of course, these days, the annual Brown Family Christmas is held the Sunday after Thanksgiving in a large area rented for the purpose each year, we started this because the family was just stuffed in grandma's house, & now grandma's house has been sold & she lives in the nursing home. it has evolved into a soup and sandwich lunch....Jim makes chili, Aunt Kay makes vegetable soup, & my mom makes baked potato soup. and the desserts...oh my. Lisa, Aunt Chardy, & I herded the family members into various group photos as always. Katie was kind enough to picnik them for me. Aunt Chardy always does some kind of a gift deal....we pick out a wrapped gift & can change them...etc. this year everyone got a lottery ticket & a penny! Grandma Grace won $2, Shelia & Katie won $4...it was a cool idea. and I appreciate Aunt Chardy working so hard to keep the family gathering for the holidays.
attending were great aunt Minerva Brown; grandma Grace Brown; Bernard & Janet Axsom; John Axsom; Tom, Lisa, Max, & Logan Butler; Kevin, Deb, Katie, & KJ Dailey; Robin, Jace, & Lexi Shalz; Shawn & Karlan Crawford; Kay & Bob Crawford; Chris, Robin, Ashley, & Tara Crawford; Chardy & Jim Smith; Kerry, Shelia, Kenton, & Steven Dauma; and Kenton's girlfriend.
Bobby Shalz has been deployed.
Jace has his drivers permit.
Ashley is a freshman at Mizzou. KJ is a freshman at Northwest.
Aunt Minerva has moved into Sunnyview apartments for the winter.
we were all cleared out by 2:30p.m.