We went on an adventure tonight. At 8pm I still didn’t have my photo for the day and we were coming home from the grandparent’s house. Husband, the amazing, supportive guy he is, suggested we just simply stop somewhere so I can take a photo. The problem was, we’re in a pretty big storm right now and the rain has been non-stop. That didn’t stop my little family from getting behind me and doing anything I asked them to do. So we stopped into Old Sacramento, one of our favorite places. We ooohed and awwed at how high the river was and they moved their little selves around so I could take whatever photo I wanted. I had a grand scheme of having the Tower Bridge behind them, or some type of amazing landmark, taking a photo that would really be noticed, right? But when I took this image, I knew it would be my photo for the day. She was looking out over the water as we stood upon the Delta King boat that is always docked on the river. I asked to see her eyes she just simply looked at me. No grand scheme. Not technically perfect (actually, shot at 5k iso!) Just her and the city. The perfect photo for today.

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Our kids go to bed early for children their age (and for homeschooled kids who can sleep in everyday!) But the reason we’ve always had early bedtimes is because we encourage their reading/drawing/writing/alone time after dark. Do you ever remember reading a wonderful book, deep into the night, under your covers maybe with a flashlight? You couldn’t put the adventure down, surely the next chapter will reveal the character’s fate! One of our main goals is to foster a love of reading in each of our kids. This doesn’t mean we have pushed them to read, or compared when they started reading with their peers, or have even put them in any type of reading curriculum. The way we foster a love of reading is to just be patient, to read to them, have them read to us, and give them lots and lots of time to look at, pour over, and read books.

This is the year reading clicked with our 8 year old, and I could not be more happy with how she did it, or at what age she did it. Time doesn’t matter to me, just her heart for books. Thankfully, she now can enjoy her early bedtime and not just look at the pictures, but actually soak in the words and understand them. I’m so proud of her.

So this is our littlest, every single night. Her brother is just a couple feet away, adding more pages to the adventure novel he’s writing, and her sister is in the other room drawing to her hearts content.Amy Schuff - HomeschoolerPIN

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{Each day in February I will be posting a black and white image of my kids (just one or all three!) This is a personal project I take on every year. Thank you for stopping by!}

I actually took this photo two days ago, but I was saving it for today. I knew I would want a photo of at least one of the kids, and the little dog they have loved their entire lives.

Grandma and Grandpa have always had Buddy, and Buddy has been an amazing dog to them. This is the little dog that my kids grew up with, the one they don’t remember ever being without. Unfortunately he’s 15 years old and today is the day he crosses into doggie heaven :( It’s never easy, losing a pet, and today my heart hurts for my amazing in-laws and my three kids who will miss their furry uncle very much.

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