June 23 Duggars On Wheels

You're invited to a birthday party! Watch as the family throws Jason a Duggar style birthday bash at a roller-skating rink. With 17 brothers and sisters, how many presents will he get?

30 minutes

74 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear that they are going the way of Jon & Kate with this big birthday bash. They haven't done this with the other kids before.

I hope this is not starting a new trend as I feel this would take away from their credibility.

ashleybecker22 said...

For a family who "buys used and saves the difference" looks like they spent alot on this party. I wonder if the other kids will get a big bash like this? probably not, my guess is none of them ever had a party like this before, it's amazing what money can do to people. Do they really not see how hypocritical they look, they must be blind.

Just like befoer Michelle had the last baby they went to an expencive baby boutique and bought the baby new bedding. then in a little dialogue box it said that the Duggars hadn't bought new baby stuff in 20 years (or something along those lines) Real fair to the rest of the kids, they got used and hand-me downs but now since they figured out how to profit off their kids they can buy new for this baby. I see them heading down the same path as J&K.

NotMyFamily said...

Ashleybecker22 remembered:
"Just like befoer Michelle had the last baby they went to an expencive baby boutique and bought the baby new bedding. then in a little dialogue box it said that the Duggars hadn't bought new baby stuff in 20 years (or something along those lines)"

You know, I had always wondered about that 'shopping trip' too. If you remember, when TLC finished the house and the decorator came--she decorated the little nursery are off of that 'oh-so-romantic bedroom' of JimBob and Michelle's. They got new baby stuff then--that was back around "jennifer", I think. What was she--two babies ago that they got New Stuff--before Jordyn-the-maybe-last-one?

Steph said...

It does seem like they're doing the same kind of episodes as they have for the Gosselins. Makes me wonder if TLC isn't doing this on purpose to show the difference between the two families.

The sad thing is the Duggars may not even realize this as they hardly watch any TV so I'm sure Jon and Kate Plus 8 is never watched in their home.

I'm just waiting for the day when JimBoob and Michelle are asked how their marriage is surviving being on TV compared to the Duggars. You know it'll happen eventually.

Steph said...

Oops! I meant compared to the Gosselins! LOL!

Anonymous said...

I'm betting TLC is footing the bill for the party, not Jim Bob and I thought all along that TLC bought the new baby stuff before Jordyn was born.

The Duggars may not exactly go down the same path as J&K because of personality and lifestyle differences,but in my opinion, they sure are changing and doing a lot of things differently than they have in the past.

Jim Bob has apparently always liked the almighty dollar and isn't above taking some of TLC's.

Just my opinion of course.

ashleybecker22 said...

Whether TLC foot the bill or not is irellivant in my opinion. They want to act like they are very frugal, seems to me if they were they would have declined the offer from TLC of throwing a big birthday bash. Also how is it fair to the other kids if they don't get the same.

Also something that always bothered me, but I never knew where to put it. They are so religious and closely monitor what there children watch/ listen to. But in several episodes I have seen the bioys playing with toy guns, pretending to shoot each other. Doesn't sound like Christian behavior to me to pretend to kill your siblings.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I am impressed that Michelle can skate backwards. She is NOT pregnant being she says she does not skate if she is pregnant.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Some of the pictures of Michelle when she was a teen shows how much she looks like her daughters.

MO4 said...

WOW!! I am really impressed with this episode. They are such a loving family Michelle is really beautiful,and they actually showed a picture of her with a cheerleading skirt on!!! I really have nothing bad to say about this family. And there is no way that they will go the way of Jon and Kate, Michelle and Jim Bobs mirrage is truely grounded in faith and love!:) Sucha heartwarming show!

Sulmith said...

I laughed out loud when Jim Bob rolled under that limbo bar.

Anonymous said...

How do you know the Duggars haven't done big parties for the other kids? You dont! It's silly to assume that since we haven't seen it on their show, then it hasn't happened.

Anonymous said...

Initial reactions:

1) I wonder if ALL the Duggar kids will get their own b-day eps. And if not, why not? I can see how the gimmick would get tedious with 18 kids but it does seem only fair that everyone gets a turn.

2) I hadn't realized how little screen time some of the boys get. I hate to say it but so many of them just blend into each other, probably because there are so many little boys right in a row. When they showed Joseph winning the race I literally thought, "wait, who's he?" (shakes head at self)

3) WOW, MICHELLE!! I haven't skated in maybe five years and I know I would've fallen flat on my butt or my face if I tried skating backwards like she did. I mean, wow. But at the same time, it makes me wonder what other fun little things she's "given up."

