The Ladd 2016 Holiday “Viewsletter”
Harper: *ice accidentally drops in kitchen* Gah.
Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed holiday season! Please keep in touch:
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
High School Looms on the Horizon!
Harper to Harper: “Now kick it under the fridge”.
In 4.5 USTA when we play
Or pick up the ukulele…
• Kelly’s “The 9-Month
Mother” wins best
script at the Urban
• Kelly’s “Pooped” short
film wins awards in
NC and UT
Harper Earns a Spot w/the Atlanta
Phoenix Theater On Ice
Now featuring 5am wake-ups!
Welcome to the Family, Piper!!
Kelly’s 2016 acting credits
• Fatal Attraction (TV)
• Swamp Murders (TV)
• Your Worst Nightmare (TV)
• Does Your Momma Know…
All Aboard the Disney Wonder!!
Hello Darkness My Old Friend
Cleanup in Louisiana after flooding
= Not your typical Memorial Day weekend!
Chillin’ in 2016
If you don’t get
many of these,
don’t worry – it just
means you’re not a
slave to the
don’t have a teen in
< giggle >
Ladd Family - 2015
ARE YOU A BOY SCOUT,
‘CAUSE CAN YOU NOT?
ARE YOUR SHOES
PLANTS, ‘CAUSE WHAT
Hope your 2015 was filled with joy
and happiness and that 2016 is even
better. Please keep in touch,. We’d
love to hear from you (yes you!).
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
This Summer was filled with excitement as
Kelly wrote, produced and directed her first
film, Pooped!, with her close friends,. It was
quite the learning experience and she had a
great time. Be sure to catch it here:
As of this writing it has already been awarded
a family film award by a local festival!
In addition to writing her own
material, Kelly was selected to move
on to the next phase of the local
Atlanta D-Girl Project which trains
local aspiring screenwriters in the
finer points of the craft. This year
the team analyzed the excellent
BBC series, “Call the Midwife”.
Harper spent her first extended stay
away from home and family as she went
to Girls Camp this Summer for a week.
As expected, she had a blast and can’t
wait to get another chance to bag a
snipe next year!
Harper entered her first figure skating
competitions this year, even taking first in
her group once. Also, she was selected as one
of just four students to represent her school
in the district’s Honor Chorus,. A couple of
grueling days of hard work yielded a beautiful
concert performance in Athens, GA.
Family visits to NC and FL were filled
with (respectively) dodging hungry sharks
and Disney magic mixed with a frat
party. Most importantly, it was a chance
for treasured time with Harper and
both sets of grandparents.
Harsh reality hit home as Michael attended
his 30th high school reunion and he realized
a) he can never afford to move back to
Southern California; and b) he really is an old
man. During the same trip he was able to
enjoy an all-too-brief visit with his sister’s
beautiful family in Sacramento.
It was time for a new car in 2015 and
Kelly was quite decisive on the Mini
Cooper Countryman she selected..
Honestly, at this point I don’t think she
would like a Porsche better…
CLASS OF ‘85
Let the middle school
on “The Cloud”
Kelly’s short film for The Sessions
(part of the Atlanta Film Festival):
to Freeskate 3!
Please stay in touch!
phone = lots of
The Ladd’s Twenety-Thirteen
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Our year’s events in 140 characters or less...
Fun-ﬁlled FL Trips to Disney & to see
grandparents in Naples including swamp tour!
Harper continued to enjoy her Junior Olympic
Archery Development program
Kelly’s curiosity ﬁnally got the best of her, reading
“World War Z” to see what all the fuss was
about- and she LOVED it #braaaaainsss
Kelly wore the construction hat for the guest
room renovation, but left the master shower to a
Michael hit the 15 year anniversary mark w/
Presidio (née Solarcom)
Michael’s USTA teams were 4.0 over-40 GA state
champs and 4.0 18+ GA state runners-up
The family enjoyed a Thanksgiving stay at The
Dillard House & a ride on the Polar Express
Annual NC trip had an added bonus as cousin
Sarah came back to GA for a nice visit
Kelly submitted a few scripts for review in her
screenwriting class and participated in the D-Girl
Harper started participating in her ﬁrst
sleepovers and Kelly built magniﬁcent indoor
Harper really enjoyed her Spring and Winter
shows with the TaVaci chorus
Harper graduated to freestyle skating after
passing Basic 8!
