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...