Tuesday, September 28, A Tale of Two Duggars

The family settles back into daily routine; Josh, Anna and Mackynzie show what their days are like.
30 minutes

122 comments:

Anonymous said...

A Day in the Life of Josh and Anna?

Super Snoozefest-a-Paloozzzzzza

I'm thinking that since Josh is the Flagship Dugger model, TLC really needs to revamp Joshie's persona. He's a huge turnoff to many and does NOT speak well for being raised in Duggarville.

Anonymous said...

Can Josh and Anna do something interesting for the cameras other than gaze adoringly at one another and talk about how fabulous it is to be married to one another?

*sigh*

I used to be really interested in this couple to try and see how they would turn out on their own, having both been homeschooled within the ATI system... however, they're not really "on their own" as they keep turning up with the rest of the Duggars and they are still very much part of the TLC gravy train.

I would like to see Josh taking some night classes in business management or marketing or anything to help his small car lot improve sales. I would like to see Anna being active outside the home, either taking a class or joining a club or just going to a coffee shop with some girlfriends (not Jana or any other Duggar girls).

I would like to see the two of them pursue a joint hobby, like volunteering, or perhaps leaving baby Mac with a sitter and having a nice date out at a grown-up restaurant.

I'm not holding my breath though.

Madigan said...

I might be wrong but I thought Anna has post high school education. It may be an associates in Early Children Education. Does anyone know? While I doubt it will happen I also hope Josh learns to be on time.

Reality TV Junkie said...

I love hearing about Josh and Anna. They are the most interesting of the Duggars, probably because we don't know them as much as Michelle and Jim Bob, for say.

Nancy said...

Didn't we see "a day in the life" a few episodes back? Josh in the front office of the new car lot, Anna playing with Mack in the back room?

We've seen them do "Bible Time" when "normal people" have been at work for hours. We've seen Anna doing laundry while Josh lounges around with the baby (he called it "babysitting"). We've seen the chicken-etti.

What else is there?

Chris said...

Anna got an online post high school degree in Chritain education. The details seem to indicate that it was not coursework that would lead to be a state certifed teacher. I'm sure it will benefit her as she hoemschools her kids.

I also do not know what else there is to see with Josh and Anna. We have seen the morning rountine, work time, and dinner time. The Gothard/ATI beliefs state that outisders should be avoided in your home. You should be around only family. I doubt we will see Anna in having a bunch of friends over unless Josh starts up his own home church.

FloraDoraDolly said...

Mackynzie is so cute. I'm sure we'll see a lot of footage of her doing something adorable.

Anonymous said...

They'll probably lose another ten thousand or more viewers with this boredom.

This show is going the way of the Roloffs. I hope this is the last season, but something tells me that we'll have to suffer through one more. By then, Jana will be almost 22 and still caring for her siblings. I will be curious to see what is happening with Josie though.

Iliketheduggars said...

"Anna got an online post high school degree in Chritain education."

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A degree in Christian Education from a Bible college used to be code for "Can Run Your Sunday School Program," it wasn't related to public or private or homeschool education. Does anyone know what college Anna received the degree from?

healthy living said...

I for one would like to see Josh get a gym membership and demonstrate what exercises he is doing to ensure he stays healthy so he can provide for his family.

If he dies of a heart attack at age 30 caused by way too many Chicken Etti dinners, how is Anna going to make her way in the world?

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking that since Josh is the Flagship Dugger model, TLC really needs to revamp Joshie's persona. He's a huge turnoff to many and does NOT speak well for being raised in Duggarville.
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LOL - no, he really shouldn't be put forth as a selling feature of ATI or Gothard life style. Old before his time, pudgy, inconsiderate of others, and he looks like he's basically very lazy. Is this how we want our sons turning out? (This mom says heck no!) Josh was the first born and one would suppose got the most attention and "training" from Michele and JimBob, and yet this is how he turned out.

Their second oldest son seems a bit more mature, focused and likely to be more successful than Josh in his life.

Anna seems nice enough, happy in her marriage and very happy being a mom. But a day in their life is a ticket to boredom. In fact, I'd say most of the Gothard lifestyle is pretty boring and limiting.

Anonymous said...

This show has gotten so dull and just plain bad. Hoping it goes off the air and those money hungry parents are forced to stop selling their children.