4) A roller rink is a pretty cheap birthday activity, isn't it? Just a couple a bucks a head. Though with so many pairs of skates rented I imagine it would mount up . . . Still, way cheaper than some b-day parties.

5) What the heck song were they singing to Jason? I know the traditional "Happy Birthday to You" song is copyrighted and they can't show it on TV without paying out but I've never heard of a "Christian" birthday song. Any info, anyone?

OLatin said...

Whether TLC was paying for it or not, I don't think this party was in any way over the top. They went roller skating and had cake. It was nothing above or beyond the sort of birthday party that any "normal" kid might have. I'm sure the other kids have similar parties. But if they had a show about each kid's birthday, we'd all be on here complaining about how redundant it was getting.

Popsicle said...

I have to tip my hat to Michelle for skating so well! I'm in my 40's and no way would I try to skate again! I just can't snark on that.

I was interested in Joy Anna speaking the party line with regards to Amy.."she's a great motivator." Not more than 15 seconds later, here comes Michelle about Amy, "She's a great motivator." Joy Anna is really starting to grate on me---it's like she's the female version of Josh and Josiah. Just a little too smug and all-knowing.

JFaye said...

TLC has no credibility with me. Neither do the Duggars. It is obvious that the only 'reality' in the Jon & Kate show was the reality of money. For the family and the network.

The Duggars need to get out now.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

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Anonymous said...
I am sorry to hear that they are going the way of Jon & Kate with this big birthday bash. They haven't done this with the other kids before."

How do you know they do not give their other children parties as such? Maybe they have a schedule to "big" party every few years for each child and inbetween each other birthday they celebrate it maybe at home. I know many families do not give each of their kids a "big" party which usually is outside of home. Each family does it differently. I doubt if the Duggars gave this one child a party that was not available to another Duggar when his/her birthday came up.

Anonymous said...

How interesting that Michelle got to participate in organized sports, cheerleading, etc...while her girls get cook, clean house & chase after their siblings.

Emiku said...

I was kinda surprised to see the picture of Michelle in her short cheerleading skirt. If the Duggar's don't allow their kids to look at women in short skirts, are the kids allowed to look at any of their mom's old photos?

I was really impressed with Michelle's skating though & the party looked like a simple but fun time. I've known tons of kids who've had parties at skating rinks & they're not that expensive. Though I wonder if they got the place free or discounted since they said & showed the name of the place?

maria said...

I am curious about the cake. Was that a gift from Amy? The way Michelle worded it, it didn't sound like Amy picked up the cake for them, but rather it sounded like Amy paid for it and the balloons. Maybe that was her gift to Jason? No biggie either way. I'm just curious.

I also found the birthday song weird. Do they have to bring Jesus into everything? I guess there is no harm done, but wow. It just seems so over the top to me.

I like that the parents skated with the children. At a lot of parties I've been to, the parents just sit on the sidelines. Glad they got Grandma to participate, but I was scared for her. One bad fall and she could have broken a bone and done some real damage!

Joanna said...

I thought it was amuzing how Amy talked Jessa and Grandma Duggar into skating and watching Grandma Duggar!

I was also amazed at how well Michelle skated. I skate as often as I can and people think I'm a good skater, but I can't skate backwards. Honestly, I'm afraid to skate backwards. I don't even walk backwards.

I was also happy to see lots of friends there.

It also really struck me when Jim Bob was comforting Jackson after he fall off his bike how differently Jim Bob and Michelle react towards their children then Kate Gosslins does. They handle their children the same way my Mama dealed with me and how I try to handle children, including speaking softly (yet firm) to them even when diciplining their children.

chocolatebee said...

I enjoyed this episode.It showed that the Duggars DO have birthday parties for their kids, and that they DO have good,clean fun like most of us.I think a lot of people are so critical of them before they even watch the show!I loved how this episode showcased a lot of the younger kids who dont get as much shine because they are so small.They all have such interesting personalities.It looks like everyone had a great time.Michelle is a great skater and it was funny to see her skating in that skirt! It also showed that the Duggars do spend time with others and all their contact isnt for courtship purposes.
I have a few complaints though. I know that kids will be kids but the Duggar children can be a bit unruly at times.They do a lot of horseplay that can be dangerous.And I hated the way they all crowded around the cake, one of the kids,who was not Jason, even touched the cake.Some of the Duggars habits arent always sanitary.
I also noticed that Josh and Anna werent in attendance.I also noticed that the older girls skirts keep getting shorter and shorter.Even the girls who didnt have short skirts had splits.I guess I am wishing they go for their independance.

