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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Newbie Dance Mom

I am new to this whole dance recital thing. Sam just started hip hop this past fall and this spring will be his first time on stage. I pride myself on being organized and knowing what is going on at all times with my kids. This past week…I blew it! I had the wrong date for his recital. As a result, his two grandmas that are FLYING IN for his show may have to miss the real deal….oops!

Due to a combination of factors (my lack of questioning and the dance teacher’s lack of sharing), I thought Sam’s recital was on a Friday. Turns out it takes place on that Saturday afternoon. With some luck the grandma’s can still see him and catch their plane…..Sam just needs to take the stage early enough, but with so many classes participating…we can’t count on that. Lucky for me dress rehearsal is on that Friday (I knew something was on Friday:)).  I have been told by some veteran dance moms that this is a great time to see the kids and the only time you can take photos.

I have explained all of this to my mom…..it did not go over so well at first, but at $150 each to change their plane tickets I think it will have to do. I felt really bad when I had to tell her how I had messed up. It is not like me to miss such an important detail. I guess it can happen to the best of us and now it’s a lesson learned. Everyone knows recitals are on Saturdays..not Fridays and now I know too :)

Did you ever feel like the new mom on the block? What happened?

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