How Do I Keep Up With Them?

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Summer is here, and today was my last day having a five-year-old girl.

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Tomorrow she turns six! She is energy and happiness and emotion. Sometimes she gets so happy that she says she can barely contain the joy. She is reading, but she says she’s a better writer. Every story she writes ends with, “We had fun.”

Or my favorite – “And she was happy.” Indeed.

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She is a kindergarten graduate. She is princess and fairy magic. She still laughs at my jokes and tells me I’m funny and pretty. She’s still so little and innocent, but so self-aware too. She thinks she’s in charge of potty-training her brother. (she isn’t)

They are both endless energy and endless adventures. How do I keep up with them? It isn’t easy!

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1. A good breakfast. This is important to me because I wake up ravenous every morning. When Dannon® sent me a package of Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Greek nonfat yogurt, we all opened the box excitedly. Scarlet declared it amazing and screamed, “I love it!” Tiramisu has coffee powder in it, but remembering how much coffee ice cream I ate as a toddler, I knew she would love to try it. We had all tried it within five minutes of the delivery – barely before FedEx pulled away!

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It makes a great snack. With 12 grams of protein, 80 calories and 0% fat per 5.3 oz, Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt satisfies my taste buds and helps with my late afternoon snack attacks. However, I’m a breakfast girl so I like to pair it with a banana or berries (and a book), and that will keep me satisfied until lunch. Generally when I don’t eat a good breakfast, I sneak chocolate from my desk drawer or I start craving a sugary coffee drink, and then I crash after.

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2. Drink lots of water. Sometimes it sounds so repetitive to say, but the power of water is so true. When I get into the habit of drinking about 50 or 60 ounces of water a day, I feel completely different all around. I feel energetic.

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3. Staying active. I’m no athlete and I don’t belong to a gym or studio, but I definitely have more energy and sleep better at night if I make a habit of chasing the kids around, dancing with them, or even jumping with them.

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4. Sleep, of course. I realize this is hard to control when you have little ones, or in our case – pets and kids – but I just try to do the best I can to get 8-9 hours of sleep a night. I don’t like getting too much more or less.

5. Taking breaks! I do this in many ways. I like to lie down and close my eyes. I like to read a book. I like to write personal emails. I like snacks. It’s wonderful that new Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt can be both a treat (in taste) and a protein-filled snack. It’s hard for me to choose better-for-you foods in the face of sweets and treats, which is why Dannon® Light & Fit® Tiramisu Flavored Greek nonfat yogurt is a delicious and satisfying alternative.

How do you keep up with your active family members?

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  1. SIX YEARS OLD?!?!??!?! OMG why did I NOT GET MY INVITE IN THE MAIL to the celebration of the season! Man, I am offended 😉 And I cannot even drain my sorrows in this delicious yogurt. DOUBLE FAIL. lol

    1. ha! You want to come to Build-A-Bear Workshop with us?? And eat Captain America cake? Well, why didn’t you say so? Better get on the next flight.

  2. Happy birthday to Scarlet! I need to eat breakfast every day. Growing up I needed to eat basically as soon as I woke up or I got really nauseous. Now I don’t eat until about 2 hours after I get up, which probably isn’t the best, but I get so immersed in work when I wake up! Definitely eating enough and getting enough sleep are important to keeping up with Eve. I probably don’t drink as much water as I should!

    1. I’m the same. With school and camp, I like a leisurely breakfast and that alone time. So sadly it doesn’t usually happen until at least 9:00 or so!
      I’m so terrible with water..

  3. A sense of humor! I bet you’ve got that in your arsenal to keep up with them too 🙂 I def. need that with the boys so that theyre not always asking “y so serious mommy?”

  4. Happy 6th Birthday today to Scarlet and Emma is right behind next Friday. Seriously cannot believe our girls are going to be 6 years old and starting first grade. Where does the time go?!!!

  5. Tiramisu yogurt? Yes please! We go through buckets of yogurt in this house, mostly vanilla, maybe it’s time to change up the flavours. And The Girl On The Train… like it? It’s on my summer reading list.

    Wishing Scarlet the happiest 6th birthday ever!

    1. It’s limited edition so maybe you can stock up now! Vanilla yogurt is certainly great too.
      I just started Girl on the Train yesterday and it’s.. bizarre.

