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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The Always Fun School Supply List

This past week the girls and I went school supplies shopping and made it a point to make one stop to get everything on their list. We almost made it but one store was completely out of a certain folder Annabel needed and we had to make another stop in order to get it. However, all-in-all the trip was fairly successful but it was also honestly very expensive.

The lists that the girls had were not loaded with tons of supplies and some of the items were optional but in my experience it is just better to get the optional items now while their are specials on school supplies than to come around in the middle of the school year and see that she is in need of the exact item I passed up on earlier in the year.

I know that my girls make it more expensive too by wanting certain colors or people on their supplies and I do give in on that probably more than I should. But, I also remember doing the same thing to my Mom when I was younger and anyone around my age I am sure remembers the coveted Lisa Frank school items.

I am not complaining on the price and I can see that my girls were asked to bring in a lot less than a lot of the kids they are friends with. I would rather the girls have what they need all year instead of worrying over the price now. I hope that this year is a great year for them but I also truly hope that they USE all the supplies they needed instead of getting a ton of it sent back home unused at the end of the year like last year!

Did you feel your school supplies list was expensive this year?  Do you allow your children to pick “special” items?

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