Welcome to themindofnatalie blog.  I am Natalie Morgan Allen, wife of Trevor, and mother of three amazing and challenging children….  Draven Joseph 17, Liam Morgan 9, and Emma Lee 7.  We also have a 7 year old black lab, Jaxson, and a 4 month old mini pig named Opie.   I have been a stay at home mom now for 2 years as of August 2018.  I am the President of the PTA at my daughter’s elementary school and a substitute paraeducator for our school district.  Prior to that I was in the restaurant business for 20 years, 17 of that as a manager.  After all those years of working 50+ hours a week, nights, and weekends…  I decided I’d had enough.  I felt like I was missing out on too much of my life at home and that was where I needed to be.  I have found the transition a little rough at times, but very rewarding. My life is crazy and beautiful…. I love the outdoors (hiking or climbing mostly) and spending time with my family.  I work out regularly, drink a lot of beer, and try to laugh as much as possible.  My posts will mostly be about things I know… managing, parenting, marriage, fitness, writing, down syndrome, and the relentless pursuit of happiness.  I am excited to share my thoughts and experiences with you.  I hope you find them interesting and entertaining.  Please feel free to let me know your thoughts or anything that you would like me to post about and I will do my best to accommodate!   Welcome to my life.  Cheers!