Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Working vacation continues for kids in Philadelphia

Day two of filming in Philadelphia, and day two of the children's working vacation. Kate and the kids were spotted at the Franklin Institute (a science center), and The Water Works restaurant.

39 sediments (sic) from readers:

Administrator said...

Even in LA filming slows to a halt Christmas week so people can, you know, go Christmas shopping, cook, put up the tree, and get ready for the holiday.

PatK said...

Were they actually filming in the restaurant? Because, you know, those restaurant clips are always exciting.

AuntieAnn said...

Don't you realize Kate's got it all done. She's supermom you know. And we're all jellus cuz we aren't caught up like her.

Yeah, right. I wonder if the elf-nannies are getting a nice little bonus from her for ALL the work she'll take credit for doing. I'll bet she hasn't wrapped one present or baked a single cookie this month.

Denise said...

Water Works is not very kid friendly.

Certified Angus Beef® Water Works Cheesesteak
Caramelized exotic mushrooms, grilled Vidalia onions, Chef's signature blend of cheeses 16

Water Works Burger
Greek olives, feta spread, pickled tomato-cucumber salad 12

Lobster BLT
Nueske’s bacon, arugula, tomato, tarragon aioli 16

Crab Cake Sandwich
Smoked tomato chutney 15

Grilled Chicken Panini
Fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil pesto 11

Grilled Vegetable Panini
Eggplant, spinach, yellow squash, zucchini, red pepper and Water Works signature cheese spread 9

Administrator said...

The kids are going to be tired, overworked, stressed out from production and couch interviews and being bribed to do them, just in time to have a nice relaxing Christmas Eve. I have never in my life heard a kid this age say they want to go on a field trip to Philadelphia their first day of Christmas vacation. No, they want to be at home and bake cookies and veg out. Maybe the kids want to stay at home at play videogames and they've EARNED THAT.

Administrator said...

Maybe Kate thought Water works was going to give her free lessons in how to act pathetic and sympathetic and cry all over the place about how mean Sarah Palin was to her next time she chit chats with Meredeith.

Administrator said...

I was thinking this vacation is actually similar to one I took with my family about five years ago.

I actually got what was later teted to be salmonella poisoning on that vacation and we decided to leave early (my parents call it quits when I am sick, and I was an ADULT)....but we did the liberty bell, we did a sports game, baseball not hockey, we went to a couple museums.

This is a GOOD vacation....just no cameras please????

Tamara said...

I give up...I keep holding out hope that the show will be canceled and those poor kids can have a chance at normalcy. They are already showing signs of stress, and no one is doing a damn thing about it. I have four kids, the first couple of days after school lets out, they desperately just want to veg out and unwind. School is hard, hard work, and very stressful...whether kids show it or not.

This week, we are enjoying family, good food, board games, and all things Christmas, with time to veg as well. I only wish the Gosselin kids could have the same.

Bring On The DOL said...

I hope they weren't filming at the Water Works. I also wonder if there was alcohol in that box suite at the hockey game. According to PA Child Labor laws, cited on another blog:

"No minor under eighteen years of age shall be employed or permitted to work in, about, or in connection with, any establishment where alcoholic liquors are distilled, rectified, compounded, brewed, manufactured, bottled, sold, or dispensed; nor in a pool or billiard room"

Water Works is an establishment with a lounge where alcohol is SOLD.

h8k8 said...

I agree Denise, not very kid friendly, especially for the controlling K8 trying to order for her 8 picky kids.

How about the "PRIX FIXE FIVE COURSE DINNER MENU" for the budget conscious, at just $80.00 per person?

Did they film at the restaurant?

Will the Philly episode be the debut of her 2011 image (like "Can Do Kate" or "Clean Slate Kate"), but this time: "Kate,the gr8 educator"?

Kartie Dearest said...

