Our little family...

Oh how I love my loud, passionate, sweet, spicy, loving and sometimes even a little bit crazy family!  Our girls are two of the most energetic and talkative little girls on this planet (or maybe it just seems that way at times), but even when I'm not sure if I can stand another rendition of "5 Little Monkeys Swinging From A Tree"...I always know that we wouldn't want it any other way!  


My camera is FINALLY back...

My camera came in the mail yesterday and I'm SO very excited to have it back to take pictures of our little sweeties!!!

Oh how we adore these two girls!


OFFICIALLY a family of four!

We are excited to share with all our friends and family that today Charu legally went from Charu FNU (Family Name Unknown) to Charu Faith Paulzine! We will no longer have to mark the box that says we are her guardians...we are now and forever her parents in every sense of the word! It feels amazing to, after almost four years, have our second adoption completed! God has blessed us twice through adoption and we look forward to seeing where He leads us next! Thank you again to all of our friends and family for all of the love, support and pure love you've shown us!  This journey would be impossible without each one of you...I truly mean that!


They LOVE animals!!!

We went to visit a friend's house last night who raises puppies.  He had two sets of 5 week old puppies and the girls were instantly in LOVE!  Charu was bouncing from one puppy to the next and she struggles with the concept of being gentle even though we practice and work on it almost daily.  Allie was so gentle and loving with the little puppies and is still talking about them this morning!  Here are some iPhone pictures for you...sorry they aren't the greatest.  Oh Nikon...I miss you!!!


Favorite things at age 3!

I wanted to get all of these posts done ON Charu's birthday, but there never seems to be enough time in the day and my blog often times takes a back seat to life!

Charu's Favorite Things At Age Three!!!

Sweet corn
Sugar snap peas
Ice cream
Anything sweet lately...she has her daddy's sweet tooth I think!  :)

Iced Tea
Almond Milk

Coloring/water colors/finger paint
Crafty type stuff like cutting with a scissors & gluing the pieces together
Water table play
Riding bike
Playing with our dog
Playing with play food & having tea parties
Anything with any animal!!!
Singing & Music

Where Is Thumbkin?
The Farmer In The Dell
Tootie Ta
Twinkle, Twinkle
Old McDonald
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Five Little Monkeys Swinging From A Tree

Goodnight Moon
The Napping House
Any nonfiction animal book
Pete The Cat
5 Little Monkeys Books
Search & Find Books

She ADORES any animal!  Cats, dogs, cows, pigs, worms, you name it and she LOVES it!  She even wanted (seriously wanted) to pet a snake at the zoo this summer! Oh how I wish I would have had my camera for that!!!

Adores Allie (most of the time)
Loves the two boys that I watch during the week (Connor & Carson)
Hayden & Hallie
She warms up to most kids within about 10-15 minutes and even faster if Allie's there.

Loves any games on my iPhone especially puzzles
Fishing pool (fine motor) game

Mickey Mouse
Max & Ruby

Lion King

Shapes she can identify:

Colors she can identify:
Blue and sometimes green...we are working on it, but at least she randomly names off colors when you ask what color something is.  That's progress baby!

Charu's language has exploded and she is able to articulate herself quite well.  I understand almost everything she says, while people that aren't around her every day probably have a harder time once in a while.  The more comfortable she is in her current situation, the more she opens up and actually engages in a real conversation.

In the mornings, Allie wears whatever I pick out and doesn't really care.  Charu on the other hand points into her closet points her finger in the air quickly waving it saying, "That one!"  I'll take one out and say, "This one?"  She then quickly replies, "No, that one!" again waving her finger at the outfit she wants.  This continues until the outfit she wants comes out and she then says, "Yeah, THAT ONE!"  This comes from a little girl who would live naked 24 hours a day and 7 days a week if she could.  So we've talked about the fact if she picks out the outfit she then has to keep it on all day.  It works pretty well and so we just go with it for now.

All in all, Charu's personality depends on where we are and who's around.  At our house, she's a spunky and feisty little girl with TONS of energy who can at the same time be so very loving and caring.  As soon as someone else is crying or upset, she walks over and tries to console them.
When we are away from our home and in a new setting, she seems to warm up faster than she used to. It usually only takes her 10 to 15 minutes to begin being more open.  She still doesn't like men very much and she does better in small settings than she does in crowds.  Charu does get overwhelmed pretty quickly and then seems to shut down, which is really hard for me to see.

Overall, the progress that she's made in the past 9 months is remarkable.  We still have so many things that we need to continue to work on, but as I look at our youngest daughter I'm constantly amazed by how strong and resilient this little sole is!  We just love her so much and can't wait to see what God has in store for her and our family in the years to come!!!

Oh how she's grown!

We're so glad we were able to celebrate Charu's birthday WITH her this year!!!  

Charu's first birthday!

Charu's second birthday! 
She's wearing the outfit we sent her in her care package which warmed my heart!

Charu's third birthday!


Happy birthday sweet girl!!!

Our baby turned three today!  I have so many things that I'd like to write about, but don't have much time right now so instead I'm just going to post a few pictures from her party this past weekend.  I still don't have my camera back (and have been told it will be several weeks before I MIGHT have it back), so I had to rely on my sister to bring her camera to the party.  Thanks Teresa!!!