With their TLC camera crew filming away, Kate Gosselin and her three youngest daughters Alexis, Hannah and Leah took a ferry ride around Bald Head Island, N.C., on Wednesday. Jon has been back at their 24-acre estate in Wernersville, Pa., with 8-year-old twins Madelyn and Cara, who have returned home from the trip.
Along with her bodyguard Steve Neild, Kate and her kids have been vacationing in the N.C. resort town for about a week.
The new issue of Us Weekly reports that she hasn't paid her eight kids much attention on their getaway when the camera crew wasn't around - even though she pulled twin daughters Madelyn and Cara, 8, out of school for the for-TV trip. Between texting on her phone and huddling with her bodyguard Steve Neild (with whom husband Jon once feared she was having an affair), "she completely ignored her children the entire time," fellow vacationer Ann Michele Sweeney tells the newest issue of Us Weekly.
"When Kate sat on the edge of the pool, she told one of [the twins], 'If you splash me, you're dead meat,'" Sweeney says. "She was not joking at all." The child's response? "She said, 'Mommy, you are mean!'" Sweeney says.
For more on how Kate threw a "hissy fit" near her $1,807-a-night rental home (with two media rooms!), how her kids broke her rules by eating food off the ground, her strange food requests, and what Kate's high school classmates have to say about her -- pick up the newest issue of Us Weekly, on stands today.