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Lucky in Love

I mentioned it a couple blogs ago, but Ryan and I just celebrated the first anniversary of this special day:

Under the Big Tree

Our anniversary was wonderful! We both took the week off work, and we made a last minute trip to the mountains. It was great to get away for a while! Our cabin had an amazing view (I’m such a nature girl), and we were able to take LuLu with us. We had originally wanted to go on a trip up north for our anniversary, but with my back and hip problems, a long drive or plane ride just isn’t a good idea.

For our actual anniversary (Sunday, October 3), we went to the Pineapple Room at Cheekwood and had lunch. We visited Two Rivers and took pictures under the tree where we got married, and we had dinner at J. Alexander’s (where we had our first date). We also watched our wedding video (see the teaser here) and ate our leftover wedding cake (yuck!) and opened presents. It was great!

We spent the day before our anniversary cleaning up around the house. I spent well over 8 hours cleaning out the craft room. It’s pretty much been a mess since the wedding (so for at least a year). Ryan was great and pitched in to help and moved all the heavy boxes around for me. While cleaning out the craft room, we found over a hundred dollars!! We found two Target gift cards that equaled $83, a $10 iTunes gift card, a $10 P.F. Chang’s gift card and $13 cash. It was hard to believe we had misplaced so many unused gift cards! I guess it’s a testament to how crazy wedding planning can be! (Although I’m pretty sure some of those cards were from 2008, before we got into wedding planning mode.) It was a pretty lucky day during our anniversary celebration week.

Then when we went to dinner at J. Alexander’s, where we had another lucky streak. We were happily enjoying our appetizer and conversation for about 20 minutes when the manager comes over and apologizes for the wait and says that she is going to take care of our meal. We were kind of confused since we didn’t even realize we had been waiting for very long. But sure enough, at the end of the meal, our server told us that the manager took care of our meal and we didn’t have anything to pay. Free anniversary meal! How lucky are we?!

Speaking of lucky, a couple weeks before our anniversary trip, this arrived in the mail for me:

Do you remember this post when I dreamed about owning it one day? My dear husband was able to buy a package that included the poster when Ray LaMontagne’s new album came out! Now I officially own the poster from the concert we went to on the night of our engagement day. And it depicts the cutest little tangent bike (that’s a two-seater if you didn’t know), perfectly printed in our wedding colors. It’s just a little thing, but it makes me very happy.

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Happy March!

Happy 5-month anniversary to us! (last week)

Happy almost Daylight Saving Time! (An extra hour of sunlight! Woohoo!)

Happy almost Spring! (less than two weeks away now!)

So many happy things to look forward to this month, and the sunshine just makes it all that much more enjoyable. It’s supposed to reach 66 degrees today in Nashville, and that makes this Monday much more bearable than any Monday so far this year.

Haven’t updated the blog in a while…mainly because Ryan and I have just been trying to stay well. He had to take a couple sick days in February (sinus stuff), and I had to take a couple sick days in February (migraine and a 24-hour stomach bug). And then last week, Ryan missed almost three full days of work with a flu scare. Thankfully, he’s feeling almost back to himself again after a round of antibiotics. We went to a grill out and game night in White Bluff on February 26, and out of like 11 guests who were at the Griffins’ house that night, 7 of them ended up sick with cold/flu symptoms—Ryan included. A couple of the girls were diagnosed with the flu—one of those also has bronchitis and sinusitis. Another girl was diagnosed with tonsillitis. Ryan and our friend Livi were only diagnosed with sinusitis, and I was a little skeptical since that is not contagious but they all ended up with the same symptoms. I guess it doesn’t really matter because both of them were prescribed antibiotics and seem to be doing much better.

Now to just stay well and enjoy this nice weather!

Our 5-month anniversary was on March 3. Ryan was pretty puny that night, so we stayed in and I tried to help him keep his fever down (he had a fever for 4 days in a row!). We did open our 5-month anniversary present from my mom—a date night! She got us a Regal Cinemas gift card.

We’re getting pretty close to celebrating our 6-month mark. Can you believe it’s been half a year already?!?! Time flies when you’re having fun.

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Happy Anniversary Day!!! When my mom told me yesterday that today would be “Anniversary Day,” I was really confused and my thoughts immediately went to a national or worldwide celebration of everyone’s anniversaries. I mentioned this idea to Ryan, and he really likes it. He said that by celebrating everyone’s anniversaries on one day, a lot of men all over the world could get out of the doghouse. So for all of you out there with trouble remembering your anniversary, we hereby proclaim February 3 as Anniversary Day!

What my mom really meant was that today is our (as in the Arthurs) monthly anniversary day. We have been married for four whole months today! Not only do I love having something to celebrate, but I also love the number four. So today is a good day!