As always, we would love to hear from you. Keep in touch and have a blessed holiday season!!
Love,The Ladds (Michael, Kelly & Harper)
2012 “Ladd Family” Edition
household is now
home to not one,
but TWO aquatic
frogs: Frogét and
Harper is in the USA
Archery JOAD (Jr.
Program and has
earned her green,
purple, & gray stars
IT’S A RING
she is *not*
making wire &
bead rings (“it’s
just a “hobby”).
to insist his body is
still playing hockey
and singles tennis all
the way to the 4.0
USTA city finals.
After 45 years of
suffering, the Kings
finally won their first
Stanley Cup, no
doubt thanks to
fulfillment of a
pilgrimage to LA in
20 years of
marital bliss, or
as Kelly puts it,
Kelly’s “big 5-0”
1-0” as she hit the
We had a fantastic
about this great
country by visiting
In November we
visited the largest
house in America:
the Biltmore estate
in Asheville, NC
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Please stay in touch !
after me lucky
(we’re now the
one with the red
Cruisin’ for the
Tennis Tourney -
not a bad showing
for a combined 108
Oh crap- it’s
newsletter time again!
Pick a religious
expression of choice,
add a safe New Year’s
and you get HAPPY
2011 “Laddvent” Calendar
MICHAEL: firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1236022713
KELLY: email@example.com / http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592392902
...because a Facebook theme was just too obvious.
New Honda CR-Z
Harper’s 8th B-Day!
1st Grade Graduate
So every December it’s a challenge to come up with a theme for the holiday newsletter and frankly,
most everything gets reported on Facebook during the year. As such, for many of you, a written
recap would be repetitious and I suspect that for all but the most ardent fans, our lives really aren’t
interesting enough to warrant a second sitting. Enter Harper’s favorite video game character: that
cute little Sackboy from Little Big Planet (available only on Sony Playstation 3 and PSP). I ﬁgured I’d enlist the help
of the little guy to visually convey to any doubters what a truly exciting year it’s been... M>N>L
Fleece Tie Blanket
Jars and Jars (and
Jars) of Homemade
A Few Words
Ladd Family Year in
Review 2009 Edition
THE LADDS - 2225 Pendleton Place Suwanee, GA 30024
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Ladd/1236022713 / http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelly-Humphreys-Ladd/592392902
Jan - Mar (2009)
Apr - Jun (2009)
Jul - Sep (2009)
Oct - Dec (2009)
T O M A T O M E T E R
T O M A T O M E T E R
T O M A T O M E T E R
T O M A T O M E T E R
Synopsis: A family trip to Disney World, Harper’s “BF Valentines
Day Tea Party”, and Kelly’s birthday girls-trip-to-NYC start the year
off with a bang. So does the pain from two molar crowns...
Synopsis: King Tut and The Candy Bomber visit Atlanta and a new pet
is adopted. Kelly finds out what kids’ swim team really entails, and a
state tennis championship is secured. Fun at the Labyrinth sing-a-long!
Synopsis: A half-birthday party, visit to the Outer Banks, and
Princess Camp fill the dog days of Summer. Then it’s back-to-
school for First grade fun and PTA politics.
Synopsis: Amelia Earhart arrives for Halloween followed by painful
misadventures in Endodontics and a first pop concert with “Hanny
Montanny”. After 20 seasons, the hockey team changes names.
-Ow, the tooth, ow ow ow.
-Still with the ow! It’s not fair to be in this much
pain and not get a child out of it.