Anonymous said...

I just re-read the description for the show and its more about the families routine and just mentions Josh and Anna. So hopefully the entire show isn't about them. Actually I don't want to see them either but if they weren't mentioned at all it would be like we were forgetting the grandbaby and I wouldn't like that either. I would actually like to see Jim Bob and Michelle babysit McKenzie and spend quality time with her.

Kitten said...

I would actually like to see Jim Bob and Michelle babysit McKenzie and spend quality time with her.

LOL...I would like to see them "babysit" their own children and spend quality time with them. At least Mackynzie is an only child for now, so she's getting a lot of attention from and time with her parents, unlike, say, Jordan, the forgotten child in JimBob's and Michelle's brood.

Anonymous said...

The only thing could make this episode worse: is cousin Amy will be in it... No need to DVR this episode..I used to enjoy this show and was a big fan..

Anonymous said...

The preview I've been seeing tonight advertises "baby's first day at school" with Michelle showing Josie pictures of animals and such on a laptop.

All I can say is huh?? Is this why all the kids supposedly cruise through the on-line school & graduate at age 16?

BTW, it occurs to me that there was no such thing as the internet when Josh was born. What did his mom & dad do before the world wide web?

Ally said...

"BTW, it occurs to me that there was no such thing as the internet when Josh was born. What did his mom & dad do before the world wide web?"
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Keeping this Duggar specific, in 19 kids and counting in the episode where Michelle holds Josie for the first time skin to skin, Jim Bob talks about the homeschooling and how they used to have textbooks and workbooks that the kids completed. Whereas now, they have the CD lessons on a server.

So there is evidence that the children learned from textbooks and workbooks, that was the old way of doing homeschooling before computers and the Internet were a major thing.

They don't necessarily cruise through school. They do lessons from 8a-4p with 2 hours in breaks year around. If you think about 10 years times 3 months equals 30 months. If you divide that by 3. you get 2.5 years. So add that to the 10 years of school they do, assuming that they start schooling on the CD Roms at 6. Then they have done the same amount of years.

It's just not the traditional 9 month schedule that goes on for 12 years. There was an episode in 18 kids and counting I believe where the camera crew kids mention that they do year around school.

I hope that helps.

Terasita said...

It's just not the traditional 9 month schedule that goes on for 12 years. There was an episode in 18 kids and counting I believe where the camera crew kids mention that they do year around school.

"Year-round" school for homeschoolers doesn't necessarily mean that they go to more school, however. Many times, it means that they don't take one large 3 month break, but take smaller breaks throughout the year as their lives dictate. So, for the birth of a child or if they family wants to go on a vacation, they just take time off.

Sometimes it works out to less time off per year than your average family, sometimes the same, and sometimes more time off. So basically, I don't think we can really assume that they do more schooling per year than the average student. Just that they don't take one long summer break.

Anonymous said...

They travel on the big bus year round, visiting the Bateses, ATI conventions and taking inane baby field trips. They do not "school year round", unless the shapes and colors instruction on the bus counts.

Poor Michelle. GOod luck living that one down.

Anonymous said...

"We've seen Anna doing laundry while Josh lounges around with the baby (he called it "babysitting"). We've seen the chicken-etti.

What else is there?"

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Well, there's got to be some more of Anna sitting in Josh's lap like a lovesick teenager, gazing adoringly up at his every word, all the while having made passionate...well, I don't know what to call what they do with each other's fingers, but what they were doing with their hands on the pillow in the car ride from Florida to Arkansas in the engagement episode, was more explicit than pre-marital kissing!

Lola said...

I doubt they start lessons everyday at 8 am. They struggle to get up early as we have seen on several occasions. By the time everyone gets up, gets dressed and has breakfast- it's probably closer to
10 am. With all their trips and outings they have to do schoolwork year round to keep up.

msrylee said...

Which of the Duggars begins/teaches the blessings at 0800h? I'm not sure any of them are out of bed at that time. We know how very difficult it seems to be for this family to get moving in the morning, and I'm sure 8 o'clock is early rising for them. JMHO.

nccalgal said...

