Graduation can be a hectic time of year for any parent but imagine that chaos times three.
That's exactly what two local families are facing.
The Stacey and Terry McAfee family of Newcomerstown will have their three children -- triplets that is -- graduate from Newcomerstown High School on Sunday, May 29.
Clayton, Hayden and Morgan were born Feb. 26, 1993, at Aultman Hospital.
"We never thought we'd have three," Stacey said but they were blessed with three healthy children. "What more can God give you."
She said everything has been more hectic when there's three children in the family and they are the exact same age.
She said she's spent a lot of time in her van driving her triplets to practice such as football, cheerleading, baseball and wrestling.
As far as what she will do in all her spare time once they graduate, she said, "I just don't know. I guess we'll figure it out."
Clayton and Hayden both attended Buckeye Career Center for the past two years while Morgan stayed at Newcomerstown Schools and post-secondary classes at Kent State University.
"The school has been good for our family and my kids got a good education," Stacey said.
As far as their future plans, each one is different.
Clayton will be attending Stark State for electrical engineering. Morgan will be entering Aultman College of Nursing in the radiology program. Hayden will be working full-time at R&J Cylinder in Dover.
As far as graduation parties, Stacey said, "No. There will be only one."
"There's never a dull moment," Stacey said. "It's crazy. It goes way too fast. Everybody just needs to love their kids and enjoy them."
It was from Stacey's job at J&J Refuse in Dover that she met Mindi Sanders' father who said her daughter was also pregnant with triplets.
The Sanders triplets are three months older than the McAfees.
"It's always good to talk to someone who knows what you're going through," Stacey said.
Danielle, Devin and Rebekah Sanders were born Nov. 18, 1992, to Mindi and Richard Sanders of Gnadenhutten.
"It wasn't planned but we were blessed with three," Mindi said.
She said it seemed like whenever she went to the obstetrician, they found another baby. Her husband Richard told her jokingly that she was not going back to that doctor because they kept finding babies.
"It was funny," she said. "We were all shocked."
She said what has been beneficial for her family is the fact that she was able to stay home with her children while they were young.
"Every day is precious," Mindi said. "Spend as much time as possible with them. They grow up too fast."
Over the years, Mindi said her time has been spent taking her children to football, volleyball, baseball, cheerleading, wrestling and basketball practices. Just recently, her son Devin has become interested in motocross.
Devin and Rebekah will both be graduating from Buckeye Career Center and their sister Danielle will graduate from Indian Valley High School this year.
Devin has plans of attending Hocking Technical College for heavy equipment operations.
Rebekah is pursuing cosmetology and will take her state board certification in June. She will also be attending Kent State Tuscarawas to obtain her business license so that she may be able to manage a salon.
Danielle will be attending Brown Mackie College in Akron for veterinary technician.
As far as how many graduation parties they will have this year, Mindi said only one.
She said she doesn't know what she'll do with all her spare time but doesn't believe all her children will leave home once they graduate.
She said she'll still worry about them -- just like any parent would -- but in this case there's three times the worry.