The Pierce’s Holiday 2011 Letter

Happy New Year from the Pierces!

2011 - Andrea has a ‘baby bump,’ Amanda moves to a place that gets to -40°, Barbara is re-elected to Redwood City Council, Jerry keeps rowing and consulting. Now, is THIS normal?

Andrea is expecting some sort of alien to arrive in April 2012. Jerry refuses to admit that he might be a “Grandfather.” Martin and Andrea are nesting and making their house ready for the new arrival. We are all very excited after seeing the ultrasound over Thanksgiving. Everything seems to be going fine for her first pregnancy. Andrea continues to teach in Nampa and enjoys skiing, hiking, and even fishing. Some of that has ended due to the bump.

Amanda and Marty have moved to Bonnyville Alberta Canada for Marty’s company. Bonnyville is 3 hours NORTH of Edmonton and it can get to -40° in the winter. A nearby lake is called “Cold Lake.” To say the least, Amanda prefers the warmth of Hawaii. Moving to a foreign country brought its share of challenges, but Amanda was able to find work at an animal clinic outside of town. It has been a bit of a culture shock- she's been practicing her Canadian accent and her eh's! Barbara and Claire visited them over the summer.

Barbara was re-elected to City Council - it will be her fourth term - can you imagine it has been 12 years on Council? This will be her last election. She remains involved in lots of activities: League of California Cities, BAWSCA (Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency), and the Redwood City Education Foundation. She continues to row in the bay and has continued to enjoy the fruits of California - mainly the Zinfandel wines.

Barbara’s mother, Claire continues living with us. She is involved with family activities including trips to museums and events. The big trips this year was going to visit Amanda in Canada and to visit Andrea over Thanksgiving. She enjoyed seeing the ultrasound of her new Great-Grandchild (no, we don’t know what kind).  Her younger son, Keith visits during the year to visit Claire and go wine tasting with Barbara.

Jerry continues to be independent and self-employed - or maybe semi-retired. He continues to consult (Digital Cinema and Studio Mastering), rows, photography, hikes, camp, and skis when not busy with other “leisure” activities. For the second year he was one of 15 chaperones taking 85 7th graders on a 10 mile hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The rowing hobby has really become much more of a passion. He is out on the water 3 or 4 days a week and is really enjoying both the exercise and ability to explore our waterways.

As usual, we wish you all health, time enough to do the things you wish, and money enough to afford them.  If you are in the area, please come by and see us! We would love to visit!

Jerry and Barbara rowing with other council folks on the bay (yes a race, yes we won)

On the hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon - 85 7th graders

Jerry, Andrea, Amanda, Barbara, Martin, & Claire over Thanksgiving in Boise

Barbara and Jerry

Barbara and Claire at the Farmer’s Market

Claire with Marty,

Samoa, & Amanda in Bonnyville

Martin and Andrea on a hike in Idaho

Jerry after a race in a

decorated shell!