The Crabbies have returned from their vacation. They are late getting back because Get-Along couldn’t get along with the other when it came to how to get home–he didn’t want to take the train, or a bus, so he made a fuss.
King finally convinced Get-Along to get on a bus and they took a brief stop-over at Virginia Beach. They saw so many of their relatives! They were so happy to spend time with them and romp in the sand and play in the water. They were so busy they forgot to ruin anyone’s day!
No worries! It didn’t take them long to get right back to it as soon as they returned.
It all started with a group meeting. King was determined to ruin Jay and Kay’s day. After all, they had a vacation too with no Crabbies around.
King instructed Too-Tired to make a lot of noise to wake Jay and Kay really early–like four o’clock in the morning early. They’d be too tired to get ready for school and they’d miss the bus. Teehee! Hurry-Up sure loved riding the bus home. Maybe he’ll hop on the school bus and sit in Jay and Kay’s seat!
Poor Jay and Kay would fall asleep at their school desks. The Crabbies cheered and cheered! They loved the plan.
After waking Jay and Kay, Too-Tired taunted and teased Kay as she sat in her front yard yawning. Then…
“Kay, what are you doing up so early?” Mrs. Gray called out from the doorway. “Come inside and go back to sleep. There’s no school today! It’s Saturday!”
And so… the joke is on the Crabbies. Jay and Kay slept in and the Crabbies… well, they took a nice long nap.
They decided to go moose watching. Achy and Too-Tired were very excited to see a real moose. Can’t-Do and Get-Along were kind of scared because of the size of a moose, and Hurry-Up was in no hurry to go moose watching.
Their moose-watching guide told them some fun facts about moose:
• The flap of skin under the moose’s throat is called a BELL.
• Moose have no top front teeth.
• After the first calf, moose quite often have twins.
• Moose can only see about 25 feet.
• In the Moosehead Lake Region, moose out number people 3 to 1.
• The first law to protect Moose was passed in 1930.
• Only male moose grow antlers, which they shed in early winter and re-grow during the year. The main function of antlers is for display during the mating season (source: mooseheadlake.org).
The guide took the Crabbies to moose “hangouts.” It wasn’t long before one came along.
“Would you look at that!” said Hungry. “He’s HUGE!”
“Oh, wow, wow, wow,” said King. “He looks even more powerful than me.”
“I can’t look,” said Can’t-Do. “He could crush me.”
The guide assured the Crabbies that they weren’t going to get close enough to get crushed. That made everyone feel better.
They watched moose come and go, and decided it was a nice vacation spot. They will be spending the weekend, and King wanted to be sure Miss Becky got a postcard from Maine. Have a great weekend to all of you from the traveling Crabbies! See you when we get back Monday!
The funniest thing happened when the Crabbies took a short vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Yes, even the Crabbies take a vacation every now and then.
When they went into a souvenir shop, Too-Tired, Achy and Hungry started screaming! OH NO! OH NO!
“What’s all the commotion?” King asked.
“Look!” Too-Tired cried. “We need to get out of here before… before… that happens to us.”
“What happens to us?” King asked, completely perplexed.
“T-th-th-that,” Achy stuttered.
There, hanging on the wall, were magnets. And they looked a little too familiar to the Crabbies.
“Look what they did to one of us!” Get-Along cried. “We need to get out of here. FAST!”
Hurry-Up couldn’t leave the shop fast enough. “No way is am I going to be hung on that wall,” he said.
King laughed. “That’s not a real crab. That’s a make-believe one.”
“You… you mean it’s not real?” asked Can’t-Do.
“Whew,” Jumk-Food said, wiping his brow.
And so the Crabbies went to the beach, happy that they weren’t going to become magnets.
The Crabbies decided to take a train home from the Big Apple, also known as New York City. It was easier than walking. Claws don’t make good time.
They were so excited when they finally arrived, they went to Jay and Kay Gray’s house and held a meeting across the street. Yes, the Crabbies are home and back to their old tricks.
Since they had been to the Big Apple, King brought back a bag of apples. When he realized they were healthy, he didn’t know what to do with them. There was no way he was going to eat anything healthy, especially when Junk-Food was nearby.
