Helen Weir and her family celebrated Christmas at the Tira Community Center on Christmas Eve.
All of William and Joyce Dodd’s family celebrated Christmas with them on the 25th. After lunch most of them went to Sulphur Springs to visit with Dorothy and Wayne Hurley. Mandy Owens of Eureka Springs, Ark., Tonja’s daughter and Joyce and William’s granddaughter, was in for a visit on the 21st and 22nd. Joyce reports, “This is the first time in about four years that she was able to be here during the Christmas holidays.”
Blain, Krista and Miley Lawwill traveled from Kentucky to spend a few days visiting with Brad and Tonya Dodd (Blain’s mother). Blain is scheduled to be leaving to Afghanistan soon.
Destri and Ryan Main of Little Elm; Dacy, Mike and Elise Campbell of Royse City; Dustin Weir and Natalie Kuffner of Dallas; and Mike’s mother, Debra Campbell of Carrolton, had lunch at Robert and Yvonne Weir’s on Christmas Eve. That evening they all went to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Tira Methodist Church and then celebrated Christmas with Robert’s family at the Tira Community Center. On Christmas Day, Destri, Ryan, Wesley and Yvonne went to see “Sherlock Holmes” at the movie theater. Yvonne took Wesley and Acie and Kiegan Shehan to see “The Princess and the Frog” on Sunday.
Mary Rawson’s granddaughter, Michelle Markides, took Mary back to Houston with her, on Wednesday, for the Christmas holidays. Michelle and Sophie had been visiting with Mary for a few days. Danny and Judy, of Denton, also spent Christmas with Michelle, Con and Sophie, and brought Mary back to her home in Tira on Saturday.
Judy and Randy Roberts celebrated Christmas Eve at their home with their family. Attending were Agnes Ponder; Rowdy, Robin, Hunter and Hannah Crowson; Lesley and Addey Ann Owens; and Garrett Lockhart, Catan, Monica and Cadence Runyan.
Floyd and Martha Payton celebrated Christmas with all the family. Eric Payton flew home for a visit during the holidays. Regina Payton from Port Aransas and Brad and Virginia Payton from Keller were there, too. Martha reports, “Brad Payton seems to be slowly recovering from a truck accident last April. We had lots of good food and exchanged gifts. Happy New Year to all!”
Our son, Delayne Vaughn, of Waco, spent Wednesday through Sunday with us. On Christmas Eve we attended the Candlelight Service at First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs. Malcolm, Tiffany, Landon, Morgan, Kenden and Jaidyn Joslin, and Landon’s friend Chelsie Edwards, went, too. After the service Landon and Chelsie celebrated Christmas with Chelsie’s family and the rest of us came home and had our traditional turkey and dressing and all the fixings. Malcolm, Tiffany, and the kids came back on Christmas morning and we all exchanged gifts, and then Chip prepared a late breakfast for the family.
On Christmas night we all went to Liz Steinsiek’s home for another Christmas dinner. We enjoyed getting to celebrate with Michael, Tracy, Jordyn, Madison, and Lani Horn from Denver, Colo., along with Harold Cowley and Liz. After the meal we enjoyed playing games. Michael wanted to be sure that I reported that the young team (Michael and Delayne) defeated the older team (Chip and myself) at 42! The others had a good time playing Chicken Foot, while some of the little ones played video games, watched a movie, and chased each other around the house.
Kenden Joslin celebrated his eighth birthday with a party at McDonald’s on Sunday. Those attending included Ethan Klein; Colson Hale; Tracy, Jordyn, Madison and Lani Horn; Liz Steinsiek; Malcolm, Tiffany, Landon, Morgan and Jaidyn; and Chelsie, Chip, Delayne and me.
Larry and Dorothy Fitzgerald, of Somerville, came for a visit on Monday and left on Wednesday. Larry, Dorothy and I went to watch their grandson, Austin Fitzgerald, play basketball at Sulphur Bluff on Monday afternoon. They were playing against North Hopkins, so obviously I was interested in the game for more than one reason! Larry and Dorothy took Austin, his sister Meagan, and their stepbrother Lucas out to lunch at Juan Pablo’s on Tuesday, and then went back to Sulphur Bluff to watch Austin and Lucas play against Boles. During their visit Larry, Dorothy, Chip and I enjoyed playing games. Larry and Chip wanted to be sure that they got recognition for beating Dorothy and me at Spades. It is difficult for me to admit defeat, but I attribute it to a lucky streak for them!
Yvonne Weir, Alice Hall, Brenda Allen and I celebrated Christmas with lunch at the Pioneer Café in Sulphur Springs on Tuesday. We had a delicious lunch and exchanged gifts and enjoyed spending time together.
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