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Hello all! I promise, I will write a blog in 2010. But real quick, our wedding teaser received more than 500 views since October 3 on 2Duce2’s Blog, our wedding videographer, making us one of the top five most viewed teasers on their site. They are having a contest for the best teaser, and we have been entered due to our high traffic.

If you would be so kind and show us some more love, head over toΒ 2Duce2’s BlogΒ and vote for us as your favorite wedding teaser of 2009. Just head over to 2Duce2’s Blog, which is totally awesome by the way, and read the Top 5 | 2009 post. At the bottom, add a comment and vote for us (#4 – Ryan and Savannah). Make sure you put the number and the name in your comment.

Big thanks to 2Duce2 for making an absolutely amazing wedding teaser and video. We are so blessed to have you guys be part of the most beautiful day of our life.

We are also blessed to have so many friends vote for us! =)

Love you all!

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I last posted a week and a half ago on the 18th, right before we celebrated our friend Kelly’s birthday. We have been celebrating the holidays and birthdays every day since then. I’m sure this time of year is busy for most people, but for us, it felt a little out of control this year. I’m sure that is partially due to the fact that we hadn’t really had much time to recover from our big trip to Africa and Ryan’s audit a few days after. We’re really looking forward to getting some rest in January!

Here’s a snapshot of some of our celebrations:

Saturday, December 19–Our niece Penelopi’s first haircut! Followed by brunch with the Arthur/Sweet family at Loveless Cafe to celebrate Steve and Jackie’s 27th wedding anniversary! That night, Ryan and I had to split up for separate celebrations. I went to my annual Lipscomb girls Christmas party/gift exchange (we’ve been doing it every year since my Freshman year of college), and Ryan went out to celebrate his godsister Ashley’s 25th birthday. We both had a great time, and I’m proud to announce that I won the best present contest for the second year in a row! It’s hard to compete with gifts from South Africa, Swaziland and Paris. πŸ™‚

Sunday, December 20–We went to the Coxes’ annual Christmas cocktail party.

Monday, December 21–The second annual next-day sushi celebration with the Coxes, Arthurs and Sweets.

Tuesday, December 22–Our nephew Ethon’s 5th birthday! I can’t believe he is getting so old and will be starting Kindergarton in the fall! (*tear) Ethon is such a riot, and definitely such a boy. He loves anything with wheels. He loves the Grinch. He plays rough and loves to wrestle. He’s so cute when he tries to play it tough, but we all know he’s really a softy on the inside. And he’s so sweet when he shows that side of himself and gives these huge bear hugs or just wants to cuddle. He’s always been so tall for his age, and he’s now as tall as his 7-year-old brother. So if you weren’t in our family, you probably would have stopped referring to him as a baby years ago. But he’ll always be our little baby.

Wednesday, December 23–Christmas Eve eve! It’s the anniversary of the day we met three years ago in Findley’s Pub at Opryland Hotel. We have the tradition of going back there with a group of friends every year now. This year, we had a great time there and then had an afterparty at our place that included Last Word, Apples to Apples and Scattergories. Our friend, and Ryan’s best man, Steve Kraski is in town. So we were excited to finally see him that night. It’s the first time we’ve seen him since the wedding. In honor of the anniversary of when we met, we’ll post our love story tomorrow. πŸ™‚

Thursday, December 24–Christmas Eve! We finally got some time off work! We celebrated with my dad’s family at my Uncle Steve’s house at 2 p.m. and then had dinner and presents with the Arthur family that night.

Friday, December 25–Christmas!! We had a huge lunch and presents at my mom’s house, followed by sibling/nephew presents at my dad’s. We ended the Christmas festivities by watching some Christmas movie classics–Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. (As a side note, I actually bought Ryan Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas as a Christmas present, and I’m pretty sure he got a little weepy over it…)

Saturday, December 26–Supposed to be a day of recupperation. But actually we did returns and shopped some after Christmas sales.

Sunday, December 27–Our niece Penelopi’s 2nd birthday and birthday party! We just adore our little niece who loves sushi and opera and has the sweetest little voice and a sweet disposition to match. She calls me Nannah and my heart just melts. πŸ™‚ Isn’t it amazing that children already have such a personality at such a young age? Penelopi is Ms. Independent, always wanting to do it for herself. She is strong-willed, but so sweet and polite at the same time. Which means it’s hard not to let her have her way. πŸ™‚ Penelopi’s birthday party also meant we got to see some of our dear family and friends, including the Alabama Arthurs. Ryan’s twin cousins Benjamin and Mackenzie are in Kindergarton now, and they are just so much fun to be around. He spent the evening with them and they all went to see Ice. I spent the evening with my mom and sisters at our weekly Sunday night girls’ night. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to have girls’ night much lately, and with my baby sister Phallen being in Mississippi, it’s just not the same without her. She actually left to go back to Mississippi today, so I’m so glad we all got a chance to get together last night. She isn’t planning on coming back to Tennessee for quite a while. Yesterday was also Ryan’s godsister Ashley’s 25th birthday and my sister Brook and brother-in-law Zach’s 8th wedding anniversary. Happy birthday and congrats, guys! Love you!

I think that catches us up to the present. As I mentioned, tomorrow we’ll feature our love story. Going into the New Year, we have some fun Africa stories to tell, as well as some wedding shout outs we never got around to. Hope everyone is having an amazing holiday season! Get anything good for Christmas this year?

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We’re back!!! Both of us are home and will be for the rest of December! πŸ™‚ Actually, we should both be home until March! Two whole months! That will be a record for us.

We didn’t get a chance to post about November happenings. Ryan was off on an audit in Louisiana during the first of the month, then we were planning and hosting our third annual Great Gobbley Gobbler: A Thanksgiving Feast. A wonderful celebration where we invite our dear friends over to celebrate a Thanksgiving meal together and express our thanks for the wonderful people we have in our lives. We seem to always stay so busy with family meals during this time, which we absolutely love. But we are also thankful for our friends, so we like to make a time to celebrate with them as well.

The end of November brought Thanksgiving, which we celebrated with both of our families (three meals!) and planning for our December trip to South Africa and Swaziland (with a pit stop in Paris). It was a very busy time!

Our once in a lifetime trip to South Africa and Swaziland (and Paris) was so amazing. We promise to blog all about it soon! Just not today. Today we are celebrating our friend Kelly’s birthday since we missed it while we were away in Africa. Happy birthday celebration day, Kelly!

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