Anonymous said...

I guess they didnt play music at the party?Most skating rinks do play music but mayebe the Duggars requested no music.
It amazes me how so many posters can be so negative about the Duggars and their lifestyle.They speculate on things they have no idea about.I also hate that people keep comparing them to and mentioning Jon and Kate. They are NOT the Gosselins nor are they anything like them.

*~*Nicole*~* said...

They probably use old photos to show how Michelle was before she found Christ, etc. Instead of just looking over pictures with nostalgia it's probably something like "See how bad Mommy was?" Maybe their old photos have NIKE stamped across them, like a black censor bar LOL

Anonymous said...

For all the people complaining about Jason getting a big birthday bash, I agree with the people questioning how you know that, do you live with them? are you close family friends? you don't know for sure, and they dont seem like the type of family to spoil one kid just so their show can look good, I honestly don't think that they are doing this show all for the money but to show people how they can have a large family, and keep their values in place even when people are out critisizing them and saying what they are doing is wrong. I am not saying that the money doesnt help them, because having such a large family they spend alot.

About the birthday party, a roller rink is not a high end party, it is a good party for a large group of people because it has a reasonable price. Especially if they have atleast one party most months.

One last thing, I personally don't think the Duggars are going down the same path as Jon and Kate, because they have such firm values and they would not change that for a TV show and some ratings. I think they are doing this show to teach people how their family acts and how their values are very important to them. They do not seem like the type of people to throw all that away for fame like Jon and Kate did.

Anonymous said...

A roller skating birthday party here is really pretty inexpensive. You pay to rent the whole place out for say, maybe, 3 hours, it's about $75 or so. Then you buy a cake, some balloons, paper plates and some sodas for the kids, and you're done. It's not something we do for *every* birthday for *every* child. We personally do a 'big' out of the house party for our children when they are 5, 10, 13, 16, and 18. (We have six children) All other parties are either a dinner out at the place of their choosing (within a specified list of restaurants)or a simple party at home with the grandparents invited.

And, I noticed tonight that *all* the girls from Joy Anna down had on leggings under their dresses/skirts and they *did* participate in the activities. Johanna even swung from the bars int he bus and was trying to turn flips. So obviously they *do* let the girls play and have fun, even in their skirts. (just like my family does--my girls ride bikes, climb trees, roller skate, run, play ball, etc, we just wear leggings or bike shorts under our dresses or skirts.)

Mrs P

Anonymous said...

Of course the Duggars are going the way of the Gossleins! IT doesn't mean that JB and Michelle will get divorced ( they look to have a solid marriage), but they are clearly making decisions now based on the money provided by TLC. In this respect, they are NO different (and no BETTER than the Gosslins).

Renting out the whole roller rink does cost more than $75 where I live, definitely! But it isn't the point about this party being in the roller rink. It is the point that the family is selling its soul and privacy for money!

I agree with the poster who said that Michelle obviously got to do team sports and fun things that she doesn't allow her daughters to do. I feel SOOO sorry for those older girls, who are still sleeping in the same bedroom with all their baby siblings, have to go everywhere with their families, and never have time to explore their own interests, own friendships, or do anything remotely "teenage". All they get to do is clean and cook and look after their sibling buddies!

Yes, their skirts are getting shorter and shorter, but it still looks boring as all get out to spend all your life with your little brothers and sisters. There is a whole world out there, denied to the Duggar daughters!

Johanna is a Gymnast said...

It irritated me how Jim Bob sort of needled Michelle about her skating ability. He kept bringing up what a good skater she used to be and that she used to speed skate, etc., until finally all eyes were on Michelle, much to her chagrin. He has a weird sense of humor and I don't think he is smart enough to realize that it comes across as unpleasant teasing or stupid, as in the "kidnapping" incident with the Bates' kids. I noticed that he shut up when Michelle proved she still had it! I was grateful to see that Michelle didn't have her breastfeeding couch strapped on while she was skating---seeing those little legs fly around would have put me over the edge!

I was glad to see the Duggars invited church friends to the party. However, I felt for the little boy who had drawn Jason a birthday card; Jason seemed unimpressed and very awkward at the exchange. Yes, I realize he's 9 but come on! I wish we had seen more interactions with the friends rather than the Duggars hanging out with each other as usual.

Mrs. P (Anonymous 12:15 a.m.), I guess I don't understand the wearing of leggings or bicycle shorts under skirts. Isn't that deceitful to give the illusion of a skirt but to really have shorts on? Every pair of leggings or bicycle shorts that I've ever seen are form-fitting so I guess I don't see what's so wrong with wearing Bermuda shorts or Capris since that's pretty much what leggings are. Not trying to snark, but genuinely curious about the thought process since it seems like splitting hairs to me.

