Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Memorial Day Weekend: Jon & Kate Plus 8

While most people were barbecuing and spending quality time with their families, I had absolutely no plans this past weekend. That's when I turned on my TV and began searching what programs to watch. As I reached channel 50 (TLC) I put my remote control down as I watched a set of sextuplets running around in a green carpeted house. I was watching the show Jon & Kate Plus 8. TLC planned for a marathon of the show leading up to season 5 premiere. I quickly learned all of the kids names: Mady, Cara, Leah, Hannah, Alexis, Aeden, Collin & Joel. Wow. It was fascinating to watch their mom, Kate cook for all eight kids, how much flour she uses every week, how many paper plates (1300) she goes through a week. To some extent it was also very entertaining to watch Kate treat her husband Jon as one of the kids. In between commercials I would try to sneak in house work like my laundry, ironing, & cleaning my closets. I really didn't want to miss a thing. What shocked me the most was all the episodes I've watched thus far were far more entertaining than any reality TV show. I especially enjoyed the episodes where Jon & Kate would have a one-on-one day with each kid. As season 4 wrapped up, I became more excited to start watching the new season. The season premiered with the sextuplets 5th birthday party. Kate was seen organizing the party and preparing gift bags for the guests. Mady and Cara volunteered to help prepare the gift bags. Jon was missing for most of the part. He came in during the party and Kate didn't even acknowledge his presence. It was very sad to see. Even if she belittled him in the past he would sigh and let it go. But this time she didn't even say a word to him except for take off your sunglasses for the family picture. Jon and Kate spoke about the paparazzi and how much they have impacted their family and friends. At the end of the 73 minute season premiere we were left with uncertainty of Jon and Kate's marital status. I was a non-viewer before May 22, 2009. I have not watched every episode since season 1 but from what I have seen this past weekend, I truly want them to stay together. They just fit perfectly. Kate is a bit controlling, Jon is laid back, Kate is cautious, Jon is adventurous. I believe they have done a great job with the kids. Nonetheless, I wish them the best and they have gained one more viewer.

What did you think of the season premiere? Will you continue to watch?

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