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'!


Catching a Leprechaun

Our Leprechaun letter.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my most favorite days of the year.  Not only because I am Irish or even because it is my birthday but because since I have had children we have created some wonderful traditions that make the day extra special.  Like Kelly and her boys, the night before is always the main event, the girls get together and make a leprechaun trap.  They are convinced that the leprechaun visits them and the try their best to catch him.  This year’s trap consisted of a box, gold coins as bait, and a loop on the end of some green ribbon to try and catch the leprechaun as he ran away.


Shamrock Pancake.

The first thing the girls do on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day is check their trap.  We evidently have a very tricky leprechaun because we keep just missing him! This year all that was left behind was a letter, some leprechaun treasure, and he had turned our gold plastic coins into chocolate gold coins! The biggest surprise this year however was the green boot we caught in the ribbon! The leprechaun was here and we almost caught him!

We then have green-shamrock shaped pancakes.  This is always a lot of fun for us as we have perfected the way we make these each year.  This year instead of a cookie cutter we used a squirt bottle filled with pancake mix to make the shapes.  It was the best shamrock pancake ever!


The girls with the trap and boot they caught.

After breakfast of course we put on our green and get ready for the day.  The girls were very excited to go to school and tell the tale of how they almost got their leprechaun.

In the evening we celebrate my birthday and while I enjoy this time with my kids, our morning routine really, truly makes for the best birthday ever.  I cherish this time that I have with my girls and do not look forward to the day that they are no longer interested in leprechaun traps.  I intend to hold onto it as long as I can and hope that I can think of something to do next year, short of catching a leprechaun, that makes them as happy and as excited as it did this year.

How does your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? What type of family traditions do you celebrate throughout the year that are special to you?

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