Anonymous said...

It makes me mad that people contiune to criticize that family. They are the nicesest family on TV. I bet that not many of us spend as much time with our kids and treat them as calmly as Michelle does. Just because they are a little different than most does not give us the right to constantly pick apart every one of there shows...if you do not like it then do not watch. No one is holding a gun to you making you watch this nice wholesome family.

Anonymous said...

This was a cute episode! I really liked how we got to spend some more camera time with some different kids instead of just the oldest girls. I was glad that Josh and Anna weren't on camera either (did they even attend the party?) I'm getting kind of tired of Josh being a know-it-all.

Michelle is an awesome rollerskater! Props to her! While wearing a long skirt too, I am super impressed.

The Limbo game was hilarious.

Ok, so I thought the birthday song was a bit weird though... did anybody catch all the lyrics? I guess we shouldn't be too surprised that they include Jesus in the birthday song, but my husband and I were both like "What the heck kind of happy birthday song is that?"

The roller-rink parties aren't very expensive. I had a couple when I was growing up and my parents were very frugal, thrifty people. (Compared to the Gosselin's fifth birthday party a few weeks ago with the magician, pinatas, and multiple bouncy castles, this was quite a frugal affair.)

nccalgal said...

I noticed that only the Duggar family, including Amy and Grandma sang the birthday song, so it must be a family song that they have used over the years. I personally didn't have a problem with the song, in fact, I think that it makes things special when you have a family song or tradition. Since they are Christians the fact that Jesus is interjected into the occasion shouldn't be that surprising.

Anonymous said...

I live a couple of miles from the Duggars, so I see them occasionally and hear stories from people who interact with them. As for the new baby stuff from the boutique, I thought the same thing as the above commenters. That couldn't have been the first new baby stuff, they had gotten new stuff for the past few babies! Turns out that they hadn't technically bought new in years. The past few crib sets were donated by the boutique owner (apparantly, there was some pretty strong pressure from producers to donate). This past crib set was also not bought at full price. Jim Bob said he wouldn't pay full price for anything, and the set had to be reduced drastically. It was worth it to the owner because producers promised to show the name of the store on the show. Well, they didn't. They filmed the store's sign but never showed it or mentioned the name in the episode. I felt that was all a bit shady. I mean, who goes into a retail boutique and haggles??

pam said...

I don't know when all the kids birthdays are, but with so many kids there must be months when there are 2-3 or more birthdays close together. Seems to make sense to me to do one party for several birthdays. More bang for your buck. They could make it more individual and special for each kid by having a separate cake for each birthday kid. Also maybe a special day out on each kid's birthday. I don't recall any episodes where one kid went out alone with JB and Michelle. Don't see why they couldn't manage that- they have plenty of 'free' babysitters.

Anonymous said...

I got a kick out of one of the little girls (either Johanna or Jennifer) who kept asking, "Am I going to skape?" That was cute.

They are weird, but it works for them. I enjoy watching the love and harmony in that family.

Kym said...

Regarding the birthday parties -- if they showed all of them that would be all that we would see!

I am actually glad they got out of the house and invited some other kids to celebrate.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the birthday party for Jason. Just plain good old fun as a family with friends. I think it was a great way to celebrate in one setting, along with cake and balloons. As Michelle said, Jason will remember this time. I like that the kids are allowed to be kids and enjoy. At times, there is horseplay but that many boys? Come on and please be realistic. Maya

Pattypanda said...

This was a far cry from a Gosselin type bday bash. It was a family that spent time together with other family and friends, even a Grandma on skates. There was no screaming, belittling, threats of nap time instead of participating, and the birthday boy even got to eat his cake. There was no focus on gifts. It was not about STUFF - it was about enjoying the time together. It didn't cost them a lot of money to throw a skate party. Almost all of them already had their own skates. How many teenagers will actually attend a young sibling's party with family? This family at least lives what is "preaches"

Paige said...

I didn't think the party was anything extravagant. They went skating and ate some store-bought cake. Big deal. It's not like they went all the way to Charm City Cakes like SOMEBODY we know from TLC.

Enough with the Multiples said...

I hardly think this even begins to compare to numerous extravagent outings that the Gosselins have had. Renting the roller rink for the afternoon with cake and ballons would hardly break the bank. Many parents spend hundreds of dollars on parties for their kids each year. And I thought it was nice that they had friends over from the church too.

