Where does the time go, right, readers?
It seems like only yesterday that Jon and Kate Gosselin were happily married... starring on a hit reality show... and raising eight kids, the oldest of which were precocious twins Cara and Maddy.
But that was then.
Jon and Kate Gosselin are unmarried and constantly at odds... neither is (currently) starring on a reality show... and Cara and Maddy are 18 years old!!!!
So, we repeat: Where does all that time go?!?
On Monday, October 8, the twins turned this important age, meaning they can now buy tobacco legally and can also vote in the upcoming midterm elections.
In celebration of the occasion, Kate shared a photo of her kids' cake on Instagram, along with a heartfelt caption.
Here is the cake:
And here is the caption:
HAPPY 18th Birthday, Cara and Madelyn! T
here are no words to describe how proud I am of you both. Despite the many turbulent times you’ve had to deal with so far in life, you have emerged as wise, level headed, reasonable, forgiving, loving, kind and absolutely brilliant ADULTS!
I can say that I’ve poured endless love into you and fought tooth and nail for the best for you, but I cannot possibly take credit for the truly wonderful humans (adult humans!) you have become!
You will thrive in life, I am certain, and I will still be with you every step of the way going forward, continuing to guide you and love you.
I love you both so very very much and I wish peace, happiness and the great successes I know are coming your way!
Elsewhere, Jon Gosselin, who seems to actually want back in the lives of his children, also shared the above message on his social media page.
The controversial father has been spending a ton of time with daughter Hannah of late, with some reports even claiming that he's now fighting for custody of the teenager.
The two have been posing on Instagram and appear to have put all issues from the past far behind them.
Which is great.
Even the harshest Jon Gosselin critic should admit that it's better for him to be in the lives of his kids than not be in their lives.
That said, Jon may still have a long way to go until he's close to either of the new 18-year olds.
Back in April, Mady told People Magazine that she rarely sees her dad -- and told the publication very simply that only Jon is to blame for this estrangement.
“He makes it seem like we’re being kept from him, which is insane,” Mady said at the time, adding:
“He should maybe spend some time thinking about why we don’t want to see him, and maybe realize that if he ever does want a relationship with us, talking about us on TV is not the way to make that happen.
"He doesn’t even know us."