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'!


“Drastic Measures” to Keep the Room Clean – The Follow Through

We are barely more than a week into our room experiment with Connie but results have been excellent! Recently, I removed almost everything from her bedroom, making it extremely easy to keep clean.

With her busy schedule, she is not in the room much anyway. Sometimes it seems like she’s only there long enough to stir things up again. Shelves and drawers were overstuffed. There was no room for error!

Now, with bins that are empty, or nearly so, there are spaces for new things that come into the room. Somehow there were a few items in the car, or other parts of the house. Just trinkets, but they went into the …


Graduates, Graduates, Everywhere!

May is graduation month.  If you are like us, you have several graduations pinned on the calendar.  We recently attended a cousin’s graduation.  The speech topic was “little by little”.  That is what school is like.  Little by little, year by year, students learn and grow and finally reach graduation.

That is what life is like right?  Little by little your baby learned things each day as it grew into toddlerhood.  Little by little your toddler grew and learned as it became a child.  Your child grew a little here and a little there until they became a preteen, a teenager, and then a young adult themselves.

Wow!  All around us life …


Got Butter?

Now you don’t have to run out of butter. Well, as long as you have some heavy whipping cream in the fridge.

Did you know that you get take heavy whipping cream and beat it past the point of making homemade whip cream and it will get thick and clumpy like butter?  Yeah it makes butter and if you like the salted kind, just add a little salt into it as you are whipping it.

What does it taste like?  Real homemade butter.

How did I learn this?  No I didn’t overdo the whip cream.  It was from a science project Adam had to do.  He had been learning about the various products …


Meet Cookie

Adam with his new pet bunny Cookie.

The rabbit won.  I recently posted a blog about our trying to decide about getting a pet bunny to go along with our goldfish and in the end, Adam is all smiles.  He has a new pet bunny!

It is a baby bunny and he has silky white fur with gray and brown splotches running down his back and he is very cute and soft and cuddly.  Adam decided to name him Cookie because he said that he looks like a chocolate chip cookie.  I am referring to him as a he but I have no idea whether the bunny is …


Surgery Prep


We are preparing our family for surgery. On a recent visit to Duke, Thomas’ eye doctor confirmed that he will be needing surgery again on his eyes. (see blog here and here) This time, it will only be on one eye and will be the top and bottom muscles instead of the insides. An eye surgery is minimally invasive if considering the whole body, but major on your eye and still surgery is surgery. You have to be put to sleep and so those risks are still there.

Thomas is four years old and has been put to sleep three times already…once for his first …


Organ Donor Continued

See previous post here.

When my mom was going through her initial diagnosis and procedures, my dad’s brother had kidney disease and was on dialysis.   He was on the transplant list, but his doctor discussed with him the possibility of a living donor.  A living donor could be a relative, friend, neighbor, or even total stranger that is willing to donate to you.  My cousin was a perfect match and she donated one of her kidneys to my uncle.  It has been almost 20 years ago now and they are both still doing well!  Isn’t that amazing?

All of this has been on my mind lately, because we know a family through …


Organ Donor

Do you have a heart for organ donation?

When I was a teenager my mom was diagnosed with a serious heart condition.  She has had several surgeries to help increase her heart function.  Presently, she is doing well with a heart function under 50% but we always considered the idea that she might one day need a heart transplant.  She isn’t on the transplant list nor has she ever been, but the thought has been there.

I was very curious about organ donation since my mom might one day need a heart and so I did a great deal of research.  I even did community service when I was in …


Clean Up or Clean Out!

My daughter Connie has always had the smallest room, but in this house, it is the smallest yet. Our solution had been a loft bed, but when she broke her collarbone, we had to switch to a regular bed. Ever since, we’ve had trouble keeping it clean.

The room when we first took down the loft

Being the lucky recipient of hand-me-downs means having a lot more clothes than someone who has to buy new. Being nine years old, Connie still has a lot of little kid toys, mixed in with older child items such as electronics and even light cosmetics (lip gloss, scented body spray) and books …


Fish and Rabbits?

If you have been following my blogs, you know that we have recently gotten some pet fish.  They are our first family pets and we keep them in a fish bowl in the kitchen.  They are Anna’s and resulted in a lesson on Goldfish back before Christmas.

Anyway, last week my Sister-in-law asked if we were interested in having a pet rabbit.  Adam was listening in on the conversation and immediately put in a vote for one.  I told her we would consider it, thinking that Jared would say no (he’s not big on pets).  What do you know?  He actually said he would not mind having a pet rabbit.  “What …


Field Trip = Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace had a homeschool day for homeschool families on May 2nd.  This is the first year that we have participated, but it sounded like it was a yearly event.

Our family and another family that we know, traveled together to New Bern for this field trip.  We had a wonderful time.  It was very well planned and very informative for the family.  The kids were able to meet other homeschoolers and do little arts and craft projects.  This year’s theme was about family.  The kids made their own time capsule to bring home and fill with items.   They made their own journal to write in about the day and …


Health News

A Living Donor

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

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