I posted this somewhere else but wanted to share over here too. Time to lighten the mood and get into the season. Hope everyone can contribute others because my creative juices have run dry. =)


Holiday Song Titles by Kate Gosselin (Dec 2010)


Moose Dogs Roasting on an Open Fire

The Twelve Days of Nannies

I’m Dreaming of a Paid Vacation

Oh Tanning Bed Oh Tanning Bed

I Saw Mommy Kissing Body Guard

All I want For Christmas Are My 8 paychecks

Do You Hear When I Scream?

I Saw Three (Hundred) Surgeons

Hooker Heels…Hookers Heels… It’s Filming Time in the Corn Maze.

Let It Rain! Let Me Pace! Let Me Go!

Rockin’ Around the Nail Salon

Have Yourself a Straw-like Little Hairdo

I’ll be Home for Filming

Anonymous said...

The mansion and its upkeep, the hair extensions, the tanning and nail sessions, the designer clothes and any other thing Kate desires aren't going to pay for themselves now are they?!?!

Cdn East Coaster said...

Considering the Water Works is considered a historic landmark in Philly, from what I read, and also that they were spotted at the liberty bell, maybe TLC are hoping to make this look like an "educational" episode. In the vain hopes the public won't be too upset that the kids filmed on their Christmas break. Too little to late. Get them off the TV, and let them do what all kids do this time of year, have FUN and veg at home. Sheesh Kate, if you really want to impress us, take them kids home, bake up some cookies, let them help, and DON'T FILM it! Leave the kids home if you need to "work", like the rest of the entire universe does. You go around proclaiming to the world that your kids play while you work, so leave them HOME to really play. I don't know what I'm more sick of seeing, those kids being dragged everywhere and filmed "playing" while mommy dearest "works", or actually seeing her ugly mug plastered in the media!

cathy518 said...

This would be a good vacation if it was a vacation but it is a job. Those kids need downtime. My daughter came home from a grueling semester Saturday and all she has done is sleep! I don't think she has been out of her pj's since coming home. I would think the 8 would have enjoyed this trip much more if it was after Christmas and they had a chance to relax but this probably didn't fit with the crew's schedule. Oh, I just remembered, the Gosselins celebrate Christmas when it is convenient to film, not on the 25th of December as custom.

sftk said...

* @jongosselin1 ah, I see. we still support you getting these kids off TV and having a normal life. about 17 hours ago
* @jongosselin1 Jon it's not "cool" your kids were at a Flyers game they were being FILMED. about 18 hours ago

Could someone give more details on the above which is from the Reality Kids tweets? I don't know enough about texting.

h8k8 said...

sftk said...
* @jongosselin1 ah, I see. we still support you getting these kids off TV and having a normal life. about 17 hours ago
* @jongosselin1 Jon it's not "cool" your kids were at a Flyers game they were being FILMED. about 18 hours ago

Could someone give more details on the above which is from the Reality Kids tweets? I don't know enough about texting.


****************

These are tweets sent by Admin TO Jon.

To start it off JAYSERV tweeted to Jon that the kids were at the Flyers game.

Jon sent a tweet TO JAYSERV saying: "So I've heard. Cool!!"

Then Admin tweeted TO Jon: "Jon it's not "cool" your kids were at a Flyers game they were being FILMED."

Jon replied to Admin saying: "Actually, I was saying it was cool that the person tweeting me saw them."

To which Admin then replied: "ah, I see. we still support you getting these kids off TV and having a normal life."

************

To follow a 'conversation' in twitter you need to either click back and forth between twitter pages to see what each person is tweeting or click where it says 'in reply to ___' under the text of the tweet to see what the person is referencing in their reply. It's confusing to say the least.

Mommie Needs More Shoes said...

I am sure Kart called ahead and made sure Water Works had day old bread and peanut butter and organic (what?) fluff ready for her, so she can caress and stroke each one before she dramatically makes the perfect cut that will render them into portions suitable for a hard working 6 year old as they watch silently in awe of her power over them. Maye if they have worked really hard and been particularly silent with feet planted they will get dessert. No cupcakes please.

