Monday, 27 February 2012

12 Questions meme.

I have been tagged twice, on this one. First by A twenty something Mum and then today by Sarah Miles at Hello Wall. Both are fab bloggers and you should really check them out!

The idea and I don't know who started this meme, is that you are asked 12 questions which you answer and then think of another 12 to ask bloggers that you then tag.

These are my questions from Sarah.
  1. What is your earliest memory? This is a tricky one, I find memories tend to blur into picture memories and I am not sure now what is a real memory or whether it is just embedded into my head from seeing photos too often. getting our puppy when i as 4, and trying to get as far from him as possible in the car on the journey home, I was petrified, I had seen very few dogs in my life.
  2. Any children aside, what are you most proud of? Again a toughy, getting my degree, and getting a 2:1 when all my life I have lived in the shadow of my brother and he only got a 2:2!
  3. If you ran the London Marathon, which charity would you run for? Asthma Research UK, (All three boy have it) or Bliss (for Beanie!).
  4. What would be your perfect way to spend a day? Alone, relaxing with a good book!
  5. How do you take your tea/coffee? Tea, white (strong) no sugar. Coffee white (milky) two sugars. I don't drink much coffee!
  6. If you could swap places with someone (past or present) for one day, who would it be? Anyone with a daughter so I could go shopping and buy loads of pink! 
  7. If you decided to live abroad, which country would you choose to live in? Canada, no question about it, would go tomorrow if it wasn't for the family!
  8. Where do you go for a little bit of sanctuary? Work!!
  9. Have you ever appeared naked in public? Er - No, that would cause a blackout!
  10. What is your worst habit? Biting my nails
  11. What is your finest quality? Oh I don't know, my happy face! (now I am being silly!)
  12. What is you star sign? Cancer.
Then I have to come up with 12 new questions, I could be here all night doing this.......

  1. What's the worst thing about being a parent?
  2. What is your favourite book of all time? (kids or adult)
  3. Holidays - sun or snow?
  4. What was your first job and how much per hour did you earn?
  5. Beer, Wines or spirits?
  6. Which famous person do you wish you had sat next to in school?
  7. Can you ride a bike, rollerskate and do the splits?
  8. Who was your first crush?
  9. White, Milk or dark chocolate?
  10. What was the last thing you said to your partner/husband/wife?
  11. What was your favourite subject at school?
  12. What is your favourite pudding?
And then I have to tag some unsuspecting bloggers. I apologise now if you have been tagged already, I know this has been doing the rounds!

So I tag...
Rachel @ Mr Isaac's Blog
Blue Bear Wood
Fiona @ Mama's Little Baby Loves
And Fiona @ CoombeMill

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Fresh Air is the cure for everything!

This week I will be joining up with Fiona over at Coombe Mill for Country Kids.
We haven't done anything with the boys this weekend and the boys have been unwell, well the oldest two at least.
But we did get out onto the moors for a walk!

Monkey was sent home from nursery on Friday, I think he is the first of my children to be sent home from school. Nursery phoned my mum to collect him as he had a temperature and was feeling 'tired'.
When I returned home from work he was laid out on the settee, half asleep.

No sooner had I got through the door, than Beanie was complaining of a headache. I brushed it off, just assuming he was wishing he had been sent home too and said he could have Calpol later.

Monkey went to bed early and Beanie wasn't late. By 12:30am, Beanie was awake and screaming, he had a temperature and said his head hurt a lot. More Calpol.

On Saturday, Monkey had perked up a bit, but Beanie really wasn't himself and he spent nearly all day in our bed watching DVDs. Monkey was in and out of his bed all day, he put himself to bed at 5pm, watched Cars Toons on DVD and then shouted down for me at 6pm. I sent Beanie up to check on him. Beanie came back down to say that Monkey had asked him to turn the DVD player off, close his curtains and turn the light off. I went straight up to check on him to find him snoring!

My plans for Saturday had gone out of the window. We would wait and see what Sunday brought us!

Saturday night was uneventful.

