Selling Chocolate Bars

sellingneighbors1“And finally, in a couple of weeks, we’ll be handing out boxes of chocolate bars to sell for the league. We really need everyone to pitch in so the league can buy new equipment and pay the refs. Mrs. Patel will be in charge of keeping track of the sales. So start thinking about who might buy some candy from you. See you all at practice next Thursday!”

Selling stuff! Oh no! Grown-ups are always having kids sell things. In second grade I had to sell greeting cards and wrapping paper for a school fundraiser, and it had been a complete disaster. Nobody on my street wanted to buy anything, and my mom only bought one roll of wrapping paper with candy canes on it because she felt sorry for me. I sold the least in my class, and of course Samantha Grunsky, who is ALWAYS in my class and ALWAYS ANNOYING, sold the most in the whole school and won a bicycle.

Eating candy bars is a wonderful idea. Selling them is not.

 

Game Prep

On the Saturday morning of our first game, I woke up really early with butterflies in my stomach. I was nervous, but I couldn’t wait to get to the field.

Charliedressing1.jpgWhen I dress for a soccer game, I have a very particular method, which I invented last year. First, I put on my shorts (well, after my underwear, great big duh!), then I spread my shirt out smoothly on the bed with the front side facing down and the bottom of the shirt hanging just off the edge. I put the shirt on by wriggling my arms and head in at the same time.

Next comes my left shin guard, then my right. I put on my left sock, then my right, and pull them all the way up over the shin guards. After that I put on my shoes, first the left one, then the right. The last thing I do is tie each lace, left then right, with a double knot.

The first time I used my special method, I scored two goals. I’ve dressed that way ever since.

It doesn’t always work.

But I still do it.

The Pirates of Doom!

ITommyProclamation1 was eager to find my team. It was my first year in the ten-and-under league, and by some miracle, my two best friends, Hector Adélia and Tommy Kasten, were on my team. They were both excellent players. And my mom said that our coach, Mr. Carmody, had been a college soccer coach, so I figured he knew everything.

The Pirates were going to rule the soccer season. We would score a million goals.

Or at least fifty.

“This year is going to be awesome!” Tommy said. “Can you believe we’re on the same team?”

“The Pirates,” Hector said.

“More like the Proud Pirates!” Tommy said.

“The Proud Punishing Pirates,” I said.

“The three of us together,” Tommy said solemnly, raising his hand, “will be known as the Pirates of Doom. Arrrrrr!”


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My first blog by Mabel Bumpers

Happy Halloween!

I’m going to be a bunch of grapes for Halloween because purple is my favorite color and grapes are purple.

Charlie’s going as a rabbit bat. He says it’s a bat that has babies and hops. Here’s a picture I drew of Charlie’s costume.rabbitbat

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Matt Bumpers – Descarifier

mattbumpersMatt has this plan to de-scare me.

This is the plan:

“Every night until Halloween I’m going to tell you a terrifying story at bedtime. At first you’ll be really scared, but every night you’ll get a little less scared. By the time Halloween comes, when you watch a scary movie, you’ll just laugh.”

He says it works every time, but I’m the first person he’s tried it on.

He was right about the gold gnome shoes.

What do you think? Do you think Matt’s plan will work?

Alex’s Party

Every year I take the Squid trick or treating in our neighborhood, which is okay – except she’s a lot slower than me and I could get a whole bunch more candy without her.

But this year I’ve been invited to Alex’s house for a sleepover. And we’d trick or treat in his neighborhood. With all the big houses. Where they give out all the big candy bars.

I think I can talk my Mom into letting me go and maybe Matt will take the Squid trick or treating.

moviecoverThe only downside is we’re going to watch the scariest horror movie ever – The Shrieking Skull. And I HATE horror movies.

Halloween Costumes

jackoTommy’s going to be a werewolf.

Alex is going to be a ninja.

The Squid’s going as a bunch of grapes.

Hector – who has never been trick or treating because they don’t really have Halloween in Chile – is going as a chupacabra.

I still don’t know what I’m going to be.

Any ideas?

My part

charliegnome

I’m not the Evil Sorcerer Kragon.

I’m not the Slimy Snake of the Swamp.

I’m not the fox or one of the mice or even the Magical Rabbit of Gorlandia.

I’m the Nice Gnome. The really nice gnome. The really, really boring gnome.

There has got to be a way to convince Mrs. Burke that it would be better if I wasn’t the gnome. I just have to figure out how.