We got Toby a toy barbecue grill set. He loves to cook on it, using all the implements


You have to wait for everything to be cooked just right.


The corn and chicken are in halves held together with velcro, so he has a plastic knife for cutting them on his chopping board. One night he stuck a piece of chicken to a piece of corn: “I did make cornchicken”


Toby was about to have his first sleepover at Lauren and Sam's house, so we got him a suitcase


Very proud of his big suitcase


Toby reading a story to his friend Baby Lilly


Giving Lilly a nice hug


Nessie and Scout asleep on (mostly) their nice new throw from IKEA.


Scout was fast asleep even though he was half off the chair


One afternoon we decided to get Toby a day pass for Camp Snoopy - the funfair in Mall of America. Here he's impatiently waiting to ride on the big trucks


You can't see Toby here, but he is doubtless enjoying “Driving the steering wheel”


Toby in action


Camp Snoopy


Waiting to go on the little roller coaster with Mummy


Practicing putting our hands in the air for when we go fast. Toby did this as soon as he sat down because the people who went on before were doing it. They're not even moving at this point.


Zooming round. You can just make out Toby's hand in the air.


On the schoolbus ride


The bus goes up and over


Majestic disabled seat on the carousel.


Riding on the carousel


Toby's riding a cat.


Getting ready on the speedway


This ride totally throws you round the bends - it's hilarious.


Zooming round


This ride sucked - it's a very slow train and the jobsworth attendant wouldn't let me ride on for free because he thought Toby was tall enough to go without a chaperone.


Unfortunately there was hardly anyone else on so Toby was in his own carriage, alone. He would turn round and say “I'm riding a train” and seemed fairly happy but for his parents it was a little heartbreaking to watch.


Toby and Mummy zooming.


Zoom


About to zoom


Zoooom!


The second time we went on this Toby rode inside the truck but as chaperone I had to sit on top, feeling like a bit of a fool. Toby loved it though.


One more time on the rollercoaster. Practicing with the hands in the air.


Rollercoasters etc


On the rollercoaster with Daddy. Hands in the air.


We went to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden do make some art.


Learning to do tree bark rubbings


The artist at work


Bark rubbing.


Getting the rubbing just right


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How idyllic


Working on his masterpiece


Checking Mummy's work


Minneapolis Sculpture Garden


Appreciating sculpture