DEAR FAMILY AND FRIENDS,

THIS YEAR IT GIVES ME THE GREATEST PLEASURE TO BE ABLE TO SAY, "MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR". I HAVE TWO REASONS--THE TRADITIONAL ONE, AND THE BLESSED, BLESSED FACT THAT 1976, OUR BICENTENNIAL YEAR, WILL SOON BE OVER, AND THE LIKES OF IT NEVER, EVER TO RETURN.

WE HAVE HAD TWO TRIPS, ONE OPERATION, THREE BIRTHS, ONE LITTER OF PUPS, SEVERAL STOPS AT THE EMERGENCY WARD, A DRY SUMMER, TWO BROKEN DOWN CARS, ONE BROKEN DOWN TRUCK, A TORN UP LIVING ROOM, ONE WEDDING AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF-YESTERDAY MY GLASSES BROKE.

FEBRUARY - MARV AND I WENT TO LAS VEGAS - MY FIRST REAL VACATION. NO COOKING, NO DISHES - NO LAUNDRY - NO CLEANING - WARM WEATHER - FUN - "ONE ARMED BANDITS" - THE WHOLE WORKS.-

MARCH FOURTH, BRENDAN MICHAEL WAS BORN. KEITH AND SHARON ARE THE PROUD PARENTS, MARV AND JOYCE EVEN MORE PROUD GRANDPARENTS. HE NOW HAS ONE TOOTH, WALKS AROUND FURNITURE, TAKES SWIMMING LESSONS, AND WILL READILY POSE TO HAVE HIS PICTURE TAKEN. KEITH IS STILL WITH NORTH CENTRAL AIRLINES AND SHARON IS BACK AT BRIDGEMANS PART TIME.

KURT HAS HIS OWN APARTMENT - GOES WITH HEIDE - WORKS FOR FIRESTONE - AND CONSTANTLY ATTRACTS CAR PROBLEMS. FOR EXAMPLE, ONE NIGHT HE WAS SITTING IN HIS APARTMENT - HEARD A TERRIBLE CRASH: LOOKED OUT AND HIS CAR HAD JUST BEEN TOTALED WHILE PARKED IN THE LOT. HMMM

LAST JUNE, KAREN CAME HOME FROM OREGON FOR A VISIT AND DECIDED TO STAY TO LEND A HELPING HAND DURING THE UPCOMING EVENTS. HER CAR WAS BACK IN PORTLAND - BACK SHE FLEW - PACKED UP HER BELONGINGS - A COUPLE DAYS LATER I JOINED HER. WE HAD A GREAT TIME DRIVING HER CAR BACK THROUGH SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SCENERY I HAVE EVEY SEEN. EVEN STOPPED IN BILLINGS TO VISIT UNCLE DICK AND AUNT LES. KAREN WASN'T HOME TWO WEEKS WHEN WE HAD TO RUSH HER TO METHODIST HOSPITAL. DURING A COMPANY BASEBALL GAME - SHE SLID HOME - DISLOCATED HER ELBOW AND KNOCKED HER HIP OUT OF "WACK". FACT IS, SHE STILL WALKS FUNNY. SHE NOW WORKS AS AN ASSISTANT ON A SCHOOL BUS CARRYING RETARDED CHILDREN.

JULY FOURTH WE CELEBRATED BIG BROTHER BUD AND REENIE'S 25TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. THE WHOLE CLAN GATHERED AT GRANDMAW AND GRANDPAW OLSON'S. WE NUMBER MORE THAN 50 NOW.

SUMMER BROUGHT DRY WEATHER, (it didn't rain either). WONDERFUL FOR LAKE CABIN LIVING BUT BAD FOR THE FARMERS - BY SEPTEMBER IT WAS SO DRY THAT ALL HUNTING AND FISHING WAS CURTAILED. MARV AND KRAIG HAVEN'T BEEN THE SAME SINCE.

I'VE JUST FINISHED MY FIRST WEEK BACK TO WORK AFTER MY VERY UNEVENTFUL CORRECTIVE SURGERY (not my head). FOUR DAYS AFTER I CAME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL - KRYSTON WENT IN AND GAVE BIRTH TO TWIN GIRLS - ALICIA JOY AND ANITA MARIE. SHE IS MARRIED TO MICHAEL WISELEY AND A WEEK AGO MOVED TO FORT LUIS, WASHINGTON, WHERE MICHAEL IS STATIONED. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST CHRISTMAS THAT A FAMILY MEMBER WILL NOT BE HOME, SURE WILL MISS ALL OF THEM.

NOVEMBER 5TH, ONE DAY AFTER KRYS GAVE BIRTH TO TWINS, FRESKA, OUR WHITE POODLE, GAVE BIRTH TO BLACK PUPPIES, BONNIE AND KLEM. THE FATHER IS A DACHSHUND, WE THINK. ON NOVEMBER 7TH, MY NEPHEW BRIAN (MARION'S SON) BECAME THE PROUD FATHER OF A BABY BOY. AND BROTHER BOB'S DAUGHTER HAD A SON IN OCTOBER. FARMERS DIDN'T DO WELL THIS YEAR - BUT THE OLSON CLAN DID.

KRAIG IS NOT WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR, HE IS ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR MARCH 15TH - HIS 16TH BIRTHDAY - "THE AGE OF THE DRIVER'S LICENSE", HIS FONDEST DREAM- MY NEXT HEADACHE.

DO WE HAVE HOPES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR? - WE SURE DO AND EVERYONE OF YOU HAVE ONE TOO AND THE MERRIEST OF CHRISTMAS'S.

LOVE FROM ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU,

THE KAISER KLAN

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