Hippie Chick said...

Again, why would anyone want to watch this? It seems so boring.

I saw some comments on the last thread about Kate being a bully. I totally agree. My son was bullied, I have mentioned before that we had to transfer him to another school. He started an anti-bullying group in his new school (my kid ROCKS) anyway...the guidance counselor is involved, as is another teacher. My son told me that there is a girl there who is bullied by her own mother. Apparently, she spoke up a couple times, the GC asked her if it was a sibling, the girl said no, & now the girl is no longer part of the group. I have no idea what has happened, but I'm hoping she got help. I asked my son if the girl looks happier, & he said she goes to the GC a lot. I asked if they are friends & he said sorta, I want her back in my group so I can help her. It melted my heart. I told him sometimes adults need to step in with situations like this.

Kate IS a bully. She bullies her kids. And her kids will bully other kids, & when they grow up, they will bully other adults, if someone doesn't nip it in the bud. Adults who bully other adults are the worst. And the kind who think they are owed everything? That's horrible. "Give me this/let me in/don't charge me, don't you KNOW WHO I AM?" Kate is teaching her kids that they should bully their way out of situations because of their name, & because it should just be handed to them. They shouldn't have to work for it. (although they ARE working, I'm talking when they're older) It's like the nephew at the co. that got hired for who he is. Nepatism at its finest. (sorry for the rant) :)

Robin said...

It does seem like they (TLC) are trying to do some damage control with the types of episodes they've shot lately. Oh look, we didn't fly the kids to Hawaii, we drove them to NYC and Philadelphia to show them our nation's history and be "educational." (I'm sure a segment about Washington DC isn't far behind.) And oh look at how normal and happy of a life they're leading, experiencing corn mazes and trick or treating.

Here's what's wrong with that:

1. Filming, obviously, instead of just doing it to do it.

2. Why HAVEN'T these children been to the historical sites Philadelphia or NYC before? They live just 2-3 hours from each city, don't they? It's just amazing to me, living on the west coast, that they have been to Florida, Alaska, Hawaii, Colorado, California, Utah...before they've even explored their own back yard which is so rich with history. If I lived close enough to those cities to show my children the history of how our nation was built, it would be the first thing I would do - not the thing I wait and only do when I need to show the world what a great parent I am.

3. Not that I feel that trick-or-treating is necessarily the end-all-get-all experience of childhood, but it is a little sad to see that they had never done it before. I don't have a problem with a family choosing to not do it out of principle, or because of religion, or whatever - but then stick to that and offer other fun to your children. This ended up looking like "I couldn't be bothered with this before because it's a huge pita, but now TLC says I have to show the world that I have fun with my kids, so I have to do it." Not a change in philosophy that said "you know, I wasn't ok with this before but I've changed and now I am", which would have been fine.

sftk said...

Thanksh8k8 for explaining the tweets.
Lets keep encouraging Jon and supporting his efforts to help stop this tragedy.


thanks

It's the controversy said...

Again, why would anyone want to watch this? It seems so boring.

Many watch to see just how obnoxious and awful Kate can be then they discuss it.

Carol said...

TO: Katie Dearest. I LOVE your list of songs. You certainly hit the nail right on the head.

Thanks.

readerlady said...

@Kartie Dearest

Love your song titles. Here are a few more to add to your list:

I'm Dreaming of a Big Paycheck
Oh Little Town of Ghettosville
Have Yourself a Merry Little Paycheck
Jon's Nuts Roasting On An Open Fire


After the kids were forced to run up and down the steps, were they at least allowed to go inside and see some of the exhibits?

Anyone want to take bets on Khate and her crew defiling the sacred grounds of Gettysburg sometime in the near future?

Grammy of nine said...

It is just sickening that TLC is continuing with this drivel. That network is an insult to our intelligence. Yes, Kate appears to be a bully and of course the kids have learned all of their bad behavior in their own home. They haven't spent enough time away from home in their extended families' homes or friends' homes to have learned anything from the experience.

