With a set of twins and triplets and six other kids, Adam and Nikkia Anders of Birdseye never know how life will unfold.
Photos by Marlena Sloss | Story by Olivia Ingle
On an early March morning, Nikkia (Speedy) Anders quickly goes from washer to washer at the Circle A Food Mart laundromat in Birdseye, filling them with detergent. Her family’s clothing is already loaded.
One of her youngest, then 10-month-old Jerrad, clings to her leg.
“OK, you can be my big helpers,” the mom turns and says to her three youngest girls who are sitting at a nearby table sucking on Tootsie pops and playing on their LeapPads.
Triplets Jaimi, 3, left, Charity, and Nikkole put coins into the washing machines at the Circle A Food Mart laundromat in Birdseye on March 9.
The then 3-year-old triplets are more than willing to help Mom, and easily climb up on the washers themselves. They get to insert the quarters and push start on the 13 machines. It’s a 40-plus-dollar routine the family performs pretty much weekly, compounded this week due to bedding needing washed.
“I try to keep them as involved as possible in everything I do,” Nikkia says. “It makes life easier and they want to help right now.”
“When they’re about 5 or 6, they’ll stop wanting to help as much,” Nikkia’s husband, Adam, says.
The girls finish with their quarter duties. “Awesome, good job,” Adam says as he lifts one of them, Jaimi, off the washer, making an airplane sound as he swings her through the air.
The Anders, who have been married for three years, have 11 children between the two of them. There’s Adam Anders II, 21, Braeden Rose, 16, Jhonen Dayhoff, 15, Brooklyn Anders, 14, Jocilynn Dayhoff, 13, Jackie Dayhoff, 10, Nikkole Anders, 4, Charity Anders, 4, Jaimi Anders, 4, Kristoffer Anders, 18 months, and Jerrad Anders, 18 months.