Monday, February 5, 2018

An invisible triplet....

Guest Blogger:  Megan J.

My triplet ballerinas are my daughters, Makenna Anne, Jaeli Jo and Maysie Jailyn.
Lately, I have been feeling pretty sad for Jaeli. She has struggled with making friends and fitting in since the triplets were held back in 1st Grade at their school. My worst fear of holding them back came true for her. Thankfully, the other two are perfectly happy and can make friends just fine. The hardest part is that Jaeli was the most social of the three her first year of 1st Grade and had a great group of friends. She considered a couple of them her best friends. But, of course, the friends moved on to 2nd Grade and Jaeli had to start all over. And now, 2 years later, she is in 3rd grade and still in tears over it. Tonight, she told me she doesn't feel like she can be herself when she's at school. She says she's emotional and has a temper because she can't make friends. She feels invisible. She said she tries but they just ignore her. She and Maysie are in a new program at school that is supposed to help them learn how to be more social, but she just started, so we haven't seen any improvement from it yet. I am considering asking the school to put her with Maysie next year since Makenna prefers to be on her own. I think it would give Jaeli a lot of confidence and Maysie could guide her. I just don't want it to hold Maysie back from continuing to make friends. There are so many joys of having triplets, but this is just heartbreaking... especially since Jaeli has the biggest heart of all three girls and is always the most caring. Guess we'll just have to wait till the end of the year and see how she's doing.

Beverly's Facebook Page: The Triplet Ballerinas 

Friday, January 19, 2018

I wonder about triplet ballerinas.....

My triplet ballerinas are my grand-daughters, Makenna, Jaeli Jo and Maysie.
Now that my manuscript is finished (see my Facebook page: The Triplet Ballerinas), it is time for publishing and for self-reflection of this journey I have been on for over three years. I wonder if, without the inspiration of my triplet granddaughters, would I have written a children's book about triplet ballerinas, Annie (Makenna Anne), Julie (Jaeli) and Macie (Maysie)? Definitely not. I wonder if I had written a book about anything else, would I have stuck with it until the finished manuscript? Probably not. The joy in the eyes of the triplets anticipating when this book based on them would be finished is what encouraged me to continue when I wanted to give up. I wonder if anything now will ever be better than writing a children's book based on my own triplet granddaughters? Maybe not.  Beverly

Monday, December 4, 2017

More School Work Times Three

Guest Blogger:  Megan J.

My triplet ballerinas are my daughters, Makenna Anne, Jaeli Jo and Maysie Jailyn.
Now that the girls are in 3rd grade, more is required of them. Recently, they each had to write a report about a business in the community that they think is important. In the report, they had to tell about the business, facts about it and why it's important. They also had to provide pictures and build a model of it using at least a paper bag. We went a little further and used a shoe box. With a little help from me, we came up with 3 pretty creative business models. I even took them to each place to ask questions they could use in their reports. The models were big hits at school and used to show as an example to the other students. Makenna chose Ossian State Bank, Maysie chose Honegger Animal Clinic, and Jaeli chose Heyerley's Bakery. We had fun working on them individually and I am looking forward to seeing their grades!

Beverly's Facebook Page:  The Triplet Ballerinas

Monday, October 30, 2017

Triple the one-on-one time.....

My triplet ballerinas are my grand-daughters, Makenna, Jaeli Jo and Maysie.
When your grandchildren are the same age and looking for a little attention, giving one-on-one time is almost mandatory. Especially when they get it from their parents and expect it from their grandparents too. Unless there are rules attached, it can easily get out of control though. When they were little, it didn't matter how many times they each got their own individual one-on-one time, they wanted more, more, more time with Grandma, so we decided to stop it. This summer, I started it back up thinking they would handle it better. They each stayed overnight alone once during the summer, but, again, they wanted more, so I would add time here and there during the day for some mini one-on-one time, but, again, it quickly got out of control with them clamoring for even more. I ended it once again and think I will stick to just one individual overnight one-on-one time for each of them during the summer. Hopefully, I will be able to stick to this new Grandma decree, but you never know....  Beverly                      My Facebook Page:  The Triplet Ballerinas

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A New Arrangement

Guest Blogger:  Megan J.

My triplet ballerinas are my daughters, Makenna Anne, Jaeli Jo and Maysie Jailyn.
For the last year or so, Jaeli and Maysie have shared a bedroom and Makenna has had her own bedroom. Her room is closest to the train tracks about 3 blocks from our house. For a few months now, Makenna has been worried and scared about the train running into our house and into her bedroom. I've found her sleeping under her bed, in her closet, in the hallway and in my bedroom due to her fear. She asked if she could switch rooms with her sisters (I guess she doesn't care if it runs them over!). I told her "no" because their room is bigger than hers. We finally compromised and she has moved back into the bigger bedroom with her sisters. Her old bedroom now stores all of their toys. They also each have their own wall and closet for themselves in one room or the other. So far, they are getting along with this new arrangement. We will see though how bedtime goes every night and if they continue to get along!

Beverly's Facebook Page:  The Triplet Ballerinas

Friday, August 11, 2017

Another school year begins for these triplets....

My triplet ballerinas are my triplet grand-daughters, Makenna, Jaeli Jo and Maysie.
It's that time of year for the triplets to go back to school. They will be in 3rd Grade this year. Once again, they are in different classrooms with different teachers. After this was suggested by the school when they first started Kindergarten, it has become standard every year, through all-day Kindergarten, two years of First Grade (they were held back from Second Grade but was able to keep the same teacher both years), last year in Second Grade and this year in Third Grade. This year, for the first time, it seems that all three girls have been assigned to teachers that complement their personalities, which is a gift since that doesn't always happen. When one of the girls is assigned a teacher that they don't really connect to, she then usually struggles through the school year. For the first time, one of the triplets (Makenna) has a male teacher. It will be interesting to see how that plays out, but it should be fine since Makenna does so well in school in any situation. So, back to school bus rides, making school lunches, and homework. Another school year begins.....  Beverly
Facebook Page:  The Triplet Ballerinas

Monday, July 10, 2017

Triplet Drama

Guest Blogger:  Megan J.

My triplet ballerinas are my daughters Makenna Anne, Jaeli Jo and Maysie Jailyn.
There is bound to be drama when you have three daughters in the house. But, with three daughters of the same age, the drama is exaggerated beyond what words can explain! I can’t even imagine what life will be like in just a few short years when the teenage hormones hit. I am scared, very scared! Now, at age 9, the drama usually consists of problems related to not sharing or who is wearing whose clothes, and most commonly, “they won’t play what I want to play”. This is a constant struggle and a battle I dread each day. The girls do not realize yet how lucky they are to have two sisters their age. They have a companion and someone to play with and talk to every day. Our identicals, Jaeli and Maysie, have much in common and their fraternal sister, Makenna, struggles daily to feel included. As they get older, I hope they find special bonds between each other and one day realize how precious their sisterhood really is. I can see it now: boy drama, attitude drama, friend drama, competition drama, and oh so much more I am sure! I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Even with as much fighting that has been going on lately, I am still seeing how fast they are growing. So, I know I need to take a step back and enjoy the time I have with them while they are still young.

Beverly's Facebook Page: The Triplet Ballerinas