Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season with your families. Now get back to work.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE PIERCE PALS!!! (sorry for yelling)
We’ve had a heckuva 2012. I (Wade) nominated myself to write to you all – our dearest friends and family – to fill you in on what we’ve been up to. (Dad wrote his and mom’s sections. I think my version was too “hip” – and inaccurate – to be acceptable for the family Christmas card)
Dad has had an interesting but rewarding year at CareSource with staff and customer changes. The yogurt business is expanding in northeastern Indiana. YoYo added two stores this year and the fourth opens in the spring near Indianapolis.
Mom has also been doing her thing. She’s still teaching at the youngin’s school, and staying busy at Church. She says it’s been a little weird and quiet around home since 3 graduated and left home this year. Oh! And she keeps us posted regularly on how many days til summer vacation!!! She loves Yost!
Bretton had a pretty big year. After graduation from the Art Institute in Chicago he moved back home. He now spends his days working in graphic design for DuPree’s Sports in Stillwater, and spends his evenings looking intimidating as a bouncer at one of the local watering holes. I’m more than a little bit jealous that he is close to everybody and back in Stillwater (GO POKES!).
My year was pretty dope (I say things like “dope” to keep me feeling young). I graduated 16th grade from OSU in May, and decided to backpack through 13 different countries in Europe for six weeks. It ruled. After that, I moved to Kansas City and work at a medical software company called Cerner (call me, ladies -- I’m stable). After the start of the year I’ll be traveling full time. I’m a grown up (more or less). I pay bills and stuff. It sucks.
Leigha is halfway through her Junior year as a Chi Omega at Oklahoma State. She’s switched her major to art – and she’s… well… she’s pretty freakin’ good at it. She is increasingly involved on campus and in her sorority. And I like her. She’s cool.
Marianne’s year has also been exciting. She graduated from Mount St. Mary and joined her sister as a Chi-O at Oklahoma State – another Pierce in Stillwater (WE’RE TAKING OVER). She participated in a first place Freshman Follies singing/dancing show on campus (Leigha is also involved with Follies), and seems to have made a smooth transition to the college life.
Julia is in 7th grade. She’s in show choir. She’s a teenager (whoa). She plays basketball, and tennis, and piano. She’s pretty. And tall. I’m starting to workout again so I can beat up all the boys she’s going to eventually try to date.
John Paul is super musical. He plays trumpet and piano. He also plays soccer and basketball. He reads – a lot. Like… I caught him reading the dictionary (I’m worried). He started a club – the “Immaturity Club.” I don’t know what it is, but it sounds cool and I want in. I don’t play him in chess anymore, because I can’t win.
That’s it from us. Hope this letter finds you well and ready for a wonderful 2013! WE LOVE YOU GUYS. THUNDER UP.
Larry, Kathy, Bretton, Me, Leigha, Marianne, Julia and JP.