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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!

 

Group hug time!

Hi! Kay here!

I was once a student in Miss Becky’s preschool. That’s where I learned to beat the Crabbies.

Miss Becky makes beating the Crabbies lots of fun. There are so many former students who wish they could be back in her class, even if only for one day.

Miss Becky is the creator of the Crabbies, and she’s the author of all the books about them. My brother Jay and I are going to convince Miss Becky to make a short video explaining how the Crabbies were created. Won’t that be fun to learn!

I’ll give you a hint… there might be something about a group hug!

Today, all us CrabbieMasters had a big group hug! We called it Group Hug Day and we think every day should be Group Hug Day.

Whenever you have a hug day, we hope it’s a happy one!

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.

 

On the road again…

                                                                           The Crabbies continue on their vacation and today they visited Moosehead Lake, Maine.

 

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!

Happy Grandparents Day
A Crabbie vacation

What happens when eight Crabbies go on vacation?

We here at Team CrabbieMasters are chuckling. It appears the Crabbies aren’t able to agree on what to do on vacation.

“I want to go to the movies and eat lots of popcorn,” Junk-Food said.

“No, it’s nice outside. Let’s go camping,” King said.

“I want to skate all around town,” Hurry-Up said.

Too-Tired shook his head. “I’m too tired to go anywhere. Let’s just hang out.”

“I don’t want to do any of those things,” said Get-Along. “Let’s go to the beach.”

“No,” Achy said. “My tummy hurts. I want to have a stay-cation.”

King raised his scepter. “No one said we have to vacation together. So, go do your own thing. We will meet back here later.”

“That’s not right!” Get-Along said. “We should all go together and do what I want to do.”

“No way. We need to do what I want to do. I’m hungry!” said Hungry.

“Stop!” King shouted. “We can’t get along so go do whatever you want and meet back here later.”

After 20 minutes of squabbling, Junk-Food left for the movies, and the others soon went and did their own thing too.

As for Jay and Kay, they decided, without arguing, to just hang out.

 

Have a safe and happy weekend!

 

Game on!

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.

“Ball.”

“Strike.”

“Ball.”

“Ball.”

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!

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!

Hooray for weekends!

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!

Team CrabbieMasters