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Some of the roughly 200 Fords who showed up for this year’s reunion. Yes, we do have a big family, and yes, we do hold our reunion in a canyon.

Is it August already? How did that happen? July was so busy it just flew right by me. This whole crazy year has just flown by, now that I think of it. 

We worked really hard on our house the first couple of weeks of July, and then we went to Utah for a Ford Family Reunion, always a fun experience. There were about 200 people there, and they did a special program to honor my grandfather who turned 90 earlier this year. All of my sisters were there, so we planned a surprise dinner for my parents to celebrate their 40th Anniversary (which was on June 11). We all live in different cities and states, so it was kind of amazing that we were actually able to pull it off–that was largely due to the efforts of my sister Kellie, who is ever-so-slightly OCD, but a really fantastic party planner. My dad gave my mom an iPhone for their anniversary, and we gave them an iPad–so they’re now hip and cool like us.

August is Birthday and Anniversary Month in the Ford family, as you’ll see from the top four of the top 20 this week. Jamey’s birthday this year is a big one, so I hope it’s especially happy for him. His family doesn’t get nearly as excited about celebrating birthdays as mine does, but we’re going to celebrate in style because how often do you turn 50? We’re planning a cruise in November to celebrate with his kids, so that should be lots of fun.

I’m really enjoying the Olympics this year. I don’t watch them quite as obsessively as my husband does–or as my husband would if he wasn’t living in Huntsville without a television during the week–but I really do enjoy what I watch. The whole idea of the Olympics is awesome. I wish we could translate that same spirit of Citius, Altius, Fortius into academia. Or politics. 

In other news, our house in La Porte is officially on the market, so if anyone is interested in a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home with a fantastic floor plan, let me know!

Have a great week, enjoy the lists, and be good to each other.

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top 20

  1. The Birthday Boy. Looking good for an old man!

    Jamey, who turns the Big 5-0 next Tuesday. I’m so proud of all that he’s accomplished in his 50 years, and I just love him to death.

  2. My sister Jackie, who turns 26 next Wednesday. She is seven months pregnant, so I hope she gets to put her feet up and relax the whole day–she deserves it!
  3. My brother-in-law Craig, who turns 33 next Thursday. Craig is an awesome brother-in-law, husband, and father and I’m glad he’s part of our family.
  4. My sister Sarah and the Birthday Boy Craig, who also celebrate TEN YEARS of marriage next Wednesday
  5. forgiveness
  6. taking the high road
  7. the aftermath of a good workout (see bottom 10, number 4)
  8. planning surprises
  9. The US Olympic Team. I love hearing our anthem played at a medals ceremony.
  10. the Olympics in general
  11. TED (the awesome inspirational talks by innovative thinkers, NOT the horrible movie starring a vile teddy bear)
  12. The Daily Show back on the air
  13. Restaurant Impossible
  14. preparing to start a new chapter
  15. seeing all of my sisters in Utah
  16. hanging out with my aunt JoAn and Uncle Don
  17. introducing my parents to the Joy of the iPad
  18. giving up our seats on Southwest Airlines and getting vouchers in return
  19. anticipation for Ken Follett’s new book, Winter of the World
  20. The Asia Society in Houston. It’s a really great organization, housed in a stunning building in downtown Houston.

bottom 10

  1. being a worry wart

    The Travelers Insurance dog, the ultimate worry wart. He and I are kindred spirits.

  2. bad sound mixing
  3. lack of sleep
  4. actually working out (I’m really very very lazy)
  5. dark circles under my eyes from exhaustion (see number 3)
  6. feeling like a crazy person (see number 3)
  7. downward spirals
  8. anxiety (see number 3)
  9. Restless Leg Syndrome. I’m pretty sure I have it. (I don’t think I can blame that on number 3)
  10. wasps

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