-Mommy, why are all the Beatles songs
-That’s not Santa, it’s just some man
from our church...
-We've noticed that Canada Dry is
neither Canadian nor dry. Because it's
bottled in Houston, perhaps it should be
called "Texas Wet".
-If "Tofurkey" is tofu turkey, then what
must they call tofu duckling?
-(stamping her feet upon exiting the Great
American Scream Machine at Six Flags):
“I did NOT like that ride!”
-17th anniversary! Still together after all
-17th anniversary! That’s the HDTV
-Darn USTA Winter season; tennis is not
meant to be played in 43 degree
-Gail Halvorsen (retired USAF Col. better known
as the Candy Bomber) is a national treasure
and a true American hero.
-Really feeling those 42 years now. What an
endurance test: 6 matches (5 doubles + 1
singles) in 3 days. Not dropping a match was
just icing- that and making a college kid puke in
the Macon heat.
-Who came up with the inferior design of teeth
anyway? And who knew licorice could be so
-NYC: old friends, a quality show, and oh, the
pizza! It’s a meal, it’s a hand moisturizer...
-Best of all, I didn’t have to hold the (half) birthday
party at my house!
-And thank goodness swim team is over. Bullpen
duty is the craziest thing I’ve ever done.
-I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that I don’t
look half as cool as my kickboxing
instructor during class
-She’s growing up too fast. The little bundle
that used to fit in the crook of my arm is now in
a grade with a number in it.
-You can’t be doing all bad when the Little One
wants to be Amelia Earhart for Halloween and
she begs to have The Hobbit read to her at
-The Tower of Terror was the best. I remember
thinking, “awwww...this is the end”.
-Butters (pet gerbil Butterscotch) is a chubby
little soul. He’s a mad-nibbler and diurnal, *not*
-I love Miss Tennent. She’s a great teacher who
teaches in a fun way.
-I can’t wait to go to Chattanooga for my
birthday to see the stingrays and river otters at
Friday, December 18, 2009
2008 Progress Report Card
The Ladd Family: ML =Michael (41);
KL = Kelly (Female); HL =Harper (6)
Address: 2225 Pendleton Place Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: 770.235.8394 (h) / 770.595.9528 (c)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Language Math / Computers Science / Philosophy
Art Social Physical Education
Key: AC = Accomplished / IP = In Progress / NW = Needs Work / NA = Not Attempted
HL: begin public kindergarten
HL: read & sound out words
KL: write & maintain a blog
KL: write supernatural screenplay
KL: attend screenwriting class
ML: read only 1 book at a time
HL: self-surf to PBSkids.org
HL: laugh at animal vids on YouTube
HL: diligently count allowance
KL: count minutes until bus
ML: queue up 6 hrs for iPhone
ML: OS X Support certified
HL: experiment to find boundaries
HL: time out for self reflection
HL: carry cat all over house
KL: toy mercilessly w/plants
ML: do 9-day lemonade cleanse
ML: ponder the meaning of it all
HL: fill house w/masterworks
HL: win 2 photo contests
KL: make beautiful bead jewelry
KL: 401K statement papier mache
ML: watch all 7 seasons of Buffy
ML: craft crappy holiday letter
HL: learn school bus/yard rules
KL: do PR work for church
ALL: go to CA for sis’ wedding
ALL: be new aunt/uncle/cousin
ML: lvl 70 main in “WoW”
ML: socialize; try to be friendly
HL: in Mary Poppins ballet
HL: on first soccer team
KL: gym rat 4x per week
KL: do yoga plank position
ML: AA hockey finalist
ML: city mixed doubles champ
“Lantana Heart” by Harper Ladd
Trips taken to Newport, NC and Sacramento, CA to visit family and to Orlando, FL for
reenactment of Bataan Death March and to visit world famous rodent.
Further info. available as follows:General Comments:
“Good Eye, Harper”
...this calls for some celery!
