School Days Recap

Judging by the comments I read here before I watched the episode, I had no doubts a trainwreck awaited me before I even hit play on the DVR. But hey, at least I had Kate pitching things down the stairs in yet another hissy fit to look forward to. That was sure to be a high point in the latest TLC disaster of an episode. But would it also be the episode low point? continue

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fostersmom said...

Judging by the comments I read here before I watched the episode, I had no doubts a trainwreck awaited me before I even hit play on the DVR. But hey, at least I had Kate pitching things down the stairs in yet another hissy fit to look forward to. That was sure to be a high point in the latest TLC disaster of an episode. But would it also be the episode low point?

It’s back to school time in the Gosselin house. Before the official school fun begins, it’s time to take the kids to the TLC sponsor approved shoe store. It looks suspiciously like the one I watched the TLC Table for Twelve family take their kids to last winter. Kate tells us the little kids have never been to a shoe store “for obvious reasons” and she usually orders their shoes online. What obvious reasons would those be, Kate? You obviously were too lazy to take your kids to the store to ensure a proper fit on their growing little feet? You obviously were getting free shoes from various companies and they just sent you dozens of pairs at a time? Are those the obvious reasons? Obvious reasons aside, the kids are all now at the shoe store and they need shoes, socks, backpacks and lunchboxes. The sales girl must not have watched this show before and makes the mistake of asking if Kate wants velcro or tie shoes. Kate quickly informs her there’s no tie shoes in her house and tells us that until those children can tie their own shoes like professionals, there will be no tie shoes for them. This begs the question of how the hell are they supposed to learn to tie shoes if they don’t own a pair with laces? Maybe they will learn that in their 3 day a week junior kindergarten. Hopefully their teacher watched last night and made a mental note to teach them.

Kate starts barking out orders, sit, stay, put socks on (which she opens in the store since she decided to take the kids shoe shopping with no socks on). She’s going to let the kids pick out their own shoes. She keeps saying “little girls do you want to pick a pair”, treating them like a pack of stranger children instead of her own kids. The poor kids, so unfamiliar with the concept of shoe shopping, have taken their new socks off and put their sandals back on before even trying on a pair of shoes. This sends Kate to the verge of a meltdown. She starts with the sits and stays again. She says do you see why I do this online? Uhh... cuz you are too lazy to teach your children how to wait their turn in a shoe store? Is that the right answer? Finally she figures out to do this one kid at a time and we see Mady pick out some glow in the dark tennis shoes.

All of a sudden Kate starts hyperventilating about something. It’s backpacks. What a coincidence! The shoe store just happens to have backpacks that match the lunchboxes she just bought all the kids. What are the odds? She’s almost in tears because she found a dinosaur lunchbox to match Aaden’s backpack. Wait a minute.... she just told us they needed to get the bookbags and lunchboxes and now she has them at home? Which is it? Apparently while this lunchbox discovery is going on the shoe store people managed to get shoes for the boys. Kate tells us again, for like the 5th time, that the kids have never been in a shoe store. She does add that they did good and passed the test, but tells this to any adult listening to her instead of the kids. Way to reinforce good behavior. And there’s the Stride Rite sponsor shot. Yep, some place TLC took their other family to last winter. She parades the kids out while a group of people stand around taking pictures of these poor children. Kate takes the opportunity to tell us what a wonderful person she is and strangers across America constantly tell her so. Um, yeah.... I’m gonna leave that one alone.

fostersmom said...

Suddenly it’s the night before school starts. We see the kids briefly playing with all sorts of random toys. That’s short lived before we have to see Wonder Chef Kate make Rice Krispie treats and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. What happened to all those sandwich recipes she was touting last year? I don’t think PB&J was on that list. She send the kids upstairs to put themselves to bed. She babbles incessantly about letting go of her kids. This goes on for what seems to be forever. I couldn’t even tell you what she said. But here’s the thing. It’s not like this is a entirely new concept. All of the kids went to school last year too. The little kids might have only gone 3 half days a week, but they still went. The only difference is that this year Kate has to drag her ass to the bus stop a couple days a week instead of making Chauffeur Jon drive the kids there, do her errands, and then bring the kids home. Mady gives us a brief summary, they used to be these little things (her words, not mine) in diapers and now they are these little things getting on the school bus and in Junior K. I notice that she’s lounging in what looks to be yet another living room in the McMansion. How many living rooms does this place got? Oh, and there’s a formal dining room right behind Kate that I’ve never seen before either.

It’s 5:30 in the morning and the kids are up and getting ready for school. Where are these children going to school that requires elementary kids to be up at 5:30 in the morning? Timbuktu? Holy crap that’s early for such little kids. Kate can’t get the kids ready herself and says that the “babysitter” came to help. Or, more likely, the live in nanny had to get up earlier than Kate to do hair and get kids dressed while Kate got herself ready for the cameras. There’s some insane rambling from Kate about getting lunches, backpacks, in the car, and to the bus stop. Insane. Rambling. I tried to make sense of it, I really did, but damn if I know what train of thought she was following there. She’s back to singing her praises and tells us that there were no tears and that must be because of how well rounded and how adaptable her kids are. My theory is that the kids take any chance to flee the McMansion and TLC’s constant intrusion on their lives and crave the stability of going someplace normal eight hours a day. Kate captures this momentous occasion on her iPhone. She starts packing up the bookbags into her new little SUV and I wonder how that’s gong to work. I know that thing doesn’t safely seat 9. All of a sudden we get a really, REALLY poorly recited Kate voiceover. Boy, she sucks at reading cue cards, it was horrible. “I thought Jon was gonna be in Las Vegas on the first day of school.... so it was a big surprise (pause,breathe) when he showed up and helped me send the kids off to school.”

Jon tells us the little kids have been talking about getting on the school bus since they saw Mady and Cara do it. It was important for him to be there. He says the school starts “wicked” early and the kids have to get up at 5:30. He does his own babbling about how he and Kate might be divorcing, but they still both need to be there for the kids and blah, blah, blah. He’s speaking super fast and it’s almost as hard to understand as Kate’s earlier insane rambling was.

fostersmom said...

Time for our regularly scheduled paparazzi mention! Kate didn’t want to take the big blue van because of the paparazzi. Kate took the little kids in her car and Jon took Mady and Cara in his. She rambles some more about always working together for the sake of the kids. Did these two each power slam 3 Red Bulls before giving these interviews? They are particularly incoherent this week. Kate says she will “personally cause this to continue” but she doesn’t know about him. Uh, what? Jon tells us how bittersweet this is, you only get 18 years with your kids. Um, no. If you do it right, odds are you will have your kids forever. They might grow up and move on to their own independent lives, but they will still want to be a part of yours. Now, with these kids, I wouldn’t be so sure they won’t opt out for the parental involvement after they turn 18. Look at the examples Kate and Jon have set for them. I wouldn’t be holding my breath if I were them.

Kate tells us that they don’t film anything involving the kids and school. That’s the kids’ place. She says she was originally going to ride the bus with the kids to “lay down the law,” but it was voted that she shouldn’t because the paparazzi would follow the bus to school. Glad to hear that was the deciding factor. The paparazzi. Not the fact that she would have been embarrassing her children to no end. TLC shows how klassy they are when it comes to the kids and school. Just two minutes ago Kate told us how they don’t tape the kids when it comes to school. So instead, TLC uses some the paparazzi footage with a disclaimer that says “Actual Paparazzi Video”. Tipping off the paparazzi and then buying some of the footage back doesn’t really count there, TLC. Nice try, but you still suck. Kate martyrs on about how hard it was to be a single mom and not have anyone to congratulate on succeeding in getting the little kids off to school. We get more of that paparazzi video of her completely ignoring Jon and walking past him as the bus rolls away.

Poor pitiful Kate has made it back home from the bus drop off. She’s all martyr mode, she’s going to eat breakfast, workout, and work. She’s really working the poor pitiful me angle, she’s different from all those other parents out there who send their kids off to school, her house goes from really noisy to really quiet. What? How this is different from the majority of houses with kids going back to school doesn’t make sense to you either? Sorry, I just report what she says, I can’t make it make sense too. TLC gets all artsy and starts showing all these empty rooms of the house, empty hallways, empty pool. She martyrs on that now not only does she have to do so much in a day that cuts into her time with her kids she’s also got to split the time that’s left with Jon and with the school so that leaves her even less time with the kids. Well, Kate, maybe you should have spent more time in the same actual state with your kids before school started, now shouldn’t you. It’s a little late for worrying about missing time with them. There’s been plenty of months where I can count the days you were home with you kids on less than my 10 fingers. Didn’t seem to bother you then.

Yay! It’s finally time to throw stuff down the stairs! Kate goes up to get laundry from Mady and Cara’s room and apparently it was a mess. She tells the world how horrifying their room was and just throws stuff down the steps. Wooden doll chairs, hard plastic hangers, random stuff, it all bounces off the wall as it comes flying down the steps. She informs us she took 6 bags of garbage out of the room. I’m sure Cara and Mady’s friends aren’t teasing them at all today about that.

fostersmom said...

The little kids only had a half day so she had to go pick them up. Super organized mom that she is, she sent them to school with lunches they wouldn’t have a lunch time to eat. So they ate their lunch box lunches at the kitchen table. Ever the controlling one, she tells them rules on how to eat their lunches. That’s right, we wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity to suck the fun out of eating how ever you want at school. Because she didn’t embarrass Cara enough earlier we get a drawn out story about how the little kids saw Cara in her classroom and all screamed her name, causing her to tell Kate she was so embarrassed. So obviously it’s the right move to tell this story to the world to share her embarrassment with everyone for the rest of time. How nice. Okay, there’s some fun lunchtime conversation. Kate recaps with the little kids how they foiled the plans of the paparazzi on their first day of school. Such an appropriate topic for five year olds. She finally wraps this crapfest up by telling us once again how the kids are growing up and how sad it is. Yeah, like that’s the saddest thing in their lives. Somehow I think it’s one of the happiest things for eight little kids in Pennsylvania.

TooSadToWatch said...

Laugh out loud accuracy! Thanks, Fostersmom! I just watched this on YouTube, myself, and I would say you hit all the nails on the head. :)

such idiots said...

Loved the recap...you captured Kate in all her glorious stupidity. I, too, scratched my head when Kate mentioned how she planned to RIDE THE BUS with the kids. What? It would have been priceless to see her walk home from the kids' school after laying down the law (huh?) to her humiliated kids. And her mere presence on the bus would mean the paparazzi would follow them? Maybe so, but only because no one would believe what an inappropriate, intrusive ass you are, Kate.

fidosmommy said...

Perfect. I'm so glad I did not watch. The recap gives me all I need. Thank you!

Savannah said...

Thanks for the recap! Well, maybe Kate could go back into nursing to fill the void? As for the kids, I hope they can learn to live productive lives. One thing's for sure, we haven't heard the last of the Gosselins. I guess there's only a few new shows to air now that the crew has pulled out?

I don't care said...

I don't watch the show anymore. It already lost the charm. There is no Jon balancing Kate out. The kids are not cute. Even if they were happily married, I probably still wouldn't watch because the children talk like Kate. Bad Attitude kills cuteness.

The show is dying. TLC is wasting their PR man power to keep the show on air. Jon is actually doing them a favor. They can get rid of Kate by saying it's Jon's fault. If TLC gets the show back on and wants to cancel later, Kate will fight, blame, and sue TLC for whatever reason.

MomOf4InPA said...

Thanks for the recap! You have the gift of "wittyness-ish". I did watch on youtube earlier, and just wanted to comment on a few things.

First, I was dumbfounded when I recognized where she took them shopping for shoes, not Stride Rite, but the shopping center. I swear its the favorite choice of our family, not just for the theatre and the pita pit, but for the shops my girls love, and the specialty shops my boys enjoy too. What gets me is she would drive more than an hour to get there, rather than shop a stride rite closer to her home. I will have to look at stride rite closer on my next trip, coz its bugging me some now.

Second, I could swear that she took the "little kids" in her SUV, but she didn't have car seats in. I should say, I couldn't see any car seats in the second row, and there definitely wasn't one on the ground, nor in the seat that was flipped forward to get kids in the back seat. In PA, kids 7 and under are supposed to be in car seats. I find that to be a really bad "parenting choice" on her behalf.

Third, I was saddened by her behavior when deciding she needed to show the world that she does do laundry by invading the twins room. I don't remember their closet being at the top of the stairs, but man did she make a big mess at the bottom of the stairs! How on earth did she managed to crawl over that pile when she was done?

Fourth, and a bit out of order, but how hard is it to get lunches ready for 8 kids when all you do is make 4 sandwiches and everyone only gets 1/2? Are rice crispies organic?

Fifth, my kids have been in several different school systems in a few different states, and I can tell you both the private and the public run bus systems do not allow parents to ride on the bus. It violates the insurance liability coverage they have. So I find her logic about her desire to ride the bus totally flawed.

Lastly, I found it very telling when the kids started chanting "I LOVE SCHOOL" over and over and over. At last these kids have a sense of normalcy in their lives outside of face thumping, wonky eye rolling, banshe screeching, blender hair styled, mine-all-mine Kateland.

If this is the best of what TLC filmed to put on TV, I worry about what was left on the cutting room floor.

Willow #1 said...

Oh, Fostersmom, what a FABULOUS recap, as always!! What talent. I watched part of this and Kate was just as you said, controlling to the max. It is so nauseating. She just cannot bear it that the kids go to school and have time away from "Kate rules". I laughed my head off about her sending the tups lunches when they only had half a day of school. So informed about her kids' new school year!!! BTW, who was she going to "lay down the law" to? HER kids, the other kids, the bus driver? (LOL). She is such a joke. She will never see herself as the world does. Such a shame!!

Savannah said...

I just read an article about the home in Elizabethtown still being on the market. If everything I've been reading is accurate, they just might be moving back in. How else could they afford the new home if the show is indeed cancelled? Talk about egg on one's face.