So now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for… J Ok, not really. You’ve probably already forgotten about it by now. I’ve eluded to this topic in a couple past blog posts but haven’t taken the time to actually write about it yet…mainly because it meant I had to take the time and find the corresponding pictures. But today is the day! On the day of our four-month wedding anniversary (that’s right, FOUR whole months!!!), I decided that I don’t want to let another month pass by without talking about our monthly wedding anniversary presents from my mom (and stepdad, of course—but I have to give mom the credit for doing all the work).

Several times in the months leading up to the wedding, my mom told me that she wasn’t sure what to get us. She had already helped out with some wedding-related items, but she wanted to get us a really special wedding present and was having a really hard time figuring out what that might be. She put a lot of thought into it and finally came up with the perfect gift idea.

Being the creative person that she is (must be where I get some of my creativity), she surprised us with 13 presents on the day of our rehearsal dinner. One present was unwrapped and was our present for the month of October—a red suitcase set, which was perfect for a mini-moon in Savannah and our honeymoon in Africa. Inside the red suitcase and all around it were 12 other wrapped presents to be opened on our anniversary each month throughout our first year together. Isn’t that such a great idea? Here’s a picture!

Each month we are excited to see what sage relationship/life advice my mom has to offer along with the very thoughtful related present. Here is what she has come up with so far:

November 3, 2009
1-month anniversary
Advice: Relax and Enjoy the Seasons to Come!
Gift: Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Hot Chocolate Mugs and Scented Oil

December 3, 2009
2-month anniversary
Advice: Cuddle Up and Enjoy the Stars Tonight
Gift: Martini Glasses and Glow in the Dark Stars

January 3, 2010
3-month anniversary
Advice: Snuggle up, Love bugs!
Gift: Fuzzy socks for Savannah, Thermal socks for Ryan and a blue fleece throw that LuLu has claimed for herself

February 3, 2010
4-month anniversary
Advice: Don’t get hung (or strung) up on the small stuff!
Gift: A can of silly string for each of us and a bag of candy coins

Stay tuned for next month’s gift and more sage advice! 🙂

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Happy snow day to those of you in our area! First snow of the year and first significant snow of the season. Despite the fact that we didn’t get very much and it didn’t really start accumulating until around lunchtime, the schools were closed in our area, and my office actually decided to close due to the expected weather. I think this is a first since I’ve been with the company! I’m still kind of in shock about it. I spent the day cuddling with LuLu while watching the first season of Gossip Girl (yes, I’m still a teenage girl on the inside) and making a batch of white chicken chili to eat when Ryan got home from work. I thoroughly enjoyed myself today and think I may need to become a teacher so I can get more of these snow days.

We didn’t blog on Sunday, and I didn’t mention it in my post earlier this week, so in case you didn’t know—Sunday was our three-month anniversary!!! It might seem kind of small in the grand scheme of things since we are stuck with each other FOREVER (although happily stuck with each other I should add J), we like to celebrate all of our milestones. And other people’s milestones. And anything we can conjure up to celebrate. We really like celebrations. We also like themes. So Sunday became “Ch” Day for us. The day consisted of church, Chuy’s, Christmas shopping, Chinese, chess, checkers, Chocolat (the movie), chocolate chip cookies and chocolate milk. We thought of so many more “ch” words after the event, so we may make this an annual event! We also got to open our three-month anniversary present from my mom. I mentioned my mom’s anniversary presents briefly in this blog, but I didn’t give any details. Well, I’m still saving that for a later blog. For now, here is part one of a four-part series that tells our love story.

The Night We Met (Love Story part 1)

Ryan Arthur and Savannah Blanks met December 2006 on the eve of Christmas Eve. A co-worker invited Savannah to meet her and a bunch of her old high school friends at Findley’s Irish Pub in the Opryland Hotel, and not wanting to turn down yet another invitation from her co-worker Kristen, Savannah agreed to meet up with the group…little did she know she would be laying eyes on her soul mate for the first time that night.

Savannah and another co-worker, Sam, were the last to arrive at Findley’s that night. The gang made room for them next to Kristen and a brief round of introductions were made. Ryan was on the opposite end of the table from Savannah and on the same side, so they couldn’t even see each other and they didn’t conversate at all throughout their time at the pub. When the pub closed, the gang relocated to a little honkey-tonk bar in the hotel, and Ryan finally introduced himself to Savannah. Ryan’s godsister Lindsay was there that night, and she kept telling Savannah and Sam about Ryan and how great of a guy Ryan was. But Ryan was busy entertaining other friends most of the night. “I thought it was funny that she was basically trying to convince us to go for him even though we had just met him, and he wasn’t really even talking to us.

When the gang was leaving, some of the guys kept trying to get Savannah and Sam to meet up at Ryan’s house for an after party. Always wanting to play it cool and knowing the secret of playing hard to get, Savannah declined the invitation. Besides that, it was a Saturday night before Christmas Eve, and Savannah wanted to make sure to be at the Christmas Eve church service the next morning. So Savannah opted not to hang out with them that night, but agreed to make an appearance at their New Year’s Eve bash at Ryan’s house.

*Stay tuned for parts two, three and four. 🙂

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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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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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