Gosh, I still haven't managed to post anything from Katya's birthday two weeks ago... First thing that morning, she woke me up so she could get her present!
She and Natalia had really been wanting this cool concession stand from American Girl... Her grandparents all chipped in and wowed her with this really cool toy. She has had a lot of fun practicing using American money (I got her a complete set of larger play money) with the cash register, setting it up next to Natalia's ice rink. Since she was still home sick, she used it non-stop that week!
I'm glad they have fun playing with the money; she is still rather confused when it comes to understanding the relative values of rubles, euros and dollars.
They also have plans to use it as a bookstore (they're making mini books), grocery store, and veterinary clinic/pet shop (you can make your own banner to put on top). This toy gets four stars for play value!