We abandoned our plan to go to church, and Beanie retreated to our bed to watch another DVD in the morning . When he came back downstairs he proclaimed his head no longer hurt and that he felt okay. Monkey too seemed remarkably better.
I kicked them out into the garden to play, it being our first sunny day in ages.
They were out there for a good hour and then we decided we would all go for a walk on the moor. Fresh air won't hurt them.
Our main plan was to get Worm walking. He has been on his feet a lot more lately and is definitely getting more confident. He has walked across the lounge a lot without holding on. Every day he does a little bit more.
With a bit of help from his biggest brother, he walked nearly all the way around the cricket pitch, some unaided.
The fresh air did them all good and Beanie and Monkey were both ready for bed when we arrived home. A quick tea and they were both asleep.
The benefits of being out and about.

Silent Sunday!

(*whispers very quietly as I know this is Silent Sunday,*
 but at last Worm has found his feet!!)

inspired by
Silent Sunday

Pinterest Party #2


Firstly a huge thank you to those of you that joined in last week, it was really appreciated. I have yet again found myself spending hours on Pinterest looking at what every ones has pinned and adding to my own boards.

I know there are other linkys for Pinterest but for those that, like me are not overly creative or don't have the time to sit and make things (I dream of the day) this one is for you.

What you do....
  1. Log in or set up an account on Pinterest.
  2. Then in the search bar type in the topic/theme for this week.
  3. This first week is RAINBOWS.
  4. Browse through the pictures until you find ONE picture that you like the most.
  5. PIN IT onto your board (Pinterest Party- you may have to create one)
  6. Blog about your choice of picture. Making sure you follow the RULES.
  7. Link back to moors-mummy in your post
  8. Return here and add your blog to the linky.
  9. Have a look at the others and comment on their blogs and follow on Pinterest!
  10. Enjoy it and come back next Sunday!
Rainbows have a very special place in my heart. To me there is something beautiful about the spectrum of colour. I love the way the colours contrast and yet go together.
They remind me of my friend.

Picture from Pinterest. Original source

My friend, was 13 when she died and her death upset me a lot.
I still sometimes feel that even 22 years later, that I haven't coped with it at all.
I know I have moved on, but that day changed so much of my life and my day to day routines.
My relationships.
I have struggled to make true friends ever since.
As a mum, living in a town where I didn't grow up, I have few friends, and no, what I would class as real friends. Sometimes it bothers me greatly.

Rainbows used to be my way of knowing she was happy and safe. They gave me comfort, and when I see one now, my heart jumps a little and a smile comes to my face. I know she has gone, but she will always be a part of me.
And even now, the colours bring back loads of very happy memories of her and me together.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Saturday is Caption Day!

Another week, another photo.

This one is an old one of when Beanie was about 5, 
when the first tooth fell out.
He is not one for blood, 
(that's a whole new blog post!) 
and wasn't too happy about loosing his teeth, 
he has got better since then!

Add your caption and then pop over to Mammasaurus to check out the others.

Friday, 24 February 2012

The Gallery - Landscapes

So here we are again another Gallery time,
 doing these always brings back memories of Tony Hart and Morph!
This weeks theme is Landscapes 
and I know I have shown you many over the time of the moors or the beach, 
but this is one you have yet to set your eyes on.

Admittedly we haven't seen this at all this year,
 but I do love it when it snows down here 
(if only because my 32 mile commute to work across the moor is a definite no-no!)
So this is Dartmoor, complete with the white stuff!

Remember to pop over to Tara and have a look at the rest of this weeks entries into The Gallery

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Swimming in a Sea of Chocolate!

I love Chocolate, to be honest I struggle to think of anyone who doesn't like it.
Even moors-daddy who has an allergy to it, still likes it!
I will admit I am a Galaxy kind of girl.
The smoothness, that melt in the mouth sensation that it brings!
But any chocolate will do if I am honest!

But can you ever have too much?

In the moors household the answer is quite simply .....YES!

