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left to right: Faith and Hope posing while their mother take pictures of them.

My Twins Will Never Do That

Being a new mother with a huge list of Don’ts quickly turned into Do’s. by Bill McGee with edits and photos by Kissner McRoy 2) Eat Junk Food— This is a tough one, since one person’s junk food is

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very parent has them. The 10 Commandments of Perfect Parenting

another’s Pritikin Diet. (You remember Pritikin the low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar

that you were sure you’d never violate. Do you remember yours? The

alternative to living.) Judging by the feedback I receive from family and friends

list of “Thou shalt nots...” you practically had inscribed on stone tablets. The

and co-workers, I’m a junk food junkie. But I also make sure the girls get healthy,

rules usually consist of a rigid parental standard requiring the compliance of,

wholesome stuff, but “what’s childhood without a few cookies, cupcakes and

say, a 3-year-old not to mention your spouse and society at large. Who were we

chips?” Between us, my children get a good balance.

kidding? See if any of the following sound familiar:

3) Run Around the House Naked— Not that there’s anything wrong with

My kids will never:

that. Our 4-year-old twin daughters wear clothes most of the time, except both of them have a predilection for dancing naked in the living room. I

1 ) Watch TV or Videos— It seemed like a reasonable rule. You envisioned

knew my Woodstock roots would catch up with me some day. I admonish the

your children always productively engaged in whole-some, Amish-like activities,

girls to wear panties, please. They don’t always listen. I expect a stern email any

such as churning butter, communing with nature or fashioning a new quilt. Then

day from the tightly wound covenant committee in our subdivision.

reality intruded. It’s a snowy day. The kids are home sick. You’re home sick with them. What’s it going to be,

4) Break Into a Pathetic, Piercing Wail and Collapse in a Heap

cabin fever, breath a real life reenactment of The Shining,

on the Floor of the Grocery Store, Looking Like the Poster Person for

or a pleasant minimal effort viewing of Toy Story 3?

Child Abuse, Blocking Traffic and Attracting ‘Concerned’ Onlookers from Three Aisles Over— We don’t really need to discuss this one, do we?

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accessories, and shoes. The company also provides food and pet supplies, including dry grocery, dairy, frozen food, beverages, candy, snacks, deli, bakery, meat, produce, and pet supplies; and home furnishings and décor, such as furniture, lighting, kitchenware, small appliances, home décor, bed and bath, home improvement, automotive, and seasonal merchandise comprising patio furniture and holiday décor. In addition, it offers in-store amenities. The company distributes its merchandise

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he color project was very exciting, because it was our first project using Adobe InDesign and I was impressed with what I could do. I used InDesign for the color layout. I also used Adobe Photoshop. I selected a photo that I took when I went to Chicago to visit. I use to live in Chicago for many years, but

I never saw the beauty of the city until that visit. Working with the color wheel was exciting and creating my flier. This project started with the photo, then the color wheel, until the last image of the flier. There were changes from the first flier I created as you can see above.

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used the program Photoshop for my Anti-Stereotyping Ad. African Americans have so may stereotypes and I can’t expose them all so I covered a few, since I redid my ad. I knew I wanted to do a stereotype about African American males, but I wasn’t sure what until I came across the quote by Nelson Mandala “Education is the most powerful weapon.” I added “that’s why I picked up books.” Then I needed a picture which I found in my photo gallery. I had a few struggles with

this project that I tried to overcome. I couldn’t get the coloring right, because the lighting was overexposed. There were too many distractions in the background that I tried to fade out. Also I struggled with where to place the text and what color it should be. My redo submission was a completely different photo and quote, which I was more comfortable submitting and felt pretty good about the feedback.

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left to right: Faith is sticking out her tongue and Hope has a fist up at 3 months posing for the camera while their mother Kissner McRoy takes their picture.

My Twins Will Never Do That

Before my twins were born I had a huge list of what I would not do, but my mind changed once reality hit and my girls were here. by Bill McGee with edits and photos by Kissner McRoy

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very parent has them. The 10 Commandments of Perfect Parenting that

another’s Pritikin Diet. (You remember Pritikin the low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar

you were sure you’d never violate. Do you remember yours? The list of

alternative to living.) Judging by the feedback I receive from family and friends

Hope and Faith age 2, enjoys jumping in the bounce house at an October Festival.

left to right: Faith is enjoying an m&m cookie and Hope loves her balloon animal.

