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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Looking Forward

We are finishing up our last week in our first nine weeks of school and the kids and I are looking forward to our fall break.  Yes I did take the time to schedule dentist and doctor appointments during the first part of the break, but the rest of the break will be relaxing and hopefully enjoying some fall weather.  Jared has even taken off the last week of our break and we are hoping to head down to Myrtle Beach for a vacation.

At the end of the nine weeks, we all agree that we are liking this year-round schedule.  Looking forward to three weeks of no school, no schedule, and free time is exciting to all of us.  Then it will be on to the second nine weeks and looking forward to that long Christmas break that will be rewarding us at the end of another hard nine weeks of school.  Yes that is what these three week breaks feel like a reward.  It also helps learning to feel more like a regular part of our lives instead of just a small time when we are in school.

Those of you that have kids on a year-round calendar would you agree?

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