Huh said...

Wonderful recap, fostersmom!

"Kate recaps with the little kids how they foiled the plans of the paparazzi on their first day of school." Um, how exactly? By paying them money to use their footage? Yeah, sure, gotcha there, paparazzi!

Teri said...

Great recap!

On this part:
Kate tells us that they don’t film anything involving the kids and school. That’s the kids’ place.

Unlike their HOME. *rolls eyes* Sheesh, I'd forgotten she said that.

MomOf4InPA said...

Savannah said...

I just read an article about the home in Elizabethtown still being on the market. If everything I've been reading is accurate, they just might be moving back in.

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The E-town house is still on the market, and they have it way overpriced by 70-80k compared to other houses in the area. Alot of people are turned off by having to walk thru one bedroom and a closet to get to another bedroom. I know the house is listed as 5 bedrooms, but I'm not sure how they arrive at that number if the tup boys had a room and the tup girls had a room and they had to convert attic space for the twins room. I'm not sure what the housing regulations are in E-town, but where I live, you can't calculate finished basement space in the square footage of a home, nor can you have a basement bedroom if there is not ingress/egress (a way to get directly outside from the basement in case of fire etc..like bilco doors, a basement door or an oversized window).

I have friends who have a house in Kutztown that was built in the early 1900's and they would love to sell it, but they can't get it approved for VA or FHA financing because of the "going thru one bedroom to get to another" issue. That is probably a big reason why they are having a hard time selling their house, as that basically leaves cash or conventional financing for choices.

I do find it interesting that in the latest court filings, they listed expenses that included phone and cable for the E-town house. That seems like a total waste to me if they aren't living there and don't plan on living there, so maybe you aren't far off base when you say you think they might be moving back.

8POE's said...

I swear I've never seen a more helpless/clueless mother in my life. These kids are in for a rough ride. She makes the biggest deal out of everything. So the kids need shoes. HANDLE IT Kate.
"Can-Do-Kate" sure struggled w/something quite simple.

Here's a couple ideas CDK, have control of them #1 and 2, don't let 5yr olds pick out their own shoes. This may be useful. They can't have shoes w/laces until they can know how to tie them and "quickly"? Howbout you teach 'em CDK. Why quickly? Are they going to be on a game show where they'll need to do that?

What's w/the "finger flutter" CDK? Is that your new spaz gesture? Also, what's w/the food tossing? That was zoo animal-ish. Try this, make up the lunches on your abundant counter space, then put them into the boxes w/hokey note if you choose.

Who could've imagined that 8 kids would need shoes someday and be going to school? She acts like it's all a surprise and it's the same as dealing w/Iran's nuclear aspirations. Cara/Mady's room was over the top-ish. Why do I get the feeling she over-dramatized it?

CDK actually corrected a child who mispronounced dessert. Finally a child is corrected. Maybe GWOP had something to do w/it. This woman really needs to stop calling herself "Can-Do-Kate" until she can back it up.

emma said...

One word Fostersmom...BRILLIANT!! I read it twice cuz it was so spot-on and so darn funny. I am so glad this train wreck is coming to an end.

How embarrassing for Cara and Mady to have their mom tell the world how horrendous their room was. And who the heck throws stuff down the stairs like that? Unbelievable. Kate is just up to her usual theatrics just to play up to the cameras. She really is clueless on what it takes to be a real mother. Is she not embarrassed not just for herself but for her kids? I'm sure all the other kids' parents are laughing at these two morons.

Fostersmom, if you don't write professionally, I think you should. Your recaps are hysterical!!

Kate is the mayor of crazytown said...

I find the details of this episode to be really DISTURBING. The shoe shopping sock confusion, letting people in the store photograph the kids, calling her kids "little girls." All of that seems INSANE and evidence of very poor judgement. And it only gets worse -- the comment about riding the bus and "laying down the law," and the LUNCH thing, WTF? You don't know your kids don't have a lunch period??? UGH. The wholenthng is thoroughly sickening. I'm so glad I didn't watch; but fear just the recap is going to give me nightmares. She is the kind of self-absorbed mom that will accidentally lose a kid at the mall one day. What a freakshow she is!!!

Tangerine Tanya said...

I enjoyed every single word Fostersmom!! Great job and take care.

Who are you? said...

Wow. I watched about 5 min. on youtube. Was this a "documentary" about the family or a pr piece? Kate seemed to address lots of negative complaints about her behavior. She told the kids to say thanks at the store, for one thing. She was excited to find a special lunchbox for one of the boys.She thanked her fans. She seemed calm at the shoe store and while making their lunches, playfully tossed them to the kids to put in their lunches. Just a happy mom doing what needs to be done for her family. Wow.

C said...

Thanks for the recap; I just watched the show on YouTube, and you did a bang-up job.

First, I have to say that Kate's attempts at sounding like a "regular mom"--just like the rest of us!--make her sound like an idiot. Oh gee, it's hard to balance child care, child custody, household duties, and work? I didn't know that! Thanks for the info, Katie dear! The babble about the kids being school age was just boring.

I also don't get why they've never been in a shoe store before. As a pack, okay, but why not individually, or in groups of two or three?

Kate seems to be FAR more obsessed with the P-People than they are with her. Sad.

KB said...

That's a bizarre statement to make about riding the bus. I don't of anywhere that would allow such a thing unless it was a special needs child and I know of one case of that. (The child was used to set routines and things happening particular ways, new things were very scary, so it was kindly allowed to the mother and father to do a special trip with their child before school started when school bus drivers plan their routes, to accompany their child, explain things and help alleviate fears. This included a walk through school and visit to the classroom and desk and then taking the bus home again. The child was further reassured that first day of school by seeing their friends on the bus. They were all kids who knew this child was different, but who very kindly helped the child through out the day, making the school experience a positive one. I know of no other extraordinary occassions when this has occurred. All very different from Miss Hate. Could you imagine if it were allowed? The chaos!)

The other point to ponder, how was Kate going to get back to her car after? Did she expect the bus to chauffer her back? The paparazzi to drive her?

Very concerning also that the children were not in car seats as dictated by law. Oh, I forgot, maybe she's above the law too?! Hey, Jon, if you're reading, great evidence for court of her not looking out for the safety and best interest of her children if she won't even follow the law. Although I'm sure she'll have some lame-a** excuse for why. Although as far as I'm concerned there's no excuse and no comprimse when it comes to your children;s as well as others safety.

KB said...

Great play by play! I look forward to these each week, for the pure entertainment value alone! There's no need to ever watch with everyone's very humorous re-tellings.

Lauren said...

Thank you fostersmom for a very comprehensive Gosselin recap!

Kate looks so foolish chattering on and on about how the tups starting school was so hard for HER.

I laugh at her because she carries herself like a diva when she has sold out her family for a mere 22,500/episode. Jon and Kate left their dignity at the door when they signed the contract with TLC.

Kris said...

It's been almost 2 years since I've watched this show, and from your recap can only envision that Kate has become even more of a "me me me" Mother.

Throwing their things down the stairs? I don't know why I am shocked, but I am.

Those poor kids. I can only imagine how much worse it is for them when the cameras are turned off. If she doesn't hold much back while filming, she must really let loose on them when she's alone with them.

KatyKat said...

I didn't watch, but I found the statement, "School is their place," to be terribly sad. HOME should be their place. What parent doesn't realize this?

TK said...

By chance I saw the bit where Kate threw the twins' stuff down the stairs. I loved the line "cameras are not allowed in bedrooms." Since when???

Great recap, Fostersmom. Thanks :)

Shari said...

how hard is it to get lunches ready for 8 kids when all you do is make 4 sandwiches and everyone only gets 1/2?
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They only got 1/2 a sandwich?!? They're FIVE years old! And did Cara & Mady only get 1/2 too? I'm a SAHM, but when there are days that we're out running errands that require me to pack a lunch for our 2 year old, I always pack her a whole sandwich. Doesn't mean she always eats the whole thing but she always eats more than half and the thought of her not getting her belly full is intolerable to me. (and our 3 older children would laugh me out of the house if I ever suggested 1/2 a sandwich for them.) She's such a joke for a "mom".

Thanks for the recap, Fostersmom. Saves us the trouble of having to endure this farce of 30 minutes.

Carrie said...

And how exactly was she going to get home after riding the bus to school with the kids? Ask the paps for a ride? Was the broom handy?

Anonymous said...

nancy3909 Just watched youtubes version of the children at the bus stop. Steve N was there - funny that TLC doesn't show him. One photographer kept asking Kate why he was there "couldn't you get the kids off to school without your boyfriend, Kate"

Shari said...

I just read an article about the home in Elizabethtown still being on the market. If everything I've been reading is accurate, they just might be moving back in.
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If that's true, I think all of their neighbors ought to post signs at the end of their driveways that say: "Gosselins: Do stop in front of our house. Do not look at us. Do not talk to us." (Let them see what it feels like to be on the receiving end of signs like that.)

polly said...

During commercial breaks TLC was announcing that the show had limited episodes remaining. Do you think it is really ending or is this a tease for the sheeple so they will all protest?

It seems to me with all the expenses they cover plus the high salaries TLC may be losing money on this family considering the present ratings. J&K are so overexposed right now!

HW said...

I also wondered if she was planning to lay down the law to the bus driver, not the kids.

I'm really disappointed in Stride Rite. I'm not a business owner and I suppose one must do what is necessary to keep one's business afloat, but donating to the likes of Kate Gosselin shows such a lack of character. Just once, I'd like to hear of a business that said "No thanks" to the free advertisement so they could avoid supporting the Gosselin Greed.
Didn't watch the whole episode so I missed the room clean up.

cossysmom said...

First, I was totally disgusted by the shoes lined up ON THE TABLE. I also had to laugh when she put the lunchboxes in the refrigerator. Eight lunchboxes in the fridge?!! I guess the famous chef Kate doesn't keep any food in that fridge if she can fit 8 thermal lunch boxes in it!

I'm confused by this whole story about Jon showing up to help with the first day. He is clearly shown putting the twins in his car but I could swear when it actually was the first day the kids ran across the parking lot to greet him. Do I have this wrong?

MyKidsAreKoreanToo said...

She wanted to ride the bus? Then what? Would she insist the driver take her back to her car? Weird.

rural mom said...

Kate always has to make someone the butt of her jokes, and now that Jon is off camera, she is picking on the twins. Imagine how horrified and devastated she would feel if Mady and Cara invited the camera crew into Kate's bedroom and zoomed in on piles of dirty clothes on the floor, empty wine bottles, People magazines, laptop opened to this website, ha ha.

delilahboyd said...

Thanks for the recap! I actually checked our Comcast On Demand listings, and the newest episodes (of only 4 listed) are the Battleship trip and the Dude ranch trip.

As a curriculum specialist in 5 states, I can tell you for a fact that I've never seen a Kindergarten, public or private, that doesn't have a check list of skills children have to master before acceptance. One of the most important skills on every list is tying shoe laces.

Alas, "Jr K" seems speciously convenient for a family that had planned to film several days per week.

What I also can't help wondering: how many of the tups are being held back because 1 or more of them aren't as developmentally ready for Kindergarten as the others? Keeping them all together just doesn't seem realistic to me. In fact, it seems downright cruel.

As for the stupid "empty nest at age 5" premise, normal parents are always spending school time preparing for meals, enrichment activities, play dates, and/or homework. And some of us work full time and manage to accomplish all of these tasks! Of course, we're talking about The Queen Of Mean, aren't we?

Tetotomom said...

I just saw those pictures of the Etown home and there was the piano sitting in the empty house.

Ms.Peach said...

I didn't catch this, but someone on another blog brought this up:

I just watched the clip on youtube again. When Kate is getting everyone ready the morning of school she tells a little girl "go get your lunchbox" and the girl starts to say "I don't need it" and Kate cuts her off and says again "go get your lunchbox. Please follow directions." Sorry, kid Mama's got to make Stride Rite happy!
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This discussion came about because of the amount of Stride Rite screen time. Kate made such a big deal about the matching lunch boxes that she basically embarrassed the tups by insisting that they take those lunch boxes to school and then made them eat their lunches at home from the lunch boxes which, of course, was filmed.

Nita said...

"Sorry, I just report what she says, I can’t make it make sense too."

Hilarious!!!!!

Wonderful recap! I watched the last half. My 10 yr old son came into the room and saw her throwing things down the stairs. He asked me if their friends watch this show. I said yes, I'm sure they do. He thought a few minutes and then said "That would stink."

konspiracytheory said...

Dead-on, fostersmom.

A minor addition: another reader pointed out that at one point when Khate is getting stuff out of the fridge she shoves Joel out of the way by his head. Mother of the year.

Vanessa said...

"Yay! It's finally time to throw stuff down the stairs!" THAT made me laugh!!
Something our little stay-at-home mom group does on the first day of school is all go out for coffee after the kids are off.
Most dads are are at work, (not trying to stereotype) and don't have the luxury, YES LUXURY, of being able to see their kids off to school. She has NOBODY, not even the father of her children wants anything to do with her. ALL ALONE...it's so sad, I could almost cry!

bcsurvivor2001 said...

Very nice recap and very accurately portrays the show to a tee.

She is such a master of inconsistencies isn't she? Says one things - but always does another? I love how when returning home she hesitate at the front porch and reminices about what she'll do with all this empty space/time.....eat breakfast, work out, do work - you know paperwork and my work..........but of course we see NONE OF THAT. Instead we see mommy dearest ransaking 2 girls' rooms.

And since she only had about maybe 3 hours between dropping off the kids snd picking up the tups - she was able to eat brekfast, work out - I'm sure shower afterwards - do her important paperwork and THEN on top of that do laundry/clear out a room - all in 3 hours?

Wonder when she actually discovered she had to pick them up in just a couple of hours after making such a big deal of packing 8 whole lunches?

