About Jenn Willey & her Blog
Jenn is a winner of Top 25 Family Blogs by Moms - 2012
What's your favorite thing to do on family night?
We're quite the busy family with hubby a high school teacher and coach, daughter in dance and son just starting up baseball that when we finally have a night in, we like to just relax. Grabbing a board game, reading stories, watching a movie, decorating cookies or cupcakes - all make the perfect game night for the family.
What has surprised you most about motherhood?
Hearing my mom's words come out of my mouth. You know, when you're a kid and you heard things like, "because I said so", and you didn't think it was fair. Ha, now I understand why Mom said it. Basically, because it fit - and it ends the whining - most of the time.
The other aspect of motherhood that surprised me - how much I really enjoy being a stay at home mom. I was a worker bee. I worked full time (40hrs) with one job, many times I had a part-time gig going on the side, and places to go, things to do. When I was pregnant with my son, I debated on returning to work or staying home. I had heard both sides of the mommy tales - how much they enjoyed returning to work and having adult conversations. And I had also heard how fulfilling it was to be home, take care of the family, see every milestone, etc. I worried I was on the go so much, that I'd go nuts staying home. After he turned about 4 months, I started a mommy and me class, joined a mom's group, and was always on the go...it hasn't stopped. I guess I really shouldn't be surprised - I'm more busy now, than when I was working full time.
What's your favorite game to play as a family?
We really enjoy playing Just Dance. The kids get in the mood, then my husband and I let the competition begin to see who can get the highest score. For being 5 and 3, the kids are getting really good at it, and at times beating us. I guess it's time to upgrade to newer versions like Just Dance 4 and Just Dance Disney.
What are your favorite Blog Posts?
What's the most unique or fun way to announce a pregnancy that you've seen? Please share a link with a picture if it's relevant.
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We had fun surprising my family. At my son's 1st birthday, we decided it was time to let the "cat out of the bag" just before the cake. So we changed birthday boy's shirt, thanked all the guests for attending his special day, and said that HE had a special announcement to make. We turned him around and revealed his "big brother" shirt. Had everyone in tears!
What's the best form of exercise for a tired, busy mom who wants to get back in shape?
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For me, I really love Zumba. There is a Zumba Studio within walking distance from my house where people of all fitness levels attend. It's great because I get to make new friends, have some "me time", and dance. I usually attend in the morning when my kids are in school, or on Friday nights when hubby is home and can take over. I love that its all about me!