oh, no, no, no!
Tell me it isn’t so.
I am beating Jay and Kay. I am going to have my way!
Hold on there, Hurry-Up. Not so fast!
You are not getting your way at last.
We are not slow. We know we have to go.
Mom is waiting, and we won’t make her late.
We know she has to be to work at eight.
Hurry-up, you are so wrong… so, why don’t you just run along.
There’s nothing here for you to see.
So leave by the time we count to three.
They sure know how to get rid of me 🙁