Before they became "famous", they probably did year-round schooling, but I highly doubt that the schooling is year round now when they pile everyone into the "bus" and spend weeks at a time travelling. Where's the "server" that has the basic programs on it? There's no way they can haul that around whereever they go? Even if they would download specific programs to laptops, that's a lot of laptops to have to take along and keep powered up. When they are home and shown doing schooling there's little kids in the "schoolroom" causing distractions. I can't imagine how all of them being pent up in that bus would be any more conducive to learning. While I believe field trips and travel certainly enhance a child's learning, it doesn't take the place of "book" learning.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't it just recently that Michelle was saying how they are night owls and they don't get to bed until sometimes like 2 in the morning and then sleep in late, including the kids? There is no way they are getting up at 8 and doing school until 4, I do not believe that for one second.

Anonymous said...

"Before they became "famous", they probably did year-round schooling, but I highly doubt that the schooling is year round now when they pile everyone into the "bus" and spend weeks at a time travelling. Where's the "server" that has the basic programs on it? There's no way they can haul that around whereever they go? Even if they would download specific programs to laptops, that's a lot of laptops to have to take along and keep powered up."

The curriculum they use is on CD/DVD. They probably don't take their curriculum on trips anyway. A trip is a trip, and they probably take school off during those times. "Year-round schooling" doesn't mean kids are in school all year round, it just means the breaks are divided up randomly throughout the year rather than in one big summer block. School districts require 180 days of school each year (give or take depending on the state). There are 365 days a year. That's approximately half of the year spent in school. I don't see the Duggars' trips precluding this much time spent in school. Whether or not we agree with their schooling methods, we did see plenty of footage of them doing school January through June when they were in Little Rock.

"Wasn't it just recently that Michelle was saying how they are night owls and they don't get to bed until sometimes like 2 in the morning and then sleep in late, including the kids? There is no way they are getting up at 8 and doing school until 4, I do not believe that for one second."

Michelle said "we get our second wind around 9 or 10, and we're ready to go for 3 or 4 more hours." That's all she said. Who is we? Her and JimBob (teehee) or the entire family? We don't know. And although they "can go for 3 or 4 more hours", she didn't say that they necessarily do. My body clock would let me do the same thing, but I don't. Then later in the episode Jessa said "we're not morning people, we just weren't brought up that way." These comments were pretty vague, and could be interpreted any way someone chooses to interpret them.

Anonymous said...

I sincerely doubt the Duggar children do schoolwork from 8-4 every day. They can barely get themselves out of bed before 8 am. As someone else astutely pointed out, with all the trips they take, there is no way in heck they're lugging a dozen computers, printers, chargers, CD's etc. on that bus to keep up with school. Josh doesn't even open his car lot til 10am because he's not a morning person.

I think the Duggar children are overall good kids, but the education they receive is rudimentary at best.

And I for one am tired of them always making excuses for school being hard to get done due to the little ones high levels of energy. Millions of young children manage to go to school and sit still in classrooms.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Perhaps they do schooling later. Rather from 8 to 4, maybe they go 10-6 with meal breaks. I've also seen in previous episodes them doing school work when it was dark outside. Maybe it's even scattered throughout the day?

Iliketheduggars said...

"I sincerely doubt the Duggar children do schoolwork from 8-4 every day"

They don't have to. It takes a fraction of the time to complete curriculum at home versus the same curriculum at school... some of the most rigorous K-1 homeschool programs suggest less than 2 hours per day.

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"Before they became "famous", they probably did year-round schooling, but I highly doubt that the schooling is year round now when they pile everyone into the "bus" and spend weeks at a time travelling."

That's how the rest of America's "famous" kids do school... aspiring young athletes or actors or dancers spend hours a day at their craft, homeschooling in between.

There are also families who live full-time on the road, homeschooling as they go. Google "road schooling." Duggars do the same thing.

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"Where's the server that has the basic programs on it?"

Most of the programs I've seen are designed to be portable, since so many homeschooling families travel and school on the road.

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"While I believe field trips and travel certainly enhance a child's learning, it doesn't take the place of "book" learning."

I would venture to say the Duggars, like most homeschooling families, believe just the opposite.

Anonymous said...

When is Josh going to leave and cleave? Are they preparing for a Duggar 2.0?

I'm kinda tired off him riding on his parents coattails.

Allison said...

I'm not sure why people keep expecting Josh and Anna to just disappear off the face of the planet. He lives on his own, has his own job. He is not in every episode anymore and he wasn't even featured in the latest People magazine cover either. But he *is* still part of the "19 Kids and Counting" no matter how old he gets!

bounce said...

