“Can I Watch My DVD?”

So, the invasion of the mouseling continues…

Angelina Ballerina is still the favourite new toy, she is subjected to all manner of activities on a daily basis (and is whipped away when ever possible by the Little Man) and made to sit through her very own new DVD “Pop Star Girls” as often as the Little Lady is allowed to play it.. So some part of most days…

Now, I have only seen bits of the DVD, flitting in and out of the room as us Mothers do but I have seen the transfixed look of worship on my daughters face and yes, I can hear the wailing (sorry) singing along with the soundtrack clearly enough, I’m happy enough with the content as we have had to watch Angelina on the TV on and off for the last year or so; the determination to succeed and learning about responsibilities story lines can only have a positive effect can’t they, (although there is way too much pink involved for my liking!)  I can honestly tell you that she is loving it, and that is the important thing, right?

We also seem to be spending a lot of time stiffing giggles whilst having to watch a “performance” of rather sweet ballet ‘interpretation’ including much waving of the arms and flicking of the head to peek at how well she’s being received.  In fact, I asked the little lady if she would like ballet lessons, she said “why?” and looked put out, I said “So you can learn how to do ballet” and she replied with relief “I already can do ballet” followed by more arm swinging and pirouetting.

I’d be daft not to conclude that Angelina is a huge hit with both of my children as the little man is right behind his sisters wishes to watch the DVD, he even requested watching “Angemouserina” whilst she was away at nursery this week and his 3yo interpretation of her dancing is beyond hilarious! He tells me “Pink is my fay-it” (favourite for those who don’t speak little boy) which I calmly refuse to worry about after my sisters experiences with my nephew and the “pink spiderman costume” saga….


Here is the science bit…
Release Date: Monday 21st March 2011
RRP:  £12.99
Running Time: 60 minutes
Available from: All major retailers and www.hitstoreuk.com



A New Friend – Angelina

We have new member of the family. Last Wednesday, a guest arrived at our house sporting a pink tutu, a small bag and several classy accessories and wormed her way into my daughters affections. I say wormed but actually to be honest the word I should use is Moused.

Enter Angelina Mousling, the want to be ballerina and star aka the Angelina Ballerina Dance and Sing Doll, which is part of the new range of Angelina toys by Mattel.

This is her face when Angelina arrived

Love at first sight…

….And since last Wednesday my world has been dominated by mousey pinkness pirouetting around the house with the little lady singing along with the catchy tune “I’m a real star” and even the piece of classical music she plays to leap to.

She has been everywhere with us, dancing her way through her days… The Little Lady worked out exactly how to get the music and dancing going within seconds of the packet being open in the way that children do, squeezing the dolls middle so her arms and legs move into pirouettes and leaps and the music plays; and yes Mums, there is an off button (phew) if you can get away with using it…

and as soon as she put Angelina down for two seconds? The little man swept her up and danced her around the room for over an hour! I couldn’t help thinking that this reaction to a toy is exactly what parents look for from birthdays and Christmases…

Yes, I’m afraid Angelina Mousling is here to stay, if not take over…..

The Gallery – Motherhood

As soon as I read this weeks The Gallery post at Sticky Fingers I knew I was in trouble, Motherhood.  Not a huge word in it’s self but so crammed with meaning and emotion that I went into a kind of panicky spiral, how could I cram all that love, inspiration, luck, joy and responsibility into a photograph that spoke to me – and then it was going to be seen by such a huge audience – overwhelmed! There is no other way to describe it!

I get such a kick out of joining in with the gallery although it has only been a few short weeks, I was not going to abstain, no way! So I asked some friends what it meant to them in a hope that if I explored in my mind what Motherhood actually means to me I could grasp a physical aspect to capture…  I had suggestions of generations of ladies together, little feet and hands, pregnant women etc but the one which really captured me as being the most truthful was from a local friend who said “something nasty…like sick or poo…. or a child covered head to toe in paint…my untidy house…. a very long list…”

Which has led my to my photograph, the topic was suggested by Daddy..

This is my front room. It didn’t used to look like this, once it had lovely wooden shelves and a cabinet for the TV, we had houseplants in corners and a fireplace too.  We thought for a long time about how to make our living environment safer, user friendly, storage useful.

Changing, adapting, sharing, keeping safe, being watchful, playing, creating, learning, crying, kissing better, loving…. Motherhood.

It just occurred to me to add this too, somebody who wanted a bit of the action…

had to join in 🙂