As mentioned in an earlier post, we met at my sister's house on Saturday for an early celebration on Nick's birthday. Last year, we had just left Russia after having met our sons for the first time, just before Nick's birthday. I could never have imagined what my life would be like a year later. It really just gets better every day.
Here is a picture of the boys, sweeping the floor with their new brooms. My mom got them both a broom for Nick's birthday. Unfortunately, I usually end up having to take them away from them after a short period of time because they want to use them for purposes for which they were not intended. I'm sure you can imagine.
This is a picture of a puzzle that also provides practice of buttoning, zipping, lacing, snapping and also buckling. This was actually suppose to be for three year olds and up. Since both of their birthdays fall so close to Christmas, I have tried to get them some things that they won't outgrow too soon:).
Next is a picture of the cut-able fruit and veggies, which are from Melissa and Doug, as is the teddy bear puzzle. Ben especially loves loves loves this toy and gets very upset if Nick picks up the knife, even if he was not playing with it to begin with. The dad made a new "knife" out of a paint stirring stick (also pictured below) and they are very happy with this solution.
Nick also received an airport set, which included a really neat little airplane that makes a noise (a quiet noise, thankfully), a helicopter, the airport tower, a little motorcycle with a side car and several little people. It is very cute and they have already figured out how to take part of the airplane apart:). Unfortunately, I didn't get around to taking a picture of it, but at least I have described it, for the record:).
This is what the fruits and veggies normally looks like, since they (mostly Ben) cut it apart again, as soon as I can put it together.