Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Allreds

Merry Christmas Everyone!  This year has been such a good one for us.  We have been so blessed.

Travis achieved his dream of becoming a full-time firefighter this year.  He was hired on at Murray Fire Department in July and is loving being a part of the brotherhood there.   He worked so hard to make it happen and we feel the hand of the Lord guiding him to this department and with this timing.  So far it has been a perfect fit.  He continues to work part-time with Layton Fire, teach at BATC in their EMS department, and works as a Real Estate Agent in his “spare time”.   This last year he also spent 2 weeks in North Dakota working as a paramedic in the oil fields--quite the adventure for both of us. J  He will likely continue to do this a couple times a year in the future.   Above all Travis continues to be an amazing hubby and daddy to all of us at home. 

I have been a busy, full-time working Mom of 3.  Life is crazy and fabulous all at once.  I still work for Logan Regional Hospital as a physical therapist specializing in Women’s Health and Pediatric Rehab.  I love my work and find joy and fulfillment there.  My women’s health program continues to grow.  It is fun to watch a program succeed that you have built from the ground up at a facility.  The kids within pediatric rehab teach me so much every day about perseverance, courage, determination, and joy.  I love how they share their spirit with me and I am better because of my interaction with them.   I have just passed my 3 year mark since my cancer diagnosis and am still going strong in my remission.   My own children are such precious blessings.  I love spending time with them.  They anger me, teach me, stretch my patience, expand my love, and make me laugh on a daily basis.  Parenting has been the hardest and greatest thing I have ever done.

Tayson is a growing boy.  He eats constantly already!  He is so smart, energetic, and charismatic.  He is an instant friend to everyone and his smile will draw you in.  He has a tender heart, is just a “little” emotional,  and hates to disappoint.  He loves action figures, pretend fighting,  playing cars, and watching movies. 

Brielle is our little shy, quiet girl until you get to know her.  Once she is comfortable with you she will talk your ear off.  She is so sweet.  She is Mommy’s little side kick no matter where or what she is doing.  She loves to snuggle, would live on a milk only diet if allowed, loves baby dolls coloring, singing, and dancing.

Aliyah has been the perfect little addition to our family.  She is our little miracle baby.  She was born tiny and healthy in February of this year after we had been told we likely wouldn’t be able to have more children due to my chemotherapy.  She is such an easy going personality and smiles frequently.  She is crawling everywhere, loves to be held, and wants to be involved in everything.  She thinks she is soooo BIG and wants to eat our food (in fact, will get mad if we don’t give her a taste), drink from a sippy cup (can’t quite handle the high flow yet), and pulls to stand at everything that she can get a hold of.  We love this little happy spitfire of ours!