I do agree though that Joy Anna can be a little annoying.

Swissmiss said...

It was great to see Michelle skating. I was impressed. I'm about 20 years older and wouldn't think of trying it.

Since they were careful to mention the name of the skating rink, I assume it was a 'freebie.'

Mommy in PA said...

Hey, I know some of you seem surprised that Michelle was a cheerleader, but that picture is also in their book. She went to public school her whole life and did not convert to being a really strict Christian until sometime during her senior year. That is actually how JB & Michelle met each other - she filled out some form looking for more info from the church & JB had went to her house to talk to her about God.

Bethany said...

Is it just me, or was Michelle wearing a bit of makeup? I know she had on a bit of pink lipstick/gloss. Her complexion looked more smooth so I bet she had on some foundation as well.
Is this something new???

SavetheSheeples said...

I also don't think this birthday party was frivolous or over the top in any way. It was at a roller rink, which is one of the most inexpensive places to have a party, and perfect for large groups of people.

Wal mart cake and balloons do not qualify as over the top, either. (not that I am knocking it, just saying....)

It looked like everyone genuinely had fun.

I still wish the Duggars would go back to doing the occasional special, though. Given everything that's going on with the "other" family and TLC's greediness...the Duggar's should take the high road and get out.

Sharyn Creek said...

I love Amy but didn't care for her remark to poor Grandma Duggar when she was helping her put on her skates, "ohhhh stinky feet!" Grandma Duggar looked hurt.

I love the Duggar family and enjoy their show!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see a family like the Duggars out enjoying themselves as a family. That's one of the qualities about them i do like. This particular child's birthday probably came at a time that coincided with filming and thus became a tv show. Maybe with so many children they do the "big" celebrations at certain ages and the "in between" bdays are lower key dinners or small parties for the family. We're not privvy to their everyday lives so there's no way to know what their birthday routine is.

I think Jim Bob and Michelle are very grounded in their religion and are comfortable in their own skin so they probably won't go the way of J&K. Only time will tell.

I do believe they're changing and it's not for me to judge if that's for the good or bad.
Actually, I do like the fact that the girls are dressing a little differently and wearomg makeup.

My major complaint is that there appears to be no way for a child to experience life outside their cocoon. I just wish they had the opportunity to do what the rest of us see as normal teenage activities. I'm a firm believer that you don't have to compromise your morals just because you're out among people who may see life a little differently than you do. Learning how to handle yourself in a variey of situations is all part of growing up. Sooner or later one or more of these kids are going to be exposed to the lifestyle most of us live and they're going to be overwhelmed. We saw a little taste of that when they visited the public school.

A little touch of real world activites might help Josiah and Josh particularly to find out they don't know as much as they think they do.

pam said...

I think scouting would be a great activity for both the boys and girls.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see them outside of the house doing something special for one of the kids. However, I'm sure TLC paid for it. It's not cheap at all to rent a skating rink and rent all of those skates. I was happy to not see Josh and Anna there. Anna wouldn't skate anyway, being pregnant and now that they're on their own, they can't shut down their business for a birthday party. I want to know why the older boys don't have to help with the younger children, or apparently any chores besides mowing the lawn. As Jim-Bob mentioned in an episode when the older girls went to help make bridesmaids dresses, without the older girls to do the cooking, cleaning and laundry, it was just like when the parents had to do all the household stuff themselves! Isn't it more realistic to be taught to do all tasks in the house, from cooking, to mowing the lawn, to doing laundry.

Anonymous said...

I think Michelle, like Kate, is using tanner. If you look at her color now, vs the earlier 'specials', she looks quite different.

All of the girls are using makeup and looking much more modern. It's too bad it's all wasted on TV viewing audiences, and that they aren't allowed to leave the home and do anything that normal teenagers do, like time with friends, movies, eating out, going to school, etc.

Sarah said...

I'm confused as to how everyone has figured that the kids don't each get a birthday party? One of the boys even mentioned that they have at least 1 birthday every month, and so there is a party every month. I couldn't imagine them not celebrating each child's birthday.

I really don't think a skating rink party is "over the top" at all. They probably got a group discout, and they only served cake, so I would say it probably wasn't more then $100-150 for the whole party. In my town, group rates are $4 per person for a day session, and I don't even think they charge skate rental, I think that's just assumed.

I don't see the Duggars going in the direction of the Gosselins. Of couse they have extra income from the show now, which maybe allows them to do more then they would before, but I don't fault them for that at all. I enjoyed the show, and the fact that this family is truly wholesome and a breath of fresh air, even if I don't agree 100% with what they believe.

