Thursday, July 3, 2014

Recap: Kate Plus 8: Sextuplets Turn 10 part 2: I hate Kate!

I love sports. I love them for many reasons, and one of them is every so often something really good and pure and genuine happens. Something that shows us something so wonderfully human and tangible. It makes the occasional stupid scandal forgettable, we forget about the millions of dollars going back and forth that sometimes taint the purity of the game, and it reminds us that we need professional recreation in our lives. Especially international events like this. It makes our lives fuller in any case, and certainly more fun.

One of these great moments happened this week during the phenomenal USA-Belgium World Cup game. As you probably heard, we lost. But we lost playing our absolute hearts out, sweat and blood and spit flying everywhere until the final seconds, which makes any loss that hard-fought just plain honorable.

So, we pretty much lost because some Belgian who must be about 15 years old named Kevin De Buryne scored an impossible goal late in the game, threading it through about four different defenders straight into the corner pocket. Not too long afterward the same guy had an assist for their second death-knell goal that won it.



Kevin looks remarkably like Prince Harry too, so predictably that was the perfect storm to set Twitter ablaze.

People are saying Prince Harry looks like Kevin De Bruyne on the Belgium team. I disagree. I think Kevin De Bruyne looks like Prince Harry.
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) July 1, 2014


Times like this Twitter is tolerable.

Anyway, turns out Harry's Doppelgänger is not just a prince but also a stand-up guy. Late in the game in what I think was extra time or almost, when all the guys out there must have been absolutely dead, Harry had a fantastic steal away from American Jermaine Jones. But while trying to kick it away, Harry accidentally kicked it straight up into Jermaine's face, absolutely pummeling him across the head.

You know those old cartoons where they get hit by a sledge hammer and then all these stars float around their head? That was pretty much Jermaine's face. He kind of fell to the ground in a heap. Jermaine just broke his nose last week so you can imagine how that must have felt. Prince Harry's expression was utter shock and sympathy. Sort of an, "Ohhhh, man that's gotta hurt!!!"

Harry quickly jogged back over to Jermaine, looking at the refs and holding up his hand to indicate the game should stop. He then squatted down, tenderly placing his hands on Jermaine's chest, and then grasped his hand in his, waiting for help to arrive.



If you've seen a soccer field it's gigantic, and help does take a good 15 to 20 seconds to get there. That must feel like an eternity when you're seeing stars. I imagine it's not as bad though when royalty is with you, holding your hand. It was an awesome moment.

Anyway, I bring this up because this is more than just what true sportsmanship should be. It's just how human beings should behave in both competitions and in life. If someone is hurt or hurting or you hurt them, not only should things stop for them, but you should go comfort and help them. This makes the world spin round in a manner that creates order out of chaos and good times even in defeat.

Last week on Kate Plus 8 when Mady was injured at Play Days, instead of holding up her hand to stop and going over to help her, Kate just kept on pummeling her until Kate won. Belgian Prince Harry's simple act of kindness and sympathy just shows how deranged Kate's thinking is. Prince Harry is a normal, nice guy. Kate on the other hand is an abnormal, cruel woman. Kate's way does not teach any life lessons like she so smugly thinks. It does not make the world go 'round. Instead it derails it and makes everybody miserable. We should all be more like how Prince Harry was just now and less like that waste of space.

Coming up on Kate Plus 8. God is giving it His best effort to stop the Hobbling Harridan with plagues of hail, wind, velcro and birds. Well, unfortunately God failed and she's still around and tweeting. He should have gone for the locusts.

May, and it's yet another new look for Kate. Maybe that's what she meant by piecing and patching. Piece a trend from October 2012 here, patch another from January 2013 in here. This one is sort of a poor man's attempt at the super dark roots look that was trendy nine months ago. Only rag mags would try to convince us that ever looked good. As usual Kate can't pull it off. To me she always looks more like a two-bit hooker on the corner of Hollywood and Vine than she does Sarah Jessica Parker. I get it. I always look like it's Halloween whenever I try anything trendy or outside the box but at least I know my own limitations and just stick mostly to Sketchers, leggings and bangs.

There's a photo of Shoka featured prominently in the background, just so we remember Shmoopy never really abused him. Oh, okay.

Credits. It's 5:45 and Shmoopy's up already and messing around with something or other in the kitchen. Are they on the first breakfast or the second? I don't care, because I'm too distracted by the clip boards attached to the back of some of the children's chairs like Doogie Howser is going to walk in at any moment and start analyzing your urine sample results. 

Two questions immediately spring to mind. What the heck is on those clip boards and why are they on only some of the children's chairs? It's so flipping weird, but not much surprises me anymore about the level of psychosis in this household.

Hey, remember the awesome computer diary Doogie would type in at the end of every episode? I bet he never was careless enough to throw out those discs. He's smart.



Good gracious we certainly typed slowly in 1991, were we really that bad?

Because the internet is awesome and amazing, somebody actually collected every single diary entry from the show and put it in blog form, complete with the correct dates and everything. It includes forgotten gems like this one: "They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe if we all spent a little less time beholding -- We'd be a lot happier." F-- yeah, now that is a platitude worth repeating!

doogiehowsermd.blogspot.com

Thank you, good sir or madam. Bookmarked it!

Kate gets up every single day of her life at 5:45 a.m. Not to be nit picky but she's said many times on Twitter, even as recently as a few days ago, that they sleep in to ungodly late hours when they don't have school, so I don't think that's true. But fine, what's another lie.

They spend an untoward amount of time telling us what time they get up and how the morning routine goes. The thing I fear for these kids is that they may think any of this is even remotely interesting and grow big heads. This is not interesting. They are, bless their hearts, not interesting. At all. Not even the time they get up in the morning is interesting. I'm a big fan of children understanding they are not special. The adult world is easier on people who understand they're not special. Sorry, Mr. Rogers, but it's true.



I'm partial to this guy's high school commencement speech in which he said the opposite. You, little Johnny and Suzy, hate to say it, are not special whatsoever. Now good luck to you. It went viral because it was a great message.

They text each other in the house, which I think is preferably to screaming and shouting frankly, which they also do. Kate wants an intercom system. She should get one. The house I worked in had that and I have to say it was the nicest feature about it. Instead of screaming, shouting, or wasting time searching for various kids, I'd just pick up the phone, hold five I think, and say "monkeys, come to the kitchen Admin has dinner ready." And there they'd come even if they were downstairs or outside. It makes for a more peaceful house all around.

The kids seem to like the breakfasts she makes and they talk about how healthy the food is. I don't think white bread, eggs and cheese every day is the healthiest. I think their mother is hopelessly ignorant, not healthy. The kids are still brushing their teeth in the kitchen while Kate looks on? That seems like it may have more to do with control than anything.

Oops, Kate says they've been doing this so long it runs like clockwork. They can get ready for school in 50 minutes. Well, I have to say that is very impressive. Good for them. I think it takes a normal sized family about 50 minutes if not longer. But then doesn't that prove the point things are not as hard as she makes them out to be? Seems like the kids, who despite some of their issues are overall pretty decent kids who usually aim to please, are pretty much keeping this train on the tracks with little effort from Kate anymore. So does she have it hard and is this just so difficult, or does the U.S.S. Gosselin keep a tight orderly ship that practically runs itself? I would hope the latter by now. Heh.

The producer asks the boys what does Kate do while they're at school.

Oh, okay, so he was wondering too. I'm interested in this. I've been scratching by head over this for years.

"Work," Joel says. He's been reading the script I see. Work where and doing what exactly? I ask. Ha, Joel adds that sometimes she goes back to sleep. Well yeah I figured that much, Shmoops. How nice she found some job where you can punch in and then go back to sleep. She runs errands, says Collin. Um, errands are not work. You cannot classify as "work" what everybody else has to do too whether you have a real job or not. It is rather called, "things everybody else has to do too whether you have a real job or not."

Nah, Kate's not really running as much as she used to (she must mean since Coupon Cabin stopped paying for it) because well you see, she broke her foot.

Let me stop you right there. Toe, toe, toe, toe!!! according to the children. Can I just say it's amusing how God damned stubborn she is? Even when all the kids have explained she certainly did not break her foot, she still won't let up on that story. It's remarkable.

What? Wait, she "broke" her "foot" when the perpetually coming soon "cookbook" came out and wasn't that like in September? This is May, some nine months later.

Kate also doesn't have time to run anymore anyway. That's understandable with all the "work" she does while they're at school.

Yawn, Kate likes to do everything over the top. Yawn, Kate buys paper plates. Oh this must be at Michaels where one of the shoppers there was annoyed she and the crew were blocking the aisles. Heh, I love how much most of the locals can't stand her or this mess. Poor Shmoopy's pulled in all different directions by these damn kids and some days just wishes she could throw in the towel. Being a single mom is so tough. Oh well, shouldn't have had eight kids then divorced their father and estranged all your family and friends. Shoulda bought that cactus instead.

She never meant to portray herself as super woman. Oh, that's why she joined all those smug Mommy bloggers at The Stir. So we are reassured she actually is just like any other mommy, the truth is, sniff, sometimes she cries behind closed doors.

I like when she says shit that makes her look unstable.

When she feels overwhelmed she reminds herself it's okay to mess up the important thing is you not give up. Throw that on a poster. Now imagine doing all this with a real job.

Commercials. I heart me some Blake Shelton but sadly the Pizza Hut near me closed and was replaced by a pretentious looking Jamba Juice. If you can't even make a go of a Pizza Hut and end up getting replaced by juice you might want to get out of the restaurant business.

We're back. I still think it's funny they were so cheap with the credits and little intros that they couldn't even get one updated photo of the family. Literally the Kate Plus 8 family photo has to be three years old. Mady and Cara are half the size they are now. It's tacky looking because it's so cheap.

Kate takes the kids to the mall to pick out new outfits for their party. As usual Mady and Cara are dragged along but they make it clear they were not permitted to buy anything and were bored out of their minds as am I. I still don't understand why at their ages they can't stay at home for a few hours while Kate does this nonsense with the younger kids. They seem well old enough to me.

I don't like this discussion about the younger kids and their boyfriends and girlfriends, I think these questions are embarrassing most of them, so I'm skipping this part.

Because when she's miserable she has to make everybody else miserable too, Mady tells the kids anything they've picked out is ugly.  I'm very sorry the kid is obviously struggling with many things right now and I don't see how filming is going to help anything.

The next day, and I feel like they're explaining every little mundane thing in every little mundane detail. It's not a home improvement show. It's really getting tortuous. The bottom line is, Marie Antoinette here is going to bake a cake.

Kate's off to the bus stop while the cake cools. She needs to be out the door in "32 seconds." For the longest time I thought her odd times (like awake at 6:02 a.m.) were done just to be cute or funny. Now I think in her rigid mind it actually is 32 seconds to her just like it was 246 toothpicks and four left in the box to Rain Man. Maybe for work she could be a timekeeper of some sort. Maybe working for the railroad as a dynamite detonator. I like Westerns.

Suddenly a huge hail storm rolls in. Sort of. It wasn't exactly anywhere near her house but it did hit the bus stop. Okay those are scary. We got those maybe once every couple years back East and they actually are quite dangerous when it's happening, if you are out in it. If you're inside, using your brain and staying put it'll be fine. A really bad one like this may only happen once every ten years. They can also really dent your car or cause other damage. Kind of funny they use footage of the storm from The Reading Eagle since that newspaper absolutely hates Kate Gosselin and her ten years of scams. Heh.

I don't like parents who freak their kids out. We should not pass our fears down to our children. Kate is at the bus stop clapping at the kids to come on, it's dangerous. Well, the storm is over now and it's sunny, so I don't quite get that. They have plenty of time to get to safety should it start up again. She hurries them into the van in an absolute panic. The problem with this attitude is that in the span of 30 seconds you may have just made your child afraid of hailstorms for decades to come, and unable to handle them rationally and reasonably. It's okay to have a healthy fear of danger but it's not okay to deal with that fear by panicking. The sad thing is I think she thinks behaving this way makes her look like a caring and protective mother. Sigh.

They head to the pet store to get some beta fish for the party. Hm, I don't see anybody asking the parents of their guests if sending them home with a live animal is okay. You can't have a carnival without winning fish, Kate explains.  Gaa, these people. I suppose these are the same people that can't have a circus without abused animals, or Sea World without orcas who live in a small swimming pool as their life until they finally snap and eat their trainer. The tide is changing in remarkable ways, and these people should know they will be left behind. It's happening.

"This is starting to feel real," Kate says dramatically. The... party? Good grief you would think she is talking about having her firstborn child or earning her PhD without the D. It's just a stupid birthday party that was pretty much catered for them anyways.

Commercials. The most random people are able to get reality shows. Leah Remini, really? I mean I like her just fine but not enough to care what she does on a day to day basis.

We're back, and Kate is whipping up some frosting that has 2,000 pounds of butter. Well, then she could say it has a ton of butter and actually not be exaggerating. The layered cake looks good actually.  It's moist and has a good color, although someone on the blog here pointed out it didn't really rise. True. Here we go with yet another long, mundane explanation. I'll skip this.

Zorro, who apparently is quite a fine method actor, creeps slowly toward the cake. Yes, he's out of his cage and supposed to be perched on some little tree thing on the counter.

"Stay!" Kate commands. I don't know if birds respond to things like "stay." Uh, maybe she should put him in his cage?

Finally his big moment to show his chops, er, rather beak, is here and he flies into the cake and takes a bite.

Kate is shocked that this happened. Shocked I tell ya. Lol. You place your bird two feet away from the cake. He is eyeing the cake like he really wants it. He is even walking toward the cake. And you're shocked that this happened. She's not exactly the best at reading body language now is she?

You know, he only got a tiny piece of it. I probably would have cut that piece out and figured out a way to replace it with frosting somehow and not say anything. But because Kate is 12 and can't handle anything more complicated than a shoebox, she cries and bemoans how she can't serve it now and the party could be ruined and what will she do about the cake?

Brilliant screen writing here and Zorro hit all his marks.

For someone doing it 99% alone, there sure are a heck of a lot of workers around doing various things for the party. The tent people show up and could you put it a little to the left, now a little to the right, now do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around, perfect. 

The "surprise" for the kids is here. It came on a flatbed truck and Kate shuts it away in the barn. Based on that information I can't rule out that it could still be a Jonas brother. This is Kate we're talking about after all.

Kate's friends all live out of state, which is both funny and odd. Jamie flew in for the weekend to help out. Good ole Jamie, I remember her and Ashley and how much Kate pissed them off on the Yellowstone trip. It just so happened Jamie's kids would be away that weekend. With their father whom we're told they live with? Just saying. I always found it ironic that for all the hate and judgment toward Jon, none of Kate's fans judge Jamie or ask why her children don't live with her full time either. I have no idea what Jamie's situation is but there are dozens of reasons that custody might not be balanced that have nothing to do with whether one is a good or bad parent. Because I have no hate in my heart I've always given Jamie the benefit of the doubt on that. I just like the hypocrisy.