I love Christmas, but there was a tradition in my house when I was growing up, that Santa brings chocolate for your stocking and this has been passed on, even though every year I regret it after Christmas, as we find ourselves swimming in it yet again.
The boys all had a stocking and the majority of their bits within it were chocolate based,
the had other bits in there too!
But here we are eight weeks after Christmas and there is still chocolate in the fridge and in Beanie's bedroom.
We allow Beanie to take it upstairs because we know that he will never go and just stuff his face.
He knows that this is wrong and so wouldn't dare do it.
The other two would!
Hence theirs is in the fridge, safe out of their way.
What gets to me every year,
isn't necessarily the amount that they get,
but that it does take them so long to eat it!
If it was mine it would have vanished by New Year,
but they are not really chocolate lovers
(must be a moors-daddy gene!)
and won't want it all the time.
When Beanie does ask to have some,
he inevitably comes back down with one chocolate coin.
We try and tell him that it is okay, if he wants more, but no - one is always enough.
So as soon as Christmas is over,
the supermarkets start stocking their shelves,
with the next seasonal goodies,
yep more chocolate!
And as in previous years,
the Christmas chocolate will last the boys up until ....
the week before the next lot arrives!
So in six weeks time,
our house will yet again be swimming in it,
though I guess there is always another option....
Mummy could always help them get through it!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Pinterest Party 1.

Welcome to the first Pinterest Party!
*blows party hooter*

The idea came to me after spending hours browsing my new found love - Pinterest.
I was finding my evenings going quicker than ever, as I sat submerged in pictures.
I wanted a way that I could share my boards and have a look at other people's whilst also finding out why they like the pictures they pin.

So the Pinterest Party was born.

What you do....
  1. Log in or set up an account on Pinterest.
  2. Then in the search bar type in the topic/theme for this week.
  3. This first week is CUPCAKES. (I said they would be random!)
  4. Browse through the pictures until you find ONE picture that you like the most.
  5. PIN IT onto your board (Pinterest Party- you may have to create one)
  6. Blog about your choice of picture. Making sure you follow the RULES.
  7. Link back to moors-mummy in your post
  8. Return here and add your blog to the linky.
  9. Have a look at the others and comment on their blogs and follow on Pinterest!
  10. Enjoy it and come back next Sunday!
So here is my first party piece.
I love cupcakes and I love making them, though I do struggle icing them, due to arthritis in my right wrist and thumb joint. Moors-daddy has to ice ours for us, as I just don't have the strength. When I saw this picture I knew it had to be my choice for the first party. Beanie is Lego obsessed and he would be absolutely made up if me or moors-daddy could create something like these. (I think moors-daddy would be too!) To be honest I think any Lego fan would be. Maybe we should have a go!
How fabulous are they?....

picture taken from Pinterest. Original source

I'm on Pinterest as moors-mummy!


Silent Sunday!

Silent Sunday was inspired by

Silent Sunday

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Welcome to my Pinterest PARTY!

To all Pinterest fans and I am now one of them, I invite you to join my weekly Pinterest Party!

I only discovered Pinterest a few weeks ago, but have found that my time now is spent looking through thousands of beautiful pictures, every evening. I have pinned them and set up my boards, some quite random, but that is what I like! I change them, I move them around, and I still have hardly any in comparison to  some, so I thought of a way to discover new pictures on Pinterest.

The idea is that every Sunday morning I will give you a topic or theme.                                                       
The themes will be chosen randomly, depending on what I find!!!
You have to find ONE picture from Pinterest that relates to that topic and post it on your blog stating why you chose this one picture from all those other lovely ones out there.
Then link back to my blog using the linky!
The linky will be open until the following Friday at midnight.

The Rules.
1. Anyone with a Pinterest account can join in (if you haven't got one I suggest you sign up - though be warned your evenings will quickly disappear amongst a pin board of beautiful pictures!)
2. The picture you post must have been pinned by you. I am going to suggest that you set up a "Pinterest Party" board so we can find all the pictures easily.
3. Make sure you abide by the copyright rules, and link your picture back to the original source. 
4. Fill in the linky on my blog, linking it to either your blog post or your Pinterest Party Board, so that others can find you (and that includes me!)
5. Clink glasses with as many of the other posts as possible, leaving comments and follow any bloggers that join in, that you like, on Pinterest!
6. ENJOY  looking at all those pictures!

So tomorrow morning at 8am the first topic will be posted and the partying begins!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

3 boys, 5 miles.

