The days passed and the triplets turned three. It was only then that Karin decided to turn the birthday picture into a tradition. Dennis, Mark, and Peter were enthusiastic about having their photo taken again.
In fact, they were waiting for the flash to hit. Karin dressed the three in the most adorable Snoopy pajamas, prepared the traditional sign, and …say cheese!
A Tradition Begins
If only Dennis, Mark, and Peter would have known that from that day forward the birthday picture setting would become an annual ceremony and would turn into a talked-about tabloid story.
The three boys wouldn't stay one year old forever. As the years went by and the boys grew, so did the challenges in taking the photos and forming the set. There were quite a few difficult ones along the way.
Not So Terrible Two
In 1986, the boys turned two. If they were unaware of what was going on the previous year when the first photo was taken, now they knew exactly what was going on and were happily willing to participate.
They posed for the camera and showed off their captivating blond curls and magnetic eyes while holding the sign their mother made. They were the cutest two-year-olds around.
The Fourth One
When the fourth birthday arrived the boys wanted to stage the plot. They asked to pose on a wooden shelf so they could sit in a higher position. This didn't stand in the way of another adorable photo.
The sign was prepared, the magnificent three sat up high, and the rest is history. There were still more unpleasant surprises down the line, but for now, the boys were focused on their fifth birthday.
Some Things Are Out of Control
The boys were growing up and Karin found it difficult to control the three. They were turning into individuals, not always wanting their photos taken. Adding on to that, she was battling a sickness that influenced the kids tremendously.
Karin wasn't going t break a tradition, and if occasionally a photo would reflect reality and not just paint happy faces, then so be it. She baked a cake, made the sign, and another year went by.