Jamie understands Kate. I'm glad somebody does. They are sooo similar, says Kate. Why, they even got divorced in the same year, "ironically." Hey, Alanis, that's not ironic, that's just a coincidence or perhaps even poor misfortune.

Nothing that happened on or off camera has affected this sisterhood of the traveling pants. And that's the sign of a true friend, says Kate. No Kate, that's the sign of a true enabler who I guess doesn't have the self-esteem to insist she be treated with kindness and respect by her so-called BFF.

God tries again with a freak wind storm, interrupting the family as they are trying to paint signs for the carnival. Just to drive the point home, God blows the papers straight into the heated pool. Lol, God.

"Can somebody shut the pool gate at least!" Kate screeches.

You shut it, bitch. You're the closest. She finally does.

What's funny is in the midst of all this you see what looks like a cameraman and a producer running away from all this and not helping. Not that the Jane Goodalls of reality T.V. should be interfering with what's going on, but it's hysterical the way Kate is screeching for help and production just runs away.

You know what's awesome about this? The kids love it. They fish the papers out of the pool, and Alexis blurts how funny it was, like a word scramble. Kate of course is beside herself. God owes me a perfect day tomorrow, Kate says to God as she points at the sky. So she really does have a direct line to Him like her letters to Jesus in her book. I wonder how one gets chosen for that.



I like kids and I hate adults. Adults who act like this anyway. The kids will remember this forever and get a chuckle out of it forever. Lighten the F up.

It's getting late and everyone is inside now. Kate is still pacing and strung out. The kids are fine, laughing and playing with their iPads. Why is it always the girls who are playing with the iPads and the boys watching, may I ask? Is that an iPad mini in addition to their regular gadgets? Sheesh.

They eat the cake that Colin Firth over there jumped on/the producer threw him on. Kate has to trust the party will come together tomorrow but she doesn't really think it will. Well, that's kind of rude to the catering company who did it all. I'm sure they know full well what they're doing.

Thirty-six long minutes in and it's finally time for the party at last.

"One person, too much to do," Kate says. She's just such a tool. Not to even mention the catering company there is proof did it all, what about Jamie (and as you will see Deanna) who flew in, the twins and their friends who did help seemingly for free as far as I can tell, and the birthday kids themselves? They all helped a ton! Like 2,000 pounds of butter a ton. Wtf, I don't understand her and why she always has to marginalize anybody else who busts their butt for her.

At the last minute Kate is able to get a carnival cake that looks like a big top. It's cute. It was probably ordered three weeks ago by production.

What is with this episode? Now we're spending what feels like ages watching them stuff the pinatas. This really has gotten to be just like watching old boring home movies. I can't believe anyone in their right mind thinks this should be a weekly series. With the exception of Zorro's great escape and the water boarding she did to the poor thing afterward, there is nothing remotely resembling an interesting plot here. They got nothing.

There's literally people everywhere helping out. People setting up the various stands, Mady and Cara's friends helping out, other unidentified adults doing things. I swear to god for about ten seconds I thought that blond chick with the shower wet hair and pink shorts was the new nanny. Then she spoke and I realized it's Shmoopy herself! She's so skinny. Who is she? What is she?

Kate and Jamie are setting up something or other with a staple gun and Kate is out of staples and doesn't know how to change them. For someone who does it 99% herself she sure is helpless. What did she do when she was out of staples before and she was doing it 99% herself? Maybe just stand there and hold it together with her fingers until the 1% gets there?

I don't understand the point of a party if you're going to be running ragged and stressed out beyond belief the whole time, but that's just me.

I love the two second clip of Kate giving orders to the twins' friends. Their body language is so 13. The in one ear out the other look, sure Kate yep no worries, got it. And then they're off to talk about boys and lipgloss.

"Once I mentally envision something, I just have to make it happen," Kate says, gesticulating so we see her nails.

Actually she says it more like this, "Once I mentally envision something, I just have to make it happen???"

I imagine around about 2003 that's exactly what went down???

The kids are on the couch playing with the clapperboard, shouting various things. It's kind of annoying, no offense, though it's not their fault. Obviously the producers made them do this and some of the kids, like Joel, don't look like they think this is that fun. Oh by the way Hannah smacks Joel across his cheek in the middle of this, but it's Hannah so don't worry it's okay. The clapperboard has some interesting information on it, like some of the crew members and that it was "take two" of this "reality show." So we were wondering if the crew is really the same crew Kate says they love and missed. I don't have the skills of Nev or many of the posters here, but I did a little poor man's sleuthing on IMDB to see what I could come up with.

I see two names on the clapperboard. One is C. McCarthy-Miller. I pretend Max is sitting just to my right holding his stupid little canon video camera as I pull up google.



I quickly discover "C." is some guy named Clark, and he has been part of all of two episodes, not counting these, of Kate Plus 8, as a production assistant and as a photographer. In 2011, folks. "Ohhhhh, that could be him!" Max always says, even if it's totally obvious that is him. J. Bromiley is also on the clapperboard, and that's some man named Jack, a camera man who is credited with only one episode of Kate Plus 8. Also one of the Australia episodes way back in 2011.

Assuming IMDB is correct, and I have no reason to think it's not, how could you possibly form attachments to these Clark and Jack guys and call them your daddy and family after two episode three years ago? Do the kids even remember them? When you look at IMDB, you see over a hundred people have worked in production on this show. Even if you don't count people who sit in editing bays and don't interact with the kids, it's still a ton. They have been through a whopping sixteen producers. So this whole thing about how this is such a close knit family is utter nonsense, of course.

The size of their crew is normal. This is how Hollywood works. There is constant turnover as you move on to other projects or projects and contracts overlap making you unavailable even if you wanted to be on the crew. For Kate to put forth to her dumb fans it's anything different than everybody else's television show is lunacy. And it's dangerous. How could one parent possibly vet over a hundred people to any reasonable person's satisfaction? You can't, which is how Bill Blankinship slipped through. He's still there on IMDB the proud editor of over thirteen episodes, it's not like they can remove his name just because he's a sex offender now, and still has two more years of probation to serve.

Kate puts on a clown wig and nose, and pairs it with a strapless dress that looks better suited for the beach. In this getup she sort of reminds me of Carol Burnett's Miss Hannigan, naturally the best Miss Hannigan there ever was. She was an ever-evolving mix between trendy and slutty, sober and drunk, lovesick and bitter. And she was a master scammer too and used children to her benefit. Carol nearly stole the show. This look of Kate's would be complete if she would just carry around a bottle of Sake.

You won't regret watching this clip of the great Carol, it's just incredible.



Lol, I love Mady. She is finally old enough to stop Kate in her tracts. When Kate tries to say she promised the kids she would wear it Mady immediately jumps in and says give me an ever loving break they did not want you to wear that and mortify them I saw the whole thing! Heh!

Oh, there's Deanna, another enabler and out-of-state BFF, wandering in the background carrying a present. Yet another person around to help and take the immense burden off Shmoops.

I should be shaking my head at how disrespectful the kids are about this, but in this case Kate deserves it. The clown thing is creepy, Leah says. Yes it sure is.

There's very few kids at this "carnival" but tons of adults working, plus Mady's friends. It does look good and authentic, though pretty juvenile, with popcorn and cotton candy and games.

Mady says Kate scares her friends. Yikes, I don't think she was joking about that one. Awkward.

Wow some of these games are pretty lame. Pin the nose on the clown, really? I don't know if kids in 2014 would like these.

Ugh, the horrific fish game.

Mady helps run this game, and bemoans the children's "sins of impatience." Whoa okay, sister wife!

Kate says the bowls did not have a fish in them, but I can see several betas in the bowls right there swimming while the kids are throwing balls at them, so W....T...F!!!

So for anyone who still thinks this game is all fun and dandy, I want you to imagine yourself sitting in a shallow kiddie pool all afternoon in the heat. Now imagine as you are lounging in this pool, somebody is dropping giant ping pong balls three times your size on your head, repeatedly. Then you get sent home with some kid who either forgets about you and leaves you in the car to roast, or puts you on the dining room table in that same kiddie pool and tries to remember to feed you every once in awhile because the family was neither expecting you nor was asked to have you over, so nobody else wants to care for you. Fun!

It just occurred to Kate that if any of her children actually win the fish, which several of them do, she'll have more pets in the house.

I love that the narcissist is only capable of understanding this and what a bad idea it is when it's happening to her. I.e. when her kids win and are ready to set up shop with their new pet in her house of horrors. She didn't even consider what she was dumping on other parents when she set up this game in the first place, and she still doesn't seem to think about that. Remarkable and fascinating.

I have to say I do kind of like that parents can come to this too and that there's a ton of space for them to socialize. It's fun to share in your child's fun without making them feel like you're a pain or smothering.

The velcro wall is cool and somehow seems quite fun. It does what you expect. You wear a big velcro suit, jump and get stuck to the wall. There are literally like four different workers with name tags helping to run it, so I don't think Kate is doing any of this all by herself. Kate does the velcro wall several times because it's all about her.

The piñata has nothing to do with a carnival and is totally off the theme so for that reason I don't like it. This is a perfect example of Kate really having no idea how to throw a classy, themed party. But as long as the kids enjoy it fine. Collin says something about how they hit the piñata but no one would want to hit Mommy. Obviously he hasn't found this blog yet.

A long and boring explanation about having difficulty lighting the candles on the cake. This show has been boring for awhile but I never remember it being this mind numbing. It's like they didn't even try.

Hannah violently pushes Collin away from the cake with an accusation he spit on it while he was blowing out his candles (hey it happens, don't like spit don't do candles), which I never saw, and naturally, there are no consequences.

The kids really liked their party so that's nice. Why couldn't the families just pull their cars up into the driveway and park on the grass? Why do they have to take a shuttle? Seems like an unnecessary expense for a piecer and patcher.

Now the big surprise. Hey that's not a Jonas! Instead it's a John Deere gatar four-wheeler thing that lots of big properties have. Oh, something to help them with choring! Yeaaa!!!

Collin is onto this immediately, lol. Well this is just to drive down to take care of the chickens. Yep.

Oh my god this thing is huge and powerful. Seeing it up close like this it's more immense and scary than I thought. Seemingly without any instruction Joel hops right in and starts driving. The rest of the kids drive it as well. Somebody posted that John Deere recommends that only children 16 and older drive this honking thing. Oh good grief. I would have preferred a Jonas brother.

I have never heard someone go on so long about what a birthday is really about. Good heavens it's not her birthday.


As usual very little of it is on point and the rest is in outer space. Succinct shmoops is not! It's finally over and up next another show about dwarfs? Well I guess they don't have a family yet who subscribes to the philosophy that you should not modify your home to accommodate your short stature because the world is not going to do that for you, so I guess that's new. This pretentious couple calls themselves the Brad and Angelina of the dwarf world. Yeah and I'm the Natalie Portman of the blogging world.

A couple final thoughts on what I hope is the first and only update special. I hope to never have to recap this show or anything these children are on ever again. (Don't worry, I will happily recap Celebrity Apprentice!)

It's more clear than ever before these past two weeks were as much about Kate getting a platform to play celebrity than it has a single thing to do with wanting what's best for her kids. Most of this episode was just Kate. Kate baking, Kate bird watching, Kate velcroing, and most of all Kate yapping about all things Kate. This obsessive need to be the center of attention even so far as on a nationwide stage is a dangerous one, and has only led to bad things for these poor kids.

Mady, Cara, Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah are both her sword and her shield. She uses them to slash through all the red tape and get what she wants, like this very update special and many other things we well know of. And if anyone ever tries to question her, they are her human shields to hide behind. After all, you'd have to be one bitter and ugly person to attack a mother with eight sweet babies, right? Anyone who still believes this needs to seriously think about what the morally right thing is to do in a situation where two competing values butt heads. Those values of course would be, being kind, understanding and deferential to the sacredness that is motherhood, versus the promotion of a child's overall best interest and the protection of children from abuse and exploitation.

Of course in my book, the protection of children is paramount. In fact, if you don't know, like many other bloggers who have passed by the Realitytvkids porch, I too have dedicated my career to working on just such child abuse cases and much worse. You can't imagine what I've seen. You don't want to. I certainly believe very strongly in parental rights and would cut off my right arm to be sure someone is getting their due process, but at the same time I subscribe to the idea that sometimes it takes a village to protect a child. I believe the protection of children from abuse and exploitation is a matter of public concern if it has indeed crossed that line into abuse and exploitation, as I believe it has here. I could care less if a mother, or father, or anybody else gets their feelings hurt in the process. That does not matter when kids are being abused. I believe this is how it should be.

Oh, and my replacement keyboard works like a dream so I can say it without problems: I HATE Kate. Have a wonderful Fourth everyone. The porch is open and the rumspringa spiked lemonades are flowing, on me. You are in good hands with the blog girls and pool boys and I'll see you soon!


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All This Is That said...

There's something I really don't understand about Kate. Okay, many things, but this is one of them. If you are piecing and patching and a single mom who does 99 percent of everything, scrimping and saving to put food on the table, why would you tweet a photo of a gorgeous lawn/driveway, carefully manicured and obviously done by professionals? Certainly she's not dumb enough to think that people who see this believe that this doesn't cost big bucks to maintain this property. I mean, why tweet photos to brag about it?

All This Is That said...

Oh! And I also hate when parents won't allow their kids open their gifts until after the party. My sister in law does this, and it drives me bonkers! Part of gift giving is being able to see that person's reaction to the gift.

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It used to drive me bonkers, too, until one of the teachers pointed out that this is done because not everything brings the same "quality" gift. If someone brings a very expensive gift, and another child doesn't have the money to purchase something quite so nice, by not opening the gift in front of everyone, then that child isn't made to feel that his gift is bad and not appreciated.

Tucker's Mom said...

Anonymous said... 200
Beside the control factor, I wonder if the shuttle service for "guests" was to make sure the the "crowd" did not disperse before filming was complete.

bm
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Good point. From what I saw, the crowd was thin.
6 kids and that few people?
I have more for my birthdays, just me.

Rhymes with Witch said...

Tucker's, I don't think it was ever stated that Collin REFUSED to see Jon, just that he hadn't. I could be wrong.

As do the landscaping? When we were kids we called it showing off.

Rhymes with Witch said...

OT: Does anyone have information or thoughts about lockboxes for your house key? NOT for a realtor but for emergency services.

Formerly Duped said...

Tucker'sMom:

Yes, it's Collin who apparently does not see Jon.

Happy Birthday, Franky! :)


I agree there did not seem to be very many friends at the party, same as there were not at the tups' Lego/tea party. Certainly no inseparable BFFs that most girls have at that age, or packs of boys running around together. Very sad. The twins appeared to have a few pals, but
they did not give me the vibe of close ones? Was Jenna there? Idk. Very odd dynamics.