Anonymous said...

Some of you guys make so many assumptions... like they don't have any friends, they never hang out with other kids, & all the girls do is cook & clean.

Do you know any of them personally? Have you spent a day with any of them?

If not, then you have no idea what they do off-camera or what their lives are really like.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9:24,
I thought the entire idea of the program was to show what life is like for this unique family.

If so, other than the Bates', we rarely see them interacing in any kind of social setting with others in their peer group or even hear of the kids participating in any kind of organized activity outside the home/church. I find it hard to believe that there aren't any girls or boys clubs in their area that might fit with their values.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, Cousin Amy drives me nuts! I just feel like she's just hanging around to get on tv. Ever noticed how many times she looks at the camera? She's apparently using her family to try to get a singing career started. Yuck!

thisshowisntasbadasjonandkate said...

tlc uses whatever, and whomever, it can to raise ratings...and cousin amy does that. enough said.

Anonymous said...

Sarah said...

I'm confused as to how everyone has figured that the kids don't each get a birthday party? One of the boys even mentioned that they have at least 1 birthday every month, and so there is a party every month. I couldn't imagine them not celebrating each child's birthday.
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First of all, there are many ways to celebrate a birthday. Some families go all out each year, others only for mile stone birthdays and still others hardly
do more than wish the person a "Happy Birthday". There is no right or wrong way of acknowledging it. In a large family, like the Duggars, it is very understandable that cost would absolutely prohibit large celebrations. That said.....

I just watched this episode again and paid very close attention this time. Toward the end, Michelle said that Jason had a "blast" and will always remember his 9th b-day. This leads me to believe that "big parties" like this are few and far between, if at all. I am sure they acknowledge each b-day with a cake and singing, but I would bet that it is at home around the dining room table. And judging by the way the young kids tore into that cake with all the frosting and licking the decoration, I am willing to bet that they don't have store-bought cake very often, either.

In all the years that this family has been on TV (specials and the series), and with all these children, if it were the norm for them to celebrate each child's b-day with a birthday "bash" such as this, we would have certainly seen as much by now. All I ever remember seeing in regard to birthdays, were three incidents.

One was when it was Michelle's day and her sister and brother-in-law came to visit from Ohio and they took Michelle and JB out to lunch. Meanwhile, the kids were at home making "ice-cream cake" and cards for her.

The second b-day mentioned was Josh's, (I believe) 18th, when they took a vacation to the west coast. I'm pretty sure they celebrated at the dude ranch they stopped at. I remember them bringing out a cake at dinnertime.

The third, of course, was Grandpa's last one.

Maybe someone else can remember any other Duggars b-days being celebrated, but this is all that I can recall. If this correct, than it is very puzzling why it was decided to do up Jason's 9th in such a "big" way. And will they do the same for the next b-day boy/girl? (Like each Gosselin kid had their "special day"...something that was TLC's doing, not Jon or Kate's, according to Aunt Jody's sister, Julie).

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Anonymous said:

"Maybe someone else can remember any other Duggars b-days being celebrated, but this is all that I can recall. If this correct, than it is very puzzling why it was decided to do up Jason's 9th in such a "big" way. And will they do the same for the next b-day boy/girl? (Like each Gosselin kid had their "special day"...something that was TLC's doing, not Jon or Kate's, according to Aunt Jody's sister, Julie). "

I am sure each child will have their "big" event some time during their childhood. What is so wrong about having a child's birthday done at the skating ring? Actually outside of the cake a presednts each of the Duggars got to skate if they wished so why would you begrudge one child having the event, after all all of the children were there enjoying the fun. My mom had only 3 kids and all in June. She never had each of us have a "big" party in the same year as it would be too much to have 3 parties a week apart. So we had out big parties at certain birthdays. I do remember my 10th birthday cause mom made me a cake in the form of a flag being my birthday was on flag day. My sister and I just had a small birthday party recently celebrating her 55 and my 60th birthday. We each had a rather large party when we were turned 50.

We gave our mother a party on her 64th birthday and she said it was her first and only party so it was special. Each family does it differently.

Anonymous said...

MY gripe with the 9th birthday celebration was not that it was at a roller rink with a store bought cake, but that it is TLC again beginning to control a family's way of doing things. If no other children in the family have gotten big birthdays out of the house, why this one child? How will the others feel if they DON'T get such a big celebration? Or is TLC now going to pay for and film all the kids' birthdays?

I really don't like the way that these families are affected by having a camera in their faces 24/7. It has changed them all.

Treece said...