Harper really came into her
artistic own this year, coloring up
a storm and creating some
impressive drawings (not on the
walls, thank goodness). Above is a
favorite of ours, a rendition of our
little family triumvirate, which
Michael did not get a hold of with
his red doodling crayon (“no
What’s Gonna Work?
Ah, the Fabulous (Fearsome?) Fours! We had a
chance to work together on several behavioral
modiﬁcation projects this year, including:
5) General Sassiness
Harper turned 5 , Michael turned
40 and Kelly again reported in at
39 (amazing!). She also joined a
screenwriting class at Georgia
Tech and awaits
a callback from
for her excellent
“Ghost of a
Harper loves her
school, ballet and
started taking Tae Kwon Do
(where we suspect she picked up
mastery of the debilitating crotch-
punch so often delivered to Daddy
while rough-housing). Michael is
working on his Mac certiﬁcation,
still plays hockey,
and made it to
the city ﬁnals of
trips to report
this year as
things were very
busy at work and
with several DIY improvement
projects both inside and out.
This is Seewious
...seriously messed up - like your speech impediment, Ming-Ming!
We sincerely hope this little holiday missive ﬁnds you in good health and spirits as
2008 approaches. While we lose sight of it at times and don’t keep in touch as often
as we would like, we are indeed blessed to have such fantastic friends and family from
whom we have been given so much. Happy holidays to you and yours! -M/K/H
Michael, Kelly and Harper too...
2007 holiday newsletter!
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The Wonder Pets Ladds save the:
Can you match the behavior to
the improving individual?
a) Harper b) Mommy c) Daddy
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Ladd Holiday Newsletter 2006
From Wikiladdia, the free Ladd-family encyclopedia
The Ladd Holiday Newsletter 2006 is the 2006 edition of an annual publication sent to friends and family of Michael Ladd and Kelly Ladd, written by
same. Titles for the newsletter have changed over the years from L’Addvocate and L’Addvisor with the most striking change coming in the 2006 edition:
Ladds In Space: The Power of Three- a Ladd Family Adventure, Vol I..
The 2006 title is a bit of a red herring as the Ladd family did not, in fact, venture into space in 2006, traveling instead to the strictly terrestrial destinations
of Costa Rica, Los Angeles, CA and Naples, FL. Interestingly, daughter Harper Ladd, soon to be four years old as of this article’s writing, has not yet
forgiven her parents for leaving her behind on the five-day Costa Rica business jaunt despite the presentation of several t-shirts and various local wares.
Michael’s year is covered briefly in the annual newsletter, highlighting the recent acquisition of his company, Solarcom, by Integrated Solutions who also
owns Presidio and NIS. Also documented is his continued participation in hockey and tennis with his first foray into singles in 22 years yielding a pulled
hamstring retirement after cruising to what appeared to be a certain round-of-16 berth in the KSwiss 4.0 Atlanta regional tournament.
Kelly’s new church calling of Primary Chorister is noted after her having served as Sunday School teacher for a year and a half. She is also described
as enjoying the extra three hours a day now available with Harper’s five-day morning curriculum at the prestigious Oak Meadow Montessori school of
Lawrenceville, GA. Kelly’s recent obsession-with and successes-in the family’s genealogical detective work is recounted in detail as are her 2006 driving
adventures (a speeding ticket and a left-turn attack on a neighbor’s Dodge RAM 1500 pickup truck cruising innocently by the Ladd family driveway).
Finally, Harper Ladd’s third year of life is chronicled beginning with a tale of victory over the Potty Training Beast and the associated reward of new pet
cat Allison (affectionately referred to as “Ali-O” and not to be confused with Rap parody icon “Ali-G”). Next Harper’s new various increased
responsibilities around the house are listed as are visits to the Atlanta Aquarium (twice with different sets of grandparents), attendance at the local
Wiggles concert (sans yellow-shirted Greg who has been diagnosed with orthostatic intolerance), and a developing unhealthy obsession with
In typical fashion for such holiday missives, the Ladd Holiday Newsletter 2006 ends with an appreciation of the many blessings enjoyed by the family
and well-wishes for all its recipients along with the following contact information:
Michael, Kelly & Harper Ladd 2225 Pendleton Place Suwanee, GA 30024 (770) 235-8394; email@example.com
This page was last modified 07:40, 4 December 2006. All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License. (See Copyrights for details.)
