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Last year’s winners of the Standard-Examiner’s Mother-Child Look-alike Contest say people regularly confused them for twins.
As for this year’s winners? Would you believe triplets?
Michelle Ybarra and her identical twin 15-year-old daughters, Mikaela and Makenzi, are the 2017 winners of the newspaper’s annual Mother’s Day contest. More than 200 families entered the competition. The Ybarras won with 86 votes.
See the Mother-Child Look-alike Contest’s top 20 entries below
The Clearfield woman says she and her daughters are regularly confused for triplets when they’re out in public.
“We do get that a lot,” Ybarra said. “Anywhere we go, people are, like, ‘Wow!’”
For their award-winning resemblance, the Ybarra women will receive a prize from the contest’s sponsor, Timeless Medical Spa and Weight Loss, that’s worth $450.
We interviewed Mom in the wake of their victory. Answers have been edited for length and clarity.
Q: Other than the obvious — looks — how are the three of you similar?
A: “We all love to run, so that’s something that we kind of all enjoy doing together — running and hiking and just being active and stuff. When I compare them to me when I was 15, they’re so much better in school and sports and all that.
“It’s harder, when they get older as teenagers, to find things in common with them anymore, you know? We used to do so many fun things together, but now they just want to hang out with their friends and I’m kind of lame.
“Makenzi, everybody says she’s like me when I was younger. She’s very funny and kind of a free spirit, and just happy go lucky and a lot of people in my family say, oh she’s just like you when you were younger. But Mikaela’s more serious and determined and focused and stuff, so she’s probably more like her dad. … And these two are identical twins, but they’re completely different, personality-wise.”
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Q: What are the biggest differences between the three of you?
A: “When I compare myself to Mikaela, her and I are very different because she’s very serious and matter-of-fact, and I’m always kind of joking around and kind of trying to make everything funny. But as far as Makenzi, her and I are so much alike that I don’t really know — I can’t really think of where we might be different. I mean she’s definitely more athletic than I was at her age. And they’re both honor roll, with straight A’s, which was not me at all when I was their age.”
Q: What’s the most memorable Mother’s Day gift you ever received from your daughters?
A: “Here lately, the last few years they just kind of get money from Dad and go buy me something silly. But I think when they were maybe 4 or 5 — I can’t remember exactly — but they did this painting where it was our little family … and put it in a frame and gave it to me. That’s really special; I’ve had that for a long time.”
Q: If you’ve passed along one thing to your daughters, what do you hope it is?
A: “They’ve seen me graduate college, so I’m hoping I have passed on to them the idea that hard work pays off. And I know they’re very college-focused now, so I hope that they’ve kind of picked up on that.”
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Q: What’s one thing your daughters have taught you?
A: “As babies they definitely taught me patience and time management and multitasking — because, you know, there were two of them. They definitely taught me those things.
“In watching them grow up, I’ve definitely learned just to try to lead them in a way that maybe I wasn’t led at their age. And, just that feeling of being so proud. You’re proud of yourself when you do stuff, but my gosh, when you see your kids do stuff it’s a whole different type of proud.
“Watching them get these amazing grades and do so well in sports, it makes that whole parenting thing worth it. All the frustration, and all those spilled boxes of cereal when they were little — and spilled milk and all that — it makes it worth it just to see them be so successful and accomplish all these great things.”
Q: If your daughters decided to become mothers, what’s the one piece of advice you’d give them?
A: “Well, first of all, let me say I hope they don’t become mothers for at least 20 years — no, I’m just kidding — or at least until I’m in my 50s. But I guess if anybody’s ever taught me anything about being a mother, everybody says, ‘Cherish it. It goes by so fast.’ And I would tell them that: Just taking every moment, every cuddle, every kiss, every hug from your babies, because next thing you know they’re 15 and they don’t want those things anymore.”
Q: Anything else you’d like to say?
A: “As a little note to my daughters: I’m just so proud of them, and they’ve given me the best gift of being a mom. And for that, ‘Thank you.’”
Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.
Editor’s note: The Mother-Child Look-alike Contest and this story were sponsored by Timeless Medical Spa & Weight Loss Clinic in South Ogden.
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