Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mommybloggers See Thomas Murt Is Up For Re-Election, Ellen Ross Need To Get off Blogs, Kate Talks RUMORS

Hello Gosselin fans! I was recently made aware by a few readers that not EVERYONE reads my comments section. Heck many didn't even know up until recently that it existed. to With over 520 followers now, I want to stress that the best part of my blog IS the comments section, which is just below each post. If you don't feel comfortable commenting thats fine, but we would love to hear from you! But if not please don't forget to read all that these great ladies have to say. Within the posts was the discussion regarding Jon's latest girlfriend Ellen Ross. This was something important enough that I want to post it on the main page in case you missed it. Ellen recently stepped it up a notch by being the first of the JGFC (Jon Gosselin Girlfriend Club) to allow herself to be interviewed by bloggers. Unfortunately she took it too far by commenting re: photos of herself that on the web. Below is an article where she was depicted as one of the nannies that weren't watching the kids.

Jon Gosselin Takes Kids and Girlfriend to Ball Game:

Jon Gosselin took his girlfriend, Ellen Ross, and his eight children to a Reading Phillies game in Reading, Pennsylvania over the holiday weekend. Ross was not her hands-on self like on previous outings, instead looking alternatively bored and preoccupied with her cell phone. Hanging out with your boyfriend’s gaggle of children gets old pretty quickly, I guess!
(Below is Ellen responding to the above photo and article, do you feel she should have spoken out?)

When people get out of a marriage, they find themselves again and some people go through hell doing so. he has made major improvements. i also want to point out. i am NEVER on my phone with the kids unless its ringing and its my mom or its my family texting me . the ONLY pictures the websites put up are ones of us on our phones. how boring would it be to put up a pic of me and jon watching the kids? its boring, theres nothing to criticize (although people still would fine SOMETHING) therefore the website wont get enough hits on that article and it loses its value.. THATS why they put those pics up…… i was so upset because the ONLY time during the whole 3 hours we were there was when a family member texted me and said that someone was tweeting about us being at the game….. this way i knew it was spreading, then we can be extra careful with the kids and getting them to the van quickly when we leave. im so upset and angry EVERYTIME pics are taken of us because they ALWAYS make it look like im on my phone. in the pics of me at the bus stop with jon, and im “looking at my phone” i actually took it out of my pocket for ONE SECOND to look at the time (thats why im jsut staring at the phone) and then put it away, bc the kids bus was late, they werent even there yet. but god forbid the websites put up the pics of the kids happy to see me or smiling at me or hugging me, GOD FORBID. and as for the last comment…about him respecting the mother of his kids..

if ONLY you guys knew …….. i look at it froma neutral point of view..until certain things came out.. remember this.. kids arent stupid, they see things, they get treated certain ways and THEY TALK….. and i do see how he treated his women before. ppl that make claims of being with him, they get PAID for it. yes there was hailey, but unfortunately it was a bad choice for him, she was not the kind of person he needed in his life and it caused a lot of drama, thats in the past, we all mess up, lets move on and stop dwelling on it… his last relationshpi with morgan was just fine..just certain peopel arent meant for other people. please please please dont take sides anymore, im telling you stay neutral..eventually the truth comes out..when those kids are old enough to understand all this crap… you just wait.. the things they are going to say."

What Do the Children of Mommybloggers Have In Common With the Children of Kate Gosselin?:

Where were all the child labor protection advocates back when America loved the Gosselins? Back when we couldn't wait to see the crazy antics of Jon and Kate and their eight children? Ever since they aired their dirty marriage laundry for all the world to see, the world has been a little less smitten with the Gosselins and a little more hungry to bust them for something. Kate Gosselin and the producers of the show are once again being questioned as to whether they are violating child labor laws by having the sextuplets -- all under the age of 7 and therefore not covered by the obtained labor permits -- on television.

