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I Don’t Know How To Do This – My Son Needs Brain Surgery

I have written this post in my head for weeks. This is so much harder than I can describe, but I am going to try, because we need help, and people need to know what this is like. I need to be able to find others who have had this experience. I need other mom’s who have walked this path and can help me walk it. I need to know that you can survive this as a parent. That my heart won’t break, and that if the worst happens, we can endure. Maybe I can be that person for someone else in the future. Please follow the link below to donate to my son’s GoFundMe Account if you can! Click to Donate Now! My son, Ben, is sick. He has autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression and asthma since he was born. This was hard enough. This was enough to make me...
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Captain America – Civil War or Iron Man is a Jerk

I took my son to the preview of Captain America – Civil War. He was so excited he was bouncing in his seat, and I couldn’t get him to stop until the movie started. He is 11 now, but he has watched superhero movies his whole life and loves them. We got to preview the movie in return for our honest review. This movie is PG-13 and earns that rating due to violent action scenes and mature themes. We have made the decision that when it comes to our child such movies are okay as long as they are set in a fictional world, and we always preview or watch the movies with him to make sure he understands what he saw and can put any scary or difficult situations in perspective. As there will be countless other children who see this film, I want other parents to understand that...
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Avengers: Age of Ultron – A Must See!

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to review this movie in exchange for two tickets to the premier showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising. Regardless of the compensation I always offer my opinion on this blog and will only recommend products and services that I actually use. Thanks – Natalie Wahl – Author of Newswahl I have not blogged in a while because perfectionism has struck and made it so everything I start to write ends up sounding silly, but this is an easy article! If you have not seen the preview, it is a great movie, and you can check it out here!   I took my 10-year-old son to this movie. He and his father both wanted to go, but in the end he won, because Dad...
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Ended: Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

This email contains affiliate links. That means if you make a purchase, I earn a small commission. I’m only an affiliate for companies I trust and/or purchase from myself. While this does not cost you anything, it does garner my heartfelt thanks. By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it’s better than ever! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come. Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. The Ultimate Bundles team has done the hard work for you, searching the web to find the very best eBooks from top homemaking authors and combining them into one essential collection that you can buy in one simple purchase. Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price....
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Sleep and Fatigue

Nature’s Sleep is having a promotion! Use the code BEARS50 to get 50% off the entire site as well as free shipping. I am saving up for one of their fabulous mattresses. Hopefully it won’t take too much longer as our mattress is getting old. My son could really use a new mattress too. So, I bring up mattresses cause I think they’re cool and because fatigue is a huge part of my life. Sometimes there are nights and days where I cannot sleep because the pain is overwhelming and/or I am just to wound up. I have tried several types of sleeping medications, and techniques. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. It just so happens that I have all kinds of sleep issues. I have trouble falling asleep. I wake up every morning between 2-4 and have a hard time going back to sleep, and then once I’m asleep...
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Ended: Uh Oh Bands Giveaway

Welcome to the Uh Oh Bands Giveaway Hosted by: SaraLee’s Deals Steals & Giveaways Sponsored by: Uh Oh Bands Our simple, intuitive design uses the international symbol for first aid to send out a quick “call to action” to “call my mommy”.  All you do is write your phone number on the back of the band.  It’s simple and potentially life-saving! My son wanders off frequently because he has severe ADHD, even though he is older now, we worry we will lose him. He just gets distracted and forgets. We have tried many tactics to teach him, but now I think it’s just time to take preventative actions. A few more things about our bands: •waterproof •durable •100% silicone – that means they’re latex allergen free! •comfortable •designed by a mom •GREAT for kids with autism and learning disabilities!!! Now for the giveaway: Two lucky people will win a UH...
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$25 Giftgard Giveaway

Welcome to the Green Giant’s “Raise A Giant” Anti-Bullying Campaign & $25 Visa GC Giveaway Hosted by: SaraLee’s Deals Steals & Giveaways Sponsored by: Green Giant’s “Raise A Giant” Anti-Bullying Campaign #MyBlogSpark Green Giant knows it takes a lot more to raise a healthy child then just getting them to eat their vegetables. Kids these days live in a world that is bigger and scarier than the world we grew up in, and they need help and encouragement to navigate that world with confidence and pride. Unfortunately one of the hardest things kids have to deal with is bullying. When a child is bullied by a peer it can turn his or her life into a daily gauntlet of fear and anxiety. How Do You Raise A Giant? We’re asking parents to write a letter to their kids telling them how special they are and encouraging them to be part...
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Kidecals – Personalized Kids Name Labels

