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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!

 

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!

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!

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!

Happy Independence Day!

From all of us, to all of our American friends, have a safe and happy Independence Day!

The Crabbies are at the beach, enjoying the day. We’re sure they will be back tomorrow. They do like the day after a holiday. We’ll be ready! We hope you will be too!

We hear you, Junk-Food

Yup, sometimes it happens–jealousy. We write about one Crabbie and another one whines that he’s not getting any publicity. Today, it was Junk-Food. He wants you all to know he’s gearing up for the long weekend too. He’s ready with candy and ice cream and cookies and soda and… and… and… well, he’s ready to be a sugar pusher.

That’s right. And he’s pretty proud that he has mounds and mounds of sugary treats. Fortunately, the CrabbieMasters know what to do. They will POWER-UP to get rid of you, Junk-Food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, we know Junk-Food won’t like this post but bad publicity is better than no publicity! Be on the lookout for Junk-Food today and every day. He can be quite sneaky.

We know he wants us to say something nice about him, so we will. When the CrabbieMasters send Junk-Food away, he goes quietly because his mouth is filled with junk food! And he goes away quickly because he’s filled with sugar. We laugh when we watch hyper-quiet Junk-Food leave.

Don’t forget–where there’s Junk-Food, Achy’s not far behind.

Don’t try this at home

Easter is coming and that means CANDY! Yes, candy. Candy, candy, candy.

Don’t do what Jay and Kay did. When the Easter Bunny came last year, he left them each a big chocolate egg. Instead of listening to their mom and dad, they ate the whole thing in one day! That’s right! Mom and Dad said eat a little bit today, and save some for tomorrow and the next day.

But, no… guess who got the better of Jay and Kay? You guessed it! Achy! Achy Crabbie, crabby, sick, illness, fever

Of course, once Achy arrived, he called in… you guessed it! Too-Tired, the worst Crabbie in the whole wide world and the universe too.

Too-Tired Crabbie, crabby, tired, sleepy

Jay and Kay were sick and that made them tired. Achy and Too-Tired were so happy. They love Easter, so be on the lookout for them so they don’t ruin your day.

On holidays, if Hungry or Achy or Too-Tired or Get-Along or Junk-Food or King or Can’t-Do or Hurry-Up show up, it’s not unusual for the entire Crabbie crew to be sneaking around.

No way will Jay and Kay let that happen again. This Easter, they will listen to the adults and won’t eat all their candy in one day!

Just remember–You can be a CrabbieMaster and beat the Crabbies too!

 

We love the Crabbies!

Well… not always. But we want to share with all of you how we tricked the Crabbies on April Fool’s Day. We were so busy pranking them that we didn’t have time to blog. So, here goes…

Jay and I woke early. We got ready for school, ate a good breakfast and went to the car right when Mom asked us to. She dropped us off and we went right to our classroom.

Usually, one or two of the Crabbies will come to our room window and they will try to get us to do something we shouldn’t do. This time, we let them think they were successful! We got our whole class, and even our teacher, in on it.

Sure enough, Too-Tired showed up. We all put our heads on our desks and pretended to be asleep. Our teacher did too! Too-Tired got so excited. He laughed and cheered and ran off calling for King. “King! King!” he shouted as we all tried hard not to laugh. “I am incredible! I am super special! The whole class is asleep! I am such a genius!” Too-Tired Crabbie, crabby, tired, sleepy

King came running as fast as his little claws would carry him. “Let me see,” he said in his gruff voice as he peeked in the window. I opened my eye just enough to catch his grumpy face pressed against the glass. I tried so hard not to laugh, but seeing King with his face smoothed against the glass was just too much for me… I let loose, and everyone else looked up and they laughed too!

APRIL FOOL! I shouted. GOTCHA TOO-TIRED! GOTCHA KING!

Oh… they weren’t happy.  “Not funny, Kay!” Too-Tired whined.

We all waved goodbye to Too-Tired and King.

See ya later, alligator… er… Crabbies!

And that’s how we fooled the Crabbies!

Love,

Kay