Tucker's Mom said...

I mean, why tweet photos to brag about it?
July 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM
*****
Because it's just what Kate does.
TLC and all of her handlers aren't around to keep her "normal", so she brags and shows off her wealth.
She's the proverbial scorpion- it's just in her nature.

Anyone who's owned a home and had land knows just how much work, time and money it costs for upkeep.
Kate's spending a fortune, but I'm pretty darn sure that Kate got that landscaping courtesy of TLC for the filming.
The landscaping and care of the inside of the house was all expensed when she had her shows.
TLC paid for food, booze, flowers, babysitters, pool, cooking, laundry, landscaping etc. Anything that was part of the set was paid for by TLC.
Wardrobes of course were grifted and let's not even get into the myriad of product placements.

But yeah, Kate will bitch she's does is all alone with no safety net.

Poor, poor Schmoopy.

LaLaLandNoMore said...

I, too, agree with those here who do not approve of TFW being rewarded for being a lousy person. The best thing that could happen would be for all the television opportunities to "dry up" and go away. I will never believe that there are money worries at the Gosselin farm. How else could they have what they have and TFW stay home as much as she does? There is plenty of money for her to continue the lifestyle she so loves.

If it is true that some of the kids are refusing to see Jon, that is just horrible. The blame lies at the end of the bleached blonde extensions on TFW's head. Parental alienation is the worst. No excuse for it and shows a severe weakness in the parent promoting it. Sad for Jon and the children involved. They are not old enough to make these kind of adult decisions at 10 yrs. of age.

Tucker's Mom said...

It used to drive me bonkers, too, until one of the teachers pointed out that this is done because not everything brings the same "quality" gift. If someone brings a very expensive gift, and another child doesn't have the money to purchase something quite so nice, by not opening the gift in front of everyone, then that child isn't made to feel that his gift is bad and not appreciated.
*******
That's why the child should open in front of guests and act genuinely appreciative so that the giver knows their gift was received well.
I don't get letting children get away without opening the gift and then thanking profusely.
Then writing a thank you note,which btw, Kate's children have never done for all of the poor schmucks who have sent her kids presents over the years.
Maybe, just maybe, the generous fools will get a generic group thank you via Twitter.

getofftwitter said...

Wow, shocking!, Kate actually took the kids to a fireworks display? or did she allow the kids to have their friends over, judging from the pic, it looked like Cara & Maddies friends, and bought some fireworks. That must have ruin her budget.

Rhymes with Witch said...

Semi relevant comment: As a former zlogger, I'm glad to know that many zloggers found a home glee when Z o'd on TFW.

For the record, Robert wrote the book I always wanted to see written. Thanks Robert.

Rhymes with Witch said...

Part of gift giving is being able to see that person's reaction to the gift. 2

Just speaking as someone who frequently has to mail.gifts, I am thrilled when I am able to.deliver it in person am see the person's reaction, especially children.
I'm not applying this to opening presents during a bd party, persons.

All This Is That said...

Kate Gosselin ‏@Kateplusmy8 9m
@neverletyoupart @MY_2BCOLLIES I read ur logical&accurate tweets!1st:THX&2nd:that tiny group lies/bullies d/t H8 4 me&hope of profiting

Huh? Who is profiting, and from what?

Mel said...

Happy happy birthday Frankie!

Formerly Duped said...

Looks like a few friends of the twins, no adults or tups' friends, and the fireworks look close- are they on their property or nearby? I doubt Kate would risk a ' mob 'by taking the kids and there were too many to go in the BBB if the chums were at the party. (Did the friends have watch he old J+K July 4th episode? )

Rhymes with Witch said...

glee 11
I KNOW I typed "here".

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said...

It used to drive me bonkers, too, until one of the teachers pointed out that this is done because not everything brings the same "quality" gift. If someone brings a very expensive gift, and another child doesn't have the money to purchase something quite so nice, by not opening the gift in front of everyone, then that child isn't made to feel that his gift is bad and not appreciated.
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More political correctness instead of teaching the child. How about the parents teaching their children that it's the thought that counts, not how much the gift cost. Parents of the gift giver and gift receiver should stress this instead of letting political correctness reign and removing every damn situation where a child can learn something.

Pardon the rant. Political correctness be damned

and I still ate ate.

Rhymes with Witch said...

If it true that some of the kids are refusing to see Jon, that is just horrible. The blame lies at the end of the bleached blonde extensions on TFW's head. 8

ABSOLUTELY.

All This Is That said...

That's why the child should open in front of guests and act genuinely appreciative so that the giver knows their gift was received well.

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Sure. I agree. But not all kids can "act" genuinely appreciative. I guess the reasoning is that if the child is very young, he/she may love one gift and show it, while another gift might be thrown aside because the birthday kid already had it or didn't want it. There's no way to predict that the receiver is going to show genuine fondness for every gift.

Rhymes with Witch said...

She's the proverbial scorpion- it's just in her nature. 8

What a great description!
Unfortunately 8 young'uns are at her mercy.

Molly12 said...

Rhymes with Witch said... 5
OT: Does anyone have information or thoughts about lockboxes for your house key? NOT for a realtor but for emergency services

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My elderly mother just got a lockbox for her house through the fire department. It is a free service from the city which she lives and since she lives by herself, it is a great relief for me. It's a special key that that allows emergency services to open the lockbox for her house key. Most of her neighbors have them as well and as far as we know, there has never been a problem with anyone else accessing those keys.

Formerly Duped said...

I also find in recent years we rarely get thank you notes from children/young adults for gifts, even for bar/bat mitzvah checks, wedding gifts etc. This really annoys me when you go to the trouble to select often not cheap gifts for people. I think opening presents in front of the guests at least prompts a verbal 'thank you." I also believe it reinforces the joy of giving- not just seeing your gift disappear into oblivion with all the others.

Rhymes with Witch said...

OT again. Today's google doodle is really cute. www.google.com

FlimsyFlamsy said...

Wasn't there a quote from TFW about there being "tons of family
and friends" at the party? Was it from the People interview online
that had the show clip? There goes that fuzzy math again...

Tucker's Mom said...

Rhymes with Witch said... 5
OT: Does anyone have information or thoughts about lockboxes for your house key? NOT for a realtor but for emergency services.
July 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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I'd hesitate to go with a lockbox on my front door. Back door, if it's not seen would be fine.
It just looks like no one is living there.
That said, you should consider locks with access codes, and locks that can be activated and deactivate with your smart phone.

http://www.wired.com/2013/06/smart-locks/

Tucker's Mom said...

FlimsyFlamsy said... 12
Wasn't there a quote from TFW about there being "tons of family
and friends" at the party? Was it from the People interview online
that had the show clip? There goes that fuzzy math again...
July 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM
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Yes! I brought this up before.
Kate crowed about "family", but certainly she can not be including her own children, can she?

Anonymous said...

Tucker's Mom said... 191

I disagree to a point.
I think people should defend themselves, but men vs. woman is a way, way uneven matchup.
I think the man can defend himself and subdue, but strike in kind?
No.
No way.

IF the matchup is not even. If the woman is a bruiser and the man small, then I can see needing to actually hurt the woman to stop her, if that's the only thing that will make her stop.
But tit for tat?
No way.
A man can kill a woman with one punch, or break bones, or knock teeth out so much easier than a woman could to a man.

It's like saying if a 8-year old hits me, I can hit him back.
I could crush an 8-year old with one blow.

88888888888888888888888888

I don't condone violence whether it be domestic or involving children. I just agree with Whoopie's point.

Would a 150 lb man go after a 250 lb man? Not likely. In the same sense, if a 125 lb woman thought a 200 lb man would strike back, she likely wouldn't resort to violence in the first place. I think the point is: If you're going to dish it out, you'd better be prepared to take it. Having a vagina should not mean you have some sort of carte blanche.

The same goes for an 8 year old. Anyone should be able to defend themself from violence by replying in-kind.

Don't we all wish Emeril Lagasse would have belted her back the way she hit him? I sure do. She deserved it.

PJ

njay said...

"tons of family
and friends" at the party?
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I wonder if "tons of friends and family" is Kate speak for "friends and THEIR family", not her family.

Rhymes with Witch said...

This is a perfect example of what Kate will never "get."

http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2014/04/11/miller-high-life-to-debut-ad-campaign-about.html?page=all

Thanks Molly

Tucker's Mom said...

Kate Gosselin ‏@Kateplusmy8 9m
@neverletyoupart @MY_2BCOLLIES I read ur logical&accurate tweets!1st:THX&2nd:that tiny group lies/bullies d/t H8 4 me&hope of profiting

Huh? Who is profiting, and from what?
********
Rut Roh, B'vill has been replaced.
Kicked to the curb.
The cloth has been torn.

Take solace, Bville, you're not alone.

Anonymous said...

All This Is That said... 13
Kate Gosselin ‏@Kateplusmy8 9m
@neverletyoupart @MY_2BCOLLIES I read ur logical&accurate tweets!1st:THX&2nd:that tiny group lies/bullies d/t H8 4 me&hope of profiting

Huh? Who is profiting, and from what?

88888888888888888888888888888888

Why, Jon and Robert, doncha know! And all the rag mags that sell more copies when her bad behaviour makes the news. The only good profitting is when she does it off the backs of others.

File another lawsuit, Kreider. I dare ya!

PJ

Tucker's Mom said...

I also believe it reinforces the joy of giving- not just seeing your gift disappear into oblivion with all the others.
*****
Yes, it's a real let down when the gift receiver doesn't open, because part of the joy of buying gifts ( read, spending money and time) is the satisfaction that you've picked a good one.

Tucker's Mom said...

Having a vagina should not mean you have some sort of carte blanche.
*******
If defending one's self comes to blows, then so be it.
Assault is assault.
I agree some women will hit because they believe a man will never strike back, but if she's weaker, which she probably is, she's like a mosquito bite compared to getting mauled by a bear.
If a man can restrain, that should be his first response, not striking back.

Carole said...

My oh my, she must need a chart just to keep track of all of her 'traditions'.

@Kateplusmy8
We had such a wonderful 4th of July! Tons of friends, food and fireworks! #Gr8Memories4All #NewTradition pic.twitter.com/UDUGAKsohQ

Tucker's Mom said...

I got my hairdresser a gift for her upcoming wedding.
She thanked me then went to put it in the back, and I was kind of bummed. But, when she came back out, she was elated and said how much she loved it.
I put a lot of thought into it (personalized etched bottle of champagne) so I was so pleased, and was my DH!

Alberta Girl said...

Another rant about thank you'd for gifts - I hate the "trend" of sending a generic picture postcard thank you for wedding gifts. In the past few years, it seems the thank you we receive is "thank you for sharing our day, and for your gift, blah, blah, blah". They are preprinted cards with a wedding photo, so all the couple has to do is print of address labels, add a stamp and throw in the mail.

I hope I don't offend anyone by that, but I think it's more personal if you write a note; " thank you for the blender, we have been making great smoothies with it", etc.

Maybe it's just me! LOL!

Carole said...

Looks like TFW spent part of the holiday reading her TL w/the fan and the non-fan from last night. Accurate? lmao Profiting? Double lmao

‏@Kateplusmy8
@neverletyoupart @MY_2BCOLLIES I read ur logical&accurate tweets!1st:THX&2nd:that tiny group lies/bullies d/t H8 4 me&hope of profiting #Sad

Math Girl said...

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said... 182

And yes Vanessa, Kate wiped out all the cereal that was on sale--19 boxes were left I believe she said and the selfish, thoughtless cretin bought them all never thinking that perhaps there were people out there who were NOT millionaires who could have appreciated the sale price.
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Didn't she also once buy an enormous amount (100 lb?) of butter on sale? I seem to remember it being discussed here.

Dutch Tulip said...

Happy birthday Franky, wishing you a great day!

Carole said...

‏Same person from last night. I hope she does as she says she needs to and does some research. gawd

@neverletyoupart
@Kateplusmy8 @MY_2BCOLLIES their behaviour is not normal. I have more to learn about all this but was told yesterday 3x "Kate's haters are

‏@neverletyoupart
@Kateplusmy8 @MY_2BCOLLIES the worst on twitter" LOL. Considering they haven't left me alone since yesterday and 9/10 have been bullies....

but she came back for more today.

@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 trust me. They think they're big and bad but they aren't. I've seen this before in my field....ppl online that

‏@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 r so tough until the celeb sends a C&D letter and then within about 5 minutes most of them delete their pages

‏@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 entirely - at the very least they do WHATEVER the letter says. These people aren't nearly as cool as they want

@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 us to think. Kate, you would end them with a look, trust me. I've seen way worse than these lame folk.

‏@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 I think it's funny. I am IN PR. If Kate hired me to tell the truth, I'd have DONE that and they'd be SILENT rn

How many times did BV threaten trying to shut them up? How many law firms did TFW hire and were unsuccessful?

@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 LOL. Man, Kate, if you ever get bored, you could have a whole group to sue for slander LOL
she's in PR but doesn't know the difference between libel and slander. SMH




@Kateplusmy8
@neverletyoupart @MY_2BCOLLIES I read ur logical&accurate tweets!1st:THX&2nd:that tiny group lies/bullies d/t H8 4 me&hope of profiting #Sad

‏@GoKingDaddy
@PRFANS @Kateplusmy8 so anyone who doesn't agree with Kate is now profiting from it? Hope she can back up that claim. It's a big accusation

@neverletyoupart
@Kateplusmy8 @MY_2BCOLLIES 1st, you're welcome 2nd, not sure how they'd be profiting but it sure seems like SOMETHING is going on bc

@GoKingDaddy
@neverletyoupart @Kateplusmy8 can you prove that anyone who speaks out against Kate is profiting? Because that's a dangerous accusation.

@neverletyoupart
@GoKingDaddy @Kateplusmy8 uh nobody said that. Actually, I was accused of profiting by NOT speaking out against Kate but nobody asked them

‏@GoKingDaddy
@neverletyoupart @Kateplusmy8 yes, Kate said it. Don't twist it. It WAS said & you repeated it. Can it be proven?

@GoKingDaddy
@neverletyoupart @Kateplusmy8 but nevermind, I see you are in PR. So this conversation won't go anywhere. Have a nice day.

Bill said...

fidosmommy said... 135

If I had even LOOKED like I was going to swing my 10 year old fist at ANYBODY, my mother would have been in my face about it.

At about that age (10) all the kids in the neighborhood had to deal with Cindy the Bully. She was spitfire mean. Think Nellie Olesen mean. Well, one day Cindy said something to me that my older brother overheard. He was sick of her mouth and decided I needed some time with her. He held her, I slapped her. Bro and I started really bonding that day. Then we went home and told our parents, who kind of chuckled under their breath but still went over to speak with Cindy's parents. I was never asked to apologize, but was told to walk away the next time. Oh, and Cindy was still mean. Sometimes the mean just doesn't slap out.


