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Becky Undlin

Weekend fun!

YAY! It’s the weekend.

Jay and Kay are so excited. They have lots of fun things planned.

Saturday morning, they are going to breakfast. They’ve been saving their change for a rainy day. It’s not raining but they are looking forward to eating out at a restaurant so their mom can have a break for cooking.

Jay wants pancakes with a side of fruit.

Kay will order scrambled eggs.

When they’ve finished eating, they are going shopping to buy their mom a birthday present. Mrs. Gray is having a birthday Sunday.

The best part of the weekend is knowing the Crabbies won’t ruin the day! That’s right! No Crabbies because Jay and Kay aren’t going to eat any junk food, they will eat when they are supposed to and not be too busy to stop to eat, they are going to get a good night’s sleep and they will be on time.

That means NO CRABBIES. Jay and Kay will have birthday cake but they will have one piece with strawberries and they won’t overeat.

Sweets are okay to have in moderation. One piece of cake is fine. Eating the whole cake isn’t fine! Always share with your guests!

When the party is over, Jay and Kay are going to turn off their electronics and read a book.

We here at  Team Crabbies hope your weekend is just as much fun!

YAY! December is here!

Hi everyone!

Kay here. Are you as excited about December as I am?

I love December. Where I live, it means snow! Lot’s of snow for sledding and for making a snowman.

My brother Jay and I love playing in the snow. We also love the snow because… well… the Crabbies can’t get around as easily. They slip and slide and PLOP!  They’re flat on their stomachs!

Last December, King got this silly idea to make a snowman and he had Too-Tired, Achy and Can’t-Do help. How funny is that?

Of course, Too-Tired was too tired to do anything and Achy was too sick to help. Can’t-Do didn’t even want to try. King called to Hurry-Up to help, but he learned fast that he was wearing the wrong kind of skates!

Finally, King built a snowman all by himself. Miss Becky snapped a picture when he finished.

When Miss Becky takes the CrabbieMasters out to build a snowman, we will be sure she takes a picture. We think… no, we know… we can do better than King!

Happy December, everyone!

 

Remembering those who served

Jay and Kay love to read and since tomorrow is Veterans Day, they are sharing some of their favorite books about this very special day.

Veterans Day, by Mir Tamim Ansary
What happens on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of the year? This book will dive into the chronicle of Veterans Day with great detail. Perfect for little history buffs and parents who may need a refresher when your kids start asking you questions. Together you will find greater understanding of this important public holiday and why this day might just have special meaning for you and your family.

 

Rags: Hero Dog of WWII, by Margot Theis Raven, illustrated by Petra Brown
Not all veterans of war are human, and this true story shows us how canines have been used as soldiers of war since World War I. Found on the streets of Paris by Private James Donovan, Rags was brought back to base and put to work. He learned to help clear trenches, deliver messages, and even salute! The muted illustrations show the dark time of war, but spare the reader from grim details. Dog lovers will enjoy learning about this furry war veteran and the capacity of one dog to be loyal to a country, as well as to the solder who took him in.

 

H is for Honor, by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Victor Juhasz
This alphabet picture book delves into everything military—from history, to the meaning of ranks and divisions, to what it is like to be a military child. Navy SEALS, Green Berets, and Army Rangers are written about in more detail, and pictures reveal what life on base is really like. Together, you and your child will discover the meaning of patriotism and have an opportunity to discuss courage and commitment. After this book, your little one may be interested in sending off a care package to a soldier overseas.

 

The Poppy Lady, by Barbara Walsh, illustrated by Layne Johnson
Based on a true story, this picture book follows Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia who was determined to  find a way to honor and remember soldiers. Moina set out to make the poppy a symbol of remembrance; her determination paid off and today, the poppy is a familiar symbol of Veterans Day. With detailed drawings and information on the period surrounding world War I, this book is a powerful way to share with your child what it means to serve your country. Once you have read this book together, your little one will be spotting red poppies everywhere you go.

 

Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog, by Luis Carlos Montalvan and Bret Witter, photographs by Dan Dion
When a service member returns home from war, they sometimes suffer from injuries to their body, their mind, and their spirit. This story is about a service dog by the name of Tuesday who helps a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Based on a true story and told through the eyes of Tuesday, this picture book helps children understand the true day to day life of a returning veteran. The adorable pictures of Tuesday will be sure to please your child, while also providing an example of how service dogs can help veterans.

 

These are Jay and Kay’s favorites. Do you have a favorite?

We here at Team CrabbieMasters pay honor and respect to those who served and those who now serve in our military.

Happy November!

We love November!

Do you know why?

Thanksgiving! That’s why!

Our mouths are already watering for turkey. We’ll have a big feast with all kinds of good things to eat.

We’ll have turkey and gravy and potatoes and carrots and sweet potatoes and pie! We’ll have corn and squash and stuffing and cranberries. But what we like best about Thanksgiving is all the healthy food we get to eat.

 

We don’t have to worry about the Crabbies coming around. They are busy hiding. We aren’t sure why they hide, but we like that they do. Maybe they don’t want to become dinner!

We like November too because the 11th is Veterans Day. For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform on 11 November – first as Armistice Day, and then, since 1954 as Veterans Day. In this 99th year of commemoration, the Department of Veterans Affairs is broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November.

We like that!

What fun things do you like to do in November? Do you live where the leaves change into pretty colors? Do you like to pick chestnuts and acorns? Do you like the smell of the rain?

We hope you like November as much as we do!

Until next time… remember to POWER-UP whenever you see those Crabbies sneaking around,

Jay and Kay

 

The Crabbies are back!

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.

But wait…

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.

 

You’re so silly, King

“I’m a weekend warrior!” King exclaimed.

“Ha, ha, King! You are no such thing,” Kay said.

“Wanna bet?”

“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.”

CrabbieMaster Kay

“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!

Kay’s ‘almost’ bad day

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.

Nothing.

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!

The Crabbies are on the move!

“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?”

“Calm down. We only need to behave for one day. Once we impress these people, we can go back to spreading crabbiness all over the land,” King said, raising his scepter. “King Crabbie, crabby, leader

 

 

 

“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!”

Get-Along learns a new song

Just when we thought we’d heard it all…

Get-Along crawled into the hallway of Team CrabbieMasters headquarters and he was singing so loudly that Kay had to go tell him to hush.

“I don’t want to hush,” Get-Along said. “So, go back to wherever it was you were and leave me alone.”

“Really?” Kay said. “Get-Along, that’s no way to talk to me or anybody. You’re being rude!”

“Rude, rude, think I care?”

Kay couldn’t believe Get-Along was being so obnoxious. That means disagreeable and nasty. So… she decided to sing a song.

I’m teaching you a song

so you’ll know how to get along.

Won’t you come and sing with me

instead of being ornery? 

You don’t need to think twice

about being kind and doing nice.

It’s easy to get along

just by singing a happy song!

Well… Get-Along learned a new song, but we here at Team CrabbieMasters know we can’t change Get-Along’s attitude, but we can send him away! And we did!

Happy weekend everyone! Remember to have fun and get along with others. And if you see Get-Along creeping into your day, just send him away!

Give it up, Hurry-Up!

Yippee! Skippee!

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.

One…

Two…

Three…

 

They sure know how to get rid of me 🙁