"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Thursday, April 17, 2008

"j" is for...

Please tell me you watch this show. Heather, you should get cable anyway, but this is imperative. Jon and Kate + Eight is a TLC reality show that follows the life and times of the Gosselins, two parents who had twins and then sextuplets. I can see you do the counting in your head - yes, friends, that's 8 kids: 2 eight-year-olds and 6 four-year-olds. I'm exhausted just typing that.

I stumbled across this gem of a program when in Ottawa last fall. I was under the weather, and a Jon and Kate marathon pulled me through. It's truly a lesson in life, love, kids and marriage, and no matter how crazy my life seems to get, their's is always crazier. Who would have ever thought a reality show would keep you grounded?

Well, I've said many times that international travel is much more than sight-seeing and tasting interesting cuisine. And even though the bulk of my travel has been work-related, I still count it as life experience I may never have gotten otherwise. I traveled last week to Japan with Kristen, Mary-Kathryn and Neal McCoy (not the country musician) to promote tourism to Mississippi in Japan. My last visit resulted in a super-long post, and I'll refrain from that this time. But, here are some pictures from my trip:



Ashley Crawford Jones said...

Jon and Kate Plus Eight is my FAVORITE show!!! Since the writers' strike, it's really the only show I sit down and intentionally watch now... every Monday night at 9 p.m. I'm obsessed! I love their kids and think Jon and Kate have the cutest marriage. I appreciate how they communicate! I have been talking about this show to people randomly with no luck in finding a fellow fan. You and I should start a fan club.

Maggie said...

Mary Straton,
I know exactly what you mean about Jon & Kate + 8! Anytime I think I am tired or having a bad day or just whatever, watching the show is always an inspiration. They are unbelievably positive and upbeat, and it reminds me that if they can do accomplish all of the things they do with a family of ten, I think we can get by with the three of us (of course our dog, Macy, has to be included in the count).

B.J. and Mark said...

Hey Mary Straton,
I hope you don't mind, but I found your blog on Whitney's and I wanted to say hello. I'm so glad to see that you're doing well. It's been forever since I've seen you!!! We need to get Izzy to make a visit to the south so we can all catch up! By the way, I absolutely LOVE Jon and Kate!!! I tivo that show religiously. Jon reminds me a lot of my husband Mark. Anyway, now that I've said hello, I'm going to add you to my page so we can keep in touch.

Heather said...

ok, never seen the show. Unfortunately. My life as I know it is over.
I have, however, seen them on Oprah. Oprah comes on one of the 2 channels I get.

while I think they are cute, I do not wish 8 kids on myself - or you, for that matter. But they are presh.

Mary Katherine said...

yes ma'am = chad and i are faithful followers of jon and kate + eight!
we have watched it almost since the beginning! love them...
chad and i use it as our therapy. their conversations often are conversations that we would have:
kate/mk:"what is your problem???"
jon/chad: "YOU!!!!!!!!!"
i digress, but we just love that show... we watch the new episodes on monday nights as well as reruns all the time! i have posted about them recently too =)
love the japan pictures.

Anonymous said...

Uuuummm excuse me, I love Jon and Kate + 8!! The only thing is when david watches it with me, he says i shouldnt complain about anything cause that crazy woman has 8 kids and she mops, sweeps, vacums and disinfects several times a day!! Should have married someone as OCD as he is!! Harper

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