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Did Cindy stop bothering you after that?

The kids really need to be taught to cut it out with the hitting. Not only is it frowned upon and illegal, but the day will come when one of them hits someone stronger or heaven forbid, has a weapon.

Kate won't do it. Hopefully, Jon, Steve, Jamie, Deanna, somebody will before it is too late.

Bill said...

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said... 109

We're in Salt Lake City.

We went to Antelope Island to watch the sunset. How can something so beautiful smell so incredibly foul? It was like hanging out in a bum hole.

Other than a baby, I've never seen anything look that good yet smell that bad.


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A skunk?

NJGal51 said...

@Kateplusmy8: @neverletyoupart @MY_2BCOLLIES I read ur logical&accurate tweets!1st:THX&2nd:that tiny group lies/bullies d/t H8 4 me&hope of profiting #Sad
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If you read her profile on her timeline, @neverletyoupart is in PR. Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm

Formerly Duped - we had a baby shower for a coworker about a month ago and so far she has not sent out any thank you notes for anything that she got, not even a mass email. All we got was a general thank you at the end of the party. Maybe I'm old school but I think notes should be written. When my son was young and we were stationed in Germany or in another state we always took a picture of him with the gift and sent the picture along with a thank you to the relative that sent the gift.

I wonder if the fireworks display was on her property or if she went somewhere. Also, if on her property did she somehow get TLC to foot the bill? Those things are not cheap and the picture looked like a professional display. Piecing and patching my ass!

AuntieAnn said...

Don't we all wish Emeril Lagasse would have belted her back the way she hit him? I sure do. She deserved it.

PJ
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Yep. Taken the spoon from her talons, swatted her arm, then said, "Hurts doesn't it? Please don't do that again."

NJGal51 said...

And here is TFW's new BFF. You know the one, she of the logical and accurate tweets.

@neverletyoupart: OK @Kateplusmy8's "h8rs"as flattered as I am that u still care,Im bored so come collect ur prize,theres 1 4each of u pic.twitter.com/Rgfj0ciGRx

AuntieAnn said...

@Kateplusmy8
We had such a wonderful 4th of July! Tons of friends, food and fireworks! #Gr8Memories4All #NewTradition pic.twitter.com/UDUGAKsohQ

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You mean the kids friends Shmoops? Cuz, I don't see a lot of adults in that photo. None, in fact. (and no. you don't count)

Rhymes with Witch said...

File another lawsuit, Kreider. I dare ya! 31

And I double dog dare you!

Happy Birthday franky!

Rhymes with Witch said...

Take solace, Bville, you're not alone. 30

According to bvfiles, it seems like he's got other things to worry about. Karma.....

2 cents said...

Regarding the topic of gift opening during the party. I can tell you why *I* don't let my young kids open their gifts during the party. First of all some of my kids friends come from VERY poor homes, where they don't have ANY money in their budget's for even a small gift. They may make a gift or a card themselves (which is very appreciated) but after a couple of parties I realized how uncomfortable the gift opening part of the party was for some guests. After that I would kindly write on the invitation that their presence at the party was gift enough and to not bring a gift. Of course some parents still insisted on bringing a gift, which I thank them for but then casually put aside for my child to open when the guests have gone. We will then thank them for the gift later by phone or a thank you note.

I just felt that I had to protect the feelings of the young guests who's parents couldn't afford a gift for my child, I would never want a child to leave a party of mine feeling badly about themselves. So this is the best way for us to have a nice party where EVERYONE feels good, not just the guests who have brought expensive gifts.

In all honesty, I would rather NO ONE brought gifts to my kids B-day parties, its uncomfortable and no matter how you go about it someone always feels crappy about it. What's wrong with just showing up and having some fun and eating cake?

Kirkland said...

On the subject of gifts...I attended a baby shower and all the guests were given a blank envelope and asked to write their home address on the envelope. This, of course, made it easy for the bride to write thank you notes without having to print or write out the addresses.

I refused to do it And I did get a thank you note.

Am I the only one who thinks this is tacky?

FlimsyFlamsy said...

AuntieAnn (#44), bless your heart for your friendly Canadian take
on Emeril's revenge - wishing he'd swatted her arm with a spoon
and then said, "Hurts doesn't it? Please don't do that again."

My American version? I wish he'd swung it her right across her
smug entitled face and then said, "BAM!"

Rhymes with Witch said...

I'm pretty darn sure that Kate got that landscaping courtesy of TLC for the filming. 7

I think you're right. But as much as landscaping costs, I'll bet it was a pittance for TLC compared to international.travel for tfw, the eight and her entourage.

LaLaLandNoMore said...

Kate obviously was not taught the social rules most of us here know, or she just doesn't care. We were brought up to never brag about ourselves or anything we had. I was reared by a strict grandmother who never allowed "personal" questions to be asked either. TFW loves to rub peoples noses in her good fortune and enjoys evoking envy from others. She demands to be the star attraction. Another one of her sickening qualities. Maybe someday she will wake up and realize we wouldn't even know her name if she had not manufactured six babies at one sitting. And yes, she delivered "all of them." Don't you forget it. But wait, apparently she will not let us forget it and TLC is assisting her with that wish.

I see Sister Wives is going on a road trip via motor home. Sounds like "Pete and Re-pete" to me. Can't they come up with any more original ideas? Wonder if that will be their "swan song?"

Rhymes with Witch said...

That Sherry Shepard is such a charmer. No wonder she can elate to tfw.

http://www.tmz.com/2014/07/05/sherri-shepherd-surrogate-baby-child-support-lamar-sally-the-view/

Remona Blue said...

Carole said... 40 ‏
''Same person from last night. I hope she does as she says she needs to and does some research. gawd''
###
''@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 r so tough until the celeb sends a C&D letter and then within about 5 minutes most of them delete their pages

‏@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 entirely - at the very least they do WHATEVER the letter says. These people aren't nearly as cool as they want

@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 us to think. Kate, you would end them with a look, trust me. I've seen way worse than these lame folk.

‏@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 I think it's funny. I am IN PR. If Kate hired me to tell the truth, I'd have DONE that and they'd be SILENT rn

@neverletyoupart
@MY_2BCOLLIES @Kateplusmy8 LOL. Man, Kate, if you ever get bored, you could have a whole group to sue for slander LOL ''
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Carole, the more she blabs the more idiotic she reveals herself to be. For example, TCWOS can NEVER hire her to tell the truth. That idiot is WAY too busy flapping her clueless mouth to do any research!

Happy Birthday franky!

Tucker's Mom said...

The kids really need to be taught to cut it out with the hitting. Not only is it frowned upon and illegal, but the day will come when one of them hits someone stronger or heaven forbid, has a weapon.

Kate won't do it. Hopefully, Jon, Steve, Jamie, Deanna, somebody will before it is too late.
*******
The gaga ball aftermath was truly awful and eye-opening.
The girl in the grey top was the first to shove, but holy smokes, the girl in the blue top jumped down from the wall and started swinging away with a look a pure hatred on her face.
That's what caused Cara to run in and intercede.
But, that one girl in blue kept on swinging away.

I can't believe that Kate would watch this and not be horrified to see her kids go from having a good time playing a game, to a bunch of hockey players duking it out.
In a split second!
There was no escalation or confrontation, just a big pugilistic mess.

Carole said...

I'm sorry to be a pain, but can anyone post what the viewing numbers were for Part 1 and Part 2 boring 2 care?

As far as I know there are no numbers for part 2. The show didn't even make it into the top 100 which are the only ones that make it to the list. lol

OrangeCrusher1 said...

The queen of exaggeration strikes again - a 4th filled with "tons of friends, food and fireworks". From the looks of those fireworks I sincerely hope she took them off site to a public, safer display and was not shooting those off at home. Perhaps tons of food means everyone got a whole hot dog this year.

pic.twitter.com/UDUGAKsohQ

Carole said...

I got a tweet saying that ECJ from the collie crazy that ECJ was using my twitter handle which is lukebandit, bullying people.

I think she was implying that ECJ IS you and has been for 5 years. Consider the source. lol

chefsummer said...

Certainly she's not dumb enough to think that people who see this believe that this
____

Are her sheep considered people to her?

lukebandit said...

Happy Birthday, franky!!!

As a birthday present for you on your special day, I came up with a new name for you know. lol

kate can be now known as: Mother, Jugs and Greed!

Because she is a Mother of 8 and a Mother um. ok, I digress, She bought her Jugs, and heck's beck's she is full of Greed! hahaha

Happy Birthday, franky!

lukebandit said...

I guess that is what kate gets when she gets on twitter thanking collie crazy and saying that she reads her tweets and agrees with her. What about the one that was written about me? I hope it sticks like glue, woman.

TLC stinks said...

You gotta read Tamara Tattles on the Part 2 of the birthday and she was sent a copy of Robert's book!!!!

http://tamaratattles.com/2014/06/26/kate-plus-8-special-part-2/#more-11103

Andrea said...

Bill said... 42
Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said... 109

We're in Salt Lake City.

We went to Antelope Island to watch the sunset. How can something so beautiful smell so incredibly foul? It was like hanging out in a bum hole.

Other than a baby, I've never seen anything look that good yet smell that bad.

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A skunk?
**********************

Nope the Great Salt Lake smells because there are many rivers feeding into it but none feeding out of it. Anything that goes into the GSL stays in the GSL. Its rotting at the bottom of the lake. When the wind kicks up, you can smell it miles away. It is truly nasty. Not to mention the flies that are on the shore of the lake. They look like black mats until you get up close and see that they are actually tiny flies.I use to live 15 miles from antelope island. We would call the smell lake breth or lake feet.

Lynne In RI said...

And here is TFW's new BFF. You know the one, she of the logical and accurate tweets.

))))))))))))))))))))))))

Oh, no. Trouble in Paradise. Gladys will be soooooo jellus!

"Looks like TFW spent part of the holiday reading her TL w/the fan and the non-fan from last night. Accurate? lmao Profiting? Double lmao"

)))))))))))))))

But she has the haters blocked. How could she follow the conversation?

Tucker's Mom said...

Kirkland said... 49
On the subject of gifts...I attended a baby shower and all the guests were given a blank envelope and asked to write their home address on the envelope. This, of course, made it easy for the bride to write thank you notes without having to print or write out the addresses.

I refused to do it And I did get a thank you note.

Am I the only one who thinks this is tacky?
******
Ugh, yes.

Lynne In RI said...

Another rant about thank you'd for gifts - I hate the "trend" of sending a generic picture postcard thank you for wedding gifts. In the past few years, it seems the thank you we receive is "thank you for sharing our day, and for your gift, blah, blah, blah". They are preprinted cards with a wedding photo, so all the couple has to do is print of address labels, add a stamp and throw in the mail.

))))))))))))

When we were married, I sat down and hand-wrote 275 thank you notes, with a mention of the gift that the person gave to us. A personal thank you. It makes me tired just thinking about it...but that's exactly what we did.

Tucker's Mom said...

Rhymes with Witch said... 53
That Sherry Shepard is such a charmer. No wonder she can elate to tfw.

http://www.tmz.com/2014/07/05/sherri-shepherd-surrogate-baby-child-support-lamar-sally-the-view/
July 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM
*******
If true, this is disgusting.
I hope they both give up on that baby and allow him to be adopted to a loving family.

Tucker's Mom said...

Carole said... 55
I'm sorry to be a pain, but can anyone post what the viewing numbers were for Part 1 and Part 2 boring 2 care?

As far as I know there are no numbers for part 2. The show didn't even make it into the top 100 which are the only ones that make it to the list. lol
*********
Wow, that's pretty sad.
Not really ;-)

Lynne In RI said...

Kate Gosselin ‏@Kateplusmy8 2m
@neverletyoupart This made me LOL that u had 2even tweet this.Don't hv paid ppl! No cleaning lady!Have mower&occas babysitter;that's it! #HA

Is she drunk tweeting? Is she saying that she takes care of all of the mulch beds, tree trimming, weeding, lawn fertilizing and everything else on that property? She doesn't have help with the pool? I don't believe that for one second. Not one bloody second. Heck, she couldn't figure out how to load a staple gun and she does all of the maintenance on that pool? She cleans a 6,000 square foot house by herself? She washes and irons all of their clothing? And of course she planned that birthday party all by her widdle self.

I see her new best friend just can't stay away from Twitter! LOL!

Carole said...

OMG, just shut up, shut up, shut up!

@neverletyoupart
I do not work for @Kateplusmy8. At all.

@Kateplusmy8
@neverletyoupart This made me LOL that u had 2even tweet this.Don't hv paid ppl! No cleaning lady!Have mower&occas babysitter;that's it!


Steve works for free? I'm don't think so. Sitter for summer may be 'occas' but she said herself they're there regularly each day during school year.

Lynne In RI said...

Kate Gosselin ‏@Kateplusmy8 6m
@MiloandJack Kids inv their friends/fams! Had 15 kids here+adults!Wow! Just sparklers kept us busy..Then we moved on2 major FW show! #Again!

So the "family" was the family of their friends? Is that what she's saying? Katespeak isn't always easy to decipher.

foxy said...

Guaranteed those fireworks were not set off on her property. Too much mess to clean up, too many people to step on the grass, too expensive, and extremely dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. Maybe the last part not so much, she is not aware of awful things that can happen when you don't know what you are doing.

I doubt she would pay for a professional to put on a fire works show just for them.

Carole said...

In all honesty, I would rather NO ONE brought gifts to my kids B-day parties, its uncomfortable and no matter how you go about it someone always feels crappy about it. What's wrong with just showing up and having some fun and eating cake?

I'm with you. I'd prefer no gifts, too. Just please come and celebrate with us. I don't care what the age of the child might be, I think gift giving can put everyone in an uncomfortable position and also often opens the day up to competition and hurt feelings. This happens so easily without adding unnecessary pressure to the giver as well as the recipient. The day should be about having fun and celebrating, period.

Betsy said...

"Am I the only one who thinks this is tacky?"

How about this one: I was recently invited to a wedding at the most expensive venue in town. Included in the registry were "activities" and such for the honeymoon that you could give as your gift! I have never heard of this before. It makes me feel like the bridal couple can recoup some of the wedding costs if you spring for their honeymoon. Personally, I feel that weddings and baby showers are WAY over the top these days...but I was married 30 years ago, so maybe I'm living in the dark ages.

All This Is That said...

Kate tweeted that she has no paid help, other than someone to mow, and an "occasional" sitter. Way to go, Kate. Broadcast that all over Twitter. That means when she gets her nails done, goes grocery shopping and runs her daily errands (as one of the boys said she does), the twins are left in charge of the six younger kids. Alone, with only an "occasional" sitter. Talk about telling everyone that those kids are by themselves in that house if she only has an "occasional" sitter.

Geez, Kate...what a dumb thing to do.

Tucker's Mom said...

