Christmas Letter 2018
Dearest Loved Ones,
We hope this finds you happy and healthy and enjoying the holiday season. Can you believe it is already December? If you swore off social media, changed your email address, or did not run into us at the gas station this pretty much sums up our year.
January: Kate had a hunch she was pregnant. She found out by the end of the month she was 11 weeks pregnant. She didn’t want to stress out Dan, so she waited until…
February: … to tell him. Let’s be honest, he had enough going on at work. We took the kids to Utah for a long weekend. The older kids tried ski school, but Jack hated being cold. “Yeah, this is why I left Pennsylvania,” Kate said as we drove back to the airport.
March: We revealed the gender of the baby via tennis ball. As the pink powder dusted the tennis court and friends clapped and cheered Jack dropped his head in disappointment. Kate posted the video and it went viral.
April: Spring Break was spent at LEGOLAND. Kate almost barfed all over the kids on a child’s ride. Cousin Sydney visited and we used the opportunity not for quality time, but for her to do most of the heavy lifting for us, like doing homework, reading books to the kids, and cleaning closets.
May: For Mother’s Day Hayes noted in her all about mom form that Kate was really good at exercising and her job is to clean. Jack started baseball and lost a few teeth. Sutton never moved her body while onstage at her dance recital.
June: The kids finished school. Dan traveled for work. A dead fish fell onto the windshield of Kate’s car.
July: Hayes and Mia celebrated their joint birthdays. Dan won a few tennis tournaments. Jack learned how to play golf. Sutton fell in love with the new boy in the neighborhood. Kate tried to wedge her body into a jumpsuit.
August: At 6:30pm on August 11th Kate and Dan had dinner at Gulfstream with friends. They checked into the hospital at 8:00pm. What says we are having another baby more than shrimp cocktail? Caroline Bella was born the morning of the 12th surrounded by her parents, an OB-GYN, a few nurses, and 7 of Kate’s friends. She gripped her father’s fingers as her mother tried to keep her body upright in a wheelchair.
September: Mia began 4th grade, Jack started 1st, and Hayes started a new school. Sutton shed not one tear as she was dropped off for her first day of preschool. “Beat it, mom.”
October: Mia and Hayes were asked to perform at a children’s recital. Unbeknownst to us the participants were all concert pianists. Their parents were dressed in formal attire. Mia sang I’m a Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera. Dan was wearing sweatpants.
November: Hayes told her teacher we shaved our turkey at Thanksgiving before we eat it. Dan went to Cabo San Lucas for a YPO trip. Kate went to a 90 Day Fiancé cocktail party in West Hollywood.
December: Dan dressed up as Santa for his company’s holiday party and we forced the kids to dress up like his elves.
Mia is a talented artist and enjoys hair curlers like she’s one of the Golden Girls. Jack sleeps with his football. Hayes and Sutton enjoy reenacting someone named JoJo’s videos on YouTube with kitchen spoons and spatulas. Caroline is in the 95th percentile for height, and we have no idea why.
Dan was named to The SaaS Report’s Top 50 SaaS CEOs of 2018 list. Kate interviewed a reality star in their home and they asked her to remove her shoes though the floor was covered in dog hair and urine.
We leave you with best wishes for a happy new year in 2019. We hope you still consider having us over to dinner, even though your kitchen can probably not accommodate all of us.
The Rodrigues Family
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