Ruth & Ewart Dawson begat Tom , Phyllis & Jack. Tom & Joyce begat Kristy . Joyce "The Mad Flasher" and Tom "Mr. Cool" Dawson sell real estate in Houston, Texas . Their Golden Retriever, Rocky, joins Tom on his Rollerblading trips to the nearby garage sales. Joyce plays tennis and is a real wallflower . Kristy 's Dad's sister (Kristy's aunt) is Phyllis . Phyllis is married to Paul , but is shown with Joyce because Paul is sneaky & hard to catch on film , unlike Joyce who comes to the camera like a moth to a flame . Kristy 's Dad's Brother, Jack, married Pat and Jack & Pat 's children are our cousins Debby & Becky , Janet , and Tommy . Tommy's kids are Rachel, Charles & Jenny - and his wife is Carrie (the Mad Flasher hasn't gotten her yet . . .). Then there's The Three Musketeers: Becky's husband, Dave , Janet's husband "The Mighty" Hunter (extremely sneaky), and Sean "Smooth Moves" Donohue , begat by Debby (no, that's not her husband!) Here's Becky and Janet again, in case you're losing track... Almost all the Dawson 's live in Houston , except Kristy , who lives in Atlanta with her wonderful husband , Scott , but is still a Texas Girl at heart.