Your Name: Elizabeth Braatz
Children: 5-year-old twins and a 2-year-old
Work: Cycling instructor for the YMCA and JCC Milwaukee, freelance writer 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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My twins - age five - came home after almost four days away at their grandparents lake house. For the first two days, they were alone with my inlaws and then my husband drove up for the final two days. That left me at home with our two-year-old daughter, all to myself. It was this weekend that I realized that I have never spent a decent amount of time with just one of my children.
I went to a funeral for a family today, friends that I've known for years. Their son died far before his time. As I stood in the receiving line, I was full of thoughts, full of emotions. I looked at the images of their child, the pictures of bright smiles and happy times that adorned the aisles as I waited to pay my respects. I could see my friends' faces up ahead as they changed from tears to smiles, to sobs and to laughter when they were greeted by their guests. With every face that came to them, there was a memory.
My friend forwarded on an interesting article about the concept of sharing. Before reading my blog, it may be worth a quick read: http://moms.popsugar.com/Should-You-Teach-Kids-Share-27333250.
For the next two days, I am participating in my local MOMS Club rummage sale. As such, I've had to go through bins (and bins and bins and bins) of clothes from the kids when they were teeny tiny premies through the present. As I spent time folding and organizing the clothes, certain pieces really trigger memories and emotions.
It has been a week since I stood in front of almost 300 people at Alverno College and complained about the current size of my boobs and the sheer craziness of my children. Myself, along with several other local writers, performed in the Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) show for its second year here in Milwaukee. LTYM is a national performance, now in almost 40 cities across the nation in which writers share their work for a packed house. The stories are about motherhood in its most raw form, and it's a truly magical experience.