This is off-topic, but I am wondering if anyone knows if Michelle and Jim Bob sleep in different beds??? One episode when they woke up early to go to a school and talk about reading, it looked like they might sleep seperately? i don't watch this show much. :P

Anonymous said...

Something bothers me. Jim Bob and Michelle talk about how they don't want to have any debt, and they are proud of owing no payments to anybody for anything, yet they make their living off of rental properties where OTHER people are indebted to THEM. I mean I do understand that they aren't necessarily saying that they don't believe in debt and that it's just a personal decision and if others choose to rent from them then those are their own choices, but it still bothers me for some reason. What bothers me even more, though, is what I read about Jim Bob refusing to pay full price for anything and negotiating the costs of the used baby supplies at the store. He is so proud of himself for refusing to pay full price to others, but how would they feel if someone insisted on giving them less for a car at their car lot? I mean I realize these are very wise decisions on their part in terms of their own financial situations (refuse to rent, rent to others, refuse to pay full price, expect others to pay you), but how does that make sense? What if people started coming to Josh's car lot and saying we don't believe in paying what you are asking for it. How can they do this to others and expect others not to do it to them?

Anonymous said...

Renting isn't debt. The Duggars have lived in a rented house while working on the new house. Having a mortgage is debt. Perhaps it's because they have a car lot that they know a lot of prices are negotiable. They probably expect their customers to negotiate with them just as other car lots do.

Joanna said...

Treece said...
This is off-topic, but I am wondering if anyone knows if Michelle and Jim Bob sleep in different beds??? One episode when they woke up early to go to a school and talk about reading, it looked like they might sleep seperately? i don't watch this show much. :P

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Are you thinking that getting out of bed wakes the other person up? I seriously dought Jim Bob and Michelle sleep in seperate beds.

Anonymous said...

I was just reading the comments here and started to wonder just what Jim Bob plans to do with the money he is collecting from rental property, renting out space on a cell phone tower, TLC and last but not least, never paying full price for anything.

It's not like he lets his children out of his control and will need money for further education. Unless the younger 15 are much different from the older 3, I don't seem them using much money for higher education purposes.

I know feeding and clothing so many people can be expensive - but when you buy 30 pairs of used shoes a year and buy used clothes at thrift shops, it's just doesn't seem like it would be that costly.

Anonymous said...

With his own money, Jim Bob might not want to pay full price, but he has no problem paying full price, or at least top dollar, on TLC's dime.

I couldn't believe they were buying an entire nursery of layette and bedding for the newest baby (Jordyn), at an upscale baby place, after having 17 other kids. Most people spend their money on the first nursery, not the last. By the time one gets to the last kid, even if there are only TWO, one realizes that there are other things to spend money on (like the child's upbringing, activities, college) than a fancy room, baby clothes that get spit up on, or bedding (same).

I thought it made no sense that Michelle spent top dollar on new layette for this last baby, and it was the same as Jason getting a bday party out when no one else has. It is because TLC is paying for these things, and again shows how the family has compromised its own values for MONEY. This is not very Christian of them!

Anonymous said...

"...yet they make their living off of rental properties where OTHER people are indebted to THEM"

When you rent your are not indebted to anyone. You are simply paying for services or itmes used. When you rent a property you are paying for your use of it for that term.

You people are funny... they live frugally, are happy, and financially secure so they must be terrible people right?

Anonymous said...

Treece said...

This is off-topic, but I am wondering if anyone knows if Michelle and Jim Bob sleep in different beds??? One episode when they woke up early to go to a school and talk about reading, it looked like they might sleep seperately? i don't watch this show much. :P

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No, I'm sure they sleep together.

That episode you're referring to, Michelle was up early with some of the kids to get ready to go to the school presentation they did. But Jim Bob didn't go with, so he slept in later than she did. Which is why it showed him waking up by himself.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

"Anonymous has left a new comment on the post "June 23 Duggars On Wheels":

With his own money, Jim Bob might not want to pay full price, but he has no problem paying full price, or at least top dollar, on TLC's dime.

I couldn't believe they were buying an entire nursery of layette and bedding for the newest baby (Jordyn), at an upscale baby place, after having 17 other kids. Most people spend their money on the first nursery, not the last. By the time one gets to the last kid, even if there are only TWO, one realizes that there are other things to spend money on (like the child's upbringing, activities, college) than a fancy room, baby clothes that get spit up on, or bedding (same). "

They did not buy that much. They walked out with only one average size bag. I think they ended up buying a coat. There is nothing wrong with them buying something new for a new baby regardless if they had 50 kids or whatever. Do you think TLC is going to have them do a show of going to the store and come out empty handed? I am sure just by doing the show he earned enough to have bought a new item. Buying a new item for a new maybe a most frugal person will do. You skimp and save so on occassions you can afford to do something special.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

"I was just reading the comments here and started to wonder just what Jim Bob plans to do with the money he is collecting from rental property, renting out space on a cell phone tower, TLC and last but not least, never paying full price for anything.