What to do with a bag of healthy apples?
King wasn’t quite sure. He loved the look of them and the smell. He knew they were full of juicy goodness… but the king of the Crabbies, the leader of the pack, the head honcho… knew he would ruin his reputation if he ate something HEALTHY.
There was only one thing left to do…
We’ll let you finish the story. What do you think King did with his bag of apples?
Let us know in the comments below.
What happens when the Crabbies take a trip to the Big Apple? Oh… here’s what we saw and heard.
King: Yes, we do. We are on a tight schedule, so come along!
King: No, no. I said come along.
King: Well, you must. We have no other way to get around.
King: What a bunch of crabby Crabbies! We leave home for one day… one day… we are here to have a nice time, and you do nothing but RUIN THE DAY! Look at how pretty it is here.
King: Oh, Junk-Food. The subway is a ride. It’s not a place to get gooey goodies. Now, all of you… hop on! We are going to tour the Big Apple. Look around, there are so many people who aren’t CrabbieMasters. We can ruin a lot of days if we get right to it.
There you have it. A little idea of what the trip to the Big Apple was like for the Crabbies. They realize there are many of you out there who are yet to be CrabbieMasters, and we want to change that.
We beat the Crabbies every day, and we want you to too!
Junk-Food has been hanging around Team CrabbieMasters headquarters, and he’s been tempting us with all sorts of junk. Cookies and doughnuts and candy and ice cream… he wants us to eat it all in one day!
Fortunately, we know better. We know if we eat all that food… this guy will show up.
To keep Achy away, we chased Junk-Food away. Eating lots of sweets and goodies can be tempting, but CrabbieMasters know how to say NO!
We know you know how to say NO too!
“I’m a weekend warrior!” King exclaimed.
“Ha, ha, King! You are no such thing,” Kay said.
“Come on, King. You’re a crab. You are far from a warrior.”
“I am more than a crab. I am a WEEKEND WARRIOR!”
Kay let out a loud sigh. “What makes you think that, King? You need to explain this to me.”
“Well, all my Crabbies are out ruining the day for people all across the country! From the east coast to the west coast.”
“Um, King. Jay just chased Too-Tired away, so I don’t think he’s out ruining anyone’s day, especially across the country!”
“Nonsense, Kay. Too-Tired has a lot of legs. He can make time.”
“No way! Look down there!” Kay said, pointing to a tree a few yards away.
“He’ll get going. You’ll see. We are WEEKEND WARRIORS!”
“King, look again. He’s leaning against the tree and he’s sleeping.”
“Well, um… well, um… you know, Kay. I really should get a move on. I have to be in Oregon soon.”
Kay laughed. “Okay, King. If you say so, you big ole weekend warrior.”
And with that, King strolled away. He went over to Too-Tired and let out a scream. “Wake up, Too-Tired. We have work to do!”
Too-Tired jumped up and yawned.
“You two are some weekend warriors,” Kay called out. “You can go anywhere you want. You’ll always find CrabbieMasters! And you don’t even know what it means to be a weekend warrior. You silly Crabbie. You don’t try to ruin the day only on the weekends!”
“Whatever, Kay,” King yelled, and he and Too-Tired walked away… slowly.
We think it’s going to take them a long time to get to Oregon!
It’s that time of year. Kids all across the country are either already back to school or will begin soon. For Hurry-Up that means he’s on the prowl looking for all those kids running late and making mom or dad late.
Hurry-Up is a unique Crabbie because he wears inline skates. How does he get those claws inside skates?
Kay once asked him and his answer was, “I have special skates.” He also claims he never gets blisters and never falls.
Hurry-Up is fast. Really fast. So all you kids need to be on-guard. He will sneak into your day before you even know he’s there. He’ll do his best to make you late. Beating him is easy. All you need to do in the morning is get up when it’s time, get ready and don’t lag when it’s time to leave. Hurry-Up wants you to be slow like a turtle.
Nothing makes Hurry-Up leave in a hurry faster than a CrabbieMaster!
Bye bye, Hurry-Up!