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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Connie Spends a Week at NCSU

Connie with Coach Stevenson

Last week Connie spent her first week away from home at a gymnastics camp at North Carolina State University.

While this was her first time out of town without so much as her sister along, she was in the company of five of her teammates at this highly recommended summer camp.

I found that in the days before she left, I was more clingy to her than I expected. I’m a big advocate of letting your kids have adventures away from home, but I think because she is the younger one, it was a little bit harder than I thought to actually leave her behind.

Though …

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Easy Bake Ovens

A couple of years ago, Jared and I bought Anna an Easy-Bake Oven.  I had one when I was a little girl and I loved it!  I loved using it by myself.  I loved baking stuff for others to enjoy (my mom wouldn’t touch it…she wasn’t going to eat anything cooked by a light bulb) and enjoying it myself too.  I used it many times and took good care of it and it wasn’t that long ago that my parents told me they had given it to another little girl.  Well I hope she has loved it as much as me!

Needless to say, I have fond memories and wanted to …

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Nightmares

Adam received a Wii I Spy game for his birthday.  He was very excited to get it and eager to play.  As he studied over the cover, he brought to my attention that it was actually two games in one and one of the I Spy games was a haunted mansion.  He told me that it looked scary and bad and thus he did not think that it was an appropriate game for him even though it was rated E for everyone.  I told him that he could just do the one game and not the haunted mansion one until maybe he was older and not scared of it.

However, he …

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My Kids Fold. Do Yours?

I want my kids to know how to do things when they grow up for themselves.  I want them to know how to care for themselves and others.  Not that long ago, I wrote about letting go.  In that blog I spoke about how I was trying to get my OCD self to let go of things around the house so that I could give some responsibility to them.  You know they don’t do things like I do them, they do things like kids do them…but at least the do do them.  So staying true to my word, I am posting this blog so that you can see that it …

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Getting There is Half the Fun!

Summer is a great time for road trips and these days it is pretty easy to keep kids entertained. We all have air-conditioning and many of us have SUV’s or minivans where the kids can really spread out. Many of us can play DVD’s in our car, and almost every family has at least one device, like a handheld game or tablet to play with.

I don’t think any of us would want to go back to the 1970’s road trip necessarily, but when you are in the mood to unplug and have a little quality time together, here is a game that Connie and I invented to pass the …

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Garden Abundance

If you have been following, you know that we planted a garden this year at our new home.

Click here to read previous post.

The kids have helped with each step of this garden and I will have to say that we have really enjoyed it.  Spending time together tending to it by pulling weeds, and watering hasn’t been as tedious as I thought.  We have gotten out there and worked together.  Hearing the kids pray at night for our garden has been touching to me.  And the Lord has been good to us!

We are beginning to reap in the works of …

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Pickling

I thought this was a lot, but now there's even more!

My kids love pickles.  I think that many kids love pickles.  So we are going to attempt to turn our home-grown cucumbers into pickles!  The kids thought that this was a wonderful idea and so I hope that it turns out well.  I have done some research on the Internet and have found a great website for canning and freezing your own produce www.PickYourOwn.org.  On this site, I found a recipe for dill pickles and we are going to try it!

I have picked up the necessary ingredients to can our own pickles over the …

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The Latest Twist on Her Favorite Sport

For Connie’s first week of summer, she tried a new camp last was the logical combination of her two favorite activities: gymnastics and dancing.

The camp was called “Acro,” short for acrobatics, and is a relatively new class at our studio. Connie couldn’t take it last year or next because of her gymnastics schedule, so she was eager to attend the summer camp version.

In the camp, the main emphasis was flexibility and learning of some floor tricks. I think all the girls could do a cartwheel before they started. The teacher made sure that each student had a trick or two that they would learn before the end of the week.

When …

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Mad Scientist at the Library

We attended the annual summer kick-off at our local library last week and the kids had a great time.

We weren't the only things melting at the library!

Adam really enjoyed seeing the “mad scientist” do her experiments, though Anna Claire had a hard time understanding the explanations and therefore didn’t follow along as well and Thomas, well he said that part was boring!  But once we got around to hula-hooping, painting space pics with big dots and face painting he was all for that.

Anna made a bracelet that is photo sensitive and changes from white to colored in the sun which she thought was amazing and has …

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Summer Reading at the Library

We will be heading o the library this week for the Summer reading kickoff!  This year is a shout out to science with the theme being about experiments and more!  My kids are excited about the start of the summer reading program.  They like to get out of the house and be around other kids their age and they like the activities that are done at the library.  Plus it is a great motivation to get them to continue their reading over the summer.

If you haven’t gotten your kids signed up yet, you can do it online at http://onslowcountync.gov/library/.  You can also do it at the kickoff at …

 

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