Zzzzzzzz...

We already know what they do. Anna will be up at the crack of dawn with the baby, and making breakfast while Josh sleeps in until 9:45. Then Josh shows up at the car lot (late), and Anna sits in a back room with the baby all day long (Why can't she be at home? Or out running errands? Or at a playdate for Mac? Or something that doesn't involve Josh?).

Celestie said...

That's how the rest of America's "famous" kids do school... aspiring young athletes or actors or dancers spend hours a day at their craft, homeschooling in between.

In Los Angeles, New York etc, child actors are required to spend a certain amount of hours on set, doing school work with a tutor who is a certified teacher. Their shooting schedule is done around their school work, not the opposite.

I am a big believer in field trips that give the child an opportunity to learn something new. What we see with the Duggars is girls pushing strollers or carrying babies on their backs, little boys running around and Jim Bob blathering away about something of which he is ill informed. Most of the field trips are aimed at the 6 to 7 year old level. If we saw the older kids going off with a docent to do an in depth study, or the younger kids doing some hands on learning, I would think these trips would be more valuable. Not talking about eating a bug here.
Perhaps if the little children had appropriate activities on the trips we would see better behavior.

Anonymous said...

I agree that home school kids don't need to school from 8-4 but if that is what Michelle has said and they are indeed not doing that, then once again Michelle isn't telling the truth.

I guess if it is just Jim Bob and Michelle staying up til the wee hours of the morning and sleeping in that again tells that the older girls are taking care of the younger ones because I can't imagine having that many young kids running around the house while the parents sleep.

Anonymous said...

"Most of the field trips are aimed at the 6 to 7 year old level. If we saw the older kids going off with a docent to do an in depth study, or the younger kids doing some hands on learning,"

Many, many of the field trips we've seen this family take aren't aimed at 6 year olds. Touring a historic home and a WWII submarine are trips any age learns from. The older kids don't need to go off with a docent to do "in depth learning" to get something from it. I learn plenty by going to places like this without a tour guide or facilitator of any kind. Pushing a stroller doesn't preclude learning either, I've done it myself many times and learned plenty.

Other field trips they've done that come to mind are iron working and making pottery (hands on learning). Again not just for the 6 year old set. Those are skills that adults do. There have been a few younger type trips, but that doesn't hurt the older kids to go on those with the family, those can be fun too. But the majority of the family's field trips haven't been aimed at 6-7 year olds by any means.

Anonymous said...

I've been wondering these last couple episodes of Michelle died her hair black.

Anonymous said...

Jinger is such a sweet sister.

I didnt like them leaving the bouncer on the bed. Shes a little premie at least put it on the floor and read the warning labels.

Kitten said...

Many, many of the field trips we've seen this family take aren't aimed at 6 year olds.

I would agree with you except for what we see on TV. At the Biltmore, we were treated to a lesson on shapes and colors, while at the iron mill, we learned that iron comes from, well, when you heat it up, you can make things. Or something like that. If what we saw was indicative of the "learning" that went on, then no, it wasn't aimed at the 6-7 yr-olds, it was more like 3-4 yr-olds.

I truly wish that the children were getting the full advantage of being able to travel to and visit all these places, but I just don't see it happening, and I don't hear anything from the children that would indicate they are getting any in-depth knowledge. Did any of the children know who the Vanderbilts were, or the role they played in our country's economy? Were any of them knowledgeable in the elements table, or understand what an alloy is and why we use them? If that kind of knowledge was being given to them, you would think they would be eager to show off what they had learned that day.

Ally said...

"I agree that home school kids don't need to school from 8-4 but if that is what Michelle has said and they are indeed not doing that, then once again Michelle isn't telling the truth."

Slight correction here, Jim Bob said that in "Josie's First Hug." He said that they do schooling from 8a to 4p with 2-1 hour breaks. It was my error saying that and giving outdated information.

Keep in mind that they were in Little Rock at that point. I used an outdated example, Jim Bob said that before Michelle said that they were night owls. Clearly, the way they do things might have changed slightly since they came back to Springdale.

I do apologize for giving outdated information. I didn't see the episode later where Michelle said that they were night owls.

