I'm gonna get this out there

I am sending my goals for 2009 out into cyberspace for the world to see and judge. I figure maybe you'll give me a kick in the butt when I start failing around mid-February??

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.


5 reasons I loved this Christmas

Number 5.
Santa was good to us this year.

Number 4.
We were nice and WARM in Dallas.
Number 3.
I got to see this face every time Dallas opened a present:
Number 2.
We got to meet and hold baby Elle and be there for her blessing.

Number 1.
We spent it with family we don't see often and Dallas got to meet a lot of people we have been DYING for him to meet.

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!


We're off to take Dallas to his namesake (Daddy's hometown) for the first time. Everyone enjoy your holiday, travel safe, and remember why we're celebrating!
Love, the bishops


Clint's Post

First of all, thanks to everyone for all the hearty congratulations on finishing school. It doesn't feel real yet, and it probably won't until January comes and I don't go back to school. I just had to post some hilarious videos for you guys to watch since we're supposed to get a good six inches of snow here in the valley today. FYI, the first is my fave! Enjoy!


MERRY Christmas

I have a challenge for you all (and myself) -- say Merry Christmas to everyone you see for the next week.

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.



Just had a moment.
Sitting at work.
Anticipating the day's end.
Looked to my right.
There he is.
In his baseball cap and hoodie.
My husband.
I got butterflies.
Who knew?
Four years later.
Still getting butterflies.
So lucky.


As we speak...

my unbelievable husband is taking his LAST final. Finished. Done. See ya later, BYU.

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.

* merry christmas 2008 *

* merry christmas 2008 *

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.

the bishops


Heeby Jeebies

Does that super-skinny-baby-floating-in-a-plastic-bubble baby ticker freak anyone else out?? Just wondering...


In Good Hands

Starting this month I have had a neighbor, Shannon, watching Dallas while I go to work on Mondays (since they are our busiest day of the week). I miss him so much when he's not with me but it does make me much more efficient. I feel so blessed to know that I am sending him into a loving, functional, home when I leave him all day. Thank you, Shannon. I don't know of anyone else whose "daycare" sends them picture email updates of what they've been up to that day in the middle of the day. You are wonderful.


Dallas loves Santa

And we love Dallas.


My First Shiner

Pretty gnarly, eh?

Dear Baby Elle,

Since your Mommy, bless her heart, is the worst blogger in the world - and I know some of our readers out there are DYING to see pics of you, we are obliging. Really we just want to brag and your mommy is still resting from birthing you, but we need an excuse for blogging about you twice in your 2 day life...
You look so much like Dallas as a newborn and if we do say ourselves you are GORGEOUS. Dallas can't wait to meet you - he knows you will be best buddies your whole lives and he can't wait to get started! We love you already and are counting the days (22) until we're there to hold you. Yay for little Elle Bishop! Welcome to the world, baby doll.
Uncle Clint, Aunt "Girlfriend" Jana, and Cousin Dallas


Welcome Ellianne Celeste Bishop!

It's the busiest day of the year at work, so I can't elaborate but...

**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...