What a waste of oxygen.

SAHM said...

I totally forgot the show was on Monday night... i am too wrapped up in DWTS. I did check out the video online and read the recap here... Wonderful recap by the way!!!

So this explains all the boxes they pick up at the UPS store... Kate shops on line. I am sure she just hates getting out w/ the regular people in the malls.

Stride Rite shoe store... I have never shopped there and will not shop there in the future. I was just glad to see it wasn't the shoe store my MIL takes my son to, to get his shoes.

Thought it was funny how TLC used the Paparazzi's video of the kids' at the bus stop on the first day of school since Queen Kate won't let TLC shoot there. I wonder if TLC paid for that footage? I guess the Paparazzi does come in quite handy after all.

Everything else was boring. Glad i only watched online so i could skip parts.

Side ? though... does watching online contribute to the ratings??? If so.... i will just have to read the recaps... Hopefully there won't be too many more recaps that have to be done... THANK GOD!

Cherier1 said...

"Third, I was saddened by her behavior ......by invading the twins room.........How on earth did she managed to crawl over that pile when she was done?

Like usual: she slithered.

Great recap FM!

Ravello said...

Great recap as usual. I quit watching the show ages ago but love GWOP recaps. Has there ever been a more put upon, aggrieved mother than Kate Gosselin? Why did she have kids in the first place? She complains constantly about her motherly duties and does not appear to like or enjoy her beautiful children. The self pity, "I am a martyr" act is getting old, even sheeple have to know she has a full compliment of paid help raising the kids, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry.

Someone mentioned the Elizabethtown house, it is still for sale at $299,000 per the on line web site.

Laurie said...

Loved your recap fostermom.

I loved it when she laid down the law about eating at school And THAT is how they will eat their lunch every day at school. Sandwich. Fruit. Then fun snack!

What a tool!

marypoppins said...

Savannah said...
I just read an article about the home in Elizabethtown still being on the market. If everything I've been reading is accurate, they just might be moving back in. How else could they afford the new home if the show is indeed cancelled? Talk about egg on one's face.
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I would hope J and K asked themselves this same questions- if the show stops how will we afford the house and its upkeep?

I cant see kate moving back into that house- she carried on way too much about how small and cramped it was.

marypoppins said...

Last year they sat in the family bus and went to pre shcool.
This year they just have to sit on a school bus WITH their older sisters.

marypoppins said...

Fourth, and a bit out of order, but how hard is it to get lunches ready for 8 kids when all you do is make 4 sandwiches and everyone only gets 1/2?
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And the rest is all prepackaged stuff.

I remember a Dilley special where the mom left the snacks etc on a lower shelf and each child was responsible for packing their own lunch kits.

Jen said...

Man, this episode was soooo boooorrrrinng. In fact the more Kate is on screen the boring factor just goes up. Ho w in the world is she going to get anyone to watch her new show? The only time this show is even bearable anymore is when they are filming her kids. She sure has a tough tough road ahead.

ManicNarcissism said...

As far as car seats, they probably only have to be in boosters. I saw on one of the pics that she has the same booster I had with my oldest. It doesn't have a back and is gray so it was probably just hard to see.

karma train said...

Z on tv...read a few comments there from posters..
i watched the episode the other night but didn't catch these two items:
1. one poster said there were five down turned and one up-turned bags of cheezy cheetos in the kids' lunch boxes..
2. another poster said kate said she hadn't been in the twin's room FOR MONTHS.

did anyone catch these?

KatesNoMom said...

I did not watch. Switched the channel after LPBW. Something in the recap really hit a nerve for me - the comment that Kate was so surprised & proud because there was no tears and crying when they left for school..

Some have said it is because those poor kids were getting AWAY from her and were thrilled.

In my case, there were no tears either, but it was for a different reason. We raised our daughter to feel SECURE. She knew that if mom & dad were fine with this "school thing" then it must be "ok". If mom & dad said, "It will be fun and Mommy will be here to pick you up when school is over", then that IS what was going to happen.
She skipped off into the building with the biggest smile and her head held confidently.

As much as I had the knot in my stomach and knew I would miss her, I was so PROUD of how self-confident and sure she was. She's 16 now, and still a happy young woman who is very secure in herself.

(Some kids DO cry when they separate, sometimes some are just more sensitive than others. Nothing wrong with that.)

Of all the "gifts" that we've given our daughter, I think the most "valuable" is that sense of security. She always knew mom & dad were/are on HER SIDE... that we would be there for her in good times and bad...

All the money in the world can't buy your child's sense of security and well-being - and having them feel LOVED.

Natalie said...

Didn't catch the part where she recaps with the kids how they "foiled" the paparazzi. Does she still call them P-People? I guess the plan of not talking about them went right out the window!

Another question, I'm from Winnipeg, Canada. Virtually all schools have banned peanut products from the classroom. Is that not the case in PA?

flowergirl said...

First of all,you don't ride the bus with your kid.I didn't ride with my daughter at age 3.She rode the bus to special needs preschool.
Before anyone thinks that's mean.None of the Moms rode the bus.
Its called teaching independence.
Also, did anyone else think Mady's little speech was scripted?

RachieK. said...

Natalie said...
Didn't catch the part where she recaps with the kids how they "foiled" the paparazzi. Does she still call them P-People? I guess the plan of not talking about them went right out the window!

Another question, I'm from Winnipeg, Canada. Virtually all schools have banned peanut products from the classroom. Is that not the case in PA?
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Many schools ban the cafeteria from serving peanuts/peanut butter, but they can't make the kids that pack their lunch stop. My mom's school just adopted a "no peanut butter" policy, but the packers can still bring PB&J from home. I don't really see how you could tell them they couldn't, to be honest. We rural Pennsylvanians don't do to well with rules like that anyway, so I doubt they would be able to enforce it.

PA Woman said...

marypoppins said...
I cant see kate moving back into that house- she carried on way too much about how small and cramped it was.

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Maybe it won't be quite so cramped without the camera crew and all their equipment.

LovingMom said...

Looks like the numbers were up for this show, according to Baltimore's Z on TV:

"By the way, the audience for "Jon & Kate Plus 8" was up 2.5 million for Monday's epsiode. That's not enough by a long shot to guarantee any kind of future for Kate. But it is better than going down, down, down as the show had been doing. Last week, the audience was 1.7 million."

Moons in Leo said...

fostersmom, you're the best! Thanks again for putting yourself through the agony of watching this crapfest for our amusement.

Protect8 said...

Great re-cap. This was one episode that made me laugh out loud several times. Not that Kate or anyone on the show was funny - but watching Kate think she was being funny and clever when in reality she looked evil and scary.

Kate patted herself on the back a couple of times during this episode but didn't know that it was a half day for her children? Another example of how it is all about her - always. And the mea culpa to her fans was also hilarious. As show ratings drop her "I love my fan" increases.

Throwing the stuff down the stairs was not funny - just more Kate rage. If we see that on television what does she do when the cameras aren't on? And if she is obsessive about organization, how did Cara and Mady's room get like that anyway?

What was the comment during the commercial break about there not being many J&K episodes left? Is that for real or are they creating drama before naming the show Kate Plus 8?

I have great hope that the show is going off the air.

Joyhawk said...

One question: If Kate HAD taken the bus to "lay down the law" (to whom and about what laws remains a mystery to me), just how did she expect to get back to her car?

The P-People who followed her there?!?

Oh, but wait: she could have stayed all through their first day of school "laying down the law" to their teachers as well, and then rode back to the parking lot and her car WITH the tups!

Idiot woman never thinks before she opens her mouth.

RachieK. said...

Also, my mom is a principal at a school down the road from the Gosselins, and they actually have a day in the summer, before school starts, that the parents can ride the bus with the kids as like a test run. They meet the teacher when they get to the school, get back on the bus, and ride home with mom and dad. Seems like a waste of resources to me, but I'm sure it's helpful for anxious parents AND students.

Jaci said...

Throwing crap down the stairs didn't shock me. She wanted to be filmed "cleaning" and the crews can't go in the room. Therefore, the mess had to be tossed down to them. It was all for the cameras.

Besides, we saw Kate throw toys down the steps in the old house. Doesn't anyone remember the Upstairs/Downstairs toy rant during the tups nap time?

NoUse4Kate said...

She really is a sad individual in need of serious help. I clicked on the youtube video to see the part where she did throw the girls things down the stairs. That is just terrible. Did you notice how fidgety her hands were when she was doing the interview at times? I didn't watch all of it, I just skipped around until I found the stair scene. She's screwed up in the head badly.

pb&jisyummy said...

my child eats peanut butter sandwiches a few times a week. They are not banned at his school...I''m in Pa.

Most of the schools around here just ask that snacks not contain peanuts.

Peanut butter and jelly is often serves as an alternate in our kids lunch room as well.

mom of two said...

I watched on youtube the part where she's throwing Mady and Cara's things down the stairs and how disgusted she was with the state of their room. All I could think of was wait to they become teenagers. They are not even in those difficult teen years and she's behaving this way. Poor Mady and Cara....

She flips out over the littlest things the tups do. I can't imagine when they are all teenagers. As they say Kate... little kids little problems..big kids big problems.

You need to be the adult. Count to ten and deal with it. Mine are in their twenties now, and they are responsible, caring adults.

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

So, the purpose of her trashing the twins's room was what? Further embarrassment? Asserting her dominance? Marking her territory?

marie said...

you just would think that TLC would be better at editing so Kate didn't look like such a bad mom and a nut if they really wanted to keep this going.

KatesBigFlintstoneToe said...

Did anyone notice: When the kids came home & were eating their cold packed lunches, Kate was at the stove with her tan jacket on stirring something frantically over a burner, then sat down with HER HOT LUNCH she had just prepared,snarfling it down like a pig...looked like something with sauce on it, while the tups ate their cold, lame ass lunch. Awful

Come and Get Your Popcorn said...

Good job fostersmom, I felt like I was there. Wouldn't it be great if Jon left New York and moved into the E-house and had Aunt Jody help him out with the kids? And the school bus could actually pick the kids up at the door? But then that would probably send Kate completely over the edge and of course no one wants to see that happen--she's so great and all.

Rose said...

"Also, did anyone else think Mady's little speech was scripted?"

Well, if it was, it would certainly explain why I felt a serious case of deja-vu while I was listening to her talk. Mady was sitting on a couch, reminiscing about how the cute little babies are all grown up, taking the bus, and going off to junior kindergarten. She even insulted them a little, saying that they went from "things in diapers to things taking the bus." I found it more than a little weird that she felt the need to refer to her own brothers and sisters as "things". Sounds an awful lot like Kate, doesn't it? It seems like that little girl is shaping up to be exactly like her mother. Watch for her to be writing some "books" and perhaps even having a show of her own one day. Out of all the kids, I think she'll be the happiest in front of the camera, just like good old Mommy. I can see Mady following right in her mother's footsteps, while Cara will become shy, introverted and, like Jon, try to hide from it all.

Setting that aside, I sincerely don't know how those children are able to go to regular school when all this is going on in their lives. Surely everyone in their class must either be watching the show or know all about it. Can you imagine your classmates and teachers hearing every tantrum, every meltdown, and every ugly divorce spat that goes on in your home? Is that what is meant by protecting your kids no matter what, Kate? Do you think Cara and Mady have any honest, true friends? They must not, if Kate had to severely restrict the number of kids that were invited to the tups' 5th birthday party, weeding out the ones who only want to befriend the Gosselin children because of their "fame". I honestly don't know how the kids survive now, or how they will survive being in school when they're 12, 13, or 14 years old. I cannot even begin to comprehend what they must go through...and yet oddly, Kate never mentions it. Maybe because she knows she could never even begin to explain it. At least this way, she can deny that anything of the sort exists, and she can continue to focus on her favorite person: herself.

Amanda said...

Wow Kate. My grandmother raised 6 children. Her husband (my grandfather) was a truck driver and gone..a lot. My mother grew up with little money and lots of responsibility. My mother's siblings helped out and :gasp: helped each other with learning to tie their shoes. My grandmother made sure they had shoes (i.e hand me downs). She made sure they had food. She did it ALL practically alone. But you Kate..BRAV-EFFIN-O. You are truly a hero. It must be a STRUGGLE to receive free shoes from Stride Right. AND OH the pain of driving one of how many cars? Operating that iPhone so early in the morning. Really you should be up for Sainthood

Come and Get Your Popcorn said...

I wonder if she put the sweet little traditional notes in their lunch boxes.

Not quite the end said...

I am guilty of adding to that 2.7 mil audience. I thought since the cameras were gone and there was no fear of further filming I would just peek in on the final show and mess with TLC's head by making it seem the show still had legs. I was wrong about it being the final so will not add my tv to the audience count any further but I do believe that could be why the huge jump from last week's numbers. We all thought we could do a little wickedness at the end.
As to the packing lunches when it was a no lunch needed day: As they were packing up to go out the door Kate told either Alexis or Leah to go get her lunchbox. The child said "But I don't need my lunchbo. . . " when she was abruptly cut off by Kate saying "Just go get it. Please follow directions." Obviously the whole scenario was a poorly scripted commercial run through when that child was out of the room so she blew her lines. An asinine way to feature the lunch boxes but they did get their time on camera.

Natalie said...

Wow, I'm surprised about the Peanut butter. Thanks for the feedback though...

Here at the beginning of every school year letters are sent home to parents about this policy. Everyone abides because of the severity of allergies in some of the kids. I can't imagine any parent insisting that peanut products or peanut butter still be used as a snack/lunch when other kids in the school could be fatally allergic!

Sorry for getting so off topic, it just made me think that this might be just ANOTHER way Kate is incosiderate of those around her. As long as it's 'easy and convienient' for her then who cares about anyone else! But I guess I was wrong.

Suzi said...

Shari said...