@Kateplusmy8
@neverletyoupart This made me LOL that u had 2even tweet this.Don't hv paid ppl! No cleaning lady!Have mower&occas babysitter;that's it!
*****
Now wait a minute!
Didn't Kate cry about not having the time to find a new cleaning lady?
So, yeah, technically, she doesn't have one...at the moment.
Occasional babysitter?
Get real.

All This Is That said...

Steph Martin ‏@neverletyoupart 39s
@MiloandJack @Kateplusmy8 I'm so exhausted. They haven't left me alone in two days. Because I don't believe Kate is evil?? That means I

_____

LOL, you dimwit...then get off Twitter if you're exhausted. This one really loves the attention, doesn't she? Now she can say that she and Kate have bonded!

NJGal51 said...

@neverletyoupart: Because I choose to. @Kateplusmy8 We've never talked except a tweet TODAY. I'm not gonna sit here&convince you. That's the truth. The end.

@Kateplusmy8: @neverletyoupart yep. I'll butt out but when ur done w the sad crazy stalkers who thrive on jealousy/hate,I dont blame u.Sad lives they lead

@neverletyoupart: @Kateplusmy8 anyway. I don't know how you deal & I know for you, it goes way beyond Twitter.

@Kateplusmy8: @neverletyoupart wayyyyyyyy beyond. & thankyou 4 realizing that. It's ok.I know my goals/passions in life-- there r exactly 8 of them:)! #❤️
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And they want us to believe that this wasn't a set up? TFW's fans have defended her against anything and everything and she has never acknowledged them like this. Oh wait, there was that whole BV thing wasn't there. I wonder how long Milo will pout over this.

Anonymous said...

OMG

was just watch Bohemian Rhapsody by QUEEN!!!!!!!!

Remenber that dead doll head she wore on the view? I swear I just saw it.

around 3:21 or so

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ


Creepy


franky

PatK said...

Asking any guest to pre-address an envelope for the thank-you card is tacky, tacky, tacky.

Not surprised this is how the younger generation does things these days.

Adressing envelopes and writing individual written thank you cards takes away from time they could be spending with their iPhones shoved in their faces or on their computers.

How soon will the accepted norm be a mass "thank you" email? Ugh.

a coincidence is not the same as an accident said...

Bonne anniversaire, Franky!!

If it's any consolation, for as long as I can remember (literally, I remember hearing allll about it since I was around kindergarten age), my birthday is the anniversary of the day that my mother was in labor for 12 hours.

Seriously, EVERY YEAR I hear about HER suffering. It's never followed by, "but it was worth it, because in the end I would up with you as my daughter!" Nope. "Happy birthday! xx years ago, I was in labor, blah blah blah..."

She's always so dramatic about it, so i grew up thinking that my mother nearly died giving birth to me. When I was in college, my roommate said, "pfft! that's nothing, lots of women are in labor that long." I later came to realize, yeah, lots of women are in labor for that long, and even longer. However, not all women make the birth of a child about THEIR pain.

I hope you had a wonderful day :-)

Over In TFW's County said...

I'm with you. I'd prefer no gifts, too. Just please come and celebrate with us. I don't care what the age of the child might be, I think gift giving can put everyone in an uncomfortable position and also often opens the day up to competition and hurt feelings.

++++++++++++

At the last birthday party for my youngest, we requested that the money the birthday guests would have spent on gifts should be given as a donation to St. Jude, and all of the kids did just that.

NJGal51 said...

Steph Martin ‏@neverletyoupart 39s
@MiloandJack @Kateplusmy8 I'm so exhausted. They haven't left me alone in two days. Because I don't believe Kate is evil?? That means I
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I guess Se's chained her to her computer and it's rigged so she can't turn it off or get off twitter. LOL! You're right All This Is That, she's loving the attention.

Bitchy Pants said...

Another perspective on not opening gifts at a birthday party -- Even tho the gift opener may be delighted, or able to feign being delighted by a gift, the other kids present are aware of who gave what and can make life miserable for the child who is unable to afford to give a gift or who gives a gift that is perceived as "less than" the others.

Tucker's Mom said...


**********
...like banging your head against the wall and complaining of a headache.

Over And Out said...

Sherri "Blow Up Jon Gosselin's Car" Shepherd is in the news again...

http://www.tmz.com/2014/07/05/sherri-shepherd-surrogate-baby-child-support-lamar-sally-the-view/

Tucker's Mom said...

Tucker's Mom said... 86

**********
...like banging your head against the wall and complaining of a headache.
July 5, 2014 at 7:21 PM


Oops, meant to c and p the tweet of Kate's newest kiss ass.
Boo hoo, everyone's attacking me.
Get off Twitter, idiot.

Let's throw tomatoes said...

Kate can't do anything to people for what they say or think of her because it's all true!

But I'll be nice to Kate and give her some advice: Shut up and go away!!!! You deserve everything that has come back to bite you in the ass.

Have a nice evening everyone! Oh, and happy birthday Franky !

Jumping In said...

Formerly Duped and Kirkland......

My cousin sent her nephew a sizeable cheque when he graduated from college. She called me about a month later saying how hurt she was that she had not received a phone call, an e-mail or a thank-you note. She said he had managed to cash the cheque pretty quickly though!

I stumbled across an article online recently on this very subject. It was about seemingly ungrateful young people who do not acknowledge gifts. A woman had the perfect solution, she said "next time don't sign the cheque, you'll hear from them"!

Kirkland, I cannot believe the height of laziness, being asked to address your own thank you note, good for you for saying NO THANKS.

My husband I flew across the country to my nephews wedding last fall (at considerable expense). We gave them a lovely gift, which they didn't open while we were there. We received one of those postcard-type, pre-printed thank you cards with no mention of the gift. Oh, and we got it 6 MONTHS after their wedding, it was something I suppose, but it's the lazy way of doing things IMO.

Rhymes with Witch said...

Ok, joining the club. I misread occa babysitter as orca babysitter.
Unfortunately, given the source it made perfect sense.

Lynne In RI said...

"I guess Se's chained her to her computer and it's rigged so she can't turn it off or get off twitter. LOL! You're right All This Is That, she's loving the attention."

))))))))))))))))))

And of course, Ms Gladys is right there in the middle of it...anything to get Kate's attention!

))))))))))))))))

"TFW's fans have defended her against anything and everything and she has never acknowledged them like this."

))))))))))))))))))))

True, but maybe she's bored and is sitting there with the bottle, although it does sound like a plant. I'd never hire anyone in PR who doesn't know the difference between libel and slander. Red flags right there.

NJGal51 said...

@Kateplusmy8: Happy 4th (on the 5th) from my Patriotic 9th and 10th children:) #Shoka #Zorro #Family pic.twitter.com/ZXhbYaMHaG
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Right on cue, the pictures of Zorro and Shoka. She must have had some bad news from her lawyers like maybe telling her that they couldn't get Roberts book pulled because she's been going all out with her 4th of July tweets.

Sleepless In Seattle said...

Oops, meant to c and p the tweet of Kate's newest kiss ass.
Boo hoo, everyone's attacking me.

Get off Twitter, idiot.

-----------------------

How long has this tit for tat (or twitter for twatter) been going on? Has this poor exhausted soul been at it all day?

ncgirl said...

Poor Schmoopy was having a pity party on twitter. Let's play the world's smallest violin for her.

Sad but true said...

Someone was asking above about the ratings. On the first run of the episodes, Part 1 got 2.359mm, Part 2 got 1.901mm.

When they reran the episodes at the end of a 9-hour J&K+8 marathon this past Wednesday, NEITHER PART of the update special made it into the top 100 programs for the day (in the age 18-49 category), nor did ANY of the other episodes they ran.

Call Me Crazy said...

Betsy said... 75

How about this one: I was recently invited to a wedding at the most expensive venue in town. Included in the registry were "activities" and such for the honeymoon that you could give as your gift! I have never heard of this before. It makes me feel like the bridal couple can recoup some of the wedding costs if you spring for their honeymoon. Personally, I feel that weddings and baby showers are WAY over the top these days...but I was married 30 years ago, so maybe I'm living in the dark ages.
___________________________

I am right there in the dark ages with you, Betsy. We attended a wedding last year and found on the bridal registry the same types of honeymoon "gifts and upgrades and activities" you described.

And since I am already sounding old and crotchety, I may as well also complain about how everything these days has to be a major show for Facebook or other social media. There are now extensive photo spreads of every single second leading up to and including the moment when a couple becomes engaged; elaborate "gender reveal" parties for expectant couples; professional maternity photo shoots where the mom- and dad-to-be are placed in every pose imaginable holding her belly and touching her belly and gazing at her belly. Sheesh. Does every life event HAVE to be a major production and shared with the world at large?

Anonymous said...

Thanks EVEYONE for the birthday wishes.=)

Sad thing is Danny died August 17th, Was buried August 25th...her Birthday is SEptember 2nd

Auntie Anne? Does this qualify as sheeple math?

franky

FlimsyFlamsy said...

If this Steph person thinks she's forging a personal relationship with
TFW by defending her, she'll be disappointed soon enough. TFW
doesn't do personal relationships. Just tell her what you can do for
her, do it, and move along. So Steph, if you're reading here, and
you're already exhausted after one day of trying to defend this
woman's honor, you may want to retreat before you're invested
any further.

Sad but true said...

Just to add to ratings comment, first run of Part 1 got a 0.8 "share," which put it in 2d place for the night in age 18-49. Part 2 had a 0.6 share, 8th place in that age group.

Call Me Crazy said...

I agree with those who thinks that some of the attendees at the big birthday bash were paid extras. I have a friend who has been an extra in several films and TV shows, and the extras and stunt people and other crew members usually park off-site and are shuttled to the set location. They are then shuttled back to the parking area when filming is done for the day.

Wouldn't want to clutter up the Gosselin Manor "set" with any unnecessary vehicles, plus everyone would have to stay until filming wrapped.

Call Me Crazy said...

I'm a little late here, franky, but Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day!

OrangeCrusher1 said...

Let's decipher Katespeak: she had 15 kids there on the 4th, were eight of them hers? And their families. Interesting. CA all around at the gate? She made a barbecue for all those folks, without TLC footing the bill or providing helpers? Kate, who barely acknowledges the other parents, opened her home for the 4th? And then took her kids out into the madness of a public place? Do I hear the ice cracking as hell freezes over?

The part about not having any help, except a 'mower' and the 'occasional' babysitter, that crap I do not believe. No housekeeper, nanny, or other help? Nah, she's still lying about that.

AuntieAnn said...

FlimsyFlamsy said... 51

AuntieAnn (#44), bless your heart for your friendly Canadian take on Emeril's revenge - wishing he'd swatted her arm with a spoon and then said, "Hurts doesn't it? Please don't do that again."

My American version? I wish he'd swung it her right across her
smug entitled face and then said, "BAM!"

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lol! I wish so too.

Well friendly yes, but I can be provoked. I should have mentioned I'd be holding a big old meat tenderizer in the other hand.
Just in case.

Jeanne said...

One of her tweets said they were swimming on the Fourth. It rained all morning. Wyomissing postponed their parade. Then it was cold and windy all day. Cold is relative of course but it was only around 70 degrees and the wind didn't really stop. We used the grill but ate inside. Later we went to see fireworks and it was so cold. We had sweatshirts and blankets but I wished for my warmer coat. Did they really swim or is it part of her imagined happy family day?

I don't know where they are for the fireworks picture but to me it's odd that the women are standing and have their purses on their shoulders. I guess she wouldn't let them set their purses down at the house until the fireworks were over.

What a hostess. I wonder what chores they had to do as the price of admission. She really is in damage control mode. I'm a nice person! I have friends!

jolie Jacquelyn said...

FlimsyFlamsy said... 51
AuntieAnn (#44), bless your heart for your friendly Canadian take
on Emeril's revenge - wishing he'd swatted her arm with a spoon
and then said, "Hurts doesn't it? Please don't do that again."

My American version? I wish he'd swung it her right across her
smug entitled face and then said, "BAM!"

#########################################

Auntie Ann is far too polite. This Canadian likes the American version much better!

Happy birthday Franky!

AuntieAnn said...

Thanks EVEYONE for the birthday wishes.=)

Sad thing is Danny died August 17th, Was buried August 25th...her Birthday is SEptember 2nd

Auntie Anne? Does this qualify as sheeple math?

franky

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Franky, before I break out the calculator, please walk me through this. Who is Danny?

NJGal51 said...

@Kateplusmy8: @neverletyoupart so then u can easily c how I was given horrific titles theyre spreading as fact.Nothing I havent been called! #Illegal #Sad
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And the pity party continues. If it's #illegal as TFW states, why doesn't she sue the magazines? Is it because she knows that they can probably back up what they've printed? Enquiring minds want to know.

lukebandit said...

Verrrrrry Interesting! says the German soldier on Laugh-In. (Arte Johnson) on this information:

The Kindle version of Roberts book right now is only 12 sales behind Hard Choices, Kindle by Hillary Clinton! 278 and 290, respectfully.

Also, Robert's daily sales of the Kindle compared to Hard Choice's Hardcover are Robert 56 and Hillary 61.

Can't wait till the hardcover comes out from Robert!

GO ROBERT GO!

AuntieAnn said...

I should have mentioned I'd be holding a big old meat tenderizer in the other hand.

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He'd be holding it, not I'd be holding it. Geez.. I must have been channeling Emeril when I wrote that.

Anonymous said...

sosorry Aunty Ann
from the beginning long story short

Danny was my youngest uncle, he died aged 17

It was murder...but whatever. when he died my mother was 30..I swear

After she called to wish me a happy birthday, I said thanks

after many crickets were heard here in MONTREAL

she opened up about she never had a birthday because Danny died that day

her sept 1944, birth..he died august 17th 1977, was buried on the 25th


so please sheeple this math to me...

If it Kate and her dates, there must be a reason.

thanks, franky

Anonymous said...

Auntie Ann...sorry

I keep forgetting because I learned to ignore her.

Dannys death is why no one ever celebrates her birthday

the math is:

Mum born 1944
Danny born1955
Danny died 1974

Yet every birthday party missed is on him, EVER

franky

Fleecing The Sheeple said...

If this Steph person thinks she's forging a personal relationship with
TFW by defending her, she'll be disappointed soon enough.

======

She certainly wasn't defending her when she tweeted this. I wonder if Kate knows that she called her "cray." LOL!

'Steph Martin @neverletyoupart · Jun 19
Oh gosh #KatePlus8 is on tonight. Thank goodness. I need some of that nonsense right now. And yeah Kate's cray, but the kids aren't ABUSED.

I thought this was just a kid, but apparently she's 29. This Steph person lives on Twitter. Permanent resident. She's been somewhat fixated on some person who thinks Michael Jackson is still alive.

swingsandroundabouts said...

PatK said... 81

How soon will the accepted norm be a mass "thank you" email? Ugh.

