This year I probably won't actually...
...get all of my household chores done during the week so I can spend time uninterrupted with my family on the weekends.
...cook healthy meals for my family at least 4 times/week.
...continue reading my scriptures daily
...send birthday cards out to all parents, grandparents, siblings, in-laws, neices and nephews on time.
...get my rear end to the gym at least 4x/week.
...make (but not birth) another baby???
...read all of the Ender books and pretend to like them even if I don't just to prove Clint wrong.
...wear less ponytails.
To all of you who already do all of these things, here's a gold star :*:. If you're judging me, I deserve it. I promise to give it a valiant effort in 2009.
Santa was good to us this year.
I tried so hard to resist commenting on how I look 8 months pregnant in the picture above, but I couldn't resist. What the?!?
Goodbye Christmas, we'll see you next year.
Goodbye Bishop family, we'll miss you more than you know and loved our visit. We love you!
Yes, it will be a lovely and beautiful world if we all are so kind to one another and blah blah blah but that's not the point I'm trying to make.
Yesterday my Dad sent out a marketing email for his small, family owned business with a "Merry Christmas" banner. Just minutes later, he got this reply:
"You have just wished a FORMER customer Merry Christmas. That term should be for your christian aquaintances. I am neither.... I have no problem with your beliefs and culture, just don't push them on me. You didn't "mention" christmas, you asked me to be merry about it. I also never said the holiday offends me, I celebrate the winter solstice, without the jesus stuff... Please keep in mind this is about business, not personal religious beliefs. You should not have mixed them"
Really?!? I mean, REALLY?!? So you're not Christian. I can respect that. But we are. And you live in a Christian country. Do you not shop at Wal-Mart or the mall? Have you boycotted television and radio for the entire months of November and December? Do you walk around for two months with your fingers in your ears so you don't have to be "offended" by an mention of Christmas?
So please, I beg you, don't be ashamed. Don't let mean, one-sided people scare you. I'm not gonna start crying if someone wishes me a Happy Hannukah. In fact, I wish you all a Happy Hannukah (and a Merry Christmas).
Stepping off soapbox. Thanks for bearing with me.
Sitting at work.
Anticipating the day's end.
Looked to my right.
There he is.
In his baseball cap and hoodie.
I got butterflies.
Four years later.
Still getting butterflies.
I am so proud of you, Clint. Finishing college is not an easy feat, especially when you are doing it while working and trying to make time to be a husband and daddy. Your efforts, sleepless nights, and high stress levels have not gone unappreciated. Lucky for you, I still love you and Dallas will never even remember this "era" in our lives ;). Our little guy needs me a little bit more, and I will never be able to thank you enough for doing this for our little family so that we can give him that. I can't wait for all the homework-free evenings and Saturdays to come...
I love you. You're amazing.
It’s been another busy and blessed year in the Bishop home.
Our little Dallas turned one year old on November 6. He’s not much of a walker yet, but he sure can talk! We have been teaching him American Sign Language and he is picking up on it really well. We are so grateful for him and are so proud of how quickly he is growing!
Clint graduated from BYU this December with his degree in American Studies. He has a lot of great prospects for jobs and, although he will miss working with Greg and Marianne, is excited to start his new career. We are proud of all of his hard work!
Jana has been busy chasing Dallas and continued to work full time all year for her parents’ business in Alpine. She will be cutting back to part time at the start of the year and is looking forward to more time with Dallas.
We hope this finds you all well and happy. We are so grateful for dear family and friends who make our chaotic lives so fulfilled. May we all remember and be grateful for our Savior this time of year. We love you all.
**Thanksgiving was wonderful - we had so much fun with the ENTIRE Henderson clan in town!
**And today we have one more thing to be THANKFUL for -- Congrats to Aubrianne & Rusty Bishop on their new addition!! Ellianne Celeste Bishop was born at 9:14 this morning weighing in at 7 lb 15 oz and 20 inches tall. We can't wait to meet you, princess, just 3 weeks! Nine months goes by so much faster when you're not the one waddling around with swollen ankles...
**Dallas is spending his first day at the Abbotts today while I'm at work. It's harder on me than I expected...
Item #1: My wife is great. Seriously. Three years and we still got "the fire" What more could a husband ask of a wife than what Jana has given me? She's funny, beautiful, caring and the best mother and wife a son and husband could ever have. Happy Anniversary!
Item #2: I realize that this is a HUGE weekend for all of you pale-skinned vampire-loving women. (FYI I have canine teeth and I'm practically translucent thanks to a redhead mother but sorry, I'm taken girls). Now I have two things to say about the movie that you'll on doubt be flocking to in the coming days. Number one: you will be disappointed if you take the movie seriously and judge it based on its contribution to film and the cinematic arts. Pretty much a no-brainer. Number two: you will love this movie because as much as we all hate to admit it, the perfect boyfriend is as legendary as a vampire or werewolf but that won't stop you from oogling over Edward. Now with that said, do enjoy the movie and the numerous (I'm sure!) scenes of slow and even slower kissing...
Item #3: Wouldn't this be the greatest commute home from work EVER?!
This Sunday will mark 3 years since I married my best friend.
We both agree that we got married on the worst day ever (though it was, of course, perfect at the time). We got married the day before Thanksgiving - November 23, 2005. Our first anniversary was on Thanksgiving day and involved a massive allergy attack, our second anniversary we had a two-week-old baby, and this year it is on a Sunday and we will have loads of family in town. Needless to say, we don't exactly have ROMANTIC anniversary celebrations, but it is fun to remember how lucky we are to be together nonetheless.
Usually about once a week, one of us will look at the other and comment on how we can't believe we met on the internet. So unconventional. So embarassing. But seriously so meant to be. Five years ago I didn't even think I'd be married by now (I think my 9.5 year plan would have had me home from my mission and starting in on grad school right about now) and Clint thought he'd be married to someone else...
Life takes its twists whether we want them or not and I am so grateful for them.
The moment I met you changed my life forever.
For the good.
You are my soul mate.
I love you.
"From here to eternity..."
Yesterday I got called to be the Primary music leader. I am so terrified, I cried all the way home from the church. I know that sounds so lame and it could be so so so much worse, but something about this calling terrifies me. Standing in front of people is not my favorite thing. I know nothing about what I am supposed to do. It is a brand new ward so I really have no one to consult and no materials to work off of.
I think the biggest thing is that I know how important music can be, especially in primary children. So much of what I learned as a kid was through the primary songs and I feel this huge responsibility to make sure I pass that along and help them strenghten their little testimonies.
So come one, please tell me what a good job I will do. I'm not even kidding. I need it.
**This little number here is really making me want to clear my calendar for Saturday and get all sorts of crafty. What better place for a Christmas countdown than on a cookie sheet, am I right? We all know I won't get to it and if I did it would look nothing like this, but a girl can dream of being domestic...
**Speaking of domestic, anyone have a good recipe for wheat dinner rolls?
**Very excited about starting up this new tradition that I found while blogstalking "sheshe" yesterday. You hang random numbered socks up with little treats in them for the muchkins to take out each day as they count down to Christmas. Sometimes I wish I could take credit for these things.
**Dallas and I went to the new Smith's Marketplace in Lehi yesterday. It's like Smith's meets one of those really fancy grocery stores that are always on Take Home Chef meets Kohl's. Loved it.