Today I did something I initially think is a good idea, then  I regret it and when it comes to it - do enjoy.
I had agreed earlier in the week to go out for a walk with my Mum, and she intended on inviting her sister in law (my aunt) and her kids too.
My family is a bit weird and it needs explaining, but I guess we are more normal these days than when I was younger. There is 17 years between my mum and her brother (I guess a bit of an accident!) and 10 years between him and myself. His children (my cousins) are 7 and 9, either side of Beanie! So even though Beanie calls them his cousins, they are in actual fact mine!!
So yesterday Mum calls to say that we are all going for a walk on the moors, I got the map and start thinking about the disused railway line from Princetown, perfect for bike riding.
Yes, I agreed, they can all meet at our house, that's fine!
11am- the gang arrive, Mum, my aunt and uncle and two cousins.
I had already started to regret the decision as I normally do at these situations! Anything like this stresses me out, especially when moors-daddy isn't coming.
My first problem, wherever we go  is that Monkey isn't going to be able to walk all the way, so that means taking the double buggy. Then there are the bikes, Beanies got quite a big one now, and Monkey has his balance bike.
How the hell do I get them all in the car? Okay, so our car isn't small but that is just a twister of a dilemma.
Will it all fit in?
Please Mum, don't even mention taking the dog!
I had packed a lunch, drinks, nappies, spare clothes for monkey, the potty and thought I was ready to start loading the car. I had to ask moors-daddy to help with the logistics of it, and I should have paid more attention! He got it in, so loaded in next, were wellies, coats and the boys.
The plan had changed; no more walk on the moors, too open, too windy, too cold.
We followed my uncle, he was taking us somewhere we had never been before. Somewhere not too far away, somewhere I had never heard of.
We got there and the bikes and pram were unloaded and then the boys.
We were ready to go, at last.
We set off along a trail, I had no idea where it would take us or how far it went. The three older kids rode off, whilst Mum pushed the pram and I helped Monkey on his balance bike. He still hasn't quite got the hang of it!

We had one potty stop before heading off up the track, it was flat, it was downhill and there were a couple of killer hills up too. Monkey, as predicted didn't last long on the bike, but walked some of it and sat in the pram for a lot. His balance bike is great, it is so light, that I can put it through the handle of the pushchair and strap it into place and there it remains.

We stopped for a picnic, and the big kids went off on an adventure, climbing in amongst the trees and branches.
We then continued on the loop. Worm nodded off, the big kids rode ahead.

Beanie was fantastic, not once did he moan, whine, or ask to go home. He had to prove to his cousins that he was capable of riding. Considering this was his first really big ride (it has previously just been up on the moors), he was amazing. He showed the other two up big time. They both had help pushing their bikes, the odd tantrum and their parents giving into them. Beanie did it all himself. Not once did he ask me or his Nanna for a hand. He pushed or rode the whole trail.

And what a trail.
The main loop was just over four miles.

Morwellham and Tamar Trails

We did the main loop plus an extra bit at the top that was probably just under another mile.
It was a fab walk and one I will definitely be doing again. I am really pleased we were shown where it was and the way around.

On our return to the car, Monkey too had fallen asleep. I put the boys in and then set work on pram and bikes.
Could I get them in?
Could I heck?
Thankfully my aunt and uncle had their van and so they put Beanie's bike in the back of it with theirs and dropped it home for us!!
At home, all the boys were shattered, slightly ratty, and in need of bed.
Me, well my hips are feeling it already, and tomorrow morning probably every other bone and muscle will too!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

i LoVe....#14 - Happy Valentines Day!

Find out about things "i LoVe"

My last 'i LoVe....' post.
I have enjoyed doing these for the last two weeks.
It has been interesting coming up with the things that I like, sorry "Love".
Today is probably the most important one.
Moors-Daddy and I met in August 1995.
We worked together in a shop in Plymouth.
I was the Saturday girl!
We started seeing each other in the September.
I had just turned 18!
16 and a half years later, things have changed.
But we are still together.
We eventually got married in 2003,
then seven months later Beanie was on the scene.
We have lived in two very different houses together,
but are now very much settled here.
We both work.
His shifts mean that we, at times, see very little of each other.
But we get by,
maybe it makes us stronger.
We appreciate the time that we do have together.
Last Easter we spent some quality time together.
Something we hadn't done in seven and a half years.
Moors-Daddy had planned and booked me a treat.
A surprise treat (my Christmas present).
A weekend in Paris.
No children.
(Thank you grandparents!)
A weekend to ourselves.
Decent sleep.
It was an adventure.
Just me and him.
We saw the sights,
we were up early,
too early, we should have had a lie in but no,
we had things to see.