  6. First of all – Happy Birthday Scarlet!!! 🙂 The yogurt sounds yummy. What do you think of Girl on the Train? I read it last month while we were at the beach. I had mixed feelings about it.

  7. I can’t believe she is 6! Happy Birthday, Scarlet! I also can’t believe that my baby will be 4, FOUR, in less than 3 weeks! Where does the time go?! I seriously don’t know how I keep up. I often feel like I am just treading water and barely making it through!

    Now, that yogurt! We are currently having a love affair with Greek yogurt in this house, so I have to try this! Especially, since it involves coffee. How could I not try it, right?

    1. FOUR!! I can’t believe that either. She’s such a cutie. I totally want a third baby, but other times I remind myself how insane that would be. Let’s just get through these times first… barely.
      Greek yogurt is really wonderful. I’m so glad Dannon has their own.

  8. Six! I have a month until mine turns 6. It’s crazy! I hope that she had an amazing birthday. I love how she ends her stories. When Jasper was that age, in all of his drawings the people would have HUGE smiles on their faces. I loved that. Oh! And I want to read The Girl On The Train! I have that on hold at the library.

    1. Wow, I had forgotten our kids are close in age!!
      That is so cute about Jasper’s drawings.
      I had The Girl on the Train and All The Light We Cannot See on hold at the library for MONTHS. Finally I got them both at the same time. Go figure. It will be good beach reading at Cape Cod.

    1. I hope you like it! It sounds like a great pregnancy snack/dessert. Lots of protein and flavor.
      I totally took photos today and I was going to leave the camera at home, but something stopped me!

  9. It’s amazing to see her growing up even from here, Tamara. Captain America cake sounds perfect right about now, too. After the yogurt.

    You know how they would say to sleep when the baby’s sleeping, etc.? It’s like that when they’re older, too. Eat when they eat, sleep when they sleep, play when they play.

    1. I actually started blogging (because my head space was expanding) to be able to share her with the grandparents. I had no idea that blogging was so.. THIS.. and that I’d pick up friends along the way and they’d watch her grow too!
      Strange magic!

  10. Happy birthday, Scarlet!! We love yogurt at our house too. I’m not a fan of coffee, so I’d pass the tiramisu over to you and check out the other flavors!

  11. I am right there with you on being a breakfast lover. I always wake up hungry and excited to eat my bowl of cereal or yogurt. Although I have never been a coffee drinker, I have recently decided to give it a try and am falling in love with coffee flavored foods left and right. So I will give this yogurt a chance when I get home 🙂


    1. I love that. You wake up excited. Sometimes I’m even excited the night before, because breakfast is my favorite meal!
      I love coffee but I can only do decaf. It’s so sad!

  12. I am going to have some yogurt right now! OOoh! You got Girl on the Train. I cannot wait to hear what you thought of it. Happy birthday to Scarlet! She is growing up so fast, but you are so great at photographing all the lovely moments of her life.

    1. So we were potty-training Des today and had to be home-bound and I plowed through 3/4 of the book. I don’t know WHAT to think. Right now I’m thinking Tom is a bad dude. I mean.. maybe they’re all very flawed, though.

  13. I’d try that!

    I also read The Girl On The Train. I hated all the characters but I needed to know what the HECK was going on.

    1. haha, me too. I’m 3/4 through and I’ve changed my mind ten times. I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re all very flawed, but I want to believe in Rachel. And I’m starting to think Tom is the shadiest one.

    1. Thanks! It was fun taking the photos. I don’t do a lot of food or product photography so I just figured I’d take photos of the truth – the kids loving the yogurt and being zany.
      I really love plain yogurt too – and I add honey. YUM.

  14. Oh my gosh you are reading The Girl On The Train! I just saw that over on Sits Girls with Janine! Plus you have one of my favorite yogurts of all time! That is my go to meal, snack, breakfast of choice!

    Happy 6th birthday to your magical princess! I hope it is a great one!

  15. Happy birthday Scarlet! She’ll probably be the happiest 6 year old ever. Love that she has such great endings to her stories. Your tips are spot on. I can’t wait to have enough stomach space again to drink my 10-12 cups of water each day & get a big bowl of oatmeal to start the day off. (plus it’s just too darn hot for oatmeal right now) T would love the tiramisu yogurt. Flavored yogurts are a huge treat in this house…

    1. I used to eat oatmeal daily! You’re right – the summer is what stopped it. I would puree sweet potatoes and put them in with a bit of honey. SO GOOD.

