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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Keeping Traditions Alive

I grew up with more than a few family traditions. Christmas was a 2 day event with several stops and piles of presents. St. Patrick’s Day was corned beef and cabbage with extended family. Easter was Church and dinner at grandma’s. For every major holiday we had specific plans..year in..year out. It did not change. As we (the grandchildren) got older and moved on with our lives, that was impossible to maintain.

Thanksgiving at the beach 2007

Of course, for us, the Marine Corps dictated that we could not be around for everything anymore. Soon my brother was in DC and I had cousins spread out all over.  As we all now have our own kids, I am trying hard to hold on to 1 or 2 things I can from my childhood, but we have also built some new memories. Jake and Sam won’t remember 4th of July fireworks with 15 cousins in the parking lot of the funeral home (family business), but they will remember the new fun they have built with their own grandparents.

Thanksgiving has been a rented beach house with their grandparents as long as they can remember now and Christmas is a trip to Ohio. Easter has become a family vacation where the Easter bunny delivers their baskets to our resort. It can be a challenge sometimes to make it all work and make it all happen, but it is important. These are things they look forward to and I look forward to looking back on them 30 years from now when they have their own kids.

What traditions do you have?

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