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

I went to a wedding about 6 weeks ago and this week my family and I received a thank you ... on Facebook. Can e-mail be far behind?

Kate is a twit said...

I was just catching up on the convos that Kate defender @neverletyoupart had with the haters and the fans. This convo she had with Milo was interesting:

Steph Martin ‏@neverletyoupart
@MiloandJack what's the story with the journals Milo? Do you know?

Fired Up 4 Kate ‏@MiloandJack
@neverletyoupart I'll get back w/U...need 2get ok on this.

Steph Martin ‏@neverletyoupart
@MiloandJack please do ask her if you can give me just a little bit of info. She knows I have faith in her but just even a little would be

Steph Martin @neverletyoupart
@MiloandJack nice for the sake of peace. I won't repeat if that's the request and she has already seen I'll stand up for her against all

Steph Martin @neverletyoupart
@MiloandJack kinds of things lol. Thank u. But meanwhile, there is something more that is being left out right? Something that makes it make

Steph Martin ‏@neverletyoupart
@MiloandJack sense?

Fired Up 4 Kate ‏@MiloandJack
@neverletyoupart I will....:)

So Milo is again playing the Kate "insider" and acts like she is going to get info from Kate about the journals and she'll pass it on, but she has to get the ok from Kate.

This is so sad, but yet so funny that this person actually believes everything Milo says.

Carole said...

Sad but true said...
Someone was asking above about the ratings. On the first run of the episodes, Part 1 got 2.359mm, Part 2 got 1.901mm.

When they reran the episodes at the end of a 9-hour J&K+8 marathon this past Wednesday, NEITHER PART of the update special made it into the top 100 programs for the day (in the age 18-49 category), nor did ANY of the other episodes they ran


Thank you for the correction. I knew the #s since I looked them up. I had a brain 'malfunction'. lol I hadn't watched anything until Wed and I'd forgotten they originally aired over a week ago.

Tucker's Mom said...

Does every life event HAVE to be a major production and shared with the world at large?
*******
It's the new keeping up with the Jones and I blame Demi Moore for the belly-photo insanity!
Back in the day, when home video had just become affordable and mainstream, couples were filming births like it was normal for strangers to see your baby emerge from your wife's vagina.
No thank you.


Everyone's a precious little snowflake these days.

Anonymous said...

I have to share my wedding story. My DH had just started a new job and we were invited to share in one of his employees nuptials. Here are the highlights:

1. Bride and Groom had been shacked up for 8 years.
2. Second marriage for both.
3. Dress code was "country casual" (I don't even know what that means)
4. There would be line dancing. ?
5. Anyone who wanted to could be the DJ
6. Cash bar.
7. Gifts were to be cash only.

But wait for it! # 8 Dinner would be POT LUCK! You were to call the bride and let her know what you'd be bringing so she could co-ordinate and not have too much of one thing and not enough of another.

Needless to say, we declined the invitation. And no, we didn't send a gift either.

I still get a laugh out of that one.

PJ

Kate is a twit said...


Kate Gosselin @Kateplusmy8
@neverletyoupart so then u can easily c how I was given horrific titles theyre spreading as fact.Nothing I havent been called! #Illegal #Sad

I love how Kate thinks that anything negative said about her is illegal! Yet she can diss all her "haters" and say negative things about them. Is that illegal too?

LaLaLandNoMore said...

Today is my birthday. I have been told my entire life (63 yrs. now) that my poor mother was covered in poison ivy while giving birth to me. Granted, my own mother never told me this. Others in the family passed on the story. Can you imagine how the Gosselin children will feel someday having been reminded of their mother's sacrifice and "years" long bed rest, single-mom gig, blah, blah, blah? My own mother has been ill her entire life and did not participate much in my life, but I do thank her for the gift of my life. Do normal people need reminded daily of a mother's sacrifice? I think not.

Formerly Duped said...


Kirkland said... 50
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That is very tacky and I'm surprised you got a thank-you note! A phone call to verify an address would be ok, but why not ask everyone to write his/her own TY note too ? *snark*

PJ
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

That is outrageous. I would not be attending.social etiquette has gone downhill, sadly.

Over in TFW's county;

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A gift to St Jude is the perfect compromise.Such a worthy donation and gift for the giver, birthday child and patients.

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said...

This is so sad, but yet so funny that this person actually believes everything Milo says.
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Steph Martin @neverletyoupart · 5h
Okay, so the last TL (https://twitter.com/neverletyoupart/status/485688212652691456 …) is4those who r new to the @Kateplusmy8 stor(ies). Now,I'm going 2 tell u what happened to me.
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Did she pass out last night? Looked like she was about to tweet another tome then, poof, she was gone. A real oddball.

Katykat said...

Speaking of wedding, I just attended the "Cheapest, Most Expensive" wedding ever. My husband is the bride's Godfather/cousin. Bride is almost 30. We gave a large gift of cash to go towards the "dress of her dreams." Wedding venue was a 7 day cruise. The guests booked enough rooms for the bride/groom to cruise for free. Week before the cruise, I got an email to bring a gift for the bridal shower that the sister/mom were throwing on the ship, and to justgive cash so the bride/groom could enjoy their 7 week trek across Asia. We had to fly to the port, my teenager missed a week of school and all of the work involved, my husband had to meet halfway because he couldn't miss work. Wedding was held on the beach, reception was on a catamaran w/ roastbeef or turkey sandwiches and chips. Dinner was the meal already included in the main dining hall on the cruise. My husband has a very small family and insisted we go. It's a good thing there was some good snorkeling...but not off of the catamaran on the day of the wedding...water was full of jellyfish. Then, the couple was throwing another gift-filled party for themselves when they got back to home.

FlimsyFlamsy said...

So Gladys is gonna give Steph the 411 on the journals? We've
speculated that TFW might claim it was a fictional account for
an, ahem, story she was writing. Then why did she use her
real children's names? And what mother of 8, count 'em,
8 kids, whose husband is away all day at work, has time
to play author?

Luke's Mom said...

Kate is a twit said... 119

Kate Gosselin @Kateplusmy8
@neverletyoupart so then u can easily c how I was given horrific titles theyre spreading as fact.Nothing I havent been called! #Illegal #Sad

I love how Kate thinks that anything negative said about her is illegal! Yet she can diss all her "haters" and say negative things about them. Is that illegal too?
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Agree! And not once did Kate ever stop HER OWN FANS from saying "horrific" "illegal" statements about Jon - the FATHER of their 8 kids that she keeps claiming to love so much.

Hey Kate, we all know that you a liar, abuser, and grifter but now you are undeniably one of the biggest HYPOCRITEs of all. How sad that you continue to ONLY think about YOURSELF!

If you really loved your 8kids as much as you keep saying than why are you not outraged when your own fans make such horrible and untrue tweets about their father? And tell them to STOP! Where was your tweet telling them to stop "spreading as fact" "horrific" "illegal" statements about Jon!

Oh right, you hate Jon more than you love your kids. And you prove every day that you love yourself more than the 8kids. It is always about you Kate. Not the kids. Kate, Kate, Kate, I, I, I, me, me, me .... Just Pathetic!

Vanessa said...

Notice she still STILL hasn't said the BOOK is a lie. That it all didn't come from her own hand. She's saying the "horrific titles" she's been given are lies. It will continue like this forever. Narcisissits should go to her for tips on how to improve their pathology.

lukebandit said...

If all of these tweeters tweet kate and are calling her "illegal titles and names", why doesn't she just hit her Laverne and Shirley on speed dial and say, Can we sue?

I wonder if L and S call her Katie Sue Gosselin?

Secretary to S: Katie Sue Gosselin on line 1.

S: Tell her I am at lunch.

Secretary: But Mr. S., it is 8:30 in the morning.

S: Tell her, don't call us, guitar We'll Call You! Daah da dada guitar dada hahahaha

FlimsyFlamsy said...

Another Supernanny marathon on UP TV today, and here's a pearl
of wisdom no one ever confronted TFW with. Two brothers
(in a family of 6 kids) are hitting each other and the dad says,
"I want you to give each other a hug, and tell each other you're
sorry." And Jo says, "Yeah, but how does that resolve it? What
have they learned from that?" Instead, she got down to their level
and asked some questions. What happened? Did one hit the
other by accident? If not, you know hitting is unacceptable
behavior.

We heard TFW say, "we don't hit" on the show. Can you imagine
how many times that phrase might've been followed by a slap when the cameras weren't rolling? And how those mixed messages
could lead to confusion as to what behavior is acceptable?

NJGal51 said...
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lukebandit said...

So funny! The book is now #5 and Hard Choices by HC is #6. Back and forth with a former first lady and potential presidential nominee.

Bwahahaha, The book sold about 24 more overnight! hahaha

AuntieAnn said...

I keep forgetting because I learned to ignore her.

Dannys death is why no one ever celebrates her birthday

the math is:

Mum born 1944
Danny born1955
Danny died 1974

Yet every birthday party missed is on him, EVER

franky

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Oh my Franky, as sad as losing her brother was, it certainly isn't normal to continue to do that this many years later. And you're right the numbers don't add up.

Maybe next year don't answer the phone if she remembers to call you.

I do hope you had a great birthday anyway.

AuntieAnn said...

ncgirl said... 95

Poor Schmoopy was having a pity party on twitter. Let's play the world's smallest violin for her.

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Were we invited or just the anti-katers from twitter?

BTW, I happen to have a tiny little violin that actually plays a tune. It even came with it's own tiny little case.

I'll play it for Shmoopy right now.

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said...

She says she writes YA fiction but is not a published novelist yet. #129
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Did anyone read her lengthy explanation of the perils of Kate last night? She's no writer. Two words="self publish." Oddly enough she has more than 4000 fans. Maybe they'll buy her first "novel."

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said...

What, pray tell, is "super sonic vision?"

Kate Gosselin @Kateplusmy8 · 13h
@MiloandJack leaves at edge of driveway? You have super sonic vision lol!
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Hey Kate, "What's crazy horse?" Lordy, you're more dense than a block of cement.

Anonymous said...

OT but curious from a Lawyer perspective: Does anyone else think Judge Judy is a GIANT Bully? A very highly paid Bully who believes her own press? A judge who dismissed 90% of her cases or intimidates people to hurry up because "she has lunch waiting". I think she is a JOKE and should be put out to pasture. Another quote from her that is just ridiculous, "It doesn't sound right, and if it doesn't sound right it's not true" or she had the gall to question someone for selling a car and trying to make a profit instead of doing the "right thing" Just curious how other readers/Admin see Judge Judy.

NJGal51 said...

This latest Kate defender will be writing a blog about her experience on TFW's timeline. Wait for it. She wrote a blog on the Michael Jackson is person tat she seems to be obsessed with so why not TFW. I didn't read all her tweets but scrolled through, and as Fleecing said, she's a permanent resident on twitter. She also apparently felt she was friends with one of the teen moms because they had DMd. She says she writes YA fiction but is not a published novelist yet. She spends so much time on twitter she should base her first novel on that.

Happy birthday LaLa!

chefsummer said...

LaLaLandNoMore said... 120

Happy b-day to you have a good one ;-).

Tucker's Mom said...

Happy Birthday to LaLa and franky!
The wedding stories are great. I hope you all can laugh at them now, because these are some DOOZIES.

JoyinVirginia said...

Happy belated birthday Franky!

lukebandit said...

Happy Birthday, Lalalala!

franky, I am so sorry! God bless you.

NJGal51 said...

Tweet-Let - Her 4K+ followers will buy her book just like TFW's 200K+ followers bought her cookbook. You can buy followers but apparently they don't reciprocate and buy back.

lukebandit said...

So kate says that she has been called "titles". haha I guess she hates the title of the book, Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World, the Rise and Fall of a Reality TV Queen.

She don't like people thinking that she fooled them and the many many people living on earth. And the fall of a reality tv queen. She don't like not being on tv anymore. haha.

Grow up, you plop of nothing. You need to be getting your 3 tup daughters under control from hitting, spitting, fighting before they go back to school this fall. That should be your number one priority instead of pining about going back on tv. If the school calls and says you have to come in because there is a problem with the girls doing these things, what are you going to say? It's not my problem, you fix it?

Hopefully, Jon can do something and get them under control. I know he is fighting an upstream battle of an enormous magnitude, but maybe he can be a major influence. They are out of control. If it doesn't get stopped now, can you imagine how it will be in another year or two? Bad.

Diane (the old Diane) said...

LaLaLandNoMore- Happy Birthday! I hope you have a gr8 day!! !!!!!!

Happy late birthday Franky.

Formerly Duped said...

Happy Birthday Lala!

And wow, KatyKat, that was just plain rude and selfish of the wedding party/family. Sandwiches and chips??? It was kind of you to attend!

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said...

And wow, KatyKat, that was just plain rude and selfish of the wedding party/family. Sandwiches and chips??? It was kind of you to attend!
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I drove out of state to attend a family wedding last week for an adorable, much loved couple. They paid for the whole wedding by themselves, no help, did all the decorating, exhausted themselves. They did purchase food from a company that provides box lunches for events. Yes, they served a delicious array of sandwiches and chips, small salads. I kinda feel bad for them now, reading that that is somehow tacky or unacceptable, dare I say gauche? They did the best they could and everyone had a great time. Wonder if their guests are blogging about how awful to serve sandwiches and chips. :( Oh well, I had a wonderful time and so did the bride and groom.

FlimsyFlamsy said...

TFW claims she cleans that whole house herself, and yet she has
time to go back to bed after dropping her kids at school? She's
admitted that's what she does, and the boys said so on the
special. They said she works and does errands - did they
say anything about cleaning?

If TFW considers this kind of comment bullying, I'd have to remind
her of her own statement about their lives, once they decided to go
the reality TV route: "We've made it your business."

chefsummer said...

Judge Judy a bully I never saw her as one.

I love me some judy she takes no BS in her court room and she hate people. Who aren't prepared and people that harms animals and she hates liars..

People also know how she is so why go their if you aren't ready.

chefsummer said...

Didn't say via radar online that she doesn't care about people comments or opinions of her??

She also said once that she thinned skinned and she doesn't pay much attention to what people-(hater/nonfans people with brains) think.

So why are twitter comments bothering her so much? Can this woman not make up her mind rather she cares or not.

Formerly Duped said...

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said... 145
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No, that was fine if it was what the couple could afford and everyone had a good time. It was the expectations at Katykat's relatives' wedding of monetary gifts, expensive travel and other circumstances. I had a small wedding myself. It's all in the attitude and entitlement of some people- your family sounds like they put on a nice party and everyone had fun- that's what makes such an event a good time.I wasn't making a carte-blanche statement that sandwiches can't be tasty and suitable

chefsummer said...

FlimsyFlamsy said... 146

She also said that she has part-time help 2-3x per weeks.

KK can't keep up with her own lies. I guess that's the problem when you lie all the time about everything.

