Sunday, October 28, 2012

Grandpa Allred

Glenn David Allred (1936 - 2012)

Glenn David Allred, 76, of Smithfield, Utah, passed away in Ogden on Oct. 22, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Glenn was born to C.G. "Jim" and Blanche Allred in Ogden, Utah, on Aug. 18, 1936, and raised on the family farm in Tuttle, Idaho.
He served his country for eight years in the U.S. Navy and Reserve. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Ellen Marie Campbell, on July 3, 1955, in Oklahoma City, Okla. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Glenn received his education at UofU, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and then worked for the majority of his life at Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory.
He was well-known for making the world more beautiful through his artistic and creative talents: painting, sketching, sculpting, glass etching, casting, pottery, wood carvings, photography, etc.
An avid astronomer, Glenn shared his love of the heavens with the community and countless people throughout the world. He served others through various callings as an active member of the LDS Church and as a member of the Richmond Lions Club for more than 30 years.
Glenn loved people. Throughout his life he had a special connection with everyone around him. It didn't matter if it was a lifelong friend or a store clerk, he always had time to stand and chat for a while. Many hours of the final years of his life were spent with doctors, nurses, health care providers and other patients. Thanks to these people for their tender care. They all became Dad's friends.
Glenn is survived by his wife of 57 years and three children, Christy (Doug) White of Richmond, Mike (Janet) Allred of Hyde Park and Tyler (Deanna) Allred of Tremonton; brother Blaine (Jerrie) Allred of Pocatello, Idaho; and sister Diane Chapman of Tucson, Ariz. He loved his 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Trav's Grandpa Allred was truly an amazing man.  We loved him so much, but are glad that he no longer has to battle this cancer that eventually took his life.  From the first time I met him, I instantly felt loved.  A gentleman who spoke at his funeral made the point that Grandpa Allred was a "builder of people".  I love that because he was.  He left people better than he found them.  He always let them know how special, how beautiful, how amazing they were.  He made sure everyday that you knew that someone loved you--particularly him.  And he did this not only to his family (although I'm sure we got to sample it much more often than others), but to a waitress, a cashier, to anyone he met.  Oh how I will miss this man, his reassurance of love and his hugs.  I hope that I can become a builder of people.  Love you always Grandpa Allred.  

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Twins are TWO much!

 Well, the twins are now two years old.  I can't believe how quickly they've grown up. They are the joy of our lives--most days.  Here's an update on each of them:

Brielle Collette
18.6 lbs (0%) 31.75 in (7%)
 Brielle is such a funny little girl.  She LOVES her Daddy, and loves to tease him by calling him Mommy.  Her favorite food is noodles: Ramen, Macaroni and Cheese, etc.  She gives great kisses and has a bit of a stubborn streak.  She still has her natural curl and we hope it sticks around.  Her mission in life is to terrorize her big brother.  She STILL prefers to be outside no matter the temperature.  She is still a tiny little thing, but is growing well on a growth curve.  Her smile lights up her entire face and she has that SPARKLE in her eye when she smiles that her Great-Grandma Myrl had.

 Tayson David
23.8 lbs (9%) 34.75 inches (61%)
 Tayson is a momma's boy.  He also likes to tease especially when you "think" he is going to give you kisses. He is very sociable and talks nearly constantly.  He is really into big trucks right now and has loved watching all the construction around our house.  He loves to eat meat and has taken after his daddy in his love of spam and eggs for breakfast.  He is obsessed with his new kitty, cleans house like a champ, and adores outside. He has a very tender and concerned heart and is always looking out for others whether it is his sissy, his mommy, or his friends. 

Two cute little faces
                        with matching grins
Nothing could be
                        any sweeter than