December 23, 2015
Merry Christmas 2015!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
Between work, new opportunities, travel, and some play, the Fredericks have had a whirlwind of a 2015. It’s hard to believe Christmas is 4 days away (not to mention the lack of winter weather).
This year, Amy signed on as senior advisor to our friend Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign, and I jumped full bore into the brewery business (opening spring 2016!) — all the while both of us maintained our other day jobs. The kids — Grace (9), Isabel (7), and Michael (4) — have kept super busy with sports (gymnastics/soccer/t-ball/swim team/skiing/sailing lessons) and other activities. As you may know, I considered jumping back into elective politics this year, but we have trouble keeping up with the kids now, much less if I had to be campaigning and doing all the things that other world requires. Staying out was the best decision for now.
Besides, we have beer to look forward to! Brew Republic will be located here in Woodbridge at Stonebridge in Potomac Town Center. Architect’s drawings/plans are done; brewery equipment on the way; we’re about 85% capitalized with only a small number of investment units left to sell; and are working on hiring a general contractor for our build out. Spring will be here soon enough.
Both Carly and 60 Plus have kept Amy traveling quite a bit this year, but she still found time to do at least one triathlon and continues serving on her boards.
We love living on the lake, and took full advantage of that this year with a new (larger) pontoon boat. The whole family also finally got down to Colombia (South America), where my mom is from and a large part of that side of my family remains. And, of course, we got our fair share of family beach time.
This is a bit of a longer Christmas Card update than I usually do, but the bottom line: we are very blessed — for these things and so many more. Chief among those blessings is Christ’s birth and presence in our lives. We look forward to celebrating His birthday this year with a some wonderful friends in Killington, Vermont (pray for a Christmas snow miracle!).
And, we are we are grateful for the gift you have provided us in your friendship and for allowing us to share our life with you. May God bless you and your family with a joyful holiday and a prosperous, healthy year ahead.
P.S. In case you didn’t get a hard copy of our annual card, you can find an electronic copy below.
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When will the media elite and others get it: @POTUS is always one step ahead of you. You keep thinking he's a fool, then he plays you for 1.
Well said: Yes, the Russian ambassador met Trump’s team. So? That’s what we diplomats do. https://t.co/YQ3vllpbxi
So that no one accuses me of hiding it: I rode a gondola up the mountain yesterday with a Russian. We talked too. He skied well.
Little man turns 6 today. He's all boy and the coolest kid (most of the time), and a huge blessing in our lives. Happy birthday, Michael!
The anti-boycott: "Since news got out abt potential boycott, sales of Trump winery products at Wegmans have soared" https://t.co/3RPGf8WTWI
Even if Flynn spoke to Russia about sanctions, so what? Clapper lied to Congress under oath about breaking law and CNN barely mentioned it.
When will the judiciary stop trying 2 b the legislature? Who would've guessed that nonlawyers know the role of the courts better than judges