The Bowlin family of Waitotara this weekend celebrated not one but three 21st birthdays.
Triplets Jamie, Damien and Bradley Bowlin on Saturday night with a big party for family and friends at the home of their parents, Sheryl and Deon. The brothers turn 21 today.
The Wanganui Chronicle has reported on the Bowlin brothers' milestones throughout the years. The first story appeared in 1998, when they turned 3, and the picture shows them as blond- haired, chubby-cheeked toddlers.
These days Jamie works on a sheep and beef farm near Waitotara, while his brothers work at Imlay in Whanganui.
Damien is the only one who still lives at home.
Jamie - the oldest of the trio by 10 minutes - said the three of them are good mates and "hang out" together a lot.
"We sometimes wear each other's clothes."
They also have a shared interest in motocross.
People who know them well do not get them mixed up, but it can be confusing for people who do not know them, Jamie said.
Mrs Bowlin said when the brothers were younger they looked identical, and even she had trouble keeping an eye on who was who.
As they got older they became less alike, especially as they now have different haircuts.
She said when they were teenagers, the family spent a lot on keeping the triplets fed.
"We went through that many Weet-Bix and milk, you wouldn't believe it."
Mrs Bowlin said the triplets' only sibling was a brother, Ethan, who was two years older than them.
"So I had one son, then all of a sudden I had four. But I'm very proud of them. They're good boys."