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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Surprising Movie Choice for My Daughters

Last week I watched a movie with my daughters that neither believed she would enjoy. Here was my pitch:“I saw a great movie that I really think you’re going to love and I thought we could watch it tonight.”When asked what it was about, I replied, “Well, it’s about this Iranian brother and sister. Actually, the movie is in another language, but that doesn’t matter because it has subtitles and really most of the movie is action, not words.”My thirteen-year-old was skeptical but willing. My nine-year-old was incredulous. I asked them to give me twenty minutes and if they weren’t hooked, we’d turn it off. They agreed, and they were …

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One Pleased Momma

Anna wrote this in her writing journal! I'd say that is great work for a 5 year old!

Anna is really catching on to reading.  To hear her reading all on her own and think wow I helped do that; is an amazing feeling that I will cherish as long as I can.  She has completed the reading rainbow and proudly earned her bag of skittles and she has all the basic understandings necessary to read on her own and figure out unknown words. Anna is well on her way to becoming a very good little reader.

Along with reading comes writing and I am pleased …

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Gymnastics Season is Underway!

Connie officially kicked off her 2014-15 gymnastics season with a mock meet at her home gym.

For the gymnasts, the mock meet is a great way to get a feel for what it’s like to be in a real meet setting. This is especially important for first-timers, but even veterans like Connie may forget exactly where to stand, or need to be reminded to salute the judge.

For the parents, it is always exciting to see the girls looking so sharp in their competitive leotards and to see all their routines from beginning to end. It is also a chance for us all to see who is on the team and at …

sharon-knosky

Job Well Done

Do you have a sense of accomplishment?  When you complete a job, does it make you feel good knowing that it is done?  You worked and worked at it and did your best and now look what you have to show for it?

This feeling doesn’t stop once you become a grown-up.  It feels good to work with your own hands doing something and then seeing the fruit of your labor.

Recently, as a family, we have been able to help with some cleaning and painting out at our church.  One of the ministries of our church is a school and there was some ceiling and wall repairs that needed to be …

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Grandpa & the Flea Market

When we visited my mother and stepfather over Labor Day weekend, it was our second visit in one month, a rare occurrence.

Our last trip was to retrieve the girls after a week of independent visiting with their grandparents. During that week, as they almost always do, the girls accompanied their grandfather to the local flea market.

Though they always enjoy this adventure, Connie’s recent interest in treasure-hunting made her interest much greater. Earlier this summer, she participated in sculpture camp with an artist who used found objects to create her art. Connie got to dig through costume jewelry, holiday decorations and discarded items like Happy Meal toys to find the right …

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Live Like You’re Dying

Have you ever heard that song or that saying?  I have and I have really been thinking a great deal about it lately.  Just that idea to carpe diem (seize the day) to live each moment of every day to the fullest.

You know as parents we are only given our children for a short time.  They grow up so fast and very quickly they don’t need us so much anymore.  I want to enjoy each moment that each day brings with my family…the good and the bad.  We are all guaranteed death, but none of us know when our time will be.  So, instead of putting things off until tomorrow …

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Food on a Budget

Wow these days if you do the grocery shopping, you know that food has gone out of sight!  It is crazy expensive.  I have to feed six mouths daily three times a day and our piggy bank is taking a huge hit.What does your family do to save money on the grocery bill?In this economy every cent matters.  I try to do what I can to help save us cash at the grocery store.I buy paper products, rice, sugar, and coffee in bulk when I can.I use as many coupons as possible when I do my shopping.  I look at the sales ads ad I only buy what is on …

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Morning Bus Ride

Ever since my older daughter began kindergarten, I have driven my daughters to elementary school. It was not to spoil them or because I feared the bus. It is because they have to be dropped off between 8 -8:15 a.m. and I have to be at work at 8:30 a.m. It just made sense.

They both attended after-school care until they had enough after-school activities to take up their time. For these reasons, neither one rode the bus very much in elementary school—only in the afternoon, and only once or twice a week.

Fourth grade Connie has always wanted to ride the bus more than she does. It seems fun, but she’s …

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Give A Little Bit

You know that song that goes something like “Give a little bit of your love to me”.  It has gotten me to thinking about how often I love on my kids.  I mean I stay at home and we are together all the time and so sometimes it feels like I am only talking to them when I am getting onto them about something or getting them to do something you know?

Sunday we were at church and Thomas leaned over and rubbed his head on my shoulder and said, “Mommy, I love you very much.”  It was so sweet and touching.  I love him so very much too and each …

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Connie’s New Dance

Connie began working last week on her two parts in this year’s production of The Nutcracker.

She was very excited when the roles were announced because she was cast as Fritz’s best friend, which means she gets to be in the party scene for the first time. This scene is the longest in the show, so Connie will be on stage for longer than ever, although the role is really an acting role, not a dancing role.

Anyone who read about Maggie’s role as Fritz last year will be familiar with what Connie will be doing this year. Mostly the two boys do the same thing—annoy Clara and her party friends throughout …

 

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