One thing though, they could be possibly doing schooling a certain amount of time per day when everyone gets up. If they are still using the chore packs then they most likely have goals for the day.

hannah said...

anna made a lot of food for two people.


does josh ever help in the house or is it all anan job?

only 12. it looks like a lot more.

Anonymous said...

This episode PROVES that TLC and the duggars READ this BLOG !!!!!

OMG the title for this episode should be " Joshie reads DWOP "

Too, funny ..

Anonymous said...

Did Anna say what I thought she did? "We enjoy talking and ___?" When she was talking about her friend at the car lot. It really sounded to me like she said a "bad word" that started with a B.

I_delivered_every_one_of_them! said...

Okay, so was Jill 'selected' by Jessa to go to Nashville because she had a crush on one of those Carpenter boys.... hmmmm?

Reality TV Junkie said...

Jim Bob didn't have much to say when Sean asked about the "girl-boy feelings." I guess he didn't approve. But he did say about future marriages within their kids, and their friends kids.

I've never seen Jessa so annoyed with Jackson banging on the door. I haven't seen that expression before on any of them actually.

The thing that made me laugh the most was when Jim Bob made the comment of Jackson being the ladies man when he gave the Carpenter girls hugs.

Josie watching that video on the laptop was so unnessecary. At that age, a baby learns from her parents and human interaction, not pixels moving on a screen.

Overall, good episode!

Anonymous said...

It did look like anna made a lot of food for 2 people, but maybe she makes extra for leftovers the next day(s), that's what my family often did.

Ally said...

Did anyone see the part in this episode where one of the little boys was picking up laundry and the overworked daughters were sitting in there with the door locked.

Did anyone get a kick out of Michelle saying they didn't want to open the door because they didn't want to be seen without makeup. Now that was totally vain, I do agree.

It looks like the girls don't do everything. I watched 15 minutes of that and I didn't see the girls do any housework. Only a reference to them doing makeup.

Anonymous said...

Little Jordan isn't forgotten she has a mother Jana. Jana mothers her as much as if she was her child. I saw that baby's delight when Jana returned from Asia and her unconcern when Michelle returned from Little Rock. Jordan is Jana's daughter.

AmyKB said...

It makes me nervous when the kids go down the slide without paying attention to if the person in front of them is all the way down or not.

Interesting how many bazillion photos of other families they have. Why is Josie watching "school" at less than a year old??

Interesting that they actually addressed boy-girl feelings, especially happening as young as eleven.

12 pounds since his wedding day sounds a little modest for Josh. And I'm pretty sure Anna was trying to make the new Taco Bell tacos with the lime and cilantro, LoL.

Anonymous said...

I feel bad for Anna. I feel like their life is so boring. She stays home all day with Mac until Josh comes home and she has to feed him. I mean it gets pretty lonely doing that all the time. I understand that she goes to the car lot from time to time, but I hope she gets out of the house a lot more other than that.

I'm also glad that she at least has that other girl with the baby boy to be friends with. It must be so hard for Anna to move to a different state, she has no friends here, and she's totally dependent on Josh. So sad.

Willow #1 said...

Regarding Jordan being attached to Jana - I think maybe she is attached to Jill also. Did you notice her crying at the door when Jill and Jim Bob left? I think the little ones are really close to the older girls as we have all often observed.

I'm glad they are getting a new bus. More cheerful for the kids since they spend a lot of time on it.

Anna's dinner looked pretty good and the baby (Mac) is adorable and smart. But, I am just apalled at Anna's big bow in her hair. It looks like a bow on a package. Not a fan of that. I liked the episode as a whole. Jackson (aka the Ladies Man) was too cute for words. Josie looked better also.

Not Buying It said...

12 pounds? I am confident that Josh has put on at least 20. He has a totally different face shape and a serious spare tire around his midsection.

Anonymous said...

Josh and Anna's - yawn. There's more happening at my 90 year old grandma's house.

The problem is that they have absolutely no hobbies or interests. All Annna knows how to do is take care of babies, cook and clean. Josh's interests are limited to selling cars and eating.

Speaking of eating, there was one side view of Josh where he looked like he had chipmunk cheeks. I agree his 12 lb gain is an understatement. I'd say it's more ike 30 lbs.

Anonymous said...

Was Jim Bob riding all the way to Nashville with that family? Isn't that a long drive? And were they all crammed in that one SUV? Nine kids, two adults AND Jim Bob and Jill?