*Disclosure: I received free product in return for this post. Kidecals are a great, new, waterproof label for all your kids stuff. With summer on the way we have swimming at the Y, Day Camps, travel to see family and friends and a host of other activities. All of our gear needs to be labeled so we can keep track of what is ours.I am currently volunteering at a local preschool and they have the same dilemma. Lots of kids, multiple activities, and a need to label everything. We are always searching for that elusive magic marker to make sure that nobodies stuff gets mixed up. (We seem to also always be searching for shoes). 🙂 Kidecals are a great option. Dishwasher, washing machine and dryer safe, they are perfect for almost any surface. Eventually marker fades or washes away. They are durable and can stick to almost any surface....
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#Sponsored ICE Blackbox App

*I was asked to review this product and received the app for free as well as payment for this post. As always, the views and opinions expressed are my own, and I would never recommend a product that I did not support and enjoy. ICE Blackbox App is an app designed to prevent bullying and other forms of assault. It is extremely easy to use, and easy to set-up. The app allows users to quickly dial 911, and to record the event which is then uploaded to a secure cloud network where predetermined contacts are instantly notified. GPS location is also recorded, and neither the victim, nor the assailant can delete the recordings. I was impressed by how easy this application is to set-up and use. It instantly takes you to the recording and dial 911 screen once the set-up process is completed.  Bullying is something that we worry about...
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Closed: Udderly Smooth Gift Basket Giveaway

WELCOME TO OUR GREAT UDDERLY SMOOTH GIFT BASKET GIVE AWAY! My son has sensitive skin, as do most of my nieces and nephews. This is one of our favorite products as it is gentle on skin and can handle the toughest cases of dry skin and even diaper rash. It is definitely a product a would recommend and one that we have used. I will be working on my heels for sandal season, and my son will appreciate the extra protection for his skin as we will be swimming a lot this spring and summer. I love spring time, but it can certainly cause a lot of preparation behind the scenes on legs and body in order to get your legs and arms ready for their new exposure to shorts and tee shirts! Don’t forget it is also flip flop season which means time to take care of your dry...
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Friday Night Fun!

My goal is to blog daily, but I’m still working on that. We’ve had a rough marriage with a pattern of medical and then financial difficulties. I am very hopeful that we are starting to see the light at the end of that tunnel, and am trying to focus on what life will be like when that is different. First we want to adopt. Infants, a sibling group, slightly older children, we really aren’t picky. What we are is broke. 🙂 So we are saving and budgeting and working extra hard to not incur unnecessary expenses. My husband tutors most days of the week, and already has a summer job lined up. I am budgeting, meal planning, and working to create a blog and media business. I love blogging, and writing, so maybe I’ll freelance. There are lots of opportunities out there. If I get a lot better, then I...
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Parenting Webinar from the InJoy and the Children’s Project

I have recently started a working/collaborative partnership with the group The Children’s Project. They have an awesome book, and their program has built my relationship with my son to a new level. It has also helped me to understand and nurture other relationships. I would highly recommend this webinar, and you can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon. It is an easy read, but packed with great practical advice and examples. I am still working my way through it, as I have to keep stopping to apply the principles and see how they work. So far it has been miraculous. My son has struggled with depression and anxiety, and using the principles taught in the book has really helped him to regain his confidence and happy demeanor. Please feel free to share this information with anyone and everyone. Their goal is to have a million people read the...
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Quarantined

I have been under quarantine. My son caught the flu, then got an upper respiratory infection, and then the stomach flu. Lucky me. Then, because I am special, I caught everything he had. Two emergency room visits, several doctor’s appointments, and one Quick Care visit later, and I think (fingers crossed) that we are finally on the mend. My husband is a teacher, and my son goes to school, so no guarantees. My husband calls the students walking petri dishes, but at least we’ve weathered the last of the stomach bug this time around. When I get sick, I sleep a lot. I am lucky and unlucky in that I lack a gag reflex, so nothing will make me puke, but it means that I feel sick a lot longer than I would if I could just get the bug out of my system. So, I sleep. My son, however,...
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2013 Goals

