Our Week in Pictures!

We had a really fun, hard week this week. Last weekend was busy with Father’s Day festivities (so thankful we can be here), and Monday was a little hard to jump right into. But it was still good! I felt like we kept falling down and getting back up pretty much every hour of every day this week. It’s a weird mix of emotions to have fun, then have something difficult happen, and despite the difficulty say, “You know what? It’s okay.” Anyway. Eric and I had some good conversations about Typeset, listened to the Being Boss podcast with Scott and Elise Grice, and styled a fun photo shoot of Gent’s Original Ginger Ale! Here are some pictures from everything:

Somebody got to help on the @gentsoriginal shoot with @grantaumiller for @typesetdesign. A photo posted by Eric & Hannah Novak (@ericandhannahnovak) on

Our wedding Dahlias bloomed!

The one big thing I notice from this week is that we got to do every day life together, even though that meant Eric and I did different things. When we were first married, we basically did the exact same thing every day – worked on the same projects, ate at the same time, and in the same place. It was awesome! Having Evie, though, has really strengthened my “team” mentality. We get to do different things, in the same place, to accomplish the same goal. High fives for breakthrough moments!

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Our Daughter

White Valentine's Day Rose

Valentine’s Day this year was the best Valentine’s Day, and one of the best days period, that I’ve had so far. It was our first married Valentine’s Day, which was very sweet and fun. Eric gave the prettiest white rose bush (my first!) and made us bagels with cream cheese and raspberry jam for breakfast. I spent the morning making him and baby valentines with our newly-married-and-just-moved craft supplies of: scissors, a stack of white paper, a red pen, a fuchsia Sharpie, and a broken pink crayon.

Valentine's Day Cream Cheese Bagels with Raspberry Jam

The second best and most exciting thing about Valentine’s Day was our big ultrasound appointment! It was scheduled for the afternoon, and let me just say, it was so hard to wait. I felt like a little kid saying, “Can we go yet?! Is it time yet?! What if we just leave now?” The ultrasound was a little over an hour long, which was great since we hadn’t seen our little munchkin since I was 7 weeks along (I’m 19 weeks now). They measured everything from head to toe, and I/the baby measured a day ahead! At the end of the ultrasound, the tech asked again if we wanted to find out the gender. “Yes yes yes!” I said, in probably a Despicable Me minion way.

Eric and Hannah Novak

 

Our Daughter

We have a daughter – a beautiful, beautiful daughter! I could see her smacking her lips on the ultrasound, and she moved around so much like I had already felt. I think I finally get it now. She was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen – out of all the places I’ve been, sunsets viewed from airplanes, and foreign lands – she was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I can’t stop looking at her pictures. I’m still in awe that she’s growing inside of me, a real live person, a very good gift.

Our 2013

2013 has been a very full year. I wrote on our Instagram that sometimes good things are still difficult, but I think that’s because Jesus gives us lives that will shape us. In order to be shaped, we have to change, and change can be hard. That was actually one of the very first things Eric and I wrote about in our letters to each other in 2012, when we were becoming friends. This has been a very good, full, shaping year – the year we became our own little family and our first tiny Novak joined us.

On February 26th, we got engaged! I was completely surprised and it felt so good to finally be getting married! Living a long distance apart for the next 7 months was hard, though.

On March 18th, we re-launched Typeset, and started working together. The growth that it’s had just within the last 9 months has been amazing – something we, especially Eric, have wanted to see for a long time. Working together has been one of the best, most difficult things that we have done for our relationship, though. It’s been an amazing gift to get to work with each other all day, every day, but that also forces us to work through every single thing – no scooting under the rug. Overall, working together has done two things: 1. strengthened our relationship, and 2. made it really hard to make Christmas presents (when the other person is around you 24/7).

Over the summer, we photographed, wrote, and published two little cookbooks – one on bread, and one on small batch jam. Spending hours working with Eric between the kitchen and the light-flooded sun room with good food, props, and cameras was probably the most fun work I have ever done.

 

Ellie Berry Photography

Our wedding rehearsal | Photo by Ellie Berry

On September 15th, we got married! It was such a happy day, too. We really celebrated finally getting to be together – no more leaving.

Seattle at Sunset

 

On September 16th, we flew from Kentucky to Seattle. The first flight, from Kentucky to Chicago, was beautiful. The sun was setting and we were right in the middle of it. We bought way-too-expensive burgers at the airport and ate them with cousin Eli (we were on the same flight!), then flew what seemed a really, really long time from Chicago to Seattle. Eric got his usual tomato juice to drink on both flights, and I got cranberry juice.

This was about the time when we hauled all of our luggage up a gigantic hill on an island outside of Seattle, then hitchhiked the rest of the way to our B&B (don’t worry, mom, the guy was super nice, and Eric was there). Ask us about it sometime.

 

Our house at sunset

 

On September 22nd, we moved into our first house!

 

The Day We Found Out About Baby Novak

 

On October 30th, we cheered and danced because we found out about our very first baby! Then we promptly went to Five Guys Burgers and Fries to celebrate, because baby wanted Five Guys Burgers and Fries (obviously our child).

On Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, we announced our little love to the world, and celebrated our first Thanksgiving together in-person.

 

Seattle Pine Trees

 

And finally, it was our first Christmas together!

Happy 2014, friends! It’s going to be a good year.