Triplets Took The Same Birthday Picture For 33 Years.- Part 1


Age Four: Their Personalities Began To Show


When it was finally Peter, Mark, and Dennis’ fourth birthday, the triplets were headed to their first year of school. But the tradition went on, with their birthday sign at the ready and matching outfits. At least, two of them matched.

This was also the birthday that their personalities began shining through, with Mark and Dennis on top of a playset and Peter lying down. Still, all three boys are smiling.

Their Fifth Birthday Was Tough


Birthday number five was a bit sad for the boys, as seen by the concern on their faces. This is the year their mother, Karin, was battling Parkinson’s Disease. Still, she wanted to celebrate her triplet’s fifth birthday with their annual traditions.


She made her sons their cake, matching sweaters, and took a picture of them with their yearly sign.

They Were Back To Smiling During Their Sixth Birthday


Their sixth birthday had the boys smiling once again. All three of them were doing well in school, they were making friends, and their mom was doing a bit better. They were once again excited to take their annual birthday picture.

Of course, what’s a birthday picture without their matching sweaters!

Matching Sweaters Were So Last Year — Birthday #7


The boys were growing up, and when it was finally time to take their traditional birthday picture, something changed. It was their seventh birthday, and Peter, Mark, and Dennis did something a bit different.

This was the first year the triplets didn’t wear matching sweaters! Instead, they opted for overalls with different sweaters underneath.

Their Eighth Birthday Was The Last In Their House


When the boys eighth birthday rolled around, they stuck with their new tradition of different sweaters. While the polka dot pattern was the same, they decided to sport different colors.

Sadly, a month after their birthday photo was taken, their house burned to the ground, thanks to a gas leak. It was a difficult time for everyone.

Birthday #9 Was Somewhere New


For a while, the boys and their mom lived with their neighbor, Wilma. She actually helped Karin with the boys’ ninth birthday sign for their photo! Soon, the small family moved to a trailer, waiting until their home was rebuilt.

It would take a year, but the boys and their mom eventually were able to move back in.

Peter Took Their Tenth Birthday Picture


The boys were growing up so fast. When it was time for their tenth birthday, they decided to try something new. Peter had saved up his money and bought a camera.

So, setting the timer, the boys grabbed their annual birthday sign and took their traditional photo with Peter’s new camera!

A Girl Came Into The Picture During Their 11th Birthday


He might have just turned 11, but Peter was apparently a little ladies’ man! He was the first brother to have a girlfriend. He and Eva would meet after school while Peter and Dennis ran around, causing a bit of trouble, as 11-year-olds do.

Even so, they snapped their annual picture with two straight faces and one with a sarcastic-looking smirk.

Peter Was Diagnosed With Epilepsy During Their 12th Birthday


Birthday number 12 was a bit difficult for the triplets. While Mark and Dennis were getting ready to transition into high school, Peter was in and out of doctors’ offices.

That year, he was diagnosed with epilepsy and would have random seizures that would keep him out of school for days at a time. Even so, the brothers took their annual picture and were all smiles.

Their 13th Birthday Saw Peter Separated From His Brothers


Unfortunately, when the brothers’ 13th birthday came around, Peter’s parents decided it would be best for him to stay back in elementary school while his brothers made their way up to high school.

New experiences brought on his seizures and moving from one school to another definitely fit the bill.

Peter Finally Made It To High School By Their 14th Birthday


By the time the boys turned 14, Peter was ready to join his brothers in high school. As one of the smartest kids in class, Peter seamlessly transitioned from one school to the other. It was also made easier now that he was back with his brothers.

Now that they’re full-fledged teens, though, their annual picture saw the boys with tight-lipped smiles a la teenage angst.

They Were Put Back In The Same Grade By Birthday #15


By the time the brothers turned 15, Peter was put back into the same grade as Mark and Dennis. He was very smart and willing to put in the work, something that clearly paid off.

Their annual picture came and went. And, this time, there were bead necklaces thrown into the mix! Clearly, it was the 90s.

It Was All About Hair Dye For Their 16th Birthday


It was clear that the boys were well into their teenage rebellion phase when their 16th birthday came around. In their traditional picture, it looks as though two of the three triplets decided to do a bit of experimenting with hair dye!

On the left, peter is rocking some red locks while Mark dyed his hair dark black.

They Were Making Their Way Through Their 17th Birthday


The boys were still making their way through high school when it came time to celebrate their 17th birthday. It was also the time where they decided to give up the hair dye and long hair!

Each of the boys actually sported a pretty similar look in their annual photo, including their casual style.

18 Years Old And Looking Towards The Future


The brothers graduated from high school by the time they turned 18. Each of them decided they wanted to go on to higher learning, with Mark wanting to become a teacher and Dennis a sports masseur.

Peter, on the other hand, wanted to go to school and study to become an architect.

Just Before They Turned 19, Peter Had An Episode


Peter had been safe from epileptic episodes for a few years. Unfortunately, right before the triplets were set to turn 19, he had one of the worst attacks in his life.

Thankfully, someone was there to help Peter get through the seizure, but the scare had a lasting effect on Peter’s life.

The Brothers Moved To Berlin During Their 20th Birthday


During his last episode, Peter developed anxiety about being alone. So, by the time the brothers turned 20, Mark and Dennis decided to move to Berlin to be with Peter.

They were all over the country by this point, working on their respective studies. But Peter needed them, and they didn’t hesitate to be there for him.

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