Rather than overwhelm myself with a years worth of goals, I am going to go month by month, and hold myself accountable via the blog. I divide my goals into categories, and usually like to have a written plan in my planner, and set deadlines, as all the wonderful experts suggest. The good news is that I am very driven and tend to achieve my goals. The bad news is that I often try to do too much. Family – Get  therapy and other interventions in place for Benjamin. Make family time “fun” therapy times. Establish weekly date nights with my husband. Spiritual – Read the Book of Mormon Pray out loud at least once daily. Physical – Exercise daily – I have joined a Dahn yoga studio and need to go everyday. We also have a Disney dance program for the Wii that will be awesome, and I need...
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New Year fun with Gutzy Gear

Gutzy Gear My son was thrilled to be able to share Gutzy Gear with his entire second grade class. Because the class is so large, we had the kids play a few games to earn patches, and when they all had two, they got to trade for patches that they really wanted. It was extremely generous of Gutzy Gear to provide all the materials for each child, and the games. The kids loved trading the patches, and still have them on their backpacks. We did this the first week of school, and then I waited to see if the patches would get lost, wear off, or get old. My son still loves them, and even transferred them to a new backpack when the other backpack wore out. The patches look like new and have not be lost or fallen off by accident. My son is NOT careful with his backpack....
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Birthdays and Giveaways

Today was my son’s birthday party. We played with Legos. It was the easiest party ever. Legos, cake, and presents. They all had a blast and my son is overjoyed with all his new Lego sets. His Aspergers makes him obsessed with Legos, so today was his favorite day ever. He even got to go to Target and pick out some thanks to gift cards from friends. He was so excited he couldn’t stop jumping up and down this morning and now he is exhausted. I don’t want to fail to mention the tragedy in Connecticut, but it is so sad, that I don’t have words. My husband teaches at an elementary school. The fact that the world is becoming more and more dangerous terrifies me, yet somehow I still have faith that most people are good, there is a life after this, a God who looks after us, and...
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Dreams

Most children have many roles and things that they want to be when they grow up. I was unique in that mine never changed. I had contingency plans, but all I ever dreamed of and wanted was to have 12 kids and live on a farm. My favorite books are and were Cheaper By The Dozen,  and Joe’s Boys. When I met my husband I made it clear that no matter the sacrifice I wasn’t going to work. I would be home with our children and we would have as many as possible. I love cooking, baking, sewing, cleaning, playing with and teaching children, and I love everything about being a mother. Before our son was born, I lost to pregnancies to miscarriage. I was devastated. It was early, but my desire to be a mother was so strong that losing even one precious child took a piece of my...
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When Did I Become a Blubbering Mess – Warning, this is not a happy post.

It has been three weeks since my son has been diagnosed with Aspergers, OCD, and ADHD. I cry all the time. He is so angry, and so sad, and I don’t know how to help him. I also lack perspective. I worked with autistic kids, and studied them. It was academic. Now it is real. I know the challenges he will face, the struggles we will have. I know how to teach him, and that I will forever be the mean mother. My perfect baby who was going to have the healthy, happy life that I can’t now has to struggle. I did not want this for him. People keep suggesting I watch the t.v. show Parenthood. Today I watched the pilot and sobbed all the way through. The little boy is about the same age as mine, and has the same symptoms and problems. My son is a little...
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Life Can Be Hard

I have been avoiding the internet, blogging, and all things online for the past week or so. I have touched in with facebook, and occasionally made sure I didn’t have any important e-mails pending, but mostly I have gone off the grid. I have also been hiding in my room. Here is why: my son was just diagnosed with Apergers, OCD, ADHD, ODD, a mood disorder, social phobia, and sensory processing disorders. He may also have an eating disorder. In the last week, I have seen what it is like for a child to loose control and rage without remembering the incident, or even knowing why. I have watched my son struggle to understand why he has to take new medications everyday and what the name/label of Aspergers means. I have learned that I am not alone amongst even my neighbors in dealing with this disorder, and I have cried...
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Struggling to Parent, or Parenting a Struggling Child?