Wikiladdia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Categories: Failed Attempts at Humor; Boring Year-End Summaries; Pax Romana
I confess to liking Holiday Newsletters. I love
hearing from friends that I don’t see much of
anymore. I love hearing how your families are
growing, doing and how your lives are coming along. I
love seeing the pictures of your little ones, nieces,
nephews, pets, (etc.). Ever the
cynic, Michael claims that most
people think newsletters are
longwinded (a-la-John Kerry)
and self-indulgent (can you say
Limbaugh & Hannity?). At any
rate here’s the run down on how
the year 2005 was for the Ladd
Progeny: Harper Gretchen
Status: Curious & adorable
After starting the year under
general anesthesia (she
aspirated peanut pieces into her
lungs on Jan 1), Harper began
attending school twice weekly
this Fall at Oak Meadow
Montessori. Although tears,
tantrums, and a continual flow
of questions (we celebrated her
millionth question in August) are
part of daily life, her laughter is infectious and her
single dimpled smile will weaken any resolve to deny
her what she wants.
Status: Still Academy-awardless
Recently quipped, “you know you’re getting old when
you find yourself thinking the hot water bottle is
underrated.” She had a chance to attend her 25th
High School Reunion and got a real kick from seeing
old friends and walking the halls of her old school.
Kelly still enjoys the Suwanee Mom’s Club and
teaching the adult Sunday School class. She also had
fun entering the “Next Food Network Star” contest.
We expect to get a personal call from Rachel Ray any
Status: Same challenging job; teeth in tact
Michael has the same job as Director of Operations
for Solarcom Partner Services. This year he was v-
oted as one of four Employees of the Quarter, which
means a trip to Costa Rica in
May ‘06! I hope he takes me…
He also picked up tennis again
this year and has enjoyed
getting back into the game
although his poor feet are
taking quite a beating. He
continues to play hockey (hence
the teeth comment) and guitar.
He may have also found a backup
career in producing Kelly’s
stellar video submission to Food
Status: Don’t ask
Trips: Naples, FL (Ladd
Family), Morehead, NC
(Humphrey’s family) Disney
World, FL (Mouse Family)
Status: Glad to be home
Some evil person (a schoolmate perhaps?) told Harper
about Disney World. It was only a matter of time
before we gave in to her begging and took her to
meet Mickey, Minnie, Donald, (etc.) in person.
Favorite ride: Soarin’. Least favorite: Snow White’s
Scary Adventure. (After all it does have “SCARY”
right in the title).
I’ll end there. Wouldn’t want to risk long wind. We
wish you all the warmest season’s greetings and hope
that 2006 might bring us an opportunity to actually
visit! --The Ladds
2225 PENDLETON PLACE SUWANEE, GA 30024
Hello, and greetings from the Ladd family. My name is Harper Gretchen. I’m a Capricorn, and my hobbies
include dancing in circles, squealing over any animal I see, and destroying just about anything I can get my
Now that Mommy joined the “Mom’s Club of Suwanee”, we go to lots of fun activities with other moms and kids
such as the petting zoo, the park, and the library. I have a great time and Mommy says it gives her a chance to
connect with other Moms—whatever that means.
I’ve started Nursery at church this year and can go all by myself now. It was a little hard on Mommy at first,
but she got over it. Now that she is teaching the adult Sunday school class she says it’s a good thing. I just
like playing with the toys and snack time!
Whenever I can, I go to Daddy’s hockey games and cheer him on. I love it when he picks me up and skates
around the ice with me, even if his hockey equipment kinda smells. His team won the championship, so I must be
a good luck charm. At least Daddy says I’m a little charmer.
