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'!


Dipping a toe into Level 4

Connie recently attended her third gymnastics camp of the summer. After visiting the NCSU camp and attending the Level 3 camp at her home gym, she also attended the Level 4 camp.The idea behind her attending this camp was that she might move up to Level 4 during the course of the season. Her coaches wanted her to be exposed to those routines and learn the new skills associated with them to make the transition smoother if it happens.Regardless of whether it does, I am grateful that the allowed her to attend both camps. When she attended Level 3, she got the chance to polish routines she hasn’t competed in …


Firsts in Year-Round School

We have survived our first week of school.  I have always wanted to experience year-round school and I have been very excited to give it a go this year, but I will have to say that starting school this past week in the middle of July, felt counter intuitive.  I think that it has been ingrained in me that September is back to school time and July is summertime.  It felt sort of odd to be doing school work.  Especially when trying to coordinate outside events like play dates and the summer reading program at the library because the world around us is on summer break yet we are not.  …


Cleaning Zone by Zone

After I was lucky enough to win a free house cleaning from Molly Maids of the Crystal Coast this past spring, I was determined to get in a good routine of cleaning the house.

I remember a strategy I had read where you clean your house daily zone by zone and that’s what seemed to make the most sense. Monday would be our living room and front hall, Tuesday would be the kitchen, Wednesday would be the master bedroom, Thursday would be the kids’ rooms, and Friday would be the bathrooms.

These days are for deep cleaning, like dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing. Neatening would be done daily, as would laundry. That way, …


Mirror Reflection

Do you ever look at your kids and feel like you are looking in the mirror?  Do they remind you of you?  I am not speaking looks necessarily, but the way they act, things they say, do, mannerisms, habits, etc.  Is it good?I have noticed various traits and habits in each of my kids that reminds me of me; some good some bad.  It is a bit humbling I will have to say to see yourself in a new sort of light.  Some things I have never even noticed about myself before, but then I see Adam or Anna do it and I think, whoa that is me!It has really made me stop and think about myself and …


Best Summer Ever!

Usually by this part of summer, I must confess that I’m looking forward to school starting. I’m ready to trade in the constantly changing schedule of various camps, vacations and visitors for the regular routine of fall.

I think the summer of 2014 has been my favorite ever, though, and I want it to slow down, not hurry by.

Now that my daughters are nine and thirteen years old, camps are not so much an urgent need for daycare as a chance for them to do some of their favorite things like Connie’s gymnastics, or check out new things, like her sculpture camp. Sometimes there is an off-week and I can let …


A Good Time to Shower

I was in a bit of a hurry the other evening to get everyone bathed and to bed and thus it is so that we came upon the idea of taking a shower.  My kids LOVE baths….they beg for them each night and I am sure that this is because I had a nightly routine with each baby of bathing them, putting lotion on them, singing and cuddling with them and reading stories.  I felt like a bedtime routine was an important thing to establish with my children to help them have a healthy and peaceful night of sleep. And since my good night’s rest depended on theirs, I wanted …


Level 3, Take 2!

This fall, Connie will be repeating Level 3 in competitive artistic gymnastics due to her incomplete season last year.Last year in November, she came very close to “leveling out” or earning a 32 in Level 3 at her final meet of the season. She was a small fraction from that goal with one final meet ahead and three months to prepare for it. When Connie broke her collarbone on Dec. 31, we knew there was no leveling out for her.Rather than feeling discouraged about having to repeat, Connie seems comfortable with staying at the same level. A year ago she was nowhere near where she is today with …


Remembering Little House on the Prairie

When I was a little girl, I used to watch Little House on the Prairie.  I watched it mostly with my grandma at her house in the summertime.  It came on every morning and I loved to sit down with her and watch.  She even checked out some of Laura Ingalls Wilder books for me to read from the local library.  I was even fortunate to gain a few of my own copies over the years.  We would read them together and I really enjoyed being sent back into time to hear about life on the prairie.  I especially liked the idea that these books and tv episodes were …


The Little Blue Dresser

Faithful readers of this blog will know that we Pearce girls are forever redoing our rooms. Connie alone has had a major makeover, a new bedroom in our new home, and changed beds when she broke her collarbone and couldn’t climb into her loft.

The latest redo of her room is happening this summer when she decided to say good-bye to the loft forever, but has decided her favorite color is blue. I wanted to eliminate the hodge-podge decorating and gift the room a new look.

We took the plunge about a month ago. …


Planes II

This is a plane like Dusty was in Disney's Planes II Fire and Rescue

This weekend, my husband decided to treat us all to a family day out to the movies.  We do not do this very often, so it was a HUGE treat for the kids.  He sent us an email on Friday with FANDANGO tickets for Planes II!  I read the email aloud to the kids and showed them the e-tickets.  They started jumpin’ for joy.  It was a great family day.  It all started with hanging out at the house and getting ready to make a trip into town.  The kids, of course, had a …

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A Living Donor

I have previously blogged about organ and tissue donation.  It is a close …

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