I say "once again" because this topic seems to come round every few months. This time, a Pennsylvania representative, Thomas Murt, is pointing out that it's illegal in the state of Pennsylvania to have children under the age of 7 on television. Though, again, where was Murt during all the prior seasons if this has been in the Pennsylvania law books? If Kate Plus 8 continues (and ratings were down prior to this news), the show may only be able to film the twins. The investigation is looking into whether an illegal deal was made in order to get the (albeit inappropriate) permits. And Murt is also admitting that there may be cause for the law to be amended (wouldn't want to have those filming dollars leave the state!).

At the heart of all of this is the question of whether or not being on a reality television show constitutes work. In other words, is it actually labor to go about your life and simply have cameras around. There is no memorization involved, no skills to learn or stunts to perform. If I stick a webcam in my house and my kids stand in front of the computer, entertaining you with one of their witty bon mots, am I violating child labor laws? Or does it only matter -- in other words, is it worth protecting the kids -- if there is a large amount of money involved? The end result is the same: Kids are placed in an entertainment position with the same chance of psychological scarring from the incident (which would be "none" from reality television supporters and "will need more therapy than there are therapists in the world" from reality television protesters.)

Taking it a step further into the realm of blogging, is everyone who recites amusing stories about their children within blog posts doing essentially the same things? The lens may be a lens of words instead of a literal camera, but in the end, a life is recorded and transmitted (sometimes for entertainment; sometimes to exchange information). For those who believe it's detrimental to the mental well-being of the Gosselin children to grow up with cameras trained on them, do they believe that mommybloggers are having an equally detrimental effect on their children? And if not, is it scale? The fact that it's words instead of pictures? The fact that bloggers are not making millions of dollars annually based on the cuteness of their kids?

Taking how you feel about Kate Gosselin out of the equation, do you think children under seven should be able to be filmed for a reality show?

Access Hollywood Talk To Kate about this weeks Rumors

Monday, July 12, 2010

Watch it Here: Kate Gosselin Summer To Do List: Chicken Coop & Paparazzi-Proofing

Hello Gosselin fans! I know it hasd been awhile since I have sent out a personal greeting. I am so happy to see I am reaching 520 followers! Welcome to all, and please come comment on the posts, we would love to hear your thoughts! Before the nastiness of haters and trolls trying to obtain personal info & posting it on their blogs, fans of Kate Gossenlin openly chatted on sites such as Cafe Mom, My Space and Facebook. We exchanged names & thoughts & became friends. Recently a hate site posted my husbands full name & someone elses e-mail address. For what reason exactly? Its devastating to see, and once again is a direct reflection of the blog owner and the type of people that run that show. And even though we still every so often get those type of people trying to slither on this site, know that just as quickly I will make sure they get deleted off.

I mention this because I actually have become friends with quite a few Kate fans through these avenues. One of them was Michelle Kemper Brownlow. Her site, My Semblance of Sanity, is one of the best reads out there. When you get a chance take a look! I decided to take her review of the show last night and post it here. It's a great look into the reason Kate Gosselin has the most fantastic, sweet intelligent fans out there! Ohh and trolls, if you need to call me personally, I would be more than to chat with you.. ;) xoxo BM

I am so excited to be bringing you KATE*VERSATION #2! : Michelle Kemper Brownlow

"We spent the last week camping...and if you remember I HATE CAMPING! So, it was so nice to plop down on the couch and check in with Kate while my husband got all our little campers to bed. Thanks Kate, nice hanging with ya!

Kate ended the first Kate + 8 by saying, "There's no manual, there's no right or wrong, you just have to feel your way though it and see what works." What a poignant way to lead into tonight's episode or Kate + 8. This was the CHICKEN episode and in my honest opinion, a really good example of a skill I do not come by naturally. A trick of the mom-trade that I would LOVE to say I have down to a science, but sadly I lack this virtue that I am SURE would make my life run smoother and prepare my children for life outside our house more effectively. So, I am declaring that this CHICKEN episode had a WORK ETHIC message, and a dang good one! If you know anything about the Amish, you know they never stop working and NOTHING is ever done half-a**ed! Kate and I can attest to that, we share Berks County, PA, Amish country!Two of my favorite Amish sayings are: "God has work for all his children, regardless of age or ability." "If you want life's best, see to it that life gets your best." As I watched this week's show, I couldn't help but admire Kate's work ethic. She is not a woman who would walk past a stray shoe in the middle of the floor to get to the laundry waiting in the other room. I would bet a good deal of money that she wouldn't pick up that shoe. Nope.

