The three of us sat at the kitchen table and poured over our catalogs in silence for several minutes - which in kid time is roughly equivalent to four adult hours. It was beautiful. Then we all began adding things to our Christmas lists.
Batman pouted that he can't have Lego sets for kids 7+. It's not that I'm a stickler for the age guidelines, but I relented and let his Mimi get him a Lego Alien Invasion set for his birthday and it frustrated him (but did keep him quiet in his room for hours. Again, in kid time, it's like we didn't see/hear from him for days.) He finally relented and put a fire truck and
Robin kept asking for TRIO Batcave. Not going to happen, kid. Batman has a Batcave and you guys seldom play with it, so you can get over it. But the Joker house is an option. Maybe.
A Barbie watch. I had one once. It was my "dress" watch for fancy occasions until I got thrown into a pool while wearing it and it never worked again.
I added these to my Christmas list, ripped the pages from the catalog and put them on The Spouse's nightstand, and all begged him over and over again. I was met with an eyeroll and a sigh.
Batman and I read the officially-sanctioned-by-kindergarten book before bed, then cuddled and read the Lego catalog, cover to cover. It's probably not what his teacher hoped for when she tasked us with reading to our kids for 15 minutes each night, but whatevs, it was reading. Batman even read, "Ships for Free" all by himself. Useful life skill, kid.
*Please note that while I have posted pics things the Superheroes and I love, I have gotten paid exactly bupkis. There, are you happy FCC??*