Today I got a phone call that I never expected to receive. The basic suggestion behind the call is maybe our program is not the right fit for your child. He is disruptive, and we don’t know how to handle him. He’s been in this program for years. His behavior has not changed, but perhaps it should have, as he has gotten older. They had other teachers who dealt with his behavior wonderfully and he was thriving. Why is this year so different? What happened? Could it be that I spent most of last year in the hospital with a life threatening and life altering condition? Could it be that he is a scared little boy trying to cope with things that he doesn’t understand? Does my child have ADHD, or even worse, does he have Asperger’s syndrome? Sadly the questions that run through my mind are mostly is this...
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Real Kids Shades Review

This fall we were the lucky recipients of some amazing sunglasses for my son. His Real Kids Shades are a great fit, stylish, and durable, which is their most attractive feature. I love the wrap-around band, and that they protect him from both UVA and UVB light. We have bought sunglasses in the past and they rarely offer this level of protection. I have learned that sun damages eyes like it does skin, and that children wearing sub-par sunglasses are at higher risk because the tinting causes their eyes to dilate and thus exposes them to more of the suns rays. It is also important that kids have coverage year-round, which I am guilty of just providing sunscreen and sunglasses during the summer. My son is extremely active and we live in Las Vegas, where it is sunny year round. It is important that he have protection for his eyes...
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Family Finances

I married a school teacher. I knew we would never be rich, and that we would always have to buy supplies for his students. I knew that we would live a simple life. I knew that he loved children and so did I, and teaching is his calling and who he is to the core. I love that about him. I love our simple life. I do not love our struggle with money. You see, things always crop up that exceed our budget. At first, it was car repairs, and school expenses. Then there were the medical bills, and the increase in cost of living. Now there are medical bills, car repairs, and the cost of adopting. Somehow we became a family with debt. In the past two years we have taken major steps to end that cycle. The credit cards are gone, and we have a lawyer working with...
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Kelly Kits – Fun for the whole family :)

Kelly Kits encourage art play using a wide variety of creative tools & materials beyond what coloring books can offer. The Original Kelly Kit comes complete with one set of five unique activities that cover the five art disciplines: painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, & collage. Each kit contains all of the tools & materials needed for the activities, the user just needs access to a kitchen! To increase functionality for homeschooling parents, each activity includes an instruction card with an enrichment idea to adapt the art activity to a school lesson. Kelly Kits are designed to encourage creativity & teach! These kits look like a lot of fun. I can’t wait to try them. By signing up you can get a free kit. I will warn my readers that this is a subscription service, and you will have to cancel to avoid paying a monthly fee, but I love trying...
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Challenge: Be Grateful and Kind and Tell me How, Maybe you’ll win a prize:)

I love life and being busy, but I have a tendency to make mistakes, and sometimes I over book myself, or forget important things. I am human. It seems that the world is a lot harder on people now. We don’t give allowances, screw up at work and you get yelled at instead of corrected and allowed to try again. We are anxious to sue others if they make a mistake, and rarely apologize or take responsibility for our actions as that may appear as weakness or an admittance of liability. I hate this. I long for the polite society in books, where wrongs were forgiven, or dealt with swiftly, and others were quick to apologize and take responsibility. What happened to that world? When did we all become so calloused and self-serving? I work with children and have a son. He is showing signs of thinking he is entitled...
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*Ended Win Perplexus 3D Maze

This Giveaway is done by SaraLee’s Deals Steals & Giveaways I had the joy of reviewing the Perplexus Original 3D maze and you can see my review here. The people with the Perplexus Original 3D maze liked my review and are letting me do a giveaway for my fans.   My dad loves puzzles and mazes and has several. My son is extremely visual and also loves puzzles and mazes. This looks like the perfect toy for him. He has to think, it requires fine motor skills and patience, and he would love to play with it. My dad has a similar one and the grand kids love to see if they can work it out. All of them are under the age of 8. Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a Perplexus Original 3D maze. This is open to US & ends 8/22/12 @ 11:59 pm...
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*Ended Banish bad hair days forever with Knot Genie Giveaway

  Knot Genie Giveaway Sponsor – Knot Genie Hosted by College Grad Coupons   College Grad Coupons reviewed this truly magical detangling brush. Knot Genie graciously provided us with an additional brush to give to one of our readers! Want to learn more about the Knot Genie? Check out College Grad Coupon’s Knot Genie Review Knot Genie is every parent’s dream brush for their child that has the longest and thickest hair you’ve ever seen. Growing up as one of those children, I am glad, as an adult, that Knot Genie was invented. It’s a handle-less brush with multiple length, flexible bristles that tackle all your tangles with ease! TRUST ME KNOT GENIE IS YOUR DETANGLING MIRACLE! Knot Genie is a great addition to your get-ready routine or the perfect gift for anyone with unruly hair. If you want the chance to own one of these Knot Genie brushes, all...
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Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz is a national company that teaches children pre-k to high school through Lego’s and Duplos. They offer summer camps, school programs, birthday parties and more. My husband is working there this summer, and I think I was just hired as a social media consultant, and possible special needs teacher, which would be totally awesome. My son goes to most of the summer camps with his Dad and adores them. He will build all day and then come home and build some more. I love it. He is with friends, creating and exploring and learning and growing. I even got into it and built a Star Wars vehicle all day today. It was a lot of fun. They take all ages and stages, and they are super sweet with the kids. It is a fun day, broken up by snacks, games and other activities between building an assigned...
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Team Mommies

