We wrapped one of Lola's Christmas gifts in a decorative box filled with hundreds of coins. I don't remember why exactly -- I think to make it jingle when she shook it -- but it was a big hit.
The problem came when Millie opened her most treasured gift, a set of pretend cookware featuring all things Minnie Mouse. For whatever reason, Millie thought these coins would make a great substitute for water and food and she spends lengths of times moving the coins from her cooking pot to the strainer, scooping them up with a ladle or measuring cups and stirring them around with the whisk.
So they have kind of become Millie's "toy" -- and while we've talked a few times about us probably replacing the real money with a fake version, she just really likes the weight and jingling sounds.
The other day, we were in the kitchen; I was cooking while Millie was playing with her own kitchen set.
She started hollering for us to look at what she had done...
She was so pleased with herself.
What a cutie-pie.