AuntieAnn said...

@Kateplusmy8: @neverletyoupart so then u can easily c how I was given horrific titles theyre spreading as fact.Nothing I havent been called! #Illegal #Sad

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Yeah. Sad that Ms English-is-my-best-subject probably meant 'labels' when she tweeted that.

She does have a few titles though. Her Royal Heinous comes to mind right off the bat. Would Sergeant Asshole McPlasticFace count as another? It's my favorite. I can't remember who named her that, but I'm still laughing over it. Then there's the Lying Liar Who Lies.

The Empress is a Clown said...

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said... 145
And wow, KatyKat, that was just plain rude and selfish of the wedding party/family. Sandwiches and chips??? It was kind of you to attend!
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I drove out of state to attend a family wedding last week for an adorable, much loved couple. They paid for the whole wedding by themselves, no help, did all the decorating, exhausted themselves. They did purchase food from a company that provides box lunches for events. Yes, they served a delicious array of sandwiches and chips, small salads. I kinda feel bad for them now, reading that that is somehow tacky or unacceptable, dare I say gauche? They did the best they could and everyone had a great time. Wonder if their guests are blogging about how awful to serve sandwiches and chips.


I'm going to side with you on this one. I think it's gauche to go into debt, as many do, or to spend huge chunks of money for a wedding that lasts just a few hours. To my mind, it's best to spend within your means, content in the realization that your friends are there to celebrate YOU. Makes no sense, at least to me, to fork over all your hard-earned money for banquet chicken with gravy (read: tasteless), when you can eat delicious food for far less money. Best of all -- save for the fun memories you'll share with friends & family--you won't wake up the next morning, steeped in debt.

Blowing In The Wind said...

So Milo is again playing the Kate "insider" and acts like she is going to get info from Kate about the journals and she'll pass it on, but she has to get the ok from Kate.

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Does this new defender know that Milo is in love (lust?) with Kate, and that Milo has never met Kate or the children? Nothing like teaming up with the laughingstock of Kate's TL!

I bet this exchange has really puffed up Milo. She found someone new to impress.

Dwindle said...

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said... 145

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My daughter wants an outdoor/pavillion venue with a BBQ or clam bake, but with family members bringing their signature dishes, just as we all would for any family party. Guests in jeans, perhaps a bon fire as it gets dark... My daughter thinks frou-frou is a waste of money and if her sweet fiance has to walk around in a tux and do all that posing all evening, he will die of embarrassment.

PJ's momma said...

Regarding weddings, why has it become acceptable to these couples to send their registry information IN the invitations? Tacky! This info could be on their wedding website (because of course there is one) where they show their engagement photos (because of course there was a photo session for that) and talk about how they met, the engagement, and give the bio info for all 18 attendants in the wedding.
We got an invite a year ago and were literally going, "Who ARE these people?" I looked at the registry. Dyson vacuums (2 of them), Sonicare toothbrushes, KitchenAid mixer, Vitamix blender, iPads, PlayStation4, all Waterford crystal. These people want what their parents have, which took them decades to to get. They want top shelf everything, granite countertops, etc. The registries totaled TWENTY THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS. I made a remark on facebook about it (along the lines of 'when did this become OK') and the comments were brutal. Well, it was the daughter of the pastor of our former church. He was sending that out to church members, using the church mailing list? Appalling. (Anyone who follows the Bible knows it is clear that leaders are held to a higher standard. And she was marrying a pastor too!) A friend connected the dots as they had received the same invite, and sent my comment thread to the bride! I had no idea. Her dad texted my husband and it snowballed. That's how we figured out who it was. I was embarrassed and unfriended that person who sent it along - and then the bride and her sister took to mocking me on twitter, while dear daddy did nothing.
Fast forward to the wedding, which we did not attend. The reception was at our church. I saw pics and videos (yes, all on facebook of course) and they completely busted the fire code. The place was packed, no WAY should that have ever occurred. But as someone said, they're precious little snowflakes, nobody is allowed to have an opinion or enforce a rule. Anyway, I know the pastor's sister and saw her recently and she said at the wedding, the pastor said that everyone should stop at McD's on the way to the reception, because there would not be enough food. She said they served finger food on tiny plates and there was hardly any and there wasn't even enough cake for everyone to have a bite. The pastor apparently had no problem with his precious princess' registries or the fact that it looked like a grift grab as they did nothing for the guests. The whole thing still boggles my mind.

AuntieAnn said...

Unfortunately for a lot of young brides, the big wedding is what they want, not the marriage. It's a billion dollar business these days and they are suckered right into it. Sheep.

I sure see a lot of expensive wedding bands for sale in the used items column. "Barely Worn" and "Like New" are common descriptions.

Dwindle said...

So Ms BooHoo had a twitter fest? Either she was drunk and lying about her activities or she auditioning for a View 'chair of her dreams' and still lying.

Blowing In The Wind said...

Steph Martin @neverletyoupart · 9h
.@ReneeAudric girl,u have no idea how much ur helpin me tell my storyLOL. Ppl aren't gonna believe this happened. They'll think I hired YOU😂

What's her agenda? What story might that be?

AuntieAnn said...

Dwindle said... 154

My daughter wants an outdoor/pavillion venue with a BBQ or clam bake, but with family members bringing their signature dishes, just as we all would for any family party. Guests in jeans, perhaps a bon fire as it gets dark... My daughter thinks frou-frou is a waste of money and if her sweet fiance has to walk around in a tux and do all that posing all evening, he will die of embarrassment.

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Dwindle, except that dh and I prepared all the food, you just described our wedding day which occurred over thirty years ago. We celebrated our anniversary last week.

Katykat said...

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said... 145
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We, too, paid for our own wedding 20 years ago. :) The cruise wedding was a bit over the top because each family paid a minimum of $5,000 to attend this wedding, kids missed a week of school, adults missed a week of work, and gifts of cash were expected on top of that. It was A LOT to ask. Dinner in the main dining hall is included in the cost of your cruise, so we paid for our own meals. So yes, sandwiches and chips was a little surprising after so much was asked of the guests.

Kelly said...

I'm glad everyone seemed to have a good holiday :-)

I quickly scanned the comments and didn't see a link to this article so thought I'd post it:

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/07/04/boycott-reality-tv/

It's interesting and timely reading I thought. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their holiday. We're off to take Rudy for his first trip to the beach. Lord help us! LOL

Blowing In The Wind said...

@Kateplusmy8: @neverletyoupart so then u can easily c how I was given horrific titles theyre spreading as fact.Nothing I havent been called! #Illegal #Sad

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Yeah. Sad that Ms English-is-my-best-subject probably meant 'labels' when she tweeted that.

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lol, AuntieAnn. I thought she was referring to the cover title of the NE story, House of Horrors.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...

I think you should throw a wedding you can afford and not worry what guests think. A family member of mine is on a tight budget and they had a very low key wedding in a very small venue. It was family style Italian food and there wasn't even really much room to dance. I heard some family members being critical of it and it made me mad. I would rather see my family member throw a party she can afford rather than go into debt just to impress everybody for one evening. Another friend of mine married a couple weeks ago didn't even have a dinner. We just had a cocktail hour. It was very nice and classy. I don't care that I wasn't given a whole meal, there was plenty of food. And they specifically requested no gifts, which avoids the folks who think well I just forked over 150 bucks for the blender you wanted I expect a meal. Mark Cuban happened to be at the same venue that night for another function, somebody told him about the wedding, so he came over for everybody who wanted to get their picture with him. Everyone will remember that. There are other things that can happen at a wedding that make it memorable other than the best prime rib.

The wedding is to celebrate your love, not to impress family and friends.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...


I also find in recent years we rarely get thank you notes from children/young adults for gifts, even for bar/bat mitzvah checks, wedding gifts etc.


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I have to admit this does trouble me. A thank you note is cheap to send and I think it says a lot about a person when they both take the time to acknowledge your gift and do so promptly. I was taught if you don't have time for the note don't accept the gift.

I couldn't attend the wedding of a good friend of mine out of town. In light of that I spent far more than I would have on the gift, using the money I would have spent on the trip to buy the gift. This was a year ago, and still no thank you note. It's astonishing. I have seen them since and no mention of even a verbal thank you. Quite frankly it made me think about this friendship.

Blowing In The Wind said...

Steph Martin ‏@neverletyoupart 9m
Re: @KatePlusMy8 Since I ended up falling asleep before I finished this last night...lmao....basically what (cont) http://tl.gd/n_1s2cp2c

Oh, geez. she's back. What an airhead. Kate and Milo sure can pick 'em.

Kate and the not-a-cleaning lady. There is no way on god's green earth that she cleans that entire house by herself. Been there, done that, and I had to hire someone to help me. Kate could never do it. She might be between cleaning help because nobody can work under the conditions she imposes.

AuntieAnn said...

PJ's momma said... 155

We got an invite a year ago and were literally going, "Who ARE these people?" I looked at the registry. Dyson vacuums (2 of them), Sonicare toothbrushes, KitchenAid mixer, Vitamix blender, iPads, PlayStation4, all Waterford crystal.

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Gee, that sounds identical to TFW's grift list.

Katykat said...

Admin,
I totally agree w/ throwing a wedding you can afford...but make sure your guests can afford it, too. While the bride/groom found a way to get a 7 day Caribbean cruise for free, they truly put a strain on their closest loved ones. Her mother works two jobs, her dadhas been out of work for some time while they still have two other kids living at home preparing to go to college. My In-laws, the Aunt and Uncle, have declared bankruptcy twice. Groom's sister couldn't afford to go w/o his parents paying for it. Just a lot to ask of people who truly are piecing and patching...even if the bride and groom got it for free.
Another cousin is getting married and the bride has decided "no children." Just my husband will go to this because why should we fly our teenager and our 5 year old across the country to a family event that they aren't even invited to? I know everyone is different, but I love weddings where the focus is truly on the love of family. :)

Millicent said...

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said... 162

I think you should throw a wedding you can afford and not worry what guests think.
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Hear, hear!!! (or is it, here, here!?) If you have "friends" who will think less of you because you threw a wedding within your budget, those are friends you don't need in your life. Great way to weed out the phonies.

Each of my four siblings who are married, held their wedding reception at either my parents' home, or the home of a good friend. That saved them a lot of money because they didn't have to rent a venue.

My parents have been married for over 60 years. When they got married, neither of their parents had much money, and they certainly didn't either. My mom didn't even have a formal wedding dress, but she did have a lovely new dress for the ceremony. My dad wore his best suit. The reception was held in the church hall. Afterwards, they took a week-end for a honeymoon in Miramar (in California), and then my dad went to work on Monday morning! They bought simple gold bands for each other and to this day, that's all my mom ever wanted.

An expensive elaborate wedding can be quite lovely, but it's no guarantee of lasting happiness. Why put your parents or yourself into debt? Much better to learn from the start of your marriage how to live within your budget.

I sometimes like to watch the bridal gown shows, but I am afraid shows like that, plus Bridzillas, etc., have implanted unrealistic desires into the minds of young women. It's a shame.

lukebandit said...

Can you believe this pile of manure?

Retweeted by Kate Gosselin

Hannah Marcil @hannah_marcil · Jul 2

This (Jon) and Kate plus 8 marathon gives me life

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I answered and said, kate gives you life? How bad can your life be when you have to watch kate to give you life?

Sick, sick, sick.

lukebandit said...

kate tweeted, keep the flag cake pics coming!

I answered and said, I will never forget you letting the tup girls inhale the strawberries and not the tup boys, told them no and get out.

You allowed the tup girls to eat strawberries and not the tup boys and banished them from the kitchen.

Hashtagged: #KateHatesHerIckyBoys

Let's throw tomatoes said...

When my hubby and I got married we didn't have any money so we had the reception at my sisters backyard. I decorated the backyard myself, everything from the trees, flowers to the table settings. It was a lot of work but I had a lot of fun!

Now it's so expensive. One of my kids got invited to a Hawaii Wedding and a bachelor party in Vegas. What???? He's going to have to dish out at least $1,000 for everything! I'm sure his friend is going to have an expensive wedding, they are not getting married on the beach he's renting a venue.

lukebandit said...

There is a bright side. Joel looks so cute in his star spangled sunglasses and he is smiling. But on the dark side, she is deflecting that everything is A-Ok and abuse, what abuse?

Millicent said...

Anonymous - Judge Judy is brusque, she interrupts the participants regularly and talks over them, and is otherwise prickly and often rude. However, she's paid to do so, and she runs that television courtroom with an iron fist. Anyone who signs up to appear on that show has to know what they are letting themselves in for, and they are paid for appearing on the show. If a judge were to behave as she does in a regular courtroom, many attorneys would request that their cases be heard by a different judge. As this would cause problems in that particular county's court system (other judges being over-loaded with cases because no one wants to be in front of a problem judge), it would eventually be corrected.

We had a similar situation years ago in our court system. A local attorney got elected to a judgeship. I knew her before she was a judge and she was subject to "going off" in depositions, getting into shouting matches, and otherwise not behaving in a calm, judicial fashion. Not surprisingly, she was crappy as a judge and attorneys would take whatever steps were available not to have their cases heard in her courtroom. She lasted one term and was elected out.

I think Judge Judy usually makes the correct rulings. And the producers of that show want her to be iron-fisted and 'no nonsense.' So she accentuates that part of her personality.

GKD said...

All this wedding talk has me laughing as I remember my wedding. I had a good old fashioned, straight up, shot gun Southern wedding. I was bartending at the time & we met at the bar. The bar owner just happened to be a judge too. I wore a borrowed dress (and not a wedding dress, just a nice one). We got married at the JP's office with our immediate family. The judge surprised us by swapping places with the judge on the bench to do the ceremony for us. We still joke that it wasn't exactly "legal" because the sitting judge signed our paperwork. My bar judge's court was 100 miles away at the beach, he technically wasn't allowed to marry us. Thru the bar, we also knew several police officers & sherriff officers. After the ceremony, we had a police escort back to the bar. LOL We just stopped by that day to say hi. We had our reception the next afternoon....at the bar (but on the patio...cause that's classy like). All our friends there put together an amazing buffet of food, someone bought us a nice cake from Krogers, another friend took pics for me. She also had them developed & put them all into books for me. The 2nd bartender's husband was in a band, so they played for free for us. I was knocked up, but hubby's bar tab was completely covered that day.

The funniest part was 3 guys that walked into the bar 1/2 way into the party. The bar had not been closed for us, and they were told to stay & enjoy the party. They ordered a pizza & had it delivered so they could give a gift to us. I still have pics of us with these total strangers & the pizza. Friends had decorated the patio for us & it was simple, but very pretty.

I did personally thank everyone that day, but I still did thank you cards for every gift we got & thank you cards plus a small gift for those that helped put it together. Literally my wedding cost was the marriage license & my flowers from Krogers.