If that's true, I think all of their neighbors ought to post signs at the end of their driveways that say: "Gosselins: Do stop in front of our house. Do not look at us. Do not talk to us." (Let them see what it feels like to be on the receiving end of signs like that.)
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Did they have signs like that when they lived in E-town???

Protect8 said...

Jaci said

"Besides, we saw Kate throw toys down the steps in the old house. Doesn't anyone remember the Upstairs/Downstairs toy rant during the tups nap time?"

I do remember this. And I'm surprised given the public criticism about this she did it again for the cameras.

The doll high chair bothered me most. There are so many little kids in the country right now who would treasure that high chair and parents can not afford it.

Based on her basement cleaning a couple of weeks ago Kate seems to have zero appreciation for the things that have been given to her kids.

If all of the info about the finances come out, if Kate indeed has to bring her financial records to the court, she will lose many of the few fans she has left.

LV Lisa said...

Oh great, sounds like Kate took her kids to the same Stride Rite where I just bought my son his first pair of shoes. The next day I found a pair the same size on Craigslist, so I will be returning them anyway. I am SO tempted to tell them the reason I'm returning them is because they are giving freebies to the Gosselins!!!

marypoppins said...

Ravello said...
Great recap as usual. I quit watching the show ages ago but love GWOP recaps. Has there ever been a more put upon, aggrieved mother than Kate Gosselin? Why did she have kids in the first place?
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for the attention she seeks

marypoppins said...

PA Woman said...
marypoppins said...
I cant see kate moving back into that house- she carried on way too much about how small and cramped it was.
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Maybe it won't be quite so cramped without the camera crew and all their equipment.
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..and Jon

My Opinion said...

If the ratings were up I think it was probably due to the curosity factor since they'd been in the headlines and on all the talk shows about the "money". It was the "WTF who are these a$$holes" factor kicking in. Some people who probably had never watched tuned in to see what it was all about. I will predict that the ratings will be back down again next week - there was noting in this episode to have someone who'd never seen the show want to tune in again!

MBach said...

Just can't imagine a mother not going into a just turned 9 year old's room for months!

It just confirms how hands off this "mother" really is in raising her kids. She moans about having so little time with them, but doesn't really use the time she has to mother them. If she was a regular working mom pulled away from home for a regular job, then she would focus more on the kids during her time at home. Most real moms strive to spend quality time with their kids, if they don't have the luxury of quantity time. Quality time would be reading stories, talking to them about their day, playing with them, and tucking them into bed at night. I'm glad Jon showed up, but it sounds like TLC and Kate/hate made sure it appeared he rolled out of recent orgy just to be there.

Those Monkey Babies on TLC are better loved then the Gosselin Money Babies.

How can a child reach the age of 5 and never have their foot measured for a shoe? All those 2 or 3 kid trips to dentists and doctors didn't have a spare hour for shoe fittings? We don't get tie shoes until we can tie them? That only makes sense in Backwards World, which must be Kate/hate's home planet.

Ratings are up? I WILL NOT WATCH! Great recap, but unless you love Ms Gosselin you must have stronger gag suppression then I am blessed with to watch HER show. It must be the have to look at the car crash theory. So many people tuning in just to see something awful - I hope it makes them happy to see just what they expected.

Lela said...

PA Woman said...
marypoppins said...
I cant see kate moving back into that house- she carried on way too much about how small and cramped it was.

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Maybe it won't be quite so cramped without the camera crew and all their equipment.
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I was thinking something along these lines as well, should be just the right size. Sans crew, equipment, and Jon.. and then the blow to Haggy Kate's ego having to move back into the house she hated so much... it should be a perfect fit now.

jessicak said...

I don't understand what Junior Kindergarten is. I mean, there's pre-K and Kindergarten. Junior Kindergarten is in between pre-K and Kindergarten? Are only the Gosselin children in JK?

dustilies said...

Fabulous recap, fostersmom.

In the shoe store, she gestured towards her children and said, "A sea of people. It makes me nuts."

Two points:

1) The martyrdom creeps into every comment she makes about her kids: not just a lot of kids, a "sea of people." Certainly not 8 unique individuals deeply beloved.

2) My daughters (7 and 9) would be hurt and insulted if I told them that they "make me nuts" or if they overheard me saying it to another adult (let alone 2 million viewers). And they'd call me on it, too. The tups seem able to ignore her put-downs through habituation. So disturbing and sad.

karmatrain said...

if the ratings were up like someone posted, i bet it is due to the promos showing jon. people may have tuned in to see some sort of arguing between the two parents.
i like to watch the show just to watch her act like an idiot (accomplished that with throwing the stuff downstairs).
i also like to watch to catch her in inconsistencies. those are too numerous to mention.

Ali said...

I'm seriously thinking the Stride Rite may have been at the Promenade Shops in Center Valley which is a heck of a hike for those kids to get shoes.

The only other location near Reading are outlets and that was not an outlet store.

Jenny said...

I also heard that in addition to the big, special lights that have to be installed in the ceilings of the rooms for the crew to film, that a big track has to be laid out on the floors too. So tons of equipment, cameras plus the crew...and to think that's all these kids have ever known! It truly is going to be an adjustment for everyone when they finally get back to having a normal, quiet home! I'm betting the kids will absolutely love it but Kate will likely have withdrawal symptoms from lack of attention. lol!

kate irritates said...

Thanks for the recap. I am reminded of my own mother when I think of Kate going through the twins' stuff and throwing out things. My mom was nowhere near as bad as Kate, but she had some "tendencies". If I had cleaned my room, my mom would come in and open the closet or look in my dresser drawers--if things were not neat, she'd empty the drawer on my bed or start pulling things out of the closet and say "You call THIS clean?" Ughhh. That's why Kate irritates me so much--she reminds me of some very unpleasant childhood memories.

Jenny said...

I forgot to mention...I'm guessing that the increased ratings for Monday's show was directly tied to the increased publicity and public comments about the missing money that was going on all last week. No comments = no publicity = lower ratings. Maybe they'll finally fade away if they can keep their mouths shut. If the judge has any smarts at all, he'll put a gag order on both of them.

konspiracytheory said...

flowergirl said:

First of all,you don't ride the bus with your kid.I didn't ride with my daughter at age 3.She rode the bus to special needs preschool.
Before anyone thinks that's mean.None of the Moms rode the bus.
Its called teaching independence.

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I don't think it's mean - my 3 yo daughter takes a bus to a special needs preschool (as did one of my sons when he was that age). The drivers/monitors we've had have been wonderful - in fact, my daughter loves riding the bus. It depends on the child (my other son would have flipped if we tried to put him on a bus at 3, but thankfully we didn't need to) - I'm guessing a big part of the Gosselin kids' appearance of being comfortable with the situation is simply that they've got each other on the bus.

Two kids.. said...

marie said...
you just would think that TLC would be better at editing so Kate didn't look like such a bad mom and a nut if they really wanted to keep this going.


I was thinking the same thing! But, what if this is the best they can do??? Kate needs to take a step back, watch a show and realize she looks like a fool.

RachieK. said...

Ali said...
I'm seriously thinking the Stride Rite may have been at the Promenade Shops in Center Valley which is a heck of a hike for those kids to get shoes.

The only other location near Reading are outlets and that was not an outlet store.
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That was at the Promenade Shops. There is a stride rite in exton, but i think that would have been just as far if not further. Plus, I'm sure they were looking for a shop with a movie theatre nearby (per the movie webisode), and there is one right in the center valley shopping center.

TweenYearsAndBeyond said...

My daughter has an early October birthday, thus missing the school cutoff for kindergarten (September 30th). She was in a special class in her preschool for kids who missed the cutoff. These kids were more than capable of being in kindergarten, but due to age restrictions had to wait a whole year. The class focused on more advanced activities and more social awareness, closer to what kindergarten would offer. However, there were not kids who turned 5 in May. Only a few September bdays and the rest October/November. My other daughter has a May birthday, and I wouldn't have even considered not putting her in kindergarten, keeping her with her peer group. It just seems strange to me that all six would be "held back".

NotGullible said...

Great recap. I see that TLC has fooled some with the 'no more shooting' final story because most did not realize this was filmed back in early September and shown October 12. So it did not matter if they currently are not filming. Too bad because ratings were up

They have never been to a shoe store because crocs have been provided free of charge for 5 years.

The fact that these kids, age 5, have "never been" to places accounts for their unruly behavior when they do get to go places.

Why can't the paparazzi follow the bus without Kate being on the bus? Does her chicken head act like a homing device? Or does she think they would only follow the bus to film her? I would love to be in the car next to the school bus and look over and see her ugly mug.By the way, no school would allow Kate or any other parent to ride the bus for insurance reasons. So she lied again.

TLC missed the alternate ending: Kate went home to an empty house while getting ready to co-host the View for a few days in NYC. So much for the first day of school, lunch boxes and homework she would not do again because she was going out of town with Steve. What happened on the 2nd and 3rd day?They should have filmed that and inserted it in as a voice over. I don't know why people don't know what goes on with these two.

RachieK. said...

jessicak said...
I don't understand what Junior Kindergarten is. I mean, there's pre-K and Kindergarten. Junior Kindergarten is in between pre-K and Kindergarten? Are only the Gosselin children in JK?
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Jr K, pre-k, same thing. Just a different name. My brother was a september baby and went to pre-k. so the sextuplets are 4 months older than he was in pre-k. My mom has said many times that he just wasn't ready for kindergarten, so she was glad she had the choice to keep him in pre-k for a year. So he actually had two full years of preschool (3 & 4) then pre-k (5) before he even started kindergarten. For the record he is really smart... i consider myself pretty intelligent, but he's no doubt higher in terms of IQ. Just graduated from Pitt as a biology/chemistry major/minor, and was not negatively affected by being held back the extra year. Helped him develop socially if nothing else.

jenny said...

Savannah said...

"I know the house is listed as 5 bedrooms, but I'm not sure how they arrive at that number if the tup boys had a room and the tup girls had a room and they had to convert attic space for the twins room......."

I believe the five bedrooms include:
1. Kate and Jon's room on the main floor
2. The study room on the main floor (remember this room? It was used as a homework/study room for Mady & Cara. Although I think at first it was used as a playroom. If I remember right it was painted yellow and was right near the dining room.)
3. Mady & Cara's room in the converted attic
4. Hannah, Alexis, and Leah's room upstairs
5. Collin, Aiden, and Joel's room upstairs.

NDmom said...

I would like to know WHEN she realized that they only had a half day of school the first day. Hopefully it was before they got off the bus around noon!!! I hope that the sweet kids didn't get off the bus and no one was there to meet them. That would have been a horrifying end to their first day of Junior K and a horrifying end to their bus ride!

Huh said...

kate irritates said...
"Thanks for the recap. I am reminded of my own mother when I think of Kate going through the twins' stuff and throwing out things. My mom was nowhere near as bad as Kate, but she had some "tendencies". If I had cleaned my room, my mom would come in and open the closet or look in my dresser drawers--if things were not neat, she'd empty the drawer on my bed or start pulling things out of the closet and say "You call THIS clean?" Ughhh. That's why Kate irritates me so much--she reminds me of some very unpleasant childhood memories."

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Same thing with my mom! I still fold my socks and color code them. Or she'd come into my room with no warning with a big black trash bag and start throwing away my toys because my room wasn't clean, when I was in the middle of playing with them! Funny how so many of us have mothers with similar strange habits or rage issues and are reminded of these incidents by Kate.

ToTheMoonAlice said...

"Crapfest"...In this case, one word is worth a thousand pictures!

MomOf4InPA said...

RachieK. said...

Ali said...
I'm seriously thinking the Stride Rite may have been at the Promenade Shops in Center Valley which is a heck of a hike for those kids to get shoes.

The only other location near Reading are outlets and that was not an outlet store.
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That was at the Promenade Shops. There is a stride rite in exton, but i think that would have been just as far if not further. Plus, I'm sure they were looking for a shop with a movie theatre nearby (per the movie webisode), and there is one right in the center valley shopping center.

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I never go to the TLC website, so I didn't even know that there were "webisodes". I just went and looked, as Promanade Shops is our favorite shopping area, and from the look of the outside of Stride Rite, that was the Promanade. However, the movie theatre they went to was NOT the Rave at Promanade. I'm not sure what theatre it is, but it is not one of about a dozen or so we have been to since moving here to. It might be the RC IMAX in Reading, they didnt show alot from the outside, and I havent been inside that one.

Angel1 said...

Thanks, fostersmom, for once again subjecting yourself to watching this crap for our reading pleasure. I needed a laugh today, and got a huge one from your recap.
What kind of a parent never takes their kids to get properly fitted shoes? Oh yeah, the same kind that horks down a hot lunch while their kids sit there with their crappy peanut butter sandwiches.
Same kind of a parent who hasn't been in their kids room in months. God, Khate is sickening on so many levels. She really thinks she's funny and cute. Yeah, Khate, throwing all the toys and clothes down the stairs is really funny and cute. *gags*

lifeoriley said...

Out of curiousity I looked on Youtube to see the Stride Rite location--yep it's the one at the Promenade Shops in Center Valley. My daughter used to work at the Pita Pit there, so I recognize the location. Kind of a long drive to get shoes, IMO.
I wish I would have been there (only about 10-15 min away)--I wouldn't have said anything (out of respect for the children)--but I would've stared down Kate and shook my head disgustedly.

Fame No More said...

Rose said: They must not, if Kate had to severely restrict the number of kids that were invited to the tups' 5th birthday party, weeding out the ones who only want to befriend the Gosselin children because of their "fame".

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Kate doesn't allow her own family to have anything to do with them because she fears that her family only wants to have a relationship with her because of her fame. Kate has a very twisted mind.

livnluv said...

