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'!


The Vanishing Leotard

Last week, the night before she was to ride the gymnastics float in a parade, Connie couldn’t find her red team leotard. This news came at a terrible time. Her room was a wreck and I was in the middle of some personal homework that needed to be finished that night.

My husband and older daughter searched the room and found a remarkable amount of leotards and other missing laundry, but not the red leotard. Both of our cars were clean, all the usual gym bags were emptied, and still no leotard. We searched the other two bedrooms and behind the washer/dryer. Still nothing.

Eventually, I gave up. I declared she was going to wear the purple leotard of gymnastics past. Besides, it would be cold and most of the girls would probably be wearing their warm ups.

The real problem was that gymnastics photos were to be taken the following week, and I was out of options as to where it could be!

I talked to the gym owner who consoled me by reminding me that I wasn’t the first parent in this situation, and that usually the missing leo shows up right after the parents buy a new one.

She found Connie a loaner for her picture on picture day, and Connie’s purple leotard went to another little girl who had just joined the team and had no official leotard of any color.

So all was well that ended well, it would be quite a while before Connie would need to wear the red leotard again. Naturally, it was time for it to reappear!

Connie’s dad opened up his red backpack, pulled out a red shopping bag and inside it was the red leotard wrapped in a red t-shirt. I suppose with all that red, the camouflage was intense. The funny part is that Mike was carrying around that very backpack, and all its contents, the very day of the parade!

You may be wondering if we were too hard on Connie considering the leotard was with her father the entire time (presumably he gathered it up when cleaning out the car.) I think not.  That little girl had enough dirty clothes hidden in her room to justify whatever hard time her parents gave her.

That said, we’re very happy to have the red leo back where it belongs, and there it shall stay until the Christmas parade.

What happens when an important piece of equipment is missing in your home? How do you teach your child to take care with the tools that he or she needs for school or special activities?

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