After a tense morning with estranged husband Jon as they ushered their sextuplets off to their first day of school, Kate looked more relaxed in the afternoon as she welcomed the brood home.
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In the morning, Kate kissed the kids goodbye as Jon waved to them as they loaded the bus. Bodyguard Steve Neild was also on hand.
On Thursday morning, they sent off their 9-year-old twins, Cara and Mady, to start their third grade.