This year I got to go on my first airplane trip! I went to Baltimore, MD where I met my Great-Grandmother,
Helen Carr. I guess it’s not every day you get four generations together so, it was really special.
We also went on the longest car ride EVER when we drove to North Carolina (10 hours). I got to visit my
family there and see the ocean. I loved it, but Daddy says it’s going to be a very long time before we take
another long car ride together. I don’t know what he means. I was an angel the whole time.
Daddy has a new job, at the same company. He is the new Director of Operations for the Solarcom Partner
Services. Mommy says she ‘s very proud of him, but he seems like the same old Daddy to me, except he does
seem to be getting home later and later these days.
I asked Mommy when HER next promotion was coming up, and she said “When you get potty trained”. I guess
that’s something we’ll have to work on.
We have a new family member. A fighting Betta fish we named Jackie. It’s hardly a replacement for a Rosie
who went to live with Heavenly Father this summer. (Mommy says Rosie was old so it was time.) I enjoy
feeding Jackie and watching him gobble his food and then making my “fish face”.
I look forward to starting preschool this year and even though she isn’t going, Mommy seems VERY excited
about the idea. Something about finally having time to get some things done…
Well, that’s all for now. Mommy and Daddy say all the time how they are so blessed, and I guess they’re right.
We sure wish y’all a happy holiday, and who knows, maybe I’ll get to meet some of you in person in the new year!
THE LADDS 2225 PENDLETON PLACE SUWANEE, GA 30024
We’ll miss you
Remember MadLibs, the word game where
you pre-select words and then plug your
answers in for unpredictable and wacky
results? Good, then you’ll know what to do
here: first fill out the form below and then
insert where prompted in the text to your
right. VOILA! Guaranteed hilarity just in
time for the holidays!
*[GRUFF] ADJECTIVE 1:
*SYNONYM FOR CRAZY
*[SCATALOGICAL] ADJ 3:
*NON-LIQUID-OR-SOLID STATE OF
*PLURAL FOR OCULAR ORBS:
*EUPHAMISM FOR “HER
*NICKNAME FOR PRIMARY
*EUPHAMISM FOR “HER
*SYNONYM FOR LAIR:
*NICKNAME FOR SECONDARY
* SPORT PLAYED ON ICE WITH
STICKS AND PUCKS :
EUPHAMISM FOR ELECTRICAL
STRINGED INSTRUMENT :
ON HAND :
*PICK ONE: (friend /family
member/ co-worker of
Another year, another
([GRUFF] ADJECTIVE 1)
newsletter from those
(SYNONYM FOR CRAZY
SOUTHENERNERS) we happen
to know from Georgia.
This year was filled with
(EMOTION 1) as we watched
our little (RODENT) begin her
conquest of the world. As we
have learned the hard way,
while she may disarm you with
her (ADJECTIVE 2) looks, she
has the ability to launch a two-
pronged bio-arsenal assault
(SCATALOGICAL] ADJ 3)
bombs and (NON-LIQUID-
OR-SOLID STATE OF
WATER) attacks that are sure
to make your (PLURAL FOR
OCULAR ORBS) water (“yes
Mr. President, I think we have
finally found some WMDs!”).
Most of the year has been
spent catering to the needs of
(EUPHAMISM FOR “HER
HIGHNESS 1”) and planning
life around meals and naptime.
We also struggle to keep Harper
from being torn to ribbons by
Rosie, our (WILD BEAST).
And nothing upsets (NICKNAME
FOR PRIMARY CAREGIVER) more
than losing a precious “nap unit” by
being caught out and unable to put
(EUPHAMISM FOR “HER
HIGHNESS” 2) down in her
(SYNONYM FOR LAIR) for the
late afternoon snooze.
