Sorry I have not written this month. I've been busy with one son's graduation then getting him off to summer term at BYU. Then another son came home from his mission from Cochabama, Bolivia. Also worked on preparations for youth conference and girl's camp, and now making a DVD of Mom's personal history for our family reunion this weekend!
Managing a household is a lot of work. Despite how busy I am, I discovered Vitamin D and I feel great! A few months ago my energy was really low and I wasn't sleeping well because of leg aches, so I saw my doctor and had lots of blood tests for thyroid, iron, etc. She determined I was extremely low on vitamin D (now taking 2000 to 4000 i.u. D3 daily until I get retested) and calcium (taking 1000 mg). Also take B6 & B12. Learned about women's health issues from WomentoWomen.com. If you feel low energy during the winter months or anytime, get a blood test for vitamin D! You need to know where you are on the range. I was 25 and want to get it above 50. Since I live in northern Utah, I will supplement this fall and winter. Now I get outside more during the morning and evening and avoid the middle of the day. Love the sun and have learned how important it is for our health.
Anyway, because of the added nutrients I feel renewed and have my energy back to feel motivated enough to exercise. Sometimes we want to exercise, but it takes energy to feel motivated. Now I walk a few miles outside most mornings.
I delegated lots the household chores with the kids. And continue to try to delegate with the women I work with in my church calling as Young Women's president. Delegation without feeling guilty has reduced my stress tremendously. For more stress management ideas go to the article at About.com. I also hired a house cleaner to come in twice a month. Hope at some point not to need her, but we have a big home.
After much pondering, I created a Weekly Magnetic Family Chore Chart with magnetic pictures on a large dry erase board. Love it! Easy to make and manage.
- Find pictures or chore icons and put on a spreadsheet.
- Then I printed the chores on cardstock.
- Next I put sticky-back magnetic strips on the chores, and cut them into squares.
- I can move the chores around each Sunday based on our weekly schedules and needs.
- Remember that the family is a team, and each member needs to share the work so all team members are happy.