Both girls absolutely love chocolate. While they both prefer white chocolate, they'd never refuse the good ole milk chocolate variety... We're quite partial to Le Pain Quotidien, a Belgian cafe that opened this winter in the Evropeysky Mall food court. Natalia adores getting hot chocolate there; they bring you the typical French bowl to drink from (kids in France start the day with a bowl of cocoa, not a mug)--filled with steamed milk--and a small pot filled with melted chocolate. You then get to pour the chocolate into the milk, choosing just how rich you'd like it to be (as rich as possible, of course!). Such fun!
A few weekends ago we spent the afternoon at the mall, playing in the game area, walking around and having dinner. We had intended to go for a walk at Victory Park, but realized it was too darn cold. (Natalia had an ear infection and wasn't feeling 100% well--that's also why we didn't choose to ice skate at the mall). The girls love pushing their dolls around. It can be a pain to deal with both doll strollers, but it's fun to see them enjoying being little girls--so we're happy to let them. (Look, Mom--Talia's doll is wearing the sweater you knit for her).
While Chris checked out the shoe sales (sales do occur here, they're just never as good in the USA-even on sale, most things are still more expensive), the girls had fun dancing around to some Russian pop music.