WOODS CROSS — Nicla Dolar seems to be on the go all day and through much of the night, but when it comes to her three daughters, ages 3, 9 and 12, it’s worth it.
Dolar is Woods Cross’ Mother of the Year, nominated by her mother and a sister, who praise her willingness to be so involved in her daughter’s lives.
“She volunteers for activities to be involved in her children’s lives and serves on many boards to be a better part of the overall planning,” her sister Sheena Hess wrote in her nomination.
That includes serving of the board of Camp Hawkins, for children with heart defects, where she also volunteers teaching arts and crafts to the kids at the camp.
“My oldest (daughter) has a heart defect and so do I,” Dolar said.
She also serves on the Utah Figure Skating Club board, because her daughters are figure skaters.
“I serve on them (the boards) to be the best I can be for them.”
Figure skating is a big part of the family’s life.
Dolar and her girls get up at 4:30 a.m., so she can get them a hot breakfast before heading to the skating rink at 6 .m., where the girls practice for an hour.
Then it’s back home to get the girls ready for school. While the girls are gone Dolar babysits other children, so she can be at home with her youngest, she said. She also helps take care of her grandmother.
After school, it’s off to ballet lessons then dinner and schoolwork.
Dolar said she generally doesn’t make it to bed until 1 or 2 a.m.
“I’ve never needed much sleep,” she said, but adds that once a week, “I crash.”
When asked about the hardest part of being a mom, Dolar said, “It’ easy.”
But she said in being a mom so involved with her kids, she sometimes neglects herself.
“I have to stop and think to take care of myself. I have to stop and remember to eat.” In addition to her heart defect, Dolar also is a diabetic, so must eat regularly.
She said she learned a lot about life and about being a good mom to her mother and grandmother.
“From them I learned to helpful to others.”
Her mom, Jolene Jackson, said in her nominating letter, “Even though she is plagued with health issues, she continues to support, help and be involved with her girls’ activities.”
Among Dolar’s fond memories associated with mothering is taking her daughters on a trip to Bear Lake and stopping at Utah State University, where she showed them her alma mater.
A perfect vacation for her would be “anywhere with a beach I could take my kids to.”