Kate G. wants her kids to stay in the pack. They are better controlled and remain intact with only herself in charge. Jon has little, if any, control of the kids at this point. Sure wish he had fought her harder! This is a sad story and will not end well. Think of the Dionne Quints. They were treated like "circus props" just like the Gosselin 8.

Westcoaster said...

At the end of the day, really and truly, who wants to see this dreck - 8 not so cute kids getting dragged around anywhere by a shrewish biotch of a mother. After the SP meltdown, I imagine only people who thrive on trainwrecks really care. I only care that no matter what they do it's all about the camera - yes, this is a perfectly acceptable way to spend winter break, that is if you are on a family vacation. A family vacation does not include film crews.
Pathetic.

MaryP said...

I took my five boys (then 6 through 10) to Philly back in the 80's. We spent almost a whole day at the Franklin Institute. They were so enthralled. At least a half day between the Liberty Bell and steps from Rocky. They must have run up and down a hundred times. We were there a total of 4 days and they had a blast! These children could not possibly have absorbed nor truely experienced these places the way children are suppose to under filming conditions. They would not have had the freedom to individually explore,ask questions and get answers. So IMO these are not "opportunities" for the children but a job that they must do to pay the bills. So sad what a missed opportunity for all!

Where's the apathy? said...

At the end of the day, really and truly, who wants to see this dreck - 8 not so cute kids getting dragged around anywhere by a shrewish biotch of a mother.

Enough to keep it on the air.

Mimi to 3 said...

'Jon's nuts roasting on an open fire'

Totally choked when I read this. Some of you gals are so witty. Thanks for the laugh. Although I really like Jon and believe he is the way he is is because of how he was beaten down by that witch for 10 years. His personality had no chance against her controlling and manipulative and demanding personality. I feel very sorry for him and what he has been through, but still, that was funny.

E-town Neighbor said...

"Why HAVEN'T these children been to the historical sites Philadelphia or NYC before? They live just 2-3 hours from each city, don't they?"

^^^^^^^^^^^^

Probably because children younger than six really aren't all that interested in Philadelphia history. They live an hour away, but I can easily understand why they haven't been there up to this point. Philly isn't nearly as exciting as surfing in Hawaii, Discovery Cove, Disney, or the looking at wild horses in NC...at least not to a 6-year-old! They did the NYC thing this summer. I wouldn't have taken them to see those things before they were six. They wouldn't have been able to appreciate it.

"Not that I feel that trick-or-treating is necessarily the end-all-get-all experience of childhood, but it is a little sad to see that they had never done it before."

^^^^^^^^^

They did trick-or-treat before. I'm not sure if it was filmed, but I know that they went trick-or-treating at the old house.

Robin said...

I agree that children younger than six (or even older than six) wouldn't be able to appreciate those things. But Kate herself isn't younger than six...and the twins aren't. Yet Kate stated that she'd never before done the historical things in NYC (like the Statue of Liberty.) My point was more that it's just silly to drag them to those things now just to make a point of how "educational" of a family they are, when going to historical sites isn't part of their normal life. There have been many times that I've taken my children to see things before they're all actually old enough to appreciate it, because I wanted the older ones to experience it - or wanted to experience it myself. It's normal for us - so if I was to do a reality show with my family, it would make sense. It doesn't with her and it's just damage control.

I stand corrected on trick or treating. I based my opinion on Kate's comments about the holiday in general at the beginning of the Halloween episode, and the fact that at least some of the children needed to be taught to say "trick or treat" when they were out that night.

Grammy of nine said...

These trips, whatever they are, are all about where Kate wants to go! This is not about opportunity for the children. They are working their way through their life. All kidding aside, it is called exploitation. TLC got off cheap on this latest trek to Philly. Some of these posts are hysterically funny! Thanks for the break on a very serious subject.

Janelle said...

