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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Birthday Boy

My only son is turning 7 this week!  He has been so excited as have I.  I have collected things for his party over the span of the last year.  However, with spring break, homeschooling, life, etc.  I haven’t even sent out the invitations!  Here my son who needs and wants friends may not get the attendance he needs because of me!  I am feeling like a failure of a mother.  Last year’s party was huge.  This year, for the sake of simplification I want it outside of my home.

Birthdays have always been a big deal in our family.  I don’t remember them being all that important to me, but for my husband it was a big deal to give our kids big parties.  So, we have done this.  We do parties until the kids are 10 and then after that it is a one on one bigger event.  For example, take a friend to a play or something.  Of course we will celebrate the 16th and 18th with a party.  However, my kids love people and love sharing.  They give a lot at their own parties.  It’s a day to celebrate everyone!

I feel terrible as a mother that I have not been better at planning ahead and doing a better job in preparation.  However, I need to cut myself some slack.  Those extra hours I could have and would have done this have been preoccupied with homeschooling this same child.  So, hopefully, people can still come and help my son celebrate!  I have learned that I can’t do everything and I need to simplify sometimes and that’s OK.

Have you ever been behind in your planning of a party?  Has it turned out anyway?

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