Luke 11 Months

Luke turned 11 months on April 16th. What an 11 months it has been! I mentioned in my last post that it is hard to realize it has already almost been a year, WOW. Luke is doing great! He is standing on his own and has taken some unofficial steps but is not walking yet. He started standing on his own a few weeks ago and we thought for sure walking would soon follow but he is content for now[Read more]

Luke 9 and 10 Months

Big sigh…. Luke turned 11 months yesterday. I think it hit us like a ton of bricks that our baby is almost no longer a baby! I love watching him grow and change but can’t believe how fast time goes by. Sorry, I am a bit behind on the updates. Today you get 9 and 10 months and either tomorrow or Thursday I will post 11 months with more about how he is doing. I just love these photos all[Read more]

Cha… Cha… Cha… Changes!

Goodbye Network for a Healthy California¬†(Network) and the Department of Public Health, it has been a great 6.5 years! Over the years I would occasionally think about what it would be like to not work at the Network¬†and soon I will know what that’s actually like. I have spent at least 80% of my professional career within the walls of the California Department of Public Health’s building on Capitol Avenue. I feel fortunate to have gained a wide variety of[Read more]

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to you all! I got a very pleasant surprise from Gino yesterday, a sewing machine! Now that I have a sewing machine, I need to learn how to use it and I just know I will add 50 more projects to my “want to do list”. Oh well, at least there is Pinterest to look to for projects and tutorials! I also had another realization this morning. I didn’t think to bring Luke’s teachers or classmates a[Read more]

Why Charcoal + Chocolate?

So, why Charcoal + Chocolate you ask? Well, there are a few reasons for the new name of my blog. When I started this blog for Sarah Fina Designs I created it to share some of the design work and projects I was working on. Over time, the blog turned into a place where I share design work (not nearly enough, but I’m working on it) but also where I shared tidbits of everyday life. The blog was previously named[Read more]