An intimate capture of a moment between Branda and Bill, faces turned into each other and his hand on her shoulder.

Branda & Bill’s Charming Chapel Wedding The sun leaked through the stained glass windows of Pilgrim’s chapel in rays of magenta and bursts of golden light. We all stood, eager to witness the declaration of Branda and Bill’s love and commitment to each other. This they shared, with laughter, with soft words, and with charming moments shared in the silence between them as they held each other. It was a day of affection made warm by the blossoming spring day and the intimacy of family as they celebrated…Continue Reading “Branda + Bill”

Wide landscape view of the first lookout at Arches national park at sunset. Facing west, towering rock formations glowing red.

In the five years that Steven and I have been married, we have traveled once to Colorado with my family, once to Wisconsin to visit friends, once to Oklahoma and a few day trips to various destinations. Growing up, my parents cultivated a healthy appetite for road-trips. All things travel and adventure were encouraged. I had been craving an epic road-trip for a long time. It was gnawing at my soul. Thoughts of mountains, of waves, ocean, trees, the smell of pines, the heat of…Continue Reading “Our Maiden Voyage | Part 1 – Kansas and Utah”

12 month photo of Finn toothy smile as he looks up at Mom with the camera

I am writing this while Finn is already 13.5 months old. I had high hopes of photographing Finn in his birthday t-shirt that I made for him along with the gold star balloons from his party, but I never got around to it and our lives got busy and I got very good at making up excuses. Oh, well. I still wanted to wrap up his first year of life a bit better because I really only plan to write these updates every 6-12 months…Continue Reading “Finn | 1 Year”

Finn's 11 Month featured Image

This has been a very grown-up month for my Finn! One of my favorite things he’s been doing is pointing at everything! It’s so cute. He points at things he finds interesting, things he wants, things he’s scared of, and things he’s curious about. When we read books (which he’s really been enjoying lately) he will point at the main subject on each page and look up at me. *MELTING HEART! Finn is excelling in all matters of communication. He has more noises, of which I’m slowly…Continue Reading “Finn | 11 Months”

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 8 Month Official Photo - Featured

Finn’s amazing qualities just shine brighter as he gets older and I continually fall more in love with him. He has a sweet, contented disposition and a strong, steady determination that keeps him trying and trying no matter what until he masters something. He has mastered crawling and has even mastered standing! He can pull himself up from anything, including the floor and will let go and stand there for a good 30 seconds before letting himself back down to the floor quite deliberately. I expect him to be…Continue Reading “Finn | 8 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”

Finn's official 6 month update photo

Here we are… half a year old!!! Nah… I think I’ll remain comfortably here in my realm of “denial.” I think we finally have a teether on our hands. Finn has been overall a very chill, happy baby, so it’s odd to have him fussing constantly. He will barely let me out of his sight, poor little! He chews teethers with determination and chomps his fingers a bit harder than before. His sleep is suffering (and thus, so am I). The easy ones apparently teeth…Continue Reading “Finn | 6 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”