Updated: 04/24/2014 6:54 AM
Created: 04/23/2014 3:12 PM KSTP.com
By: Naomi Pescovitz
It is a big week for one big Minnesota family. The Peltz quintuplets from Prior Lake turn 10 years old on Thursday.
In the last decade, a lot has changed for the five boys.
"Everyone is always so interested once they find out for some reason," said quintuplet Austin Peltz.
In many ways, life is still the same.
"We're just normal, average people," Austin Peltz said.
Austin, Blake, Daniel, Clayton and Ethan still sit in the same seats at the dinner table. Like typical 10-year-olds, the boys are not fond of girls but love candy and video games.
Though they were born three months premature, they are now like most fourth graders, multiplied by five.
"It's more emotional now with them pushing the boundaries for everything," said Christina Peltz.
For Christina and Eric Peltz, raising five boys all at once has been a blessing and a challenge.
Three of the boys are on the autism spectrum, but all have come a long way.
"It seems only yesterday we were bringing them home, and now we're getting ready for them to go to middle school in the fall," Christina Peltz said.
Financially it has not been easy for the family. Much of the help they received in the first year has faded. Eric works two jobs, 70 to 80 hours a week. On Tuesday nights, he still dedicates one-on-one time with each of the boys.
"I wouldn't trade these guys for anything or anybody in the world," Eric Peltz said.
Though the boys admit they love poking fun at one another, Christina and Eric remind them that being a Peltz will always have its perks.
"When they get kind of tired of having a brother in a classroom, with them we tell them how special they are because they have someone to watch their backs," Christina Peltz said.
Raising five ten yea olds can get expensive. Nicole Middendorf, CEO of Prosperwell Financial, estimates it would have cost a total of $894,794.50 so far. That number includes everything from food to clothing and toys.