Mommies Point of View found at https://www.teammommiespr.com is my new blogging network. I am thrilled to be part of their group, and amazed at their professionalism. Busy Brandi just did an amazing logo, banner and other features for the blog Mommies Point of View. She did a beautiful job and offers inexpensive blog designs for those of us who can’t pay $100’s of dollars.  She also offers premade blog designs that are beautiful and fun. You can find her designs, pricing and giveaways here: http://busybrandi.com Mommies Point of View is a great site for giveaways, product reviews and coupons. There are also blog posts from several different bloggers like myself on various parenting and other topics. I hope to take a large  role  in hosting a parenting question and answer forum, as well as conducting a book club. I would love to see your questions and book suggestions. Blogging is a...
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Helping Boys Read

My son loves to read, and is at the top of his first grade class. I would estimate that he is reading at a 3rd or 4th grade level. He has accomplished this stunning feat this year, thanks to good teachers, and some careful strategies that my husband and I have employed to create a great reader in our son. Now before you go and dismiss my son as being smart, or precocious, or extra focused you need to know that he has ADHD. He cannot focus, sit still for long, or even tolerate a long book. In addition, his father is dyslexic and Ben showed many signs of dyslexia, which we have now learned were due to the ADHD. We do treat his ADHD with medication and that has helped, but it did not teach him to read. My primary message to parents is to read to and with...
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Mom’s Meet Ambassador

I am a new Mom’s Meet Ambassador. It is a great excuse to get together with other mom friends, and we get to try new products. I also joined Martha Stewart Living‘s community and applied to be a blogger with them, and joined Chiquita mom’s. Ultimately I want to grow blogging into a community adventure for myeself. It is a way to connect and enjoy life without having to leave my room, which is sometimes necessary. I learned a long time ago, I need connections. I need human interaction, and while I am not so great with adults, I am amazing with children. I just need to learn adult speak. I am working on that. I am also applying to blog with other established sites, and will be starting a blog for my sons theater group. Blogging is my new passion and career. Add that to tapping and I am...
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Mother’s Day

Today was a wonderful day. I got breakfast in bed, mini roses, and chocolate. What’s not to love. My husband dealt with the rowdy 7-year-old, who we forgot to give his ADHD meds to, and I slept a wonderful sleep where I saved the community and a child from the apocolypse. I have been having strange dreams lately. My brother skyped my mom from Australia where he is serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is doing well, speaking Mandarin, and otherwise enjoying sharing our faith with others. Coincidental all of my other siblings managed to call in during his call, so we all got to hear his voice and ask him questions. It is the first time we’ve talked to him since January, and the last time we’ll hear from him until Christmas. We have letters and his e-mails, but it was...
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New Adventures

I had a blog for Multiple Sclerosis, but now it seems they’ve found yet another diagnosis for my maddening and wildly varied symptoms. I am happy for a more unifying diagnosis, but have been through this process far too many times. I need to find another specialist in another state and then figure out how exactly I’m going to pay all the bills. My one saving grace is the change in medications has vastly changed my day-to-day life and it’s only been one day, so hurray for small blessings. My son has ADHD. Up until now, we’ve just dealt with it. Then I got sick, and we medicated him. Now I hopefully will get better and be able to parent in a way that helps him to find success. My husband has been mom, dad, breadwinner, and everything else in the household I hope to replace some of those roles...
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Avengers!

I had the rare and amazing opportunity to see Avengers on its’ preview night, in IMAX 3D. It was amazing, and I talked about it so much, I made my family irritated. Then they went, and now they can’t stop talking about it. We loved Hawkeye, and the Black Widow. I loved that their abilities were amazing, yet they were the “normal” people in the group. I loved Hawkeye’s equipment, and if could find such a bow and arrow set, I would learn how to shoot arrows. I would love to give such a set to my son. He would love it. The jokes and silliness were not missed by my 7-year-old, and he enjoyed Hulk’s occasional pushy behavior when he would strike out against other Avengers. What we really loved was that it was a great story of heroes, and that you want to watch the action in slow...
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