We've been married 21 years this October & we like to joke that "who says a shotgun wedding can't last!".

jolie Jacquelyn said...

We didn't receive a wedding thank you note from a family member until they had been married a year & a half. This was just before they announced they were getting a divorce.

lukebandit said...

The book is now the #1 Best Seller in Rich and Famous biographies!

woo! hoo!

Go Robert Go!

Millicent said...

Kirkland said... 49
On the subject of gifts...I attended a baby shower and all the guests were given a blank envelope and asked to write their home address on the envelope. This, of course, made it easy for the bride to write thank you notes without having to print or write out the addresses.
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Tacky and lazy! I'd be horribly embarrassed for that expectant mother and a little sorry, knowing that the child she was expecting wouldn't be raised with any idea of proper social etiquette.

I've also been invited over the past year to three different baby showers of people I'd never met. I play bingo regularly and get to know other regulars. One 3 different occasions, I've been invited by another bingo player to a baby shower for either her daughter, niece, or cousin. Why would I want to attend a baby shower for someone I've never even met? I always politely decline. I'm not attending just so some strange woman gets an additional gift.

When I had my baby shower years ago, one of my friends took on the job of writing down each gift and who gave it, and then gave me the list at the end of the party, so I could send out proper thank you's. I was so excited about having a baby, that even that part of the process was fun for me lol.

Kirkland said...

Interesting point of view. I find it unbelievable this person can relate to Kate even though her situation is so different.

"As I watched the TV special in my cozy little condo, I found I could still relate to her, just as I remember relating to her years ago. Back then, we were dealing with bottles and diapers. Now, we're dealing with sass and iPads. Now, every day, we're going it alone."

Daily Juggle: Kate still gives me courage after all these years

http://www.twincities.com/columnists/ci_26076383/kate-still-gives-me-courage-after-all-these

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...


http://www.twincities.com/columnists/ci_26076383/kate-still-gives-me-courage-after-all-these


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This is nuts. Did she not see the dozens upon dozens of paid workers running this whole party? This is not "inside information," it was all on film. Dozens upon dozens of adults in the background running the whole show. Some even with name tags on!

How can people be so blind?

Then this: "I don't count babysitters." Has got to be the single most offense thing I've ever heard when it comes to caregivers of children. These nannies have busted their ever loving butt for Kate for ten years. So did the church ladies and other volunteers. Show some f-ing respect and allow them to "count". Excuse me, they certainly do count.

Realitytvkids.com (Administrator) said...


Today, for example: Up early, coffee and email and laundry. Text baby sitter at 7 a.m. Get one kid packed up for day camp. Pick up another kid from a sleepover. Drop off a third at baseball. Run to the store, return to the baseball field with Gatorade. Write from home. Text sources. Interrupted by snack demands. Realize we're out of milk. Pick up the kid at baseball. Fetch baby sitter. Tell her about the milk. Get to office just as colleagues leave for lunch. Miss one, two, three deadlines. Suddenly, it's 3:50 p.m. Still on deadline, still haven't eaten, still drinking coffee.


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Oh so sad. Oh poor thing. You and your first world problems.

If you don't like this lifestyle DON'T HAVE KIDS. Be grateful your kids have opportunities like camp and baseball and that you can afford it because those things are rarely free. Be grateful you live a comfortable enough lifestyle to have laundry machines in your own home instead of having to go out to do your laundry like so many families. Be grateful you can afford all the milk your kids can drink. Be grateful you have a JOB that is cramping your style so much. *eye roll*

This article is everything I hate about "mommy bloggers."

swingsandroundabouts said...

I agree that young couples should have the wedding they can afford, be it cocktails or sandwiches or a spaghetti dinner. The celebration of their marriage should be what is important. I think people are tired of all the over the top weddings, showers, birthday parties which by their very nature oblige guests to spend more than they want unless they don't attend.

It's the entitlement that is offensive especially when the couple is "making out like bandits" (a phrase I recently heard from a groom) and the guests are nickled and dimed.

It reminds me of TFW complaining that she didn't get the Hawaiian wedding she wanted the first time as her family objected to the cost.
A destination wedding is really expensive and it takes nerve to expect guests to put out that kind of money unless they are rich. It's the entitlement that is offensive.

While we're at it, I'm really tired of brides saying they want to feel like princesses. Why? You're not royalty with all the wealth and tradition behind that. What's wrong with feeling like a bride? That should be special enough I would think.

FlimsyFlamsy said...

Admin (#173), this woman also has a working car - another thing
people take for granted. Especially Ms. Piece N Patch, who's
got 3. Notice the babysitter doesn't have a car and needs to be
picked up - who's feeling sorry for her plight?

Midnight Madness said...

I answered and said, I will never forget you letting the tup girls inhale the strawberries and not the tup boys, told them no and get out.

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Does she even read your tweets? I thought she had all of the non-fans blocked.

Carole said...

Did she pass out last night? Looked like she was about to tweet another tome then, poof, she was gone. A real oddball.

LOL, she said she fell asleep.

@neverletyoupart
Re: @KatePlusMy8 Since I ended up falling asleep before I finished this last night...lmao....basically what (cont) http://tl.gd/n_1s2cp2c << Her 'manifesto' (it's a twitlonger - it's safe to open)
http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s2cp2c

What's her agenda? What story might that be?

Her 'manifesto' is about being cyberbullied by the non-fans. lol Apparently she's a pro at these situations - as she explains.

She lives on twitter and has landed herself in the midst of a 4+ year long battle w/fans and non-fans and has done no research. This is so reminiscent of BV jumping into the fray. This fan knows no history, basically just what she's seen on tv and read in a few tabs - of course.

A warning - it's longgggg and full of exaggerations, no facts such as she said someone wanted her to kill herself, but I read her TL and don't recall seeing that. She didn't acknowledge people's questions, or their answers to her Qs. In many parts it's LOL funny. 'people talked about me on twitter behind my back'. awww, poor schmoopy's fan. LMAO

Most importantly - she wrote this:
"Everyone who knows me knows I'm hardly a stranger to cyber bullying LOL. I'm also sadly no stranger to NOT letting things go when I should. If I feel someone's disrespected someone I love, I get very defensive. Sometimes even offensive hah. I also react that way to lies. If I know people are lying whether they are doing it on purpose or not, apparently I open my mouth too . So, basically, I ended up talking about Kate."


BTW - she's back and baiting the non-fans. She'll never give up and some of the non-fans are of course engaging her rather than ignoring. ugh

Katykat said...

Ok, I haven't seen it in a while, but remember when the "Dollar Dance" w/ thebride/groom was big? Tacky, tacky, tacky... :)

My poor bridesmaids were robbed during the ceremony when they left their purses in the "Brides' Room". I felt awful and offered to replace the cash, but they all said no. The suspect is on my wedding video, but they never caught him.

capecodmama said...

franky and lala...Happy Birthday!

My husband and I got married by a JP and flew back to Scotland the next day. I don't regret it for a moment. We're still going strong 32 years later.

My oldest daughter is getting married in September. She originally said they were going to elope. She told me she was never that girl that dreamed of a big wedding. I told her I didn't care how she was married but that we would like to be there, as well as her sister. She called me back a few days later and said her and her fiance talked about it and realized his dad and sister would like to be there as well. So she's getting married on a beach in another state that's within easy driving distance with only 11 people in attendance: the bride and groom; myself and my husband; my youngest daughter, sil, grandson and grandaughter; the groom's dad; the groom's sister and her fiance. She bought a beautiful knee length dress from JCrew. Her fiance's wearing navy blue chinos and a white polo shirt. She can't wait and she's thrilled it's with the people that mean the most to her.

I agree if you can afford an over-the-top wedding, go for it. If you can't, there's nothing wrong with small and simple.

Carole said...

One more quote from the uneducated/behind the times fan's dissertation on being cyberbullied.

"After all, we all know that if Kate wanted to, she could put them all in their place right? They'd go from big and bad to real scared real quick."

Yo, fan - she tried that and she ummm, failed. lol

www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s2cp2c

Midnight Madness said...

Did you ever watch Four Weddings on TLC? Snotty brides. They sit at the reception, fussing about the fish having a bone, the prime rib is luke-warm, the vegetables aren't done, ad nauseum. Pathetic. You're the guest. You shut up and eat the food. If you don't like it, you still shut up and stop for dinner somewhere on the way home. All this while these gals are hunched over the table, elbows propping them up, taking the soup bowls up to their mouths. Not a shred of manners on any of them. They don't like this, they don't like that...the centerpieces aren't tall enough; the glassware doesn't match the dishes; the "theme" isn't carried over to the reception; the cocktail hour was too short; the cocktail hour was too long; there were bugs outside; there were bugs inside; it was too hot; it was too cold.

I know what we did wrong at our wedding. We called the bride and groom table the "head table" instead of the sweetheart table; we didn't have a signature drink, and I didn't enter the reception hall pumping my bouquet over my head. Funny we managed to stay married so long...

Carole said...

There is no way on god's green earth that she cleans that entire house by herself. Been there, done that, and I had to hire someone to help me. Kate could never do it. She might be between cleaning help because nobody can work under the conditions she imposes.

I agree she doesn't do it on her own, but I don't know about her having an outside service. She has 8 live-in helpers with 16 extra hands who do it for her. I'm sure by now they're pretty efficient - the penalty of severeness is always there to 'motivate' them.

PJ's momma said...

GKD, I love your wedding story! You had a better wedding than ours. Three weeks after our first kiss, we were standing in front of a judge with my very pissed parents. They took us to Harrigans for lunch afterward. I remember the judge said, "Take care of each other." Which we have, for 29 years next week! We were just happy to be together and married. THAT is what matters, the marriage, not the wedding. We sent out announcements at the insistence of our parents, and a few gifts trickled in, which was a total surprise to us, and we did send written thanks for those jello molds and salad tongs!
Midnight Madness, I used to watch that show and it made me sick. They were so critical in the hopes of elevating their own wedding's score. NONE of them saved for a honeymoon and each week, they all declared they NEEDED that free trip, because they had worked SO HARD on their wedding. Ridiculous!

Jumping In said...

When my nephew got married, his bride executed a themed wedding designed to fulfill a fantasy she had dreamed of since she was a little girl. It came off as a spectacle, not as a day where two people share a marriage vow, it was a production designed to impress.

It's almost been a year and she is still posting pictures of herself in her tiara and princess dress on Facebook. My sister tells me her son is not happy in the marriage and he thinks he may have married her to fulfill her dream, and now realizes they don't have much in common. Reality is setting in, and her way of dealing with it is to keep going back to the "big day". Sad.

On the topic of memories, I don't ever remember anyone saying to me that we were "making memories". It seems to me TFW says that all the time. No matter what, she is doing it to make memories for her kids. Doesn't that sort of get in the way of enjoying the moment that you are actually in? She's always watching old shows to enjoy the memories, but what about the now?

I think this may tie in with my nephew's wife, she is stuck in the memory of her wedding day because real life is just too damn mundane for her.







Tucker's Mom said...

When I had my baby shower years ago, one of my friends took on the job of writing down each gift and who gave it, and then gave me the list at the end of the party, so I could send out proper thank you's. I was so excited about having a baby, that even that part of the process was fun for me lol.
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That's my experience- appoint someone or someone volunteers to be the present "manager" and keeps track of who gave what.
Another friend makes a silly hat out of bows which the bride obligingly wears for a picture ;-)

thuvia said...

Wedding story contribution, The fall previous to my daughter's June wedding she planted numerous Allium bulbs in my flower garden, she loves purple. The alliums grew and blossomed beautifully, three weeks before the wedding. She was trying to find funds to buy flowers when she saw a blvd.in her city planted with blossoming alliums two days before her wedding, I called and asked the parks dept. if we could buy some. They asked her to come to the office the day before the wedding and gifted her with two 5gallon pails full of blossoms. A friend and I picked purple Dame's Rocket out of the ditch in front of her house and another friend donated beautiful white peonies from her yard. My friend arranged the table flowers for the venue, in an old barn, and made the bouquets. The vases were old blue canning jars, the table covers were my collection of vintage cotton table cloths. It was a lovely wedding, family and friends party with good food, dancing and s'mores over a fire for the kids. Groom's friends, photographers, gifted the photos, and we set up an online site where everyone shared personal photos. I sent many to Walgreens to be printed. Hope my next daughter does a similar wedding.












Blowing In The Wind said...

I agree she doesn't do it on her own, but I don't know about her having an outside service. She has 8 live-in helpers with 16 extra hands who do it for her. I'm sure by now they're pretty efficient - the penalty of severeness is always there to 'motivate' them.

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I'm sure they help with light cleaning, dusting and whatever, but there is no way that they could do deep cleaning (scrubbing bathroom tiles and toilets), hardwood floors, etc., to her satisfaction.

All This Is That said...

capecod said..."My husband and I got married by a JP and flew back to Scotland the next day. I don't regret it for a moment. We're still going strong 32 years later."

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I went to the office in the morning, got married during lunch, and went back to the office after lunch. Nobody suspected a thing...and I wasn't pregnant, although I was "expecting" a week later. We didn't waste any time!

Blowing In The Wind said...

TW - she's back and baiting the non-fans. She'll never give up and some of the non-fans are of course engaging her rather than ignoring. ugh

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The non-fans love it, too, or they would ignore it. They needed some life breathed into that dead TL and they found it with this dingbat.
It would be refreshing to see her ignored, but that won't happen.

Tweet-le De Tweet-le DUMB said...

I've enjoyed the sensible wedding stories. Thanks. I'm glad my family members took the sensible and adult approach.

As far as paying $5000+ to attend a wedding...wow, just wow. Guess I'm speechless on that.

All This Is That said...

One more quote from the uneducated/behind the times fan's dissertation on being cyberbullied.

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If I check Kate's TL at midnight, will they still be going back and forth with this new Defender of the Kate? Perhaps yet another dissertation?

chefsummer said...

This is the only part of this article I agree with.

She looks god-awful with the most hideous wig."

Ugh Molly lol's how do you not count baby sisters a bodyguard and Jon that means she not doing it alone.

Dwindle said...

capecodmama said... 186

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OMGosh, do we have the same daughter? Mine is planning less than about 8 people on a beach out of state then come home for the cookout since all their families are here, but they both live/work out of state. My daughter has her eye on an off the rack, kind of hippie girl sundress. For the cookout she wants a bouquet from her Mother in law's yard. There is to be no registration, no shower (we did talk her into a wine and cheese tasting party of ladies only, and if ladies would like to send them home with a bottle of wine, that would be ok, I guess.) She thinks this fad of using a registry to upgrade your current furnishings is gross. It was supposed to be this fall, but he just changed jobs so they want to wait till spring.

And that is another thing: I am surrounded by weddings galore and no one is working! I do not get where the money for some of these extravaganzas is coming from, plus these drop dead honeymoons! Then they come home in live in the parents' basement! I dont get it.

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