We had the most amazing meal out.
In a Japanese restaurant.
It cost the earth but we didn't care.
That time together,
those two days,
just being alone,
meant the world to us both.
Brought us closer together.
We love our boys but we know,
that occasionally you have to be together, without them.
To remember why you are together in the first place.

We don't do Valentine's Day,
we never really have.
Because if you truly love someone,
then everyday is Valentine's Day,
just without the cards and presents,
we don't need to remind each other
that we love each other.
A lot.

So there is my 14th and final 'i LoVe....' post.
Now all you need to do is join in.
Simply post your five great loves onto your blog (and they can be about anything!)
and join the linky below.
I look forward to reading them.

Monday, 13 February 2012

i LoVe....#13

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The penultimate 'i LoVe....'
Number 13.
I have had to think quite hard about this one!
I thought I would tell you a bit more about me.
What I like to read and listen to,
and then it came to me,
in a flash of inspiration!
i LoVe....blogging.
It has now been seven months since I first wrote.
It has been a journey of discovery.
I still have days of blogging blues.
Days when I wonder why I write,
whether anyone reads.
I still don't have many followers,
but I am grateful for the few I have that I know
read everything I write.
New friends in blog land!
Most of the time though,
I do love writing.
Sharing with my 'friends' my day to day life.
The adventures we get up too.
I have loved my daily challenge so far.
A post everyday for 2012.
Whether it ends tomorrow or not,
I am undecided.
I would like to carry on,
or at least try.
But what can I write about!
On my journey into the world of blogging,
I have found some fantastic blogs,
both old and new,
and I want to keep discovering them,
to give me inspiration,
to make new friends,
and to see the highs and lows of parenting from other peoples perspectives.
To help get my life back on track.
Where I want it to be.
To regain my confidence.
To make new friends.
To get my voice heard.
To learn new skills.
To make my children's lives the best they can be.
And I would love for you to join me on my journey,
of rediscovering me.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

i LoVe....#12

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So number 12 is here, and I guess I have to give today's to Worm.
Worm is now 20 months old.
My baby.
Someone today asked me if there was anything specific he would like for his birthday.
That scared me.
My baby will be 2 soon.

He is a real sweetie. 
That cute little look.
Those eyes!

Worm is slowly developing his character.
A character that has to stand up to two big brothers.
He is roughly the same weight as Monkey and only about an inch shorter.
He can stand up for himself.
He does it by hitting and throwing.
You tell him off.
He laughs.
An infectious little laugh, that makes you want to smile.
His development is behind that of the other two (we shouldn't compare!)
But at 20 months he still can't walk.
He can do about 10 steps, but then gives in and crawls,
at the speed of light.
It is so much quicker to crawl than walk,
 if you are being chased by your brothers.
He talks nineteen to the dozen and probably has about a dozen recognisable words.
Great another chatter box!

He seems to understand very little, 
or maybe that is just because he is a boy!
He hates food.
He hardly eats a thing.
Nearly everything you put in front of him, 
gets thrown across the room.
He knows what he likes....
yoghurts and crisps.
He drives his mother insane over the little that he eats.
And his sleep is just as bad.
He can wake every 40 minutes.
I can be down the stairs 7 times a night.
If I am lucky it may be 3 times.
But even if he has had limited sleep and food.
He always has a smile.
A beautiful smile, that makes everyone else smile too.
He is also very cuddly, 
and yesterday, 
with the other two at their grandparents,
we sat and cuddled nearly all day.
I know he will get better,
his eating and sleeping will improve.
He will grow up being very close to Monkey.
They are two peas in a pod
and loved to bits!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

i LoVe....#11

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Only 3 more 'i LoVe....' posts until the linky! 
So I hope you are thinking about what you love!

Today is something that I do love, 
but that I just don't have time to do. 
I dream of the day when I will be able to have enough time to myself to get on and do it.

What is it?