I wonder if he was trying to save some $$ by mooching a ride.

Anonymous said...

I think Josh has a TV in his home. If he does, Good for him!

Anonymous said...

Mac's ears were pierced, I didnt think they allowed that? and what was with the boy pillow in the crib? Dont they know it can suffocate her?

Anonymous said...

bounce said:
We already know what they do. Anna will be up at the crack of dawn with the baby, and making breakfast while Josh sleeps in until 9:45. Then Josh shows up at the car lot (late), and Anna sits in a back room with the baby all day long (Why can't she be at home? Or out running errands? Or at a playdate for Mac? Or something that doesn't involve Josh?).
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Their lives sound so dull. I sure hope they have other young married couples that they spend time with - have friends over for dinner, go bowling with, to the movies, or out for bike rides, etc. Geez, what do they do besides hang out at home, hang out at the car lot, and do TLC shows?

Anonymous said...

It's Jordyn, not Jordan. Sorry, it's been bugging me.

D said...

Regarding the Jana/Jordyn attachment, yes, I watched an episode last night and it was apparent that in every video clip that was shown, Jana was holding Jordyn and Jordyn seemed very content. There is no doubt that in my mind that Jana is for all intents and purposes, Jordyn's mother.

Also, I noticed that the only baby/young child, that Michelle tends to is Josie. All the other children are the domain of the older daughters; that comes out loud and clear.

Also, the older girls did everything else to get the kids ready for the family picture.

I watched the show and it seems pretty boring. What is the interest here? Kids getting ready for a group picture, Anna warming up food in the microwave for Josh, Josh being an hour and a half late for the group picture, and then Josie going to the pediatrician. Isn't this what millions of families do in the U.S. alone? Is there something more that's happening that I'm missing?

Episode Commentator said...

Observations:

Michelle babytalking while "schooling" Josie was just weird. Maybe she should actually take her out of that seat (where she seems to spend all day and night, including sleeping) and interact with her daughter. Where are the rattles and stuffed toys for Josie to play with? She'll learn much more by exploring the world with her hands than by watching a VIDEO!!!!!!!

Anna's cooking is really scary bad. That meal with the canned peas and mashed potatoes just looked kind of nasty and unhealthy to me. All the colors ran together as brownish. How about some fresh green brocolli, a nice red apple? A yellow zuchinni? Some orange squash? No wonder Josh looks middle aged and fat!

Jill's looking a little wide around the lower half these days, I noticed when she went out of the room to pack for Tennessee. She should be out playing sports with her friends and eating healthy salads!

I was really glad the girls locked the door if they didn't want anyone barging in. Good to know they CAN have an iota of privacy.

Also, which of the little boys was it who didn't know what letter Monkey began with? Most kids know initial sounds like that in kindergarten or sooner. More evidence that there is no schoolin' happening in that house.

msrylee said...

Perhaps Josie was watching the lap-top because we saw baby Mackenzie (sp?) looking at flash cards during one of the previous episodes. If the grand-baby is "learning" at such a young age, Josie will have the same advantage. It is also a possibility that the Duggars are proving to the viewers that Josie is indeed doing very well. This would be important to them, especially as Michelle may be expecting #20. JMHO.

Anonymous said...

Can Jordyn be any cuter!? Where was Jennifer- I hope they aren't keeping her out of camera shot because of her speech issues.
I agree that Josh gained more than 12 lbs. None of the Duggars seem to have weight problems. I wonder why Josh is letting himself go.

Judy said...

That meal Anna made Josh was very fattening and the portions were huge! She may just be used to cooking for a crowd. Steak and mashed potatoes plus two vegetables that looked shiny enough that they musthave been soaked in oil or butter...

nccalgal said...

It did look like anna made a lot of food for 2 people, but maybe she makes extra for leftovers the next day(s), that's what my family often did.

Not sure of the sequencing, but it could be that the extra meat was used in the tacos she made Josh.

Anonymous said...

"Did any of the children know who the Vanderbilts were, or the role they played in our country's economy? Were any of them knowledgeable in the elements table, or understand what an alloy is and why we use them? If that kind of knowledge was being given to them, you would think they would be eager to show off what they had learned that day."


