Air Force family celebrates Oakesdale triplets' birthday

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 10:07 AM

OAKESDALE, Wash—Nearly one year after their father returned home from Afghanistan, three infants known by neighbors as the "Oakesdale Triplets" celebrated their first birthday.

KREM 2 News first met the parents, Amber and Harley Wicks, in July 2013 when Harley returned from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan for the Air Force. Harley met his newborn triplets for the very first time during his homecoming.

WATCH: Deployed father meets his newborn triplets

The triplets’ first birthday marked a major milestone for the family who celebrated as a family in Spokane Saturday.

“This has been a really crazy year for us,” said Harley.

SLIDESHOW: Air Force Homecoming: Spokane father meets his newborn triplets

Shortly after the homecoming in July, the Wicks moved to Arkansas, where Harley was stationed in the Air Force. They quickly realized they wanted to be closer to home and moved back to Oakesdale.

“This is where my family is, and they helped me so much with him being gone,” said Amber. “It was a no brainer choice that this is where we needed to be.”

The couple said even with added help from family members, taking care of the triplets could be a juggling act at times. That gave them extra reason to celebrate, though they said they wouldn't trade the juggling act for anything.

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