I love the way photographs freeze moments so I can cherish them forever. Within the last few years, I’ve realized that video also holds a special power. It can preserve those memories in a different way, one that saves the experience of those moments so they’re rich and alive. I had already been capturing video along with photos during the more outstanding moments in this life, but it was around the time we took our first big family road trip in 2015 that I decided to start capturing more video…Continue Reading “2016 // A Year of Growing, Loving, and Sparking Adventure”

Finn's official 10 month photos - featured image - red plaid shirt, tan jacket, and grey hipster slouchy hat

We are officially walking!!!!! Well I have been walking for something like 30 years, but Finn has been a walker for two whole weeks or there about. He is also flashing around 6 teeth, most of which are coming in from the top. He loves to very deliberately isolate his index finger (or occasionally his middle finger) and use it to poke everything around him. Poke his toys, poke food, poke brother, poke light sockets, poke my face, poke my phone screen, swipe my phone screen….Continue Reading “Finn – 10 Months”

Finn 9 Months Featured Photo

The other day Steven asked me “Do you realize it’s only a few months until Finn’s first birthday?” I then replied “Hush your mouth!!!” Finn has reached new levels of cuteness and bigness this month. He took his first step a few weeks ago and he can now take anywhere from 3-10 steps in a row before losing his balance. I’m not sure when it’s officially labelled “walking,” but we’re pretty close to calling it that. He’s been munching on every food he can get…Continue Reading “Finn | 9 Months”

Finn Seven Month Update - Official Featured Photo

The day Finn turned 7 months old he officially started crawling! Now I can’t keep him in one place long enough to snap up his onesie! Just a few days before he was officially on the move he pulled himself up on the couch a couple times. This month Finn spent most of his time trying to grab and eat everything within sight, practicing all the pre-crawl moves like a champ and having his first taste of solid foods! His Dr recommended that we try baby…Continue Reading “Finn | 7 Months”

Tarchala family photo 2014

Here we are, almost a year later and I never actually posted photos of my family that we took last year for Christmas cards. I had every intention of printing custom Christmas cards and sending them out so I wanted to save them for that. Of course I never actually did that, because I’m a procrastinator in every way. I did print some for my house and for a few relatives for the holidays, but I’m kind of sad that I didn’t get to share…Continue Reading “Our Family Photos | 2014”

Based on how often I find myself writing these updates, I should start planning Finn’s first birthday already. But for reals… time goes a gazillion times faster when you have your second kid. I was just realizing that we’re less than a month away from Finn’s 1/2 year. That’s insane to me! The timing of my life has been weird lately… it was all “springtime…pregger, preggo… pregnant….. and… BABY!” Then a rapid blur of warm summer months. There were a couple afternoons where I looked outside…Continue Reading “Finn | 5 Months”

My Little Boy is Three! My sweet oldest boy turned the big THREE in September! We celebrated with a big monster party. It was the first party where Miles picked the theme himself. We were browsing Pinterest and he saw a pin of some awesome eyeball monster cookies by Kristyn here and insisted that’s what he wanted his party to be. I tried to show him other monster party decorations and snacks but he kept making me scroll back up to look at the cookies. “That one!!!…Continue Reading “Mister Miles | Three Years Old”

Finn's 4 Month Update - Official Featured Photo

My big little. I call Miles my little big and Finn is my big little. Somehow that makes sense to me. Finn amazes me. Motherhood is almost a brand new experience this time around. Seeing each of my boys develop their own personality and quirks and imagining what passions they will discover as their sponginess expands and they soak up more and more of the world… it makes my heart and my brain hurt. He may only be four months old, but I still swelled with joy…Continue Reading “Finn | 4 Months”

Finns official going home shirt - birth story

As the day for Finn’s birth drew near, I tried to imagine how everything would unfold. I only had one other pregnancy/birth to reference, but I also knew that every experience is different, just as we are all unique souls. Like the title says, this was Finn’s story, not mine, so it was just a matter of waiting to see what God had in store for us. With my first birth experience, everything happened just the way I thought it was supposed to, beginning with one distinct…Continue Reading “Finn’s Birth Story”

baby announcement Finn Cassidy Tarchala - modern hipster baby onsie and leg warmers

Here it is, his official birth announcement! Finn Cassidy Tarchala, born April 30, 2015 Weight: 9.0 lb | Length: 21 inches He was not quite a week old and just being his adorable self in these pictures. Finn and I both woke up early on the morning I took these photos, he was wide awake and happy and I was about to embark on my first day at home alone with both boys! It was a special moment with my new baby and with both my…Continue Reading “Welcome Master Finn”