Jon Gosselin continues to accomplish something we never dreamed could be possible:
Act like a good and responsible father.
To one-quarter of his children, that is.
Over the weekend, the former reality star braved some cold elements and trekked to a Christmas tree farm in order to pick out this all-important item for the big birthday coming up on December 25.
He didn't do so alone, however.
Jon took formerly estranged son Collin with him.
In footage posted to his girlfriend Colleen Conrad‘s Instagram, Jon and Collin are seen putting the tree on a wagon to take home after cutting it down.
Conrad, who may very well marry Jon someday, also shared a photo of her boyfriend and his 15-year old son in front of the tree ... with Collin smiling from ear to ear.
“We have our tree!! #christmastree #merrychristmas #jongosselin #collingosselin #treefarm,” the nurse captioned the snapshot.
For a typical family, of course, this would be a cute little adventure -- but nothing to write home about.
Or nothing for a celebrity gossip website to write about, to be more accurate and relevant.
Jon Gosselin, however, has almost never been part of a typical family.
He and ex-wife Kate starred on a TLC reality show about their eight kids (one set of twins and one set of sextuplets) way back in the day, only to get divorced in 2009 after what appeared to be several years of unhappiness.
Many insults and accusations flew back and forth in the years since.
On Jon's side, however, these insults and accusations have become far more pronounced in recent months because a 10-year, post-divorce gag over has ended... and he can say absolutely anything about Kate now, with no legal repercussions.
Jon recently said that "fame and money" totally "twisted [Kate's] belief system" and that she stopped being a good mother once her reality show picked up momentum.
Or a good person, Jon would probably add.
"On my end," Jon has noted. "I've been fighting to get my kids off TV forever."
The saga of Collin has been maybe the most troubling of all, too.
For multiple years, he was kept far away from his siblings and parents, with Kate only vaguely referring at times to this teenage son requiring some sort of extra help educationally and/or developmentally for his "special needs."
Jon, though, has said otherwise.
He claimed back in September that Kate was abusive toward Collin, ignoring his pleas to come home and keeping him caged in a far away facility.
“Kate … couldn’t deal with him. He was alone for three and a half years with no parents, all alone. It was inhumane," Jon alleged this fall, adding:
"It’s time America found out the truth about Kate, she isn’t the person you think she is."
These days, Jon hangs out a ton with Collin and daughter Hannah, but admits he has no real contact with his six other kids.
For Kate, it's the opposite. From what we've gathered, she doesn't even speak to Collin anymorre.
Might this change?
Could Jon and Kate evere co-parent amicably again? At some point?
"I don’t think coparenting is ever going to exist between us," Jon says. “We have completely different parenting styles."