    1. It’s true! I remember being obsessed with coffee ice cream when I was only three. Now I prefer more kid-friendly ones. Like peanut butter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

  16. Free stuff, such a great blogger perk. And free Greek yogurt? Awesomeness. THANK YOU for the water reminder. Coach Cox would love you. The jumping pillow!! We’ve only done that at Jellystone Parks, but I’m pretty sure it’s my kids’ favorite thing in the whole world.

    1. I’m a big fan of blogger perks – I mean, just being able to connect with other bloggers is the biggest perk I know!
      The Jumping Pillow is a new thing at a local farm and we just can’t miss it every fall.

  17. Happy 6th! My little girl turned 9 1/2 this week. Relish every moment. I love the pictures of her jumping up and down. So vibrant and so six!

    1. Don’t you just love how kids use that 1/2 so much! Scarlet was always 5 1/2. I’d call her five until her last day of five.
      Six seems great, though!

  18. Happy birthday to Scarlet, and belated bday to Des! I haven’t been visiting blogs much, but since we are FB friends (and real friends!) I’ve been following all your summer adventures and celebrations. Six and three…sounds so much older than five and two, doesn’t it? I say that every year, and I suppose I always will.

    My kids are yogurt lovers, and Dannon is a favorite! I prefer ice cream 🙂

    1. I think this particular yogurt would make a great frozen yogurt, actually! Great mention.
      We’re totally FB friend and blog friends AND real friends. And I’ve been following your adventures too!

  19. Tiramisu Greek yogurt sounds really good! I’m definitely a breakfast girl, although some days it may be more like brunch 🙂

    Also, I’m reading The Girl on the Train, too. It’s not what I had expected, but so far I’m liking it.

  20. My son was a big help with potty training. After my daughter saw our son using a small potty she was all for using the potty. I’m glad to hear you have some extra help with potty training.
    I miss eating yogurt. I’ve thought about trying the coconut milk ones, but so have I haven’t given them a try. I use to love eating yogurt, grape-nuts, and bananas for breakfast.

    1. That’s awesome. Scarlet used the small potty only a few times and then preferred using the kid toilet seat cover over the regular toilet. Man that was easier! You just flush and you don’t have to clean out a small potty.
      I love grape-nuts. They’re GMO-free now! Our local ice creamery makes a Grapenuts ice cream.

  21. Aw, she is so big! My eldest is getting there too. I think your kids are just a few months older than mine! And you have the book I keep seeing everywhere and have added to my list. Is it good? And yup, we’re big yogurt fans here. Every day they eat it!

  22. Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter! I eat yogurt every day – but this looks so much better than mine. Will have to try it out!

  23. That yogurt looks yummy!!! Happy birthday to Scarlet!! I find it really cute that she thinks she’s in charge of her brother’s potty training. She’s truly full of emotions!

  24. I LOVE their Greek yogourt!! I haven’t tried this kind yet. And I normally do have it right after my daily workout because it has good protein.
    Happy Birthday to the princess!!

  25. She sounds so sweet! Very lovely and looks lovely too! They definitely grow up so quick. I love little girls at this age. They just say the absolute sweetest things and it’s true, they are full of energy, love, and joy!

    1. I remember when I used to do school photography and the second and third graders were my absolute favorite. I love that age between five and ten. It’s so awesome. Other ages have gifts too, but gulp, then they’re growing up too fast!

  26. Your photos are always so good! Tiramisu Yogurt?? Oh My goodness ..i would love to try it. 6 is the official “Big Girl” age:-)

    1. Is it?! Now I feel so old. I guess that’s why many parents of six-year-olds and three-year-olds then have their third baby. I’m tempted.

  27. Happy birthday to her! That yogurt looks delish! Tiramisu is my favorite dessert so I’m looking forward to trying the Tiramisu Greek nonfat yogurt!

  28. I sleep better at night too if I’ve been active all day. You’re right, chasing the kids around is a good way to get that ‘active’ in. 🙂

  29. That photo of her with her daddy in mid-air is perfection. She looks so happy! Happy birthday to her!

  30. Happy Birthday to Scarlet, belated though it is. She’s growing up so quickly!

    I’m afraid my strategy for dealing with energetic people like Lucas is to just stand still and assume that he’ll come back when hungry. I am quite fond of bouncing on those giant cushiony pillow things which must surely have a proper name!!

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