Dear Family and Friends-
Merry Christmas from the McAllister Family! One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to snuggle up and enjoy a nice evening in. Hopefully you will recognize some of these shows seen on TV that describe the events of our past year so well.
Survivor – It has been a long, yet rewarding journey the past 6 years as Eric has worked relentlessly on his school work while working full time. In April Eric Graduated as a survivor of the Construction Management Program at Utah Valley University. He is now enjoying a job working at ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake.
The Amazing Race-Tamber never thought that she would ever compete in an actual race again after her collegiate swimming career, but she developed a new love this year as a Triathlete. Not only does she think it is fun to compete again, but the children also love to accompany mom on her long training rides and runs.
ER – A place that we have become very familiar with this year thanks to Marcus. Words are hard to describe how active our son is, but maybe his injuries will give you an idea - Third degree burns covering both hands, multiple dislocated elbows (that mom now knows how to put back in place), 7 stitches after biting through his lip, 5 stitches in his upper lip (on a separate occasion) and lots of band aids. Thank goodness for his upbeat spirit that make taking care of such a monkey worthwhile.
Friends- I guess this would be more ideal if the name of the show was best friends, something our children have become. It has been so much fun to watch Emma and Marcus develop such a loving and rewarding relationship this year.
American Idol- Emma knows a lot about one of America’s current idols, Miley Cyrus. She loves to put on a Miley show for mom and dad and use them as props/her biggest fans. For her birthday she received tickets to go to her first big concert which she thoroughly enjoyed and even cried when the time to leave snuck up on her.
Friday Night Lights- This show is one of Eric and I’s all time favorite shows. I don’t think that there is any doubt in our mind that Marcus will be playing under the Friday Night Lights in High school. We have enjoyed watching Marcus’ love for baseball, football, basketball and all things BYU develop this past year.
Family Ties- I learned a lot more about the McAllister Family Ties at their Family Reunion in Kanab, Utah this past August. This has to be one of the highlights of our year. We enjoyed golfing, eating, swimming, chatting, and laughing with Eric’s Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. There were many laughter filled moments which make any family reunion worthwhile, but I can guarantee that this family is like no other you have seen…in a good way.
It’s a Wonderful Life – Finally, no holiday season would be complete without this timeless classic. Ours is a wonderful life, thanks entirely to Christ’s love and His ultimate sacrifice. Praying that His love changes your holiday and your lives!
Eric, Tamber, Emma and Marcus