You thought I was going to say she would pick it up and put it away. No, I am pretty certain she would call in the troops and the one who left it behind would be carrying it to its home. I have to admit, as much as I want to be THAT mom, I would most likely trip over that shoe a couple times before I would NOT call the kids to get it, I would sigh, feel sorry for myself and trudge...shoe in the appropriate child's shoe bin. And what is that teaching MY children? Not a darn thing. I watched as the little mini barn (coop) raising was in progress and how the eight children pitched in and carried pieces of the structure off the truck. One of the boys started by simply grabbing the piece closest to the edge and like little army ants, the rest of the kids followed suit! BEAUTIFUL! Have you ever seen an Amish barn raising?

I think Kate's chicken coop was a mini lesson in working together to get the job done and doing it with a smile! They had fun. Yes, it was work. But when Collin was struggling with how to get the water jug, that weighed almost as much as he did, from the hose at the house to the coop in the pasture he uttered, "I love these chickens but this is really heavy." He then turned the jug on its side and started rolling it. This is when Farmer Daniel stepped in and showed one if HIS tricks of the trade. He had raided the toy bin and found a foam bat. He had the boys slide the bat through the handle and work together to carry what then weight HALF of their combined weight. While racing back to the house and having fun with the kids it was evident that Kate wanted this project done right, done well and done efficiently so it was only done ONCE! She even had the farmers move it six inches to the left so her view out of the kitchen window would be JUST as she wanted it. And why wouldn't you insist on YOUR things being the way YOU want them? Looking out the window and having the chicken coop that brings back such sweet memories sitting exactly where you want it would be a gift. Peering out every morning and being annoyed because you didn't speak up because you just wanted it DONE, would NOT start your day off the way it should. A seemingly little thing that could make or break your sleepy morning.

Here is a run down of the things I noticed that I would have just thrown my hands up and sighed: When the chicken coop was done, there were specific instructions given which included that a new discipline tactic would begin immediately. Anyone who disobeys is on chicken poop detail. Instructions and consequences delivered plain and simple. Done RIGHT, Done WELL, Done EFFICIENTLY and Done ONCE!Immediately after children were done eating lunch Kate retrieved the hose to hose down the picnic table and patio only to find the hose was not working. She then went, got another hose, hooked it up and finished the job. SIXTEEN little brown eyes absorbing the work ethic along the way. Done RIGHT, Done WELL, Done EFFICIENTLY and Done ONCE!

Then, my Mom Goddess Kate, speaks a language a wish I shared... "The Gosselin Household's Systems аnd Maintenance Manual: Everything a Single Mom Needs tο Know tο Rυn ουr Lіttlе Piece οf thе World.” She explained that she is not someone who just wants to "have it fixed;" she wants to know WHY it stopped working, what it NEEDS to be fixed and how to MAINTAIN it so it stays functional. Done RIGHT, Done WELL, Done EFFICIENTLY and Done ONCE! When she finished her day of manual writing, learning about the maintenance of her water softener, having privacy shrub plans approved, power-washing the house, she said, "I did what I set out to do and my goal was met."

Wouldn't it be nice to lay our heads on our pillows at night and KNOW we Did it RIGHT, Did it WELL, Did it EFFICIENTLY and we only had to Do it ONCE? (Well, if we are talking cleaning toilets and doing laundry we will have to do it more than once...) And wouldn't it be a gift to one day see our grown children with that same WORK ETHIC? Done RIGHT, Done WELL, Done EFFICIENTLY and Done ONCE! Well, now as I head to bed with a resolve to improve our work ethic gently but effectively, I will also be taking up first project? A pillow stitched with this,"I did what I set out to do and my goal was met." Keep it up Kate, you are inspiring great moms to be even better moms! AWESOME!"