(NICKNAME FOR SECONDARY
CAREGIVER) continues to enjoy his
career at Solarcom and can still be
found playing (SPORT PLAYED ON
ICE WITH STICKS AND PUCKS)
and strumming his (WOOD-
CHOPPING TOOL EUPHAMISM
FOR ELECTRICAL STRINGED
INSTRUMENT) to relax all the
while facing the reality that he is
wrapped around Harper’s little
DIGIT ON HAND).
In all seriousness, we are
extremely blessed and (EMOTION
2) to be able to count you as our
Happy holidays one and all!!
~ L’addvisor 2003 ~
THE LADDS 2225 PENDLETON PLACE SUWANEE, GA 30024
Because of someone out there pretending to be me,
stealing my identity and setting up all sorts of fun new
credit lines, I feel the need to reassure you that this is
indeed the official holiday newsletter of the real Mr. &
Mrs. Michael Ladd from Roswell GA. Notice the
genuine amateur feel and striking similarity to last year’s
newsletter coupled with the stabs in the dark at wit.
Yessir, this is the real deal you’ve got in your hands now,
so without further ado- let’s get to it…
This year Michael proved himself yet again the stable
one, staying with the same company for 3 and a half
years now. His role has increased and his two titles
reflect this: now both Business Development Team
Leader and Unix/Storage Business Development
Manager at Solarcom, a company for whom he really
Kelly, on the other hand is once again in a new situation.
Her previous company Netrail, fell victim to the Dot
Bomb market and filed Chapter 11 in September. It was
an unfortunate, if not predictable, turn of events, but
Kelly has bounced back and found contracting work
with a company that develops training courseware. It
has turned out to be a great opportunity with work she
really likes. As an extra bonus, she gets to work from
home and has been heard to say, “Someday I might get
tired of working in my bathrobe all day, but I’m not sure
The Charming Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City
In the last few years Michael has discovered the exciting
800hp world of Formula 1 so we decided to visit our
neighbors to the North (no, think even further North than
the Waffle House/IHOP line formerly known as the
Mason-Dixon) to see the Grand Prix in Montreal,
Canada. In addition to visiting Montreal, we brushed up
on our French and traveled from Montreal to Quebec
City by train. The train was very comfortable and the
scenery beautiful. Altogether, it was a wonderful trip
and one that we can’t recommend highly enough.
Quebec is so enchanting, it’s like something out of a
story book- c’est magnifique!. And the Grand Prix had
such an exciting international feel, even Kelly enjoyed
the race. In fact, it was such a great trip, we’re going to
do it again in June of 2002.
Rosie and Anne are doing fine. Anne, the wild kitten we
“adopted” with a fishing net three years ago, has actually
overcome some of her shyness and made appearances to
visitors and Rosie, her big sister, has taken the art of
meowing to a frenzied level in hopes she will persuade
us to feed her both more frequently and in greater
quantities. I guess everyone has to have a hobby.
Speaking of hobbies, Michael continues playing the
guitar, working with computers, and of course playing
hockey (yes, he still has all his own teeth). And after
years of being the bridesmaids, the Suns finally cinched
the AAHL league championship in March and received
the AA-2 cup (a replica of which now resides proudly in
the lobby at Solarcom HQ). Kelly still enjoys singing
with her Barbershop Chorus “Peach Rhapsody” as well
as leading the children in music every Sunday morning.
Although this year most certainly has brought us many
joys, it was one of sorrow too. Kelly’s Grandfather,
Donald Guthrie passed away in January. He had been
sick for sometime and was prepared in every way to
finish his life here on earth. My Grandfather loved to
play jokes on people, bake bread, and attend church. I
will always remember in particular the courage he
showed toward the end of his life. I’m grateful for the
influence he had on my life, and look forward to seeing
him again someday.
And of course, like everyone else in this country we
were deeply affected by the events of September 11th.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who were
directly impacted by this tragedy, but how inspirational it
has been to see our country rally together.
