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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Recovery Vacation

After every vacation, I feel like I need a vacation.  Mom’s job usually entails all the details, planning, prep, packing, cleaning, etc before it even begins.  Then, when it’s over it entails the cleaning, laundry, re-adjusting the kids back to routine, etc.

Although we had a great time vacationing, mom is still a little tired and overwhelmed with the mass amount of recovery.  However, instead of our normal vacation to visit family or Disney, we opted for a nature filled peaceful location in a cabin.  It was great to get back to nature and that sure did help the normal vacation rush, which did help in our recovery vacation.

What is a recovery vacation?  It’s a vacation meant for those who are trying to re-gain strength or who need a more solitude escape as they try to reclaim something lost or given up.  Some places promote stress recovery, others are for those in actual recovery from illnesses, etc.  Ours, was purely reclaiming lost family time, re-connecting and strengthening bonds and relationships with our family.

Our vacation was just that…a vacation.  A vacation from most of our everyday stresses, including Internet, face book, phones, etc.  We were nestled up into the foothills/mountains of beautiful Western North Carolina.  We had a book of ideas of where to explore, but did not rush our days.  We cooked half our meals in the cabin and explored local favorites the other part of the time.  We explored nature, experienced nature, learned more of our history and heritage and enjoyed catching fireflies and star gazing.

What has been your most relaxing vacation?  Where & Why?

 

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