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    Recently, a very close family friend turned 18. It was a long awaited day and a big milestone for her. I've known her parents since I was 18, so she and her family are practically an extended part of our family. She looks up to me like a big sister and is very wise beyond her young years. We often have deep adult discussions. She's such a joy to have around.

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  • Unlikely Friendship (PHOTO)

    posted by Kate Gosselin June 20, 2013 at 2:31 PM in Home & Garden
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    I made a new -- and very unlikely -- friend recently.

    Her name is Kisa (often called Kisa Lu) and she's grey and speckly spotted and has floppy ears. She's taller than I am when she stands on her back legs (which she doesn't often do) because she is a Great Dane.

    She belongs to a good friend of mine who was very worried about how she and I would get along when I visited recently.

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  • Do Moms Deserve a Break? (PHOTO)

    posted by Kate Gosselin June 13, 2013 at 12:31 PM in Big Kid
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    This is me in March 2004 at just 20 weeks pregnant with sextuplets!If you are a mom, I'm betting you “live tired.” The way I see it, it's as if pregnancy is nature’s way of preparing us for our new way of living a “tired life” -- which quickly becomes our new normal -- for the next 18 years or so. I can only speak for myself and what I know about being pregnant twice ... and having given birth to eight kids. (I still smile when I say -- or write -- that by the way. It still seems to defy logic, but it's my reality and I love it.)

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  • Most Embarrassing Mom Moment

    posted by Kate Gosselin June 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM in Big Kid
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    I chalked one up for my mom memory books the other day. But it's one I kinda wish I didn't have to record. Since “all's well that ends well,” as the adage goes, I am sure I will go on unscarred, because it did end well. Still, I'm sure I'll be the laughing stock of my girls and their friends for the immediate future, at the very least.

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  • Summer Countdown Is Here! (PHOTO)

    posted by Kate Gosselin May 30, 2013 at 1:51 PM in Big Kid
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    As the school year winds down, I am finding that it's not just the kids who are insanely excited for the final day of school -- and for the many long hot days of summer that will soon follow. But the kids do take year-end very seriously. It seems like all kids keep a countdown, and in our house, my kids not only keep a verbal countdown that is discussed every hour on the hour, at the table during every meal, on the way TO and FROM the bus stop each day, but they also keep a written version of the countdown on a paper calendar. I can only assume that is meant as a “double check” to break up any sort of sibling end-of-school-year-countdown discrepancies. Oh, and they also mention it as their final thought each night as I tuck them into bed -- because I may have forgotten how few days of school are now left, don't you know.

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  • Such Chickens! (PHOTO)

    posted by Kate Gosselin May 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM in Home & Garden
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    Weight Lifting: Loading the barn with chicken food

    Our chickens are something that I am asked about often. All 40 to 50 of them (they don't stand still long enough to count so I'm not quite sure exactly how many we have). A few years ago I thought it would be fun to get a few “pet” chickens. I had chickens growing up as part of our “mini farm” -- which was made up of a few dairy cows, a couple of pigs, a handful of rabbits, a random goat or three, and the chickens. 

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    As I was sitting here, going over today's "TO DO" list, I found myself spending a good 30 minutes texting my tween girls (who were riding the school bus on the way to school) and then emailing with their friends' parents in order to RSVP to the many, many social events for them that, in recent years, seem to stack up at the end of the school year. Whew! Suddenly, I felt like their secretary or assistant!

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  • Happy 9th Birthday to My 6! (PHOTO)

    posted by The Stir Bloggers May 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM in Big Kid
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    [Celebrating their 8th birthday last year]

    As May 10, of yet another year, comes into focus, I can feel the excitement and curiosity surrounding me as I busily put the perfect finishing birthday touches on each and every detail, preparing for the big day -- this year, my sextuplets turn NINE years old!! It's so very hard to believe!

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  • A Lesson Learned From Weeding (PHOTO)

    posted by Kate Gosselin May 2, 2013 at 12:36 PM in Big Kid
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    This past weekend, I decided to experiment a little ... and it ended up being quite a family bonding challenge with a reward sort of experience. I honestly had no idea how it would turn out, or if it would even turn out good, but always up for a challenge, I decided to present it to my little kids anyway to gauge their reaction ...

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  • All Fish Go to Heaven, Right? (PHOTO)

    posted by Kate Gosselin April 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM in Big Kid
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    Recently, I wrote about the joy that our family pets add to our lives, how they teach my kids responsibility and love us all unconditionally. Today, I'm sad to report, we have experienced a first in our family: the death of one of our pets. Our favorite fish friend, Fabio, who we all loved as much as you can love a fish, passed away, from natural causes ... (?)

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Life is always unpredictable when you're a single mom with eight kids: 12-year-old twins and 8-year-old sextuplets keep things interesting every minute of every day. But Kate Gosselin makes it work -- balancing motherhood with a crazy work schedule, the upkeep of her house, and their devious family dog -- oh and don't forget the barn full of chickens! Somehow she manages to squeeze in time to cook (which she loves) and running (which keeps her sane!). It's never easy and it never will be, but it's always an adventure -- and incredibly entertaining to read about.

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