Nathan

N is for Nathan. My first born child. Nathan’s birth made me a mom. The most important title I will ever wear. He was born a month before our 1 year wedding anniversary. I was in labor with him for over 24 hours. It was the longest but best day of my life. We were hoping he would come on July 18th. John and I had our first date on July 18th just five years earlier. He ended up finally coming on July 19th at 2:30 in the morning.

Nathan can be high maintenance. He is not easy going at all. Again, complete opposite of his little brother. He is also our sensitive one. We are trying to figure out how to toughen him up a bit. Nathan is a lover. He loves people. He is very caring. He has a really big heart.

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I still can’t believe he will be 6 this summer. He is such a little man. He loves Star Wars. I’m not even sure what got him interested. I finally saw the three original movies a few months ago. Nathan loves being outside. He would live outside if he could. And he is super smart. He has always been advanced for his age.

He’s my ambidextrous one. Logan is left handed. Nathan ended up both. He eats and writes with his left hand. He plays sports with his right side. It doesn’t surprise me. John was actually born a leftie but switched when he went to school. John golfs left handed.

I love you my tater tot! I am so proud of him. He does very well in school, I couldn’t ask for a better student. I just hope his love for learning sticks with him :)

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Maymont

M is for Maymont. Yesterday, was the first day of spring break. We decided to check out Maymont. It did not disappoint. The weather was perfect. It was sunny, breezy, and in the 70s. It is 100 acres of pure gorgeousness. James Henry and Sallie Dooley lived there from 1893 – 1925. They then gave it to the city so that generations to come could experience it’s beauty.

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You could spend a whole day here. It is free to visit they just ask for donations to keep it maintained. There are many different things to see and do. There is a nature center, the Victorian Mansion, several gardens, and a Children’s Farm. We had so much fun. We even saw baby goats.

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All the spring flowers were in full bloom. I have never seen tulips this big in my life. They were humongous! The Japanese Garden was very cool. There was a beautiful waterfall, koi fish, and a bamboo maze. The boys enjoyed climbing all over the rocks. We also walked over a part of the pond on stepping stones.

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We will definitely visit again soon. It is an easy, short drive from my house. I cannot wait to take John. I did not bring our DSLR and would love to snap pictures. The scenery is breathtaking. If you are in the Richmond area I urge you to check out this wonderful piece of history.

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Logan

L is for Logan. My baby, wild #2. When Logan was born he completed our little family. I cannot believe we will be celebrating his 4th birthday at the end of summer. He will be starting preschool in the fall. No matter how big he gets he will always be my baby.

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Logan was born on Labor Day. He was a week early. His birth was much different from Nathan’s. It was just John and I. I was already at 6 cm when we got to the hospital. Logan was born at 12:11pm after just three pushes and a little help from the vacuum. So much easier the second time around.

It also fits his personality. He is pretty laid back and easy going. Logan is very tough. I find scratches and bruises on him and he never knows where they came from. He loves to help. Whenever John is working around the yard Logan is always his shadow.

He can be stubborn. I wonder where he got that from *cough* John *cough*. When he wants something he will not let up. He is so stinkin cute and that definitely plays to his advantage. I know I baby him but I can’t help it. He’s my last child.

I love you so much baby boy! Our little poger bear. I am so blessed to be your momma and watch you grow. Slow down a little bit. There’s no rush ;)

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K

K is for K. This is probably my favorite letter. My maiden name started with H. I married into a K name. I have a bit of an obsession with the letter. I collect K’s and you can find them around our house. I love adding to my collection.

Folks, that’s all you are getting from me today. Spring Break starts today and I couldn’t be more excited! The weather is beautiful. I’m looking forward to spending quality with my K bunch :)

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John

J is for John. My one true love. The one that with one kiss turned me from a Princess to an Ogre. Oh wait. That’s Shrek :) No really in all seriousness he is amazing. Yes, this post will get mushy. And you’ll just have to deal with it. I love my husband and I’m not afraid to express it.

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I really have been blessed in the husband department. John and I met almost 11 years ago. I was just a baby at the age of 20. Little did I know we’d go on to falling in love, getting married, and have two beautiful children. I’m not saying our road hasn’t had it fair share of bumps along the way but it definitely hasn’t had any potholes.

John works so hard for the boys and I. The greatest gift he ever gave me was the wilds. And the next best thing? Being able to stay home with them. Yes, there are sacrifices. John travels a lot. But we’ve figured out how to make it work. It means that we make the most of the time that is home.

John has a huge heart. You wouldn’t guess that at first meeting him. When we first met his “friends” basically told me run. I’m so glad I didn’t. Once you get past the sarcasm and dry humor there’s a really fantastic guy in there. His bark is definitely bigger than his bite.

He keeps me grounded. He’s very laid back. I’m pretty laid back as well but I tend to freak out over things. Somehow he has a way of convincing me everything will be ok. I just love that about him. He’s very passionate about his family.

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I could go on and on about my wonderful partner in crime. He really is my biggest fan. It feels wonderful to have such an amazing life partner. I don’t know what I did to deserve the life he we have built. I don’t take it for granted for a second. And Stinky, if you are reading this, I love you! Now hurry up and get home so we can have our fire pit night!

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