Robin said... It does seem like they (TLC) are trying to do some damage control with the types of episodes they've shot lately. Oh look, we didn't fly the kids to Hawaii, we drove them to NYC and Philadelphia to show them our nation's history and be "educational." (I'm sure a segment about Washington DC isn't far behind.) And oh look at how normal and happy of a life they're leading, experiencing corn mazes and trick or treating.

____
I don't think it's about "educational" outings or damage control. My understanding based on what I have read in several places is that TLC told Khate that the big money trips are over and that they will be focusing on "home-based" local outings to save money. This "outing" fits right in with TLC's new agenda for trimming the fat from the high cost of production.

Midnight Madness said...

I don't think it's about "educational" outings or damage control. My understanding based on what I have read in several places is that TLC told Khate that the big money trips are over and that they will be focusing on "home-based" local outings to save money. This "outing" fits right in with TLC's new agenda for trimming the fat from the high cost of production.

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I bet Kate was dreaming of a romantic, Caribbean cruise with Purseboy over break, or a return to Mexico to film at the Mayan ruins. Bet she was really pissed to find herself on the steps of the art museum instead!

Mommie Needs More Shoes said...

I am sure Kart called ahead and made sure Water Works had day old bread and peanut butter and organic (what?) fluff ready for her, so she can caress and stroke each one before she dramatically makes the perfect cut that will render them into portions suitable for a hard working 6 year old as they watch silently in awe of her power over them. Maye if they have worked really hard and been particularly silent with feet planted they will get dessert. No cupcakes please.

Robin said...

I agree that children younger than six (or even older than six) wouldn't be able to appreciate those things. But Kate herself isn't younger than six...and the twins aren't. Yet Kate stated that she'd never before done the historical things in NYC (like the Statue of Liberty.) My point was more that it's just silly to drag them to those things now just to make a point of how "educational" of a family they are, when going to historical sites isn't part of their normal life. There have been many times that I've taken my children to see things before they're all actually old enough to appreciate it, because I wanted the older ones to experience it - or wanted to experience it myself. It's normal for us - so if I was to do a reality show with my family, it would make sense. It doesn't with her and it's just damage control.

I stand corrected on trick or treating. I based my opinion on Kate's comments about the holiday in general at the beginning of the Halloween episode, and the fact that at least some of the children needed to be taught to say "trick or treat" when they were out that night.

Mimi to 3 said...

'Jon's nuts roasting on an open fire'

Totally choked when I read this. Some of you gals are so witty. Thanks for the laugh. Although I really like Jon and believe he is the way he is is because of how he was beaten down by that witch for 10 years. His personality had no chance against her controlling and manipulative and demanding personality. I feel very sorry for him and what he has been through, but still, that was funny.

MaryP said...

I took my five boys (then 6 through 10) to Philly back in the 80's. We spent almost a whole day at the Franklin Institute. They were so enthralled. At least a half day between the Liberty Bell and steps from Rocky. They must have run up and down a hundred times. We were there a total of 4 days and they had a blast! These children could not possibly have absorbed nor truely experienced these places the way children are suppose to under filming conditions. They would not have had the freedom to individually explore,ask questions and get answers. So IMO these are not "opportunities" for the children but a job that they must do to pay the bills. So sad what a missed opportunity for all!

Bring On The DOL said...

I hope they weren't filming at the Water Works. I also wonder if there was alcohol in that box suite at the hockey game. According to PA Child Labor laws, cited on another blog:

"No minor under eighteen years of age shall be employed or permitted to work in, about, or in connection with, any establishment where alcoholic liquors are distilled, rectified, compounded, brewed, manufactured, bottled, sold, or dispensed; nor in a pool or billiard room"

Water Works is an establishment with a lounge where alcohol is SOLD.

Administrator said...

Maybe Kate thought Water works was going to give her free lessons in how to act pathetic and sympathetic and cry all over the place about how mean Sarah Palin was to her next time she chit chats with Meredeith.

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