Sometimes, the Crabbies aren’t as tough as they think they are.
Can’t-Do is happy to be home after all the traveling the Crabbies did. But, getting Can’t-Do home wasn’t easy.
He was afraid to take a plane.
He was afraid to take a train.
And there was no way he was getting on the subway!
He wouldn’t get on a boat
And he wouldn’t ride a goat.
He refused to get in a car.
And so, he walked.
That’s why the Crabbies took so long to get home. Too bad they don’t know how to POWER-UP! Tee hee. It’s a secret. We won’t tell them how to do it.
Shhhhhhhh! Let’s keep it our secret!
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!”
Home run for Jay!
With a score of 1-0 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!
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!
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!
Where have we been? Well, it’s a long story but we’ll make it short. Get-Along didn’t think we made him look favorable enough in our last blog post, so he made an appearance and brought Can’t-Do with him.
The CrabbieMasters Team had to wrangle with a malfunctioning website. We knew Get-Along and Can’t-Do were causing our problems, but we couldn’t catch them.
Crabbies can be very sneaky, and sometimes they succeed in getting into our day. We knew we needed Paul, our IT guy. He came to the rescue as did all the other CrabbieMasters. With everyone ‘Powered-Up,’ we were able to get our website back up.
We hope too many of you weren’t inconvenienced. Some said they could still get to our page, but others said they couldn’t. And… we couldn’t for a while.
We put Can’t-Do and Get-Along on notice. They won’t be messing with our website anymore!
We’ll be back tomorrow with something fun for all you kids! Until then, be sure to keep the Crabbies away from your computer!
Bye for now,