5) Act like Wild Animals in Public— remember how offended you were when

9) Get a Flat-Top Haircut with a Rat Tail in Back— it’s easier to adhere to

other people’s offspring couldn’t behave? So was I until my cousin’s wedding, a

this one when you only have girls. From birth to about 2 they didn’t have any hair.

couple hundred relatives couldn’t wait to see the twins. We were eager to show them off. Two years old dressed in their fancy dresses and black patent leather

10) Wear Identical Clothes— we usually stick to the policy of separate but

shoes and were just as cute as buttons. Knew a lot of words, even how to dance.

equal. You know, one has a green jacket and the other one has the same jacket,

They went around to every table. Made us proud with something we’d never

but in purple. However, about three times a year, we break down and dress them

witnessed before. Barked like dogs. Charming!

identically. That usually lasts about five minutes, since one will immediately pull her shirt out of her pants, while the other will turn her shirt around and tuck it in.

“Thou shalt nots...” you practically had inscribed on stone tablets. The rules

and co-workers, I’m a junk food junkie. But I also make sure the girls get healthy,

6) Be Put on a Leash— See #5 didn’t those contraptions seem awful before

Shortly thereafter, one’s socks will be gone, while the other has spilled grape juice

usually consist of a rigid parental standard requiring the compliance of, say,

wholesome stuff, but “what’s childhood without a few cookies, cupcakes and

you had squirming, slippery twin toddlers scattering in different directions? Now

(no, not the white kind) all over her top.

a 3-year-old not to mention your spouse and society at large. Who were we

chips?” My children get a good balance.

leashes seem like a rather enlightened, you might even say restrained, solution

kidding? See if any of the following sound familiar:

3) Run Around the House Naked— Not that there’s anything wrong with

My kids will never:

to provide young’uns freedom to wander, while keeping them in touch with the

11) Wear Pink Clothing, Shoes, have a Pink Bathroom and Bedroom— I

mother ship.

just had a flashback of how I didn’t like pink before I had my girls. I said if i had

that. Our 4-year-old twin daughters wear clothes most of the time, except

girls they would wear anything but pink, and there would be no pink bedroom

both of them have a predilection for dancing naked in the living room. I

7) Wear Disney or other Character Clothing— Boy did we sell out quickly.

or bathroom. Well all I can say is that went right out the window. I absolutely

1 ) Watch TV or Videos— It seemed like a reasonable rule. You envisioned

knew my Woodstock roots would catch up with me some day. I admonish the

First it was the Little Mermaid sneakers...then it was the Strawberry Shortcake

adore pink, purple, and pastel colors. It’s hard to escape those colors when buying

your children always productively engaged in whole-some, Amish-like activities,

girls to wear panties, please. They don’t always listen. I expect a stern email any

t-shirts. Then we moved on to the Winnie the Pooh bed sheets. But heck, this

such as churning butter, communing with nature or fashioning a new quilt. Then

day from the tightly wound covenant committee in our subdivision.

stuff is just so cute. If anyone from Nike is reading this, we would consider

reality intruded. It’s a snowy day or a rainy day depending where you live or

putting twin swooshes on their pre-school back packs for the right price.

for girls.

12) Be spoiled rotten—My mother said over and over again, “don’t hold them

where you’re visiting. The kids are home sick. You’re home sick with them. What’s

4) Break Into a Pathetic, Piercing Wail and Collapse in a Heap

it going to be, cabin fever, breath a real life reenactment of The Shining, or a

on the Floor of the Grocery Store, Looking Like the Poster Person for

8) Do the Macarena for Company— granted, the mere mention of the M word

babies since it was two of them and one of me. Plain and simple I’m a first time

pleasant minimal effort viewing of Toy Story 3?

Child Abuse, Blocking Traffic and Attracting ‘Concerned’ Onlookers

is enough to bring out the barf bags, but you know what I mean. Your adorable

mom and I didn’t want to lose my mind. But as soon as my mother was out of

from Three Aisles Over— We don’t really need to discuss this one, do we?

twins can sing a song, recite a current commercial or give high fives. Why not

sight I couldn’t help myself, they are my babies. Thank goodness they were not

share that skill with the family, friends and neighbors?

spoiled babies.

2) Eat Junk Food— This is a tough one, since one person’s junk food is

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too much because you will make them spoiled.” I was so afraid of having whining

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or my Jazz in the Garden poster I used Adobe Photoshop. The inspiration came from poster that was created by the promoters for this event. I started off with the poster in the upper right hand corner, but the circle wasn’t a hit and

M the primary colors was a no no. Then I created the lower right poster, but I didn’t think the colors complimented each other. So that lead me to the lower left poster, which was ok but not good enough. So I created a new colorful poster.

y Twins Will Never Do That was created in Adobe InDesign. The inspiration behind this magazine spread was my twin daughters that I’m so blessed to have. This was a fun project, because I was able to incorporate a little humor. I was going through my pictures and

I realized I have so many pictures of my daughters, so that’s what started my storyboard. Then I came across an article in Twin magazine that I thought was really funny, so that’s how it all began.

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