Who are you? said...
Wow. I watched about 5 min. on youtube. Was this a "documentary" about the family or a pr piece? Kate seemed to address lots of negative complaints about her behavior. She told the kids to say thanks at the store, for one thing. She was excited to find a special lunchbox for one of the boys.She thanked her fans. She seemed calm at the shoe store and while making their lunches, playfully tossed them to the kids to put in their lunches. Just a happy mom doing what needs to be done for her family. Wow.
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The only thing they missed is playing the theme song to "Leave It To Beaver" in the background.

Kate blows said...

Good grief! What ever happened to the olden days of TLC when the shows were more focused on home improvement, home design, A Wedding Story, etc.? Why is the focus now on exploiting clown car patooties and their poor, suffering children? I have a cousin who is a Pro-Khater and I've asked her many times how the heck she can justify this farce of a show. And her response was, "How else is she going to make money to support those kids?" To that, I say, DUH! Kate Gosselin is not the only nimrod to have 8 children and she should've thought about that before she rolled the fertility dice not once, but TWICE. And here's a SHOCKER... she can go out and have a "normal" job like the rest of us. Why do we need licenses to fish and drive a car but that d-bag doesn't need a license to breed? I've seen dogs treated better than she treats her own props-- err, I meant children.

MirandaB2008 said...

yes I watched it. And yes she HAS to mention ' paparazzi' ... BUT in my opinion? there were far more ' sheeple/fans' standing around gawking and taking their personal pictures with their cameras and/or camera phones than any sign of paparazzi... There were perhaps the usual 3 that she no doubt called to 'be sure to be there'.

If Kate had a brain it would be lonesome. As long as she ( or someone she pays) is organized? I don't see what the big deal is with them going to JrKindergarten.... have all the outfits set out the nite before and it should all flow smoothly.

Calgary7 said...

Thanks! Fostersmom for taking the proverbial bullet for the rest of us.

I strongly dislike how Kate is betraying the kids' confidences her little anecdote could have been told without naming the twin just one of the girls was seen by the little ones blab, blab

See, so easy to do. She could still have little anecdote to build relationship with the sheeple but in away that protects her child's privacy.

8POE's said...

I forgot to mention something that bothered me about next week's epi. Remember when "Can-DO-Kate" was so scared about being on the lift w/Steve to see the "solary" panels up close?

Next week, CDK, w/the "litto"(smack) girls, will be in a hot air balloon. She's scared of a lift but a hot air balloon, WITH the tup girls, is OK?
She's as fake as the damn show.

I LOVED it when the TLC voice was talking about there's just a few shows left and J&K are gonna focus on what's important to them. Right after that, we see Kate asking something about her hair. Ding! Ding! Ding!

Long time hater of K8 said...

I have been reading for a while, but never commented. I guess today was my breaking point and I just needed to point out a couple things. First, wth is up with giving each kid only half a sandwhich?? I didnt watch the episode but that sounds crazy. It just seems like Kate barely feeds these kids and you have to wonder how hungry they are...maybe that contributed to Mady's emotional issues?

How can you expect your kids to know how to tie their shoes if they dont get to practice?

How does this woman claim to be so organized if she 1. doesnt bring socks to the shoe store. 2. has no idea her kids have a half day. 3. Doesnt go into Mady and Cara's room enough to know it is messy? I could go on and on...

One more thing, my mom used to go through these rages and would throw my stuff outside or down the stairs if she felt my room was messy (which never was) and I have to wonder if Kate is the same. I feel really bad for Mady and Cara if they had to come home from a long day at school, find their belongins strewn across the stairs and floor and then have to pick everything up and take it back to their rooms.

Kate is a selfish &^%#@#$%^&*.

livnluv said...

I loved it when she laid down the law about eating at school And THAT is how they will eat their lunch every day at school. Sandwich. Fruit. Then fun snack!

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I had to laugh at this one. Once those kids are out of eyesight from her they're going to be snarfing down those desserts as fast as they can. haha. I would have at a young age.

qtrfan said...

marie said...
you just would think that TLC would be better at editing so Kate didn't look like such a bad mom and a nut if they really wanted to keep this going.
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TLC knows that nutcases sell better. That is what is keeping these two in the tabloids.

If you thought this school episode was boring, just think how boring it would be if Kate behaved like a normal person.

A lot of us here have to admit that we are transfixed waiting for the inevitable trainwreck. Just when you think it can't get any worse, it does.

livnluv said...

As to the packing lunches when it was a no lunch needed day: As they were packing up to go out the door Kate told either Alexis or Leah to go get her lunchbox. The child said "But I don't need my lunchbo. . . " when she was abruptly cut off by Kate saying "Just go get it. Please follow directions." Obviously the whole scenario was a poorly scripted commercial run through when that child was out of the room so she blew her lines. An asinine way to feature the lunch boxes but they did get their time on camera.

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I'm surprised the producer didn't yell "cut! Let's do that scene again".

rural mom said...

Remeber the episode where Jon moved a shelf and found dust and told Kate about it and she said "nobody is dusting there?",even then she wasn't doing any housecleaning, it was all left to the help and Kate just went behind them criticizing their work. So no doubt she went up to the twins room to inspect the housekeeping and did her freak out as usual.

SKB516 said...

When Khate was going on about how this was the first time the kids had ever been in a shoe store, I couldn't help but remember the earlier seasons when she used to always say that she wanted to have all the experiences that kids that weren't in large families would have. She martyred about how she didn't want them to have to just sit at home, & by golly she was going to take them out & do all the normal childhood activities, no matter how "exhausted" it left her. Ring a bell? Well, I guess the "normal" childhood activities only included ski trips to Utah, Disney, Hawaii, etc. But not a simple trip to a shoe store?

Anonymous said...

I'm a long-time lurker on this site, but had to post regarding Sheeple wondering how on earth poor KH8 could possibly support all those kids.

There is a family in my neighborhood with 12 children. They are homeschooled. The oldest one just started college. Yes, you can actually send children to college without pimping them on TV. And the father is not a lawyer or doctor.

Now, they don't drive a Lexus, and I doubt the mom has ever seen the inside of a spa. But the kids are well-behaved, polite, and seem happy. Oh, and they live in a 3 bedroom house, with no basement. (Yeah, I don't know how they do it, either, but that's beside the point--it can be done.)

I am glad the show is apparently ending, but do worry about the wrath of KH8 when she realizes her little money bags aren't pulling in $$ for her any longer. If she treats them as horribly as she does with the cameras on, I worry about them when the cameras finally leave. Especially the boys, her least favorites.

Great site, and wonderful recaps. Thanks for allowing me to keep up with the goings on without making me watch this trainwreck.

goawayJandK said...

I loved it when she laid down the law about eating at school And THAT is how they will eat their lunch every day at school. Sandwich. Fruit. Then fun snack!

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I had to laugh at this one. Once those kids are out of eyesight from her they're going to be snarfing down those desserts as fast as they can. haha. I would have at a young age.


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I often volunteered in the cafeteria when my oldest was in Elementary school. I'd say that the majority of kids DID eat their treats first, but eventually got to the dreaded sandwich =)

anotherthing... said...

fostermom... that was BRILLIANT. i didnt watch. glad i didnt. but looooved your recap. youre a recap genius. i especially love these precious gems:

*"She says do you see why I do this online? Uhh... cuz you are too lazy to teach your children how to wait their turn in a shoe store? Is that the right answer?"

-yup. i think it is the right answer.

*"Kate takes the opportunity to tell us what a wonderful person she is and strangers across America constantly tell her so. Um, yeah.... I’m gonna leave that one alone."

-i believe they constantly tell her SOMETHING. she might be misunderstanding the message.

*"The only difference is that this year Kate has to drag her ass to the bus stop a couple days a week instead of making Chauffeur Jon drive the kids there, do her errands, and then bring the kids home."

-yup, yup and yup.

*"Kate can’t get the kids ready herself and says that the “babysitter” came to help. Or, more likely, the live in nanny had to get up earlier than Kate to do hair and get kids dressed while Kate got herself ready for the cameras."

-the babysitter came to help? really? like all single moms, right?

*"My theory is that the kids take any chance to flee the McMansion and TLC’s constant intrusion on their lives and crave the stability of going someplace normal eight hours a day."

-sad as it is, i bet you are 100% right.

*"TLC uses some the paparazzi footage with a disclaimer that says “Actual Paparazzi Video”. Tipping off the paparazzi and then buying some of the footage back doesn’t really count there, TLC"

-are. you. freaking. kidding. me. that is undeniably putting tlc 'in bed' so to speak with the 'oh-so-bad' paps.... what the crap tlc? think your viewers are THAT dumb?

*"Kate martyrs on about how hard it was to be a single mom and not have anyone to congratulate on succeeding in getting the little kids off to school. We get more of that paparazzi video of her completely ignoring Jon and walking past him as the bus rolls away."

-yup, kate all alone at the bus stop and no one to pat her on the back, as she blows past the man she spent 10 years with and had 8 kids with. alllll alloooonnneee....

*"She martyrs on that now not only does she have to do so much in a day that cuts into her time with her kids she’s also got to split the time that’s left with Jon and with the school so that leaves her even less time with the kids. Well, Kate, maybe you should have spent more time in the same actual state with your kids before school started, now shouldn’t you."

-*claps*

*"Kate recaps with the little kids how they foiled the plans of the paparazzi on their first day of school. Such an appropriate topic for five year olds."

- tlc must have edited out 'but at least they got some footage for us to use in this episode.'

MomOf4InPA said...

Well folks, the time is almost at hand. From the fine folks at ROL.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2009/10/exclusvie-jon-kate-plus-8-will-end-officially-november

Jon & Kate Plus 8 will officially end in mid to late November, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

TLC has not made an announcement but RadarOnline.com has confirmed with sources outside the network that there is just enough unused new footage to take them through about another month.

"They will eek out what they can in terms of more shows," a source close to the situation told RadarOnline.com. "Obviously they are not shooting anymore so they are taking what they have and seeing how many more episodes they can get out of it."

Jon Gosselin has told the network they no longer have his permission to film the children and TLC will not challenge that. If Jon changes, his mind, they will go into production on the new show, Kate Plus 8.

"TLC has no plans to film unless the situation is resolved," the source told RadarOnline.com.

Considering that the Gosselin divorce has turned into all-out war, it doesn't seem like Jon and Kate can resolve anything without a judge present, so prepare to say goodbye to original episodes of the show.

heaven said...

ROL is reporting that the show will officially end in November. Finally!!!

Let them eat cake said...

livnluv said
I had to laugh at this one. Once those kids are out of eyesight from her they're going to be snarfing down those desserts as fast as they can. haha. I would have at a young age
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I fully agree. Remember the episode where Kate freaks, really freaks out, screaming at the boys about something--maybe that was the knob episode I don't remember. As she turned her back (and I was quivering in my tracks it was so scary) one of the boys went into a little nah, nah, nah dance. I laughed. That gives me hope that they will survive. They have spirit. They will eat in any order they feel like I am so sure.

momof3kidsand3dogs said...

Regarding Kate's shock upon seeing the mess in Mady and Cara's room. I believe she is so out of touch with what "real" parenting consists of that she doesn't even realize what she is saying. It probably never even dawned on her that parents actual go to their children's room at least once a day to kiss good night and maybe even wake them up in the morning.
She is just clueless and doesn't see the real truths she reveals to us when she opens her mouth. Same with wanting to ride the bus to school for the first two days. She is just so out of touch with reality.

pinkdiamond611 said...

She never took the kids to be fitted for shoes? Even when they were learning to walk? There is no excuse for such nonsense. Sure she has eight kids, so take three at a time and have the others stay with the nanny or babysitter. She is just a selfish lazy person, period.

Laurie said...

It looked like the rice krispy treat that she packed for each of them was way bigger than the half sandwich. Can anyone say sugar rush! But it is organic fluff so I guess the counterbalances the fact that it is nothing but sugar.

anotherthing... said...

"cossysmom said...
First, I was totally disgusted by the shoes lined up ON THE TABLE"
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what happened to the kate that fired a nanny over cross contamination (washing her hands in the kitchen sink, not the bathroom sink)?????

ohhh, its all just a big joke. i dont think there is a 'real kate'. she a giant lying machine. like a robot that you cant program emotions into. or manners, for that matter.

i agree whole-heartedly with the poster who said that kate is more obsessed with the paps than they are with her.

~which is twisted and just plain offensive if you think of it that way and then think back over her actions and comments over the past few months.

...then again, thats kate: twisted and offensive.

Kill The Show Now said...

I do not know if this has been posted but did anyone notice how when Jon and Kate were interviewed they were in different chairs? What is up with that? They can not even sit in the same chair that the other one had been sitting in?
I know I am nitpicky.

Sassypaws said...

MomOf4InPA said...
"Alot of people are turned off by having to walk thru one bedroom and a closet to get to another bedroom. I know the house is listed as 5 bedrooms, but I'm not sure how they arrive at that number if the tup boys had a room and the tup girls had a room and they had to convert attic space for the twins room."


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MomOf4InPA the house had 4 bedrooms when they bought it. The 4th bedroom is room on the main floor that was originally designated to be Jon's office (instead of the closet) but they instead turned it into the twins study room and another playroom for the tups.

I always wondered why they didn't use that room as the bedroom for Cara and Mady since: 1) it already existed as a bedroom with a closet, 2) didn't require the expense and mess of new construction and 3) it provide the twins with privacy since it is located on a different floor from the tups.

Ohio Buckeye said...

FUNNY recap - Thanks, Fostersmom!

Small children tying their shoes requires patience. An completely foreign concept in Chez K8ie.

The kids putting their sandals back on their now-socked-feet - could this be due to the insanity we witnessed in early episodes where the kids were disallowed from walking barefooted on a hotel room rug? Surely the kids have seen this particular phobia of K8's played out many times over many, many objects. As I recall, despite all the problems in the world, Little K8ie obsessed over germs on the hotel carpet and, so, demanded shoes on at all times unless they remained seated on the bed. (Yes, she is insane.) Oh, what a fun trip that must've been for the kids. Yippie skippie, mom's gone bonkers AGAIN.