It's not like he lets his children out of his control and will need money for further education. Unless the younger 15 are much different from the older 3, I don't seem them using much money for higher education purposes.

I know feeding and clothing so many people can be expensive - but when you buy 30 pairs of used shoes a year and buy used clothes at thrift shops, it's just doesn't seem like it would be that costly."

Why does it bother you so much about their money. I am sure he can find uses for the money earned. They do a lot of charity work so this extra money may be put aside for others and maybe another trip to El Salvador to bring the 200 plus kids many gifts for Christmas. The last trip was not the first, I think it is something they do every year.

They may send some of their kids to college or help set them up in a business of their choice. Also he can invest in more property to bring in income to help his children build lives of their owns as they become adults so they can be debt free. Many of these types families help their children build homes of their own when they get married so their kids can be debt free.

Emily said...

The Duggar was a family that used to drive me bonkers, and I would avoid watching the channel when their show was on. That was until I actually watched a show and saw how much love there was in the family. Michelle and Jim Bob are such loving parents.

I think it was the school episode when she goes to the school, and he stayed home with the kids. Then they explained that they both went to public school and support it even though they home school their kids. I thought that was wonderful.

And comparing them to the Gosselin, I noticed that when Michelle talks about being a stay at home mom, her voice is filled with love and compassion for her kids. Whenver Jon or Kate make a comment about staying home, they make it out to be a chore and like they are older siblings being forced to stay at home.

I think the Duggar family, although huge, is a great family.

Anonymous said...

I am familiar with the lyrics to that birthday song. We used to sing it in Sunday school when someone had a birthday. It goes, "A happy birthday to you, a happy birthday to you. Every day of the year, may you feel Jesus near. A happy birthday to you, a happy birthday to you, and the best year you've ever had."

AmyKB said...

re: the older boys not doing chores or having little ones to watch/help...

John-David works outside the home (not sure where), so he's gone all day. The other two older boys (not counting Josh, obviously) are "Jim Bob's helpers" as opposed to Michelle's. So they're out helping Dad with the businesses and such, it's not like they do nothing all day. On the TLC website you can see which girls help which kids on their "teams."

Anonymous said...

anonymous who said "they live frugally and are financially secure, they must be terrible people, right?" very smart, and i ask forgiveness for anything i have said about the Duggar's financially. they are doing nothing wrong by renting property out to others. what a stupid thing to say, and i'm sorry. they are making very wise financial decisions, and it isn't anybody's business to criticize them. and the person who said that maybe it's because they own a car lot that they know prices are negotiable... i bet you are right. there is nothing wrong with what the duggars are doing at all, and i regret my previous post.

Lou Ann said...

Amy drives me crazy and she is the reason I turn the channel. I cannot stand the way she acts. She "every so slightly" seems to make fun of the family and ridicules them.

I enjoy watching the Duggers - but Amy needs to go!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of college, does anyone know where the Duggars stand on the idea of going to college? I would love to see some of the kids (especially the girls) go to college. I think it would be the best thing that would ever happen to them and they could come into all kinds of new opportunities.

Anonymous said...

I seem to remember reading somewhere that Erin Bates was offered a music scholarship at the University of Tennessee and her dad wouldn't let her go - no idea if this is true or not - but I wouldn't be surprised. I would expect that if one of the Duggars wanted to go away to college it would be somehow discouraged. In my opinion their education consists of the home schooling and waiting to be "matched" with the appropriate chosen one.

I imagine it would be very hard for one of these children to fit in at a college, unless there's one run by their religion. I think they'd be quickly overwhelmed at any other type college.

JenTru said...

I just wanted to say that I thought Happy Birthday (the traditional song" was public domain, which means that it can be sung on tv without paying-but I looked it up and it does have royalities attached! I think they just choose to use a religious version that goes along with their beliefs though, otherwise they could've just not shown the singing part.

As for the skirts getting shorter, I think the older girls had their skirts pulled up and tucked in to make them shorter for skating...I am pretty sure I saw one of the older girls (Jinger?) with the long skirt and then later the same skirt was shorter-kind of like rolling up your pant legs if you get to wear pants.

Just my 2 cents!