What a busy day!

I’ve been working all day to get the new park stickers off to the printers. I finally declared them finished and sent them off! Of course that was after I spent hours working on them to get it just right. They are so cute! I learned all about custom color profiles on photoshop while working on these stickers. I couldn’t get the bright blue to stay bright blue when converting it from RGB to CMYK. It kept coming out a muted purple instead. After some internet searching, I found a color profile that worked perfectly. I didn’t think I was the first person to have this problem and luckily, I wasn’t and someone else had already solved the problem.

I also got my Twins Fonts paper re-order in blue and pink and ordered it in purple and red as well. I am also having it run on vellum, which I think is going to look so cool! I can’t wait to get it all back from the printer. Hopefully, they will have the proofs ready for my approval tomorrow.

Now all I need to do is finish up the design for the new background paper and I’ll be all set with my new products for ACCI. I would like to have a new header paper, but I’m not sure I can get it done by July.

The Joy of Twins

As I was holding both Jared and RIley this morning, I was thinking about how lucky I was to have them and how much joy they bring into my life. Not a day goes by that I do not thank God for giving us these babies. Aidan asked me this morning were the twins came from. I told him “They were a gift from God.” I also told him that he was gift from God and so where Talia and Kayli and that that was why all you are so very special.

Anyway, back to today’s topic! As I was holding J&R they were looking at each other and just laughing. They were both so happy! It gave me such joy to just sit there and hold them and watch them giggling together. Ya, they are a lot of work, but they are so much fun to watch too. Some of the things they come up with are so funny!

The other day when we were eating lunch, they decided that stuffing raisins in their ears would be a fun thing to do. I’m not sure who came up with idea first, but when I walked into the kitchen they both had raisins all in their ears. They seemed to think it was just a riot too! They are always getting ideas from each other like that.

Yesterday after I changed their diapers, Jared decided that the wipe box made a great step. He kept stepping up on it, then down, then up again. Riley saw him doing it and wanted to step on it too. They ended up fighting over who would get to stand on it. Meanwhile, I’m sitting there watching it all wondering why I bother to buy them toys.

Another thing they like to do that they picked up from the older kids is to come up to you and say “boo!” then run away. It is so cute! They will take turns running up, looking you in the face and then go “boo!”. The standard response is “Oh! You scared me!” They then laugh and run away and the other one comes up and does it.

Although they do fight, they are often so sweet to each other. One or the other of them will often pick up both of their blankets and take their brother his. They do the same thing with their teddy bears, balls and other toys. I’ve also seen them come up and try to comfort their twin when he is crying. It is just so adorable to watch them interact like that.

“I wasn’t throwing things, I was playing dodge toys!”

The older kids were all playing outside, when the girls came in to tell me that Aidan was throwing toys at them. I had Aidan come in and questioned him about it. His reponse was “I wasn’t throwing things, I was playing dodge toys!”. His sisters, however, wanted no part of “dodge toys”. Where do kids come up with this stuff?

The Non-invited Family

We found out last night that our nephew, who also is our Godson, made his First Holy Communion yesterday. DH’s parents and his grandmother were invited. For some reason, they kept it all a big secret and didn’t even mention it to us. One of DH’s other sister, Samantha, is pretty upset about the whole thing. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about it, but I am hurt that we were not at least informed. We would have loved to have been there and would have been more than happy to pay for our own family’s meal afterwards. I am torn whether or not I should get our nephew a present. I likely will get him something of a religious nature. After all, it is not his fault that we were not invited.

This whole thing reminds me of my friend who also has a lot of kids. (Six to be exact, but one of them is 18 and doesn’t live with them.) Her DH’s sister and their family often exclude my friend’s family from their family events. She told me about one time that her SIL told her they were not having a party for her nephew’s birthday. When my friend and her kids brought over her nephew’s birthday present, she noticed a birthday party invitation there. So, her SIL had lied to her and they really were having a party for her nephew, but they just were not inviting her family.

Is it okay to descriminate against certain families because they have a lot of kids? Even if those families are a part of your extended family? It certainly doesn’t seem like the right thing to do, especially if you are related to these people. It is not like I don’t understand the finacial aspects of why they would not invite us, I do. But I’ll leave it up to them to try and explain to their nieces and nephews why they did not want them there.