Wait. K8 states they don't film anything with the kids at SCHOOL because school is the kids' place? Let me write that down. See, all those years I was raising my kids, I mistakenly thought HOME was my kids' place. School was school, but home was safe and private and relaxed. No mommy points for me, I guess.

Throwing kids' things down the steps? Seriously? I think K8ie has been overdosing on Joan Crawford movies in her spare time. WHO writes this stuff? And WHY is K8 willing to humiliate herself by acting this way on camera? Could she actually be SO delusional she thinks she's coming across to viewers as a maternal role model? If so, they need to up the dosage of K8's antipsychotic meds.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, she so misses her beloved children. This is why she chooses to be on the road constantly, leaving them in the care of others on a regular basis.

Organized? packs a lunch on a day when there's no lunch break? Huh?

Fantastical cook? PBJ and Krispie Treats? Are you freaking kidding me?

Previously she first taught her kids the word, 'papparazi' (sp?) but then, in the very next breath told us how tacky it would be if her kids went to school and actually used this word. NOW she's bragging to the kids that one of the goals they achieved today was outsmarting the papparazi? If there's a shred of logic in there, durned if I can find it.

You said it best: CRAP FEST.

Good night and GOOD BYE, Katie Irene. Don't let the door hit you in the arse on your way out of my tv screen.....you will not be missed. The ONLY thing I will miss are the GWoP recaps of your delusional insanity.

readerlady said...

Thanks for the recap, Fostersmom. You deserve a medal for sticking this one out.

Re the tups and JrK - Jon said in one show that three of the tups were ready for kindergarten and 3 weren't, so they decided to hold them all back. Doesn't make sense to me. Why would you penalize the 3 who are ready, and risk making them bored all through school because they are mentally ahead of the others? I think it was done for convenience and filming.

Re peanut product bans. Most of the schools I've taught at, and the one I volunteer at now ban peanut products from the building. Peanut allergies are insidious and deadly - unlike other food allergies, no direct contact is needed for a fatal reaction. Just droplets of peanut oil in the air, or dust from peanut shells, can trigger it. My Godson had a near fatal reaction while visiting a friend. He and the friend were on the second floor and opposite end of the house when the friend's sister opened a jar of peanut butter in the kitchen. Thankfully he carried an epipen with him and the friend's mother injected him in time to save his life. And I can't believe that Khate only gives a half sandwich to Mady and Cara. Most 8 - 9 year olds I know are bottomless pits - almost as bad as teenagers. No way is 1/2 sandwich enough to eat. Maybe for the tups, but only just maybe.

fostersmom said...

Kill The Show Now said...
I do not know if this has been posted but did anyone notice how when Jon and Kate were interviewed they were in different chairs? What is up with that? They can not even sit in the same chair that the other one had been sitting in?
I know I am nitpicky.

10/14/2009 2:09 PM

I noticed this and almost commented on it! I wondered if he wasn't actually interviewing at the house and if TLC just set up a corner of his NY apartment to look like the PA house.


As I was reading thru the comments today about Kate riding the bus, I remembered going on the first grade field trip to the zoo last year. Parents weren't even allowed on the bus! We had to drive ourselves, following the school buses. The school said it was too much of a liability to allow parents to ride the bus on field trips. I found it odd, but whatever. I just followed and then gathered my group at the zoo. I wonder if the school would have even let Kate ride the bus if she tried to press the issue.

Mikemom said...

UH phone and cable for the E Town house as expenses?? My guess is that is where Kate stays when its Jons turn at the mansion...either that or those crooked houses..come to think of it, the crooked houses are more becoming to her.

Mar said...

I also was unlucky enough as a child to have a parent that would fly off into a rage, but it was my Dad. There were 7 of us kids mostly a year or so apart and if our rooms were dirty he merely took all our stuff and either threw it out on the front lawn or threw it away. Another favorite thing he loved was coming home from his job about midnight or one in the morning, and waking all of us screaming for us to get out of bed to clean the house. Of course being the middle child I could never keep my mouth shut about the injustice of this and he would usually let everyone else go to bed and make me finish cleaning. I guess my point is even though I'm in my 40's now and I do have a relationship with my Dad, I will never forgot the torment we went through or the things that trigger flashbacks to my youth especially when I heard about the scene with Kate throwing the twins stuff out and down the stairs. The only thing I can hope for these poor kids is that they have each other and comfort each other in times of stress as I did with my siblings.

Mary said...

Hi

I saw Red Spoon on table. Also Somce Maddy has a new lap top and we KNOW kate never goes up to thier room. How much you want to bed the twins read all this stuff on TV. I am sure they must read stuff here, Or other places thier friends are telling the to check out. Maddy and Cara we are al praying for you. PLease Please if you are having problems at tome tell your teachers. Do not be afraiid.

GoPoshGo said...

Kill The Show Now said...
I do not know if this has been posted but did anyone notice how when Jon and Kate were interviewed they were in different chairs? What is up with that? They can not even sit in the same chair that the other one had been sitting in?
I know I am nitpicky.

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I didn't notice this, but it wouldn't surprise me for a second if Kate's chair is "bigger" to make her appear waifish, and Jon's is small to make him appear fat.

On a separate note: the peanut butter issue. My daughter attended a nursery school in Atlanta 2 years ago, and any peanut-related foods were banned. When we moved to PA last year, I was really surprised that her new preschool had no such restrictions. Even more surprising -- her teacher's son is in her class this year, and HE has peanut allergies. Maybe it's a PA thing?

And just for laughs: I got my hair done this evening (yes, I had to go to the salon at night after Hubby got home from work ... seems my not-a-nanny and film crew weren't available to babysit my kids today), and I asked my hairdresser if any of her clients had requested the reverse-mullet-possum. She rolled her eyes and nodded -- clearly disturbed that she's forced to compromise her professional reputation by recreating that disaster. Her clients tell her they want to look like Kate (gag) -- she wants to tell them that they'd better get the tummy tuck and boob job if they want to come close, but of course she can't.

Mary said...

Hi


POk when I made P&J sandwichs the night before and out them in the fridge the sandwich was all gross.The sandwich was all wet from the jelly/jam.

Tangeine Tanya said...

I can't believe that Kate felt the need to take 8 children to pick out bunk beds. Six of those children were 3 years in age. But in this episode she claims that they haven't ever been to a shoe store. Her logic or lack thereof just doesn't add up.

stopthemadness said...

I loved it when she laid down the law about eating at school And THAT is how they will eat their lunch every day at school. Sandwich. Fruit. Then fun snack!
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She's such a tool.

Does she really thin k that a glob or bread with jelly on it is a higher food value than a piece of fruit? That she can dictate to her kids when and in what order to eat? Will they be incentivized to tattle on each other ? "Mommy," says hannah self importantly as she marches in the door "I saw Aaden throw away his fruit, Collin traded his healthy organic treat for a hostess cupcake and Alexis ate her treat first before her sandwich!"

God, she makes me sick. Leave those kids alone to eat their lunch in peace you control freak!

And, what a crummy lunch for someone who pretends to be A, organic, B, a cook.

My kids could eat a whole sandwich or most of it by the time they were three. But don't worry if they don't have a substantial sandwich with meat, cheese and tomato, or even a whole PBJ. They can have a sugar and carbo wad as big as their heads to fill them up.

I had a friend who fed her kids tiny portions like that. She used those little kid plates like the size of a bread plate til they were 6, a spoon of peas, a half slice of bread and butter or a spoon of rice, a spoon (table, not serving!) of appleasauce, a single puny chicken wing. She did it to save money, because they were on a tight budget - when they ate at my house they werent on those ration sizes! - what is Kate's excuse for constantly short changing her kids? I guess when TLC isn't paying for it we get real frugal. No mounds of fresh crab and shrimp for you, if your millionaire mommy is paying!

stopthemadness said...

rural mom said...
Kate always has to make someone the butt of her jokes, and now that Jon is off camera, she is picking on the twins. Imagine how horrified and devastated she would feel if Mady and Cara invited the camera crew into Kate's bedroom and zoomed in on piles of dirty clothes on the floor, empty wine bottles, People magazines, laptop opened to this website, ha ha.
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That did make me laugh out loud!!
Twice!

We have some good writers and people with great senses of humor on here.

I'll be sad to see it go - do we have to shut down just because THEY do? We have a whole bunch of episodes that no one has parodied yet, or why can't we do Kate Gosselin without Pity? She's bound to do something foolish next.

Mary said...

Hi

I was watching the duggars last night the birth of the new grandchild.Scott was there, the little kids were all over him and he loved every bit of it playing with them. At end we see Scott hol;ding new baby. What peace he must have

stopthemadness said...

What I also can't help wondering: how many of the tups are being held back because 1 or more of them aren't as developmentally ready for Kindergarten as the others? Keeping them all together just doesn't seem realistic to me. In fact, it seems downright cruel
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Yeah, but if one didn't get into the full day Kindergarten and the others did, not because of any deep mental issue but just being the "baby" who still sucks the diaper and eats with his hands etc, think how cruel that would be to him/her to be left behind. In that family of mini killers, can you imagine how he would be eviscerated by his siblings, they way they already treat each other and are so highly competitive?

But I actually think her motivation is not nearly so sensitive, it's probably that she does not want to have to go back to school at three separate times and does not want to have one child at home when the others are in school - she would be STUCK with him, alone. And might have to spend time for hours twice a week instead of one half day per child once a year, thengushing about how special it is to be ABLE to spend one on one time with each child.

bleah

FlyingSandwiches said...

I thought it was disgusting how she was throwing the sandwiches in the air to the kids to put in the lunch boxes. How smashed were the half PB & J sandwiches after that? Gross.

No TLC for this big family said...

I can swing a reverse-mullet wig at any given family get together and hit a family with at least if not more than 8 kids. (I come from one of those Catholic extended families where everyone has a HUGE brood). Some of those families even have "multiple multiples." Each and every family manages to handle finances and day-to-day activities (such as shoe shopping) without outside help. There aren't many expensive cars, expensive homes, pools, expensive clothes, spa days, or other "perks" among this group, but there is plenty of love, respect, and laughter. The parents (especially the mothers) are TRUE master organizers in every aspect of their lives; however, I cannot imagine any one of them throwing things from a child's room in a rage. I am one of six children myself, and somehow my parents managed WITHOUT a TV show, handouts, freebies, or anything but their own hard work. Yes, we are all ready and willing to help one another out; we are all ready and willing to lend cribes, baby clothes, toys, high chairs, and other baby items (mismatched and worn as they may be); we are all ready and willing to lend a shoulder to lean on or a hand to hold in times of crisis. That is because instead of driving each other away, we open our arms, hearts, and homes to one another. The funny thing is that with one isolated exception, no one asks for money from anyone else; everyone lives within their means. So when people wonder how the Gosselins could support 8 kids without the show, I can't help but think "I personally know many families who managed- and managed beautifully." But then again, even though we don't have spa visits, ski trips, and expensive clothes, we do have an amazing amount of joy.

WakeUp said...

Training wheels, can't ties shoe laces or talk in an age appropriate manner... When are these parents going to start teaching their children these things? Or do they think it is the job of the "helpers"?

For God's sakes, take an interest in your childrens' development. THAT IS YOUR JOB KATE AND JON!

stopthemadness said...

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...
So, the purpose of her trashing the twins's room was what? Further embarrassment? Asserting her dominance? Marking her territory?
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Hell, that's nothing for Kate Gosselin. What's a little intrusion and betrayal of your children's private space when you've sold out their whole childhood? This is the woman who held up a picture of Cara next to her first turd, for everyone to see. She abused her husband for years, for her adoring fans.

I think there's little she would draw the line at when it comes with a close up and a paycheck.

stopthemadness said...

Come and Get Your Popcorn said...
I wonder if she put the sweet little traditional notes in their lunch boxes.
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"enjoy this full meal, there may not be many peanut butter half- sandwiches in your future if your worthless father does not allow us to keep doing the show!"

stopthemadness said...

LV Lisa said...
Oh great, sounds like Kate took her kids to the same Stride Rite where I just bought my son his first pair of shoes. The next day I found a pair the same size on Craigslist, so I will be returning them anyway. I am SO tempted to tell them the reason I'm returning them is because they are giving freebies to the Gosselins!!!
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You should do. take them in and get the refund and tell them that if they can afford to give the richest family in the area free shoes for 8 kids they clearly don't need your business.

!!

Sarah said...

In reference to the E-town house bedroom count...There is another bedroom off the kitchen that was used as a second playroom.

karenbme said...

As she was packing everything up in that nightgown or dress or whatever she was wearing the night before school, it made me wonder...If she wants John to give back his cars, will she have to give back her new implants?

stopthemadness said...

How can a child reach the age of 5 and never have their foot measured for a shoe? All those 2 or 3 kid trips to dentists and doctors didn't have a spare hour for shoe fittings? We don't get tie shoes until we can tie them? That only makes sense in Backwards World, which must be Kate/hate's home planet.
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Understanding more why there is so much whining about the shoes hurting and fighting over shoes. These are not "fashion" issues or having a Diva moment it's the fact that their lazy ass parents can't take them to have their foot measured and properly fitted.

While I bought my daughter certain shoes - the odd pair of jellies, back when those were "in" - when she wasn't with me, I would not dream of getting her tennis shoes and dress shoes without having them fitted to her foot. I have high arches and we all know just how painful it is to try on a pair of shoes that doesn't fit - it's AGONY. To have all three boy tups have to wear the same shoe, all 3 girl tups in the same shoe - and probably knowing Kate "Which of my children are left handed" Gosselin, probably all the same SIZE and width whether they fit or not, is ridiculous.