I used to do a lot of cross stitch as a teenager, 
I have a work in progress. 
It's been in progress since 1997, 
that was when I last had the time. 
I think I may have done a bit more to it just after Beanie was born, 
but since then it has sat in our bedroom untouched.

Nearly finished but not quite.....!

I want to get it finished, 
but there are other things I want to try.

I want to learn to crochet. 
My gran taught me when I was about 12. 
I never started anything and so have forgotten. 
I regret that deeply now. 
My gran died when I was 19 and I wish like mad that she could be the one to teach me again. 
I have discovered some fab craft blogs that have great ideas and tips, 
including the amazing Red Ted Art.

 I bought myself the Cath Kidston Crochet book for Christmas, 
so that I can have a go, 
the instructions in it and those from Red Ted Art. 
I hope I can achieve something!
Crochet Kit in a BookTin

I would also like a sewing machine, to make a variety of different things. 
I was inspired by the lovely Kirstie Allsopp on her Handmade Britain show and would love to have a go at machine embroidery.

I can see me now. 
A lovely little work area in our bedroom with lots of fabrics, 
buttons (I love buttons!) and ribbons. 
My sewing machine set up.

I will let you know how I get on, 
if and when I attempt these but fingers crossed I will get a chance soon!

Saturday is Caption Day!

Another Saturday is upon us!
So add your caption to the picture below.

And when you have finished, 
pop on over to Mammasaurus and check out all the others.


Friday, 10 February 2012

I LoVe....#10

Find out about things "i LoVe"

For today's 'i LoVe....' I am going to post something quite simple.
I love flowers,
 and occasionally I am lucky enough that moors-daddy will go out and get me some. 
Sometimes  I buy myself some.

My favourites are tulips. 
I love white tulips, 
they are probably the best but any colour tulips will do.
 I like the simplicity of tulips, the simple lines.

There is something very peaceful about Tulips. They bring me a sense of calm.

I also love Freesias,

again my favourite are the white ones,  but I love these because of their scent.
I had freesias in my wedding bouquet, and again there is a certain simplicity to these too.

I would love to be able to grow flowers in my garden. But at the moment the garden is very much a child friendly garden.
It is laid to lawn so the boys can play football, run around etc.
It isn't the biggest garden in the world, but we have just enough space for a small play area.
It has a playhouse, a swing and a slide.
One day this area will be my vegetable patch.
Where I will be able to grow carrots, potatoes and beans.
I also have plans for the lawns, to break them up and get some flowers in.
To make the garden a bit more adult friendly,
or will the boys be playing football forever?!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

i LoVe....#9

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'i LoVe....#9'

Today is the turn of boy number two.


As he is getting older he is changing so much.
Only this morning we commented on how grown up he has become.
Three days a week at nursery and wearing big boy pants, makes a huge difference.

Monkey, is very sweet, very cuddly (on his terms) and very amusing.
His character is developing, 
he is beginning to work things out in his own way. 
He is already beginning to shine at nursery.
He desperately wants to be like Beanie....8, 
when he is still just 3!

Monkey asked if he could learn to play the drums when he was can guess my response! 
But as he has got a little older we have realised that actually he will. 
He and moors-daddy sit and watch the music channels, 
both pretending to drum away, 
and Monkey has rhythm! 
We may be able to hold him off until his fourth birthday. 
I hope so at least!

Monkey likes being outdoors, he likes running around. 
He is also my little sleeper, 
he would regularly go 12 hours if I could let him. 
He is still firmly attached to his dummy, 
and even though we have talked about the dummy fairy coming, 
he isn't quite ready for the visit yet.

He has now been in pants during the day since December.
We have had the odd accident, don't they all?
If we are going out, we put pull ups on under his pants
and tell him they must be dry on our return.
They usually are.
Today whilst at the swimming pool,
he asked to go to the big boy toilet.
His first wee on a toilet out of the house!!
No more pull ups when we are out and about!
Nights are still a long way off.
I have never known a child who can wet through a nappy at night, 
like Monkey can.
I regularly wash his bed!

But Monkey is so funny at times, doing his robot dance, 
chasing Worm around the coffee table
and if you are lucky enough you may just catch him 
watching telly and dancing to the Teletubbies
or just dancing and wiggling his bum to the music!