Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!

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The Art of Packing for a Trip

The time has come for our trip to Disney and that means I have to honor of packing the suitcases. As the mom, this naturally falls to me and I am happy to do it. I will know that each boy has enough underwear and that I have a pair of shoes to match each outfit :) My husband is happy to throw his two t-shirts and pair of shorts on top right before the zipper closes.

I am a planner. I have a spreadsheet for our trip with what we are doing each day and all of our confirmation numbers. I make a checklist and leave it on the kitchen island to make sure we don’t forget anything. While my husband likes to poke fun and I amuse him with my flurry of activity the day before we leave, he knows if I don’t do it…he would have to and that scare him to death!

Case in point…our last trip to Disney, I did all the packing and left it to him to bring the items out to the car. We arrived at our hotel only to find that the boys’ suitcase was still at home, at the foot of our bed. Needless to say, I will do one final sweep of the house this time to make sure we have it all. I am not in the mood to buy new wardrobes for the boys (again) once we arrive in Florida!

Who does the packing in your house? Any mishaps?

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