As far as the bus goes these kids have been shlepped here and herded there since they were 18 months old, what's a little bus ride. As long as you can see your mother receding behind you with her threats of riding the bus to "lay down the law" - on bus riding behavior? Boys will not sit with girls! Boys will let girls get off first! Boys will let girls have their choice of seats! etc

I hope and pray she tried to get to ride with them so she coulds glory hog that moment and the bus driver told her to get her azz off her bus, the other kids' safety is more important than your need to grandstand for the cameras and make such a show of what a hands on mother you are.

(having to bum rush the bus to take camera phone pix of them because you forgot to bring a camera kinda belies that image though, Kate always has someone else to capture her memories for her!)

So she was surprised that Jon showed up was she, but yet she didn't know they had only a half day that day and didn't need to cart around sandwiches getting warmer and fruit getting more bashed up, and didn't mention that she was off to her View show for the next 3 days; who got them off to school then and why no fuss over single Hands on Super Dad Jon Gosselin manfully dropping the kids off with a lunch?

organic cheetos? said...

I think the kids are eating Cheetos!! If you look at Part 3 on YouTube starting at about 3:30, you'll see the tups eating the lunches Kate the genius had packed for them even though they had a half day of school. The tups each have a red bag that sure look like Cheetos to me but I can't quite make out what the bags say or see what it is they're eating from the bag. Whatever it is, it's too small to be Doritos. What do y'all think?

aimee said...

I can't wait to see which of the 8 writes the first tell all! CAN'T WAIT!!!!

thatsaragirl said...

GoPoshGo said...
I asked my hairdresser if any of her clients had requested the reverse-mullet-possum. She rolled her eyes and nodded
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Just a side note but I am currently in cosmetology school and a lot of the girls here have Kate's hair and a ton of people come in to get that hair do. It's a shorter variation of a disconnected diagoanal foward. It can look really cute if blended properly but Kate's stylist must have missed that class.

Shoshanna said...

Kate hasn't been in the twins' room in months??
Doesn't she ever change their sheeeeets??!

Gross!

fidosmommy said...

organic cheetos? said...
I think the kids are eating Cheetos!! If you look at Part 3 on YouTube starting at about 3:30, you'll see the tups eating the lunches Kate the genius had packed for them even though they had a half day of school. The tups each have a red bag that sure look like Cheetos to me but I can't quite make out what the bags say or see what it is they're eating from the bag. Whatever it is, it's too small to be Doritos. What do y'all think?

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I went to YouTube and watched that segment. Those look like an "off brand" of cheetos or cheese crackers to me. It may be a store brand or some other brand I've never seen before. But it's not a Frito-Lay product. And with Kate being a crackerish kind of gal, I am guessing they are store brand cheesy snack crackers (like CheezNips)

stopthemadness said...

organic cheetos? said...
I think the kids are eating Cheetos!! If you look at Part 3 on YouTube starting at about 3:30, you'll see the tups eating the lunches Kate the genius had packed for them even though they had a half day of school. The tups each have a red bag that sure look like Cheetos to me but I can't quite make out what the bags say or see what it is they're eating from the bag. Whatever it is, it's too small to be Doritos. What do y'all think?
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It cannot be. Kate's children are so healthfully fed by hands on SUpermom that they don't know what a Dorito is, remember?

Gee, it's a piece of crap foodlike object in a triangularish shape, as opposed to the crap foodlike object pressed into a cylindrical ish shape and covered with a substance that is almost, but not entirely, devoid of any hint of cheese.

I can't imagine the High Chef of Organic Cooking allowed her kids to eat that garbage. Not because it offers no food value and takes up room where something healthy could be instead but because of that disgusting cheeezefood powder it leaves on your fingers, pants, table, etc.

Imagine the laundry room tantrums. Rolls eyes. Now I have to wash your jeans! Times 8! Because I have 8! etc.

Tuesday said...

tetomom said the piano is still sitting in the old house..... Give back to your community Khate! Contact your local United Way and donate the piano to them. I can assure you that there are countless non-profits in PA that would be grateful and appreciative.(oh wait, I forgot, its "backwards world" here, thanks to the observant poster above for coining such an accurate phrase, and thanks to fostersmom for another fun recap).

stopthemadness said...

So wait.

The kids get half a sugarjam sandwich and a piece of fruit and rice krispie treat and a bag of freakin Cheetohs, oh and doubtless a juice box of juicy juice -- that is a healthy lunch, by her?

And they have to carry the lunch around unrefrigerated and on and off the bus and on the cloakroom floor or jammed in a cubby and then eat it when the sandwich probly looks like they played football with it (which they kind of did) and the fruit's probably got more bruises than Jon after a volley of love taps? Nice squashed juice box which has leaked all over the sandwich etc. I've LOOKED in my kids' lunch boxes before, what comes home with them in no way resembles what left in the morning all nice and crisply arranged. I literally would not feed the dog something that came home after school having been put thru the rigors of a elementary school kid's day. But of course you gotta do what you gotta do to make sure Stride Rite gets their money's worth. :-(

I'm wondering what they ate for breakfast, Lucky Charms, Pop Tarts or did she just skip the middle man and give them all a big bowl of sugar?

Then after sending them off she goes home and eats breakfast, probably a nice oatmeal with organic blueberries and cream, and a glass of fresh squeezed Oj - maybe a little free range egg white omelet with fresh organic veggies? - after all, it's cool these September mornings, you wouldn't want to head off to a day's loafing without a balanced, warm meal!! - then the kids come home and eat their slop and she fixes herself a hot lunch?

Lordy Be! Kate you hands on supermom you.

My GOD, I have to laugh thinking of how she rationalizes this kind of thing, if she thinks of it at all. She's a person, she deserves something nice to eat, healthy, tasty - but the kids are just 8 lunch boxes that need to A, first and foremost be FREE, B be cute and match the backpacks and lastly, contain some type of easy to store and pack food ideally gotten for free, that she can then harrass them about eating.

Wow, to think I had concerns about having to use tortillas instead of bread today.

stopthemadness said...

My grandma's assisted living center just got gifted a piano and they are so thrilled with it. Evidently music is one thing that manages to avoid the ravages of dementia and Alzheimers, people who can't remember their own daughter can pick out "Oh, Suzanna!" on the piano.

But to gift it would mean thinking of someone beyond SuperMartyr Kate, who had to watch the nanny get her kids ready for school then drive to the bus stop before eating breakfast and doing her work out, as her jam packed schedule for the day - don't think it's gonna happen.

At the very least they would have to wait to give it away so Kate could tell us how special she is for doing so, on camera, how she loves giving back (things that were given to her as gifts and that are now unwanted, at least).

stopthemadness said...

Kate hasn't been in the twins' room in months??
Doesn't she ever change their sheeeeets??!
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Maybe more to the point, doesn't she tuck them in?

The only time she enters their room is to invade it, tear it apart in a rage frenzy and then throw their stuff down the stairs for America to hear what pigs they are and how they had 6 bags of garbage in their room?

What about the kiss goodnight, the last precious sip of the day - clean kid, pajamas smelling like fabric softener - even if they are old enough to read themselves chapter books and not have their story (which evidently was never part of these kids' lives anyhow) you would think the lazy beeyotch would go in and say I love you and kiss them good night!!
What's bedtime like Chez Kate I wonder? Without Jon to give baths and get them to bed, do they just tuck themselves in?

I have a 9 year old, he still gets that twenty minutes at the end of his day, if you send him up and don't go yourself pretty quickly, this plaintive voice floats down the stairs, "Isn't anyone coming up? Who's gonna tuck me in?"

Icky boys or favored girl, at age just turned nine, in the midst of a divorce, don't they deserve this?

Teri said...

Just a side note but I am currently in cosmetology school and a lot of the girls here have Kate's hair and a ton of people come in to get that hair do.

thatsaragirl, is the brown in the back, blonde in the front a popular look as well? I guess I'm hopelessly out of fashion - my highlights go throughout my entire head.

ErinKate said...

Ok, maybe it's just me, but if I had all those kids and no husband to accompany me, I would definitely take only 3 kids at a time shopping. I would leave 3 home with the sitter or take the sitter with me to help. Why do they have to pretend Kate deals with 8 kids alone?Who takes the kids when she is in New York and Jon does not have custody?

maggie said...

I just went to radaronline to verify that Steve was at the school bus boarding the morning (Aug. 28)for the tups first day of pre-K. It doesn't make sense that Steve would drive during the night from Maryland to the bus stop at 7 am and then turn around and drive back home to Maryland. He probably returned to the house after the boarding that early morning. Remember Jon said on "The Insider" that Kate dead-bolted the master bedroom. Could it be that Steve stayed there in the bedroom (or in the apt. over garage) the night before? When Kate returned to her house after the boarding she stated she was going to workout, pay bills, do laundry. No mention of Steve. It goes to show how fake and staged the episodes are. And if Steve is truly a JUST a friend & bodyguard then why hide him. Why hide a friend?

In my opinion, I think Steve and Kate have paid off his wife (or ex-wife) to play along that they are married & all friends; therefore, he and Kate aren't having an affair. When Kate thinks it is safe to announce to the world (a few month after her divorce) she will say that she and Steve have JUST VERY recently fallen in love. Wouldn't that take the cake! For the past year she openly flaunted her affair under the cover of him being her bodyguard. Any comments??



So where was Steve in the episode that we just saw on TLC. Nowhere to be seen.

Cheetos said...

I have to laugh at the Cheetos. My bulldog will scarf down a piece of steak without tasting it but give him a Cheeto and he will chew it and savor it. The look on his beautiful face is one of pure joy!

Darcy said...

They only got 1/2 a sandwich?!? They're FIVE years old! And did Cara & Mady only get 1/2 too? I'm a SAHM, but when there are days that we're out running errands that require me to pack a lunch for our 2 year old, I always pack her a whole sandwich.

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That jumped out at me too! When my son was 4 he could eat a whole PBJ or grilled cheese with lunch! I've always laughed at the comments about her "grapes and cracker" lunches, but I'm wondering if these kids ever get enough to eat? And she's had NURSE'S training???

Momof2 said...

TLC has to treat Kate with kid gloves now or she will turn on them on a dime and accuse them of ruining her family.....wait for it. Wait until SHE realizes the money tree is dying.

ErinKate said...

Can you imagine going to school and knowing your classmates watched your mother throwing your toys down the steps? I know that type of stuff is so humiliating to pre-teen girls. What mother would continually disrespect her children for a paycheck?

As far as Steve being around at odd hours, I also wondered if Steve lives in the house or close by. He is around early in the AM and all hours of the day. I don't think someone calls him in Maryland to come to Pa. to take Kate to Target or the bus stop and then he goes home. Who pays him? How come the paparazzi are not following him around? Very strange.

JTKsMommy said...

WakeUp said...
Training wheels, can't ties shoe laces or talk in an age appropriate manner... When are these parents going to start teaching their children these things? Or do they think it is the job of the "helpers"?

For God's sakes, take an interest in your childrens' development. THAT IS YOUR JOB KATE AND JON!
________________________

My son is 8 and has been diagnosed with PDD. He recieves speech, occupational, and physical therapies and still cannot ride a bike nor tie shoe laces.

I hate to sound like I'm defending these two morons, but is this what people think of us as parents?

Savannah said...

"...For the past year she openly flaunted her affair under the cover of him being her bodyguard. Any comments??"

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I used to think the same thing..but I think we're giving Kate a little too much credit. No man in his right mind would want to get involved with a psycho like Kate. Again, countless footage supports that.
She don't let 'em get away that easy.

tomo718 said...

Too bad, these kids don't go to school in NYC. I would have loved to see one of our NYCDOE drivers go "ghetto" at K8.

K8 - I wanna ride the bus with my kids to school today. I'm laying down the law.

Driver - Madam, please get off this bus, it is against the law for you to be on it.

K8 - It's OK, I'm famous and I'm on TV, you should be honored to drive me.

Driver - Lady, I am telling you nicely for the last time, please leave this bus.

K8 - Come on, I'm Kate from TLC

Driver - Listen here Bitch, I don't know who the hell you are, but if you don't get your crazy white ass off this bus, I will law and order you Bronx style.

momtoaclingon said...

After seeing that episode, I was sad at the things that were thrown down the stairs - the chair looked like it was wanted, but not by K8.

On a serious note, I am somewhat concerned that in any large family, especially this family, some or all of the kids might run the risk of having attachment issues. I don't think I've ever seen K8 in a moment when she is gentle, fond, attentive, reassuring, or caring to the kids. I have seen jon show some caring for the kids. How can they be attached to her under these circumstances?

evillelinda said...

I flipped on the tv and it was on TLC...had been watching the Little People earlier so didn't change channel. Saw Khate walking out to the vehicle and noted one thing she said about the tups heading to school...."I've been waiting my WHOLE LIFE for this.". So that sort of leads me to believe she'd planned forever to have a litter of kids...or she has fantasized about having child(ren) and getting them out of her hair and the house as soon as possible. JMHO.

Canadian Mom said...

I'm in Alberta, hello to Winnipeg!

Peanut-free lunchroom AND separate peanut-friendly lunchroom at my son's school...

Anyone notice while the kids ate day-old 1/2 sandwiches, Kate was cooking HERSELF something that looked alot like CHICKEN when discussing the 'foiled paparazzi'??

Her plate was HUGE.

Can't See Sheep said...

Savannah said...

"...For the past year she openly flaunted her affair under the cover of him being her bodyguard. Any comments??"

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I used to think the same thing..but I think we're giving Kate a little too much credit. No man in his right mind would want to get involved with a psycho like Kate. Again, countless footage supports that.
She don't let 'em get away that easy.
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True, but we don't know if Steve is in his right mind or not.

Can't See Sheep said...

