Your Name: Elizabeth Braatz
Children: 4-year-old twins and a 1-year-old
Work: Owner/operator of Red Mango Frozen Yogurt & Smoothies; group exercise instructor at the YMCA and domestic dictator of my household.
Favorite part of being a mom: Little voices saying "I love you momma!"
Least favorite part of being a mom: POTTY TRAINING
Famous for: Being a vegetarian who can make a killer tenderloin.
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Though life is not always perfect in my household, it is certainly organized! I had two conversations recently with friends in which they asked how I get everything done (and maintain my sanity). I explained to them how I organize my life and I thought I'd share it with all of you.
My husband's grandmother, Lorraine, passed away last Friday after living 90 wonderful years. She was blessed with two children, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Her health had been declining for sometime and after a nasty fall last week that resulted in a brain bleed, she did not have much time before her passing.
Well, it's been an interesting couple of days. I woke up early on Wednesday morning with a very painful stomach ache. By morning, it had gone away. Then, Wednesday evening after eating dinner, I got the same pains in my belly. They were worse this time and actually caused me to have trouble breathing I went to the doctor during the day on Thursday and she prescribed heart burn meds but that did not help. Cut to Friday morning and I had been in a lot of pain since the previous night.
I was at the gym today and two of the employees in the childcare room commented that I should get my baby's ears pierced because they thought it would look cute. There are also several other girls who are under two years old and have new studs in their ears. I didn't know how to respond because it's always seemed a bit taboo to me.
I have considered myself a runner since before I had children. I used to log a lot of miles on the treadmill after work until about 20 weeks pregnant with my now four-year-old twins. After their birth, I got back into running but not as intensely as before they were here. Instead, I became a spinning instructor and branched out to teach other group exercise formats. Still, I ran through my pregnancy with my now 18-month-old daughter. This summer, I decided to kick up my mileage significantly and do a half marathon. I have always been active and worked out but this was like the big kahuna of accomplishments for me.