More than ever this year, we’ve realized how blessed we
our in this life. We live in a wonderful country, we enjoy
freedoms and privileges others only dream of and most
of all, we have each of you, our friends and family,
which is the greatest blessing of all. We hope that each
of you feel similarly blessed and find much to be
grateful for in 2002.
The Ladds: 1014 Chattahoochee Circle, Roswell, GA 30075
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AKA: 2000- A Christmas Newsletter Odyssey, by Kelly Ladd
(it was her turn to pull a little weight around here and take a run at this thing for once)
Sorry to say we are not yet pregnant. Just thought we’d get that out of the way first thing. So no cutesy pictures of a baby
eating flowers, waving adorably, or grinning with some slimy substance all over it’s face, although we can’t promise we
won’t fall prey to this phenomenon someday.
Well, the year 2000 has come and gone. We survived the faux-millennia crisis and lived to go to work the next day (and
the next). Now that the terror is safely behind us we can look ahead to a different one with a new leader at the steering
wheel of America. Yet despite all the election excitement, I’m
sure the question on everyone’s mind is….”I wonder how Rosie
and Anne are getting along?”. Well you can see for yourself in
the photo that while Rosie is still not thrilled at having Anne
around, the distance at which she can tolerate her seems to be
getting shorter and shorter. With the exception of a hiss or two at
dinnertime, love abounds in the Ladd household. (Speaking of
dinnertime, I’m sure Rosie would also like me to mention that she
has slimmed down considerably since the photo was taken.)
Kelly and Michael have changed jobs AGAIN, bringing the total
for Kelly up to 4 and Michael to 3 in the 5 years they’ve been in
Georgia. Michael says his doesn’t really count as a change
because it is with the same company (Solarcom), but as the
“UNIX Business Development Manager” he is in a whole new
department. Some merger fallout at Earthlink caused Kelly and
several of her little geek friends to leave the Nirvana that was
once Mindspring behind. Some of her co-workers have joined her at NetRail. Whether NetRail will be a new Utopia is
yet to be determined, but Kelly thinks she has found a near-perfect job as a Trainer and Security Project Manager, so lets
keep our fingers crossed.
Michael continues to take guitar lessons and is starting to sound pretty good; at least his captive audience of one thinks so
and we haven’t had any neighbors clawing holes in the walls trying to stifle him. He still enjoys his stress management
sessions, otherwise known as his hockey games and captaining the team. As a bonus, he is still the purveyor of all his
teeth, much to Kelly’s delight. His team has considered changing their name from “The Suns” to “The Bridesmaids”,
because they always seem to miss that championship cup by just one game. So far this season they are 8-2-0 (8 wins, 2
loses, 0 ties in sport-speak), so maybe this is their year.
Kelly has taken up singing with a Barbershop Chorus, Peach Rhapsody, and has found it to be challenging and fun.
Although she has had several commercial/theatrical auditions, none of them had that certain something in the role that she
was looking for, so she has been forced to turn them all down. Who knows, maybe this year she will be discovered? She
did have a very small role (some might actually call it “Extra Work”) in an upcoming film “Run, Ronnie Run”. And at the
risk of seeming unsupportive of my fellow thespians, I must say after spending an uncomfortable, cold and hungry 12
hours on the set only to be filmed for 10 minutes in a crowd scene, I think a more accurate name would have been “Run,
Kelly Run”. By the way, here is a little tip from me to you – wait for this one to come out on video.
Kelly and Michael’s new jobs do not have heavy travel requirements, so they are forced to settle down into domesticated
life, enjoying such thrills as an occasional Thrashers game, dinner and a movie, visiting with friends (please visit us), and
even a cultural experience every now and then such as a play, a ballet, or…. another hockey game.
We continue to marvel at how truly blessed our lives are. Our gratitude deepens as we reflect on the gift of friendship
both our family and friends have given us throughout this year and our lives. We pray that you likewise will be blessed
and that this season and year will bring you the joys you hope for.
The Ladds: 1014 Chattahoochee Circle, Roswell, GA 30075