ErinKate said...
As far as Steve being around at odd hours, I also wondered if Steve lives in the house or close by. He is around early in the AM and all hours of the day. I don't think someone calls him in Maryland to come to Pa. to take Kate to Target or the bus stop and then he goes home. Who pays him? How come the paparazzi are not following him around? Very strange.
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I've been wondering this for awhile. Why are the paparazzi not following Steve? I mean wouldn't a pic of he & Kate in some romantic moment be the Holy Grail of pics in this whole nasty sorted affair? I knew if I was a pap that's the pic I'd be after, nailing "little miss I do no wrong's" hide to the wall. It's like they've lost their edge & go after easy prey like Jon.

Canadian Mom said...

The Gosselins have meals catered on shooting days but otherwise, Kate cooks from scratch, organically. There's no time for special orders. "If you don't want the dinner I've made, the next meal is breakfast," she declares. The family has part-time help, but receives no assistance from Kate's parents or Jon's mother, who variously live far away, or disapprove of and don't want to take part in the TV show.

Source: HowStuffWorks (link from TLC's OWN WEBSITE!)

Anything peanut is a no no said...

I just have one question....I don't watch the show for obvious reasons but do read the recaps. Isn't it true that most schools do not allow any form of peanut butter due to serious peanut allergies? My daughter has been out of school for years now but her best friends son has those allergies and can't even be around pb. Can anyone that lives in Kon's area fill us in?

I read in the recap that she was making p&j sandwiches for the lil kids for 1st day of school even tho it was only half day.

marie said...

Maybe it is Steve at the E-town house...just a thought...I did say this before but I wonder now that the show is done if she will try to get the tups in school full time so she won't have to deal with them pt was ok when there was a show to film $$$$. Who knows...it is sad that she can't see her part in this divorce has anyone heard her say she treaded Jon wrong and she is sorry? I don't recall hearing it but might be wrong. God can change people but first she needs to realize she needs changing.

Wilma said...

Dear JTKsMommy,
No one thinks badly of kids who are struggle with challenges in life. The commenter I think meant we never see these kids behaving age appropriate nor do we see loving activities. Maybe it is not shown as Jon said there is a story board and they want us to get work up thinking that Kate is a cold mean mom.

I don't fully believe this because how much the kids fight. My two neices play super nice with a fight days apart. These kids act out all the time.

TLC would do the Gosselin's a huge image favor by showing better images of love but I think TLC doesn't care.

Shame on them for these will be the videos the kids watch when they are older trying to figure out why they are who they are.

Wilma

Ms.Peach said...

Ohhh, I hadn't heard that Steve was the bodyguard the morning of Aug. 28 and was spied at the bus stop. Interesting. I've always thought that he stayed at the house because he's an easy guy to spot and I've never heard of anyone saying they've seen him at a nearby hotel. You'd think the paps would be interested to know where this guy stays. With that large of a property, I've wondered if there's another road to the house. Surely the entire property is not fenced in even if the previous owner had horses. I live on 10 acres and we have several old dirt farm roads that crisscross in the woods. Just a thought. Any neighbors know?

Ms.Peach said...

Mary said...
Hi


POk when I made P&J sandwichs the night before and out them in the fridge the sandwich was all gross.The sandwich was all wet from the jelly/jam.
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Ha, Ha. I forgot about that. So true. Plus the bread is not very fresh after being in the fridge. I made my kids lunch fresh every morning and even dared to ask them what they would like for that day. Sometimes they wanted to eat the school lunch.

karma train said...

JTKsMommy said...

WakeUp said...
Training wheels, can't ties shoe laces or talk in an age appropriate manner... When are these parents going to start teaching their children these things? Or do they think it is the job of the "helpers"?

For God's sakes, take an interest in your childrens' development. THAT IS YOUR JOB KATE AND JON!
________________________

My son is 8 and has been diagnosed with PDD. He recieves speech, occupational, and physical therapies and still cannot ride a bike nor tie shoe laces.

I hate to sound like I'm defending these two morons, but is this what people think of us as parents?
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honey,not at all. we all at one point or another let our kids wear slip ons or velcro shoes.
we know why kate doesn't want tie shoes in her house. it is all about her.
in your house, sounds like you put your son's need ahead of your own.
kudos to you.

The Control Queen Ate Well said...

I was sickened to see Kate sitting at the table eating her full plate of Marinara Sauce & pasta, with a side of something else nutritious, while the kids ate the PB&J half sandwiches & whatever else she threw into the lunch boxes the night before. WTH? It seems it was more about laying down the law, so they knew their lunch rules at school. Control, Control, Control.

Maude said...

RachieK said:
My mom's school just adopted a "no peanut butter" policy, but the packers can still bring PB&J from home. I don't really see how you could tell them they couldn't, to be honest. We rural Pennsylvanians don't do to well with rules like that anyway, so I doubt they would be able to enforce it.

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I would hope you'd figure out how to follow that rule if there was a child with a serious peanut allergy. Just the odor of peanuts can cause an anaphylactic reaction that could put a childs life in danger. We're not talking about a runny nose or hives. This can be deadly and should never be taken lightly.

Needs2Rest, Now said...

This is , by far, the best recap and subsequent thread I have ever read here on GWoP. Brava!
The depths to which this woman is "misaligned" (to put it kindly), is chilling. I did NOT watch (that is what GWoP is for, in my book) but you all paint such a clear and disturbing picture in my mind for me that watching is not necessary.
The woman needs serious, non-jokish help. Now. I even think her kids might turn out ok, IF she were to go away, right now, to some nice restful place with rollling green grass and muscular men in too-small white scrubs. That is what it would take, though, to have it all "turn out Ok."
Oh, and the kids would have to be remanded to go live with Jodi&Kevin. They could have a visit with Mumsy when her "rest" was over.
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WhereisWaldo? said...

So where was Steve in the episode that we just saw on TLC. Nowhere to be seen.

Steve 'the booby gaurd' is like Where's Waldo, he is always there you just have to look real hard to find him. Just because he isnt seen on film or in a photograph doesnt mean he isnt there 'hiding'.

Past episode : Plane to Utah. Looking as if he is a 'casual' seat occupier until he reaches out and grabs Cara's arm as she passes him on her way down the isle.

Newer episode. Chopper episode. Steve sitting in a lawn chair 'stratigically' placed between the garage and a vehicle in the driveway.

We Don't Chew Gum When We're 3 said...

Kate, this episode really pissed me off, and showed once again what a lame mother you really are!!

6 bags of trash? Are you friggin' kidding me? Do you not ever step foot in these girls rooms? And what might be "trash" to you might be something very treasured to the twins like notes from friends, trinkets from DADDY, ect...
I/m sure after she pitched everything down the steps a TLC flunkie or the not-a-nanny cleaned it up or took out the trash.

Teach your kids to tie their damm shoes Kate!! Make a game of it, make it fun. Google it if you must!
Just because your hooked heels don't tie does not mean it is not a life skill your kids need to know. I recommend the "bunny ears"
trick. Ask any REAL mom, they will fill you in? mmmmmm, K????
Even Mady & Cara can't tie their shoes yet.

Also, why have these kids never been to a shoe store, but have been to lavish vacations, spa's, trips to the moon and more? Your really a pathetic waste of flesh Khate!!

I imagine her home alone munching cheesey triangle things while drinking bloody marys from the good "glass". She is on her laptap and Iphone at the same time, and trying to read the latest issue of People Magazine.
Clean House? Do Laundry? Yeah Right! You fool know one here Kate!

marypoppins said...

Momof2 said...
TLC has to treat Kate with kid gloves now or she will turn on them on a dime and accuse them of ruining her family.....wait for it. Wait until SHE realizes the money tree is dying.
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I will bet that in the future Jon, Kate or even both of them will SUE TLC on behalf of the children.

They will claim that the kids were never paid, TLC broke child labour laws etc...

Jon already hinted at this on LKL

This will get them some quick hush money, attnetion and some invites to talk shows so they can feel like celebrities again.

Silly one said...

Ok just watched the school days episode on Youtube... Just noticed a few things...
Why are the 5 year olds still in high chairs???!!! I can understand the jr K some children are just not ready at 5... But why still highchairs? The children are excited about school because they will be treated like 5yo.
K8 cleaning out the twins rooms... gee I never heard of a 9 year old having a messy room. All 9 yo children care about is oragnization! I never have heard of a mother having to clean up a 9 year olds room. Laundry? Cleaning? No other mother on the planet does this? IMO K8 is the hardest working mother out there (Delegating tasks to the staff is hard!)!
We don't do tie shoes. I have to get my nails done instead. Teaching life skills may hurt my nails.
All single moms have perfect nails and frequent spa trips. Single moms drop kids off to get on the bus and go home and relax and workout. They do not rush to work.
Now the kids are all in school you can get errands done alone... funny in the pap pics you are never seen with "a sea of people(sic)." (BTW children are a wonderful blessing :-))
K8 please get in line and take a seat. We all know how transparent you are, you cannot hide it.

KyPastor said...

My son is 8 and has been diagnosed with PDD. He recieves speech, occupational, and physical therapies and still cannot ride a bike nor tie shoe laces.

I hate to sound like I'm defending these two morons, but is this what people think of us as parents?


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Absolutely not. What more could you possibly do for your dear child than what you are doing? There is a vast difference between a child who simply cannot do something due to a condition and a child who can't do something because nobody has taken the time to teach. The G children have the capability of tying their shoes. What they don't have is somebody willing to sit down with them individually and go through the lessons. If they can't do it as a group of 6 they don't get to do it at all.

If the G children had physical or mental conditions and were not able to do the work, they would be given a big pass on this. But they don't.

They will be learning how to tie their shoes and dress themselves within the year, because they won't be going to full Kindergarten until they do.

ErinKate said...

Why does Kate have to cook organically for the kids? Is she afraid all the non-organic ingredients are going to make her kids more hyper, nasty, misbehaved and hit each other harder? Well then, thank the Lord she is because can you imagine how much worse they would be?

Is Kate really interested in the health of her kids? Go figure!

Sea of People said...

Kate's remark, "we don't tie shoes", gave an insightful understanding as to why those kids are behind in other areas as well. Speech is a big one. Kate lacks the patience to show them how to tie shoes, and seems to be devoid of the understanding that it is a given, prior to starting school. Maybe it's about the "sea of people" problem that she's mentioned on more than one occasion. Too many kids swarmed around her never goes well.

harrah said...

Schools cannot deny children entry into kindergarden because they don't know how to tie their shoes. That is unfair and insane. Yes it's a basic skill that most people learn by age 7 but it has nothing to do with a child's ability to learn how to read or write. I imagine the school board would be hearing from angry parents if this was the district's policy.

Kathleen said...

I apologize if this has been said already, but you know what I was thinking when Kate was in the shoe store? "Here is a mother, in a store that is closed to the public, and she has ZERO control over her children, the youngest of whom are 5.5 years old."

What does that say? It confirms what we all know: Kate is a hands-off mom who pays nannies to take care of, and essentially raise, her children.

So sad.

RachieK. said...

Maude said...
RachieK said:
My mom's school just adopted a "no peanut butter" policy, but the packers can still bring PB&J from home. I don't really see how you could tell them they couldn't, to be honest. We rural Pennsylvanians don't do to well with rules like that anyway, so I doubt they would be able to enforce it.

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I would hope you'd figure out how to follow that rule if there was a child with a serious peanut allergy. Just the odor of peanuts can cause an anaphylactic reaction that could put a childs life in danger. We're not talking about a runny nose or hives. This can be deadly and should never be taken lightly.
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There are a million people with a million deadly allergies. I don't think we can create a rule for everything under the sun. I'm deadly allergic to tree nuts (NOT peanuts), and carry an Epipen, but I don't expect anyone to change their eating habits. I quietly excuse myself to another room to avoid an ananphylactic episode. Now, I realize that peanut allergies are more common, and that the reactions are quite severe. I also realize that we are talking about children, so their consciousness about these situations is far lower than a grown adult such as myself. But do we really think its ok to tell 500 kids not to bring any type of peanut product (pb&j, apples and pb, etc) because Jr. is allergic? Nope.

There are about 13 kids in my mom's school with severe peanut allergies. They sit together in a peanut free zone at lunch, which sounds awful. Sitting with kids that aren't your friends, secluded from the rest of your classmates. I don't know what the answer is, but more rules never seem like a good idea to me.

Change the Channel said...

Come and Get Your Popcorn said...
I wonder if she put the sweet little traditional notes in their lunch boxes.
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These poor kids can't even SPEAK english yet, I highly doubt they would be able to READ anything!

Momof2 said...

Silly one said...

Ok just watched the school days episode on Youtube... Just noticed a few things...
Why are the 5 year olds still in high chairs???!!!
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...so they can't escape.

organizedblogroll said...

Guess Stride Rite was paying for all everything, so no wonder the kids showed up without socks.

Go Kate, freebie time is ALMOST over (heehee).

Vanessa said...

Marie, she did say "Have I been hard on Jon? Yes, you have it on tape...BUT..." then she went on about some other insignificant crap about them having different goals, he's not the same jon...blah, blah...
Like she HAD to be hard on him for his own good!

I think when she says stuff like they will only have velcro shoes, she's TRYING to come across as the everyday mom, like she's trying to be funny...I don't know, something like that blogger who rants about life as a SAHM (she was on Dr. phil) This woman says some pretty obnoxious and rude things, but I think people GET IT! Any one of us could joke about the same things and it would not be misconstrued. With Kate, it's just different. The same exact words could come out of someone else's mouth and it would come across sooo differently.
With Khate, you know she REALLY doesn't give a crap if her kids learn to tie their shoes or not. Something that tedious and time consuming WOULD NOT fall on her shoulders. It would drive her over the edge. I am really really REALLY puzzled as to WHY she ever wanted kids?? Even if it's not what you imagined, face reality and be a mom!

bridgemo said...

Many people were talking about the peanut butter....

I looked at the Paparrazzi pics and saw the name of the school. Then I went to the junior kindergarten info page and read "Due to the prevalence of severe reactions to peanuts in young children food containing any form of peanuts are not
allowed in the classrooms."

So I guess PB&J won't work for lunch.

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