I don't even know who the Vanderbilts are and the role they played in our economy, and I have a master's degree. I learned more about them from watching that particular episode than I'd ever heard about them before. We see little snippets of these field trips, we have no idea what everyone is learning. On the trip to do iron working we don't know what all they were taught, we just don't see enough. Even if they weren't given a chemistry lesson, the hands-on element alone was valuable, I have never done iron work or seen it done. I don't think the Duggars would show off what they've learned, that isn't their style. And regardless of Michelle's shapes and colors comment, the older children were learning much more than that, obviously.

My point is, many of the field trips they take are most definitely in the category of teenage to adult interests, and unless the children are dense, they are learning plenty from them.

Anonymous said...

"I wonder if he was trying to save some $$ by mooching a ride."

He needed a ride because he was planning on driving that new bus back home if he ended up liking it and purchasing it. If he'd driven himself to Nashville then he'd have the problem of how to get his other car back home. He ended up taking Jill with him, but that wasn't his original plan, and I doubt she would want to drive a car home all by herself, that would be boring and tedious, and negate the reason he took her with him in the first place - to spend time with her.

M.B. said...

I liked this episode, just getting to see the daily activities of the Duggars. I was happy to see Jessa use more than a sickly-sweet tone to tell the young little guy to stop banging on the door. Good for her!

I also think that Josh and Anna - or the editors - do a very good job of normalizing and rationalizing a traditional gendered division of household labour. I listened very carefully as Josh commented (to paraphrase) "there's no way I could run the household; there's too many things to look after", followed by Anna saying "I'm glad I don't have to be the breadwinner, it's a lot of responsibility".

I guess that from the perspective of the fundamentalist Christian community, they are truly a model young family: both the male and female enjoy and are capable of doing what they are 'naturally' ordained to do. Josh provides the income and get the public sphere, Anna takes over family work and her domain is the private sphere. Everybody is happy doing God's work and there is no conflict in roles.

Now if we could just knock some sense into those darn feminists for messing everything up... ;)

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice the huge pink body pillow in Mac's crib at Josh and Anna's?

I may be wrong (I don't have kids of my own), but I was under the impression that large pillows, even sometimes crib bumpers, can be a suffocation risk in a crib. Is there an age where it becomes safe? Josh said Mac was 9 months at the time of filming; that still seems to young for a giant pillow.

Cyn said...

I may be wrong (I don't have kids of my own), but I was under the impression that large pillows, even sometimes crib bumpers, can be a suffocation risk in a crib. Is there an age where it becomes safe? Josh said Mac was 9 months at the time of filming; that still seems to young for a giant pillow.
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Dunno about suffocation since she should be rolling over, sitting up, and pulling up if not walking by now, but by 9 months I was pulling them out of our cribs because they were being used as a stepping stools for climbing OUT of the cribs. (and yes that early mine did)

Lola said...

I couldn't understand the large pillow in the crib either. It took up half the crib. Maybe Mac had been playing with it and they put it in there for her for a few minutes. I think Anna would know better than that.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Mackynzie can already crawl at 9 months. That pillow was definetly something to look out for. If she is able to crawl and stand, they have to be really careful now.

Anonymous said...

The last couple of the new episodes I've watched seem so disjointed. Again, they were having 2 different families over that it seemed they barely knew. Michelle was nowhere to be seen while they had visitors (I'm guessing she was in her room with Josie) and then suddenly Jim Bob and a couple of the kids are looking on line at new buses even though they have a house full of company. There was just no continuity in the whole jumble. I did think it was sweet of Jessa to suggest Jill get to go with her dad on the trip although I bet it was an uncomfortable ride with so many people in the van.

I thought the whole thing with Josie "starting school" was just a way to include her in the episode. I wonder if Michelle ever takes her out of that seat except to feed her? That baby needs to be being held and being helped to learn to sit alone and begin to learn to stand on someone's lap to get stronger. How will she ever learn to roll over in a baby seat?
Jackson was cute persevering to get the laundry out of the bedrooms. Poor little guy, no one was cooperating.

McKynzie is so cute! Jennifer, Jordyn and even Josie could surely benefit from attention like she gets.

Hailey said...

Hello, this is my first time posting but I've been an advid reader for awhile.

For the most part I love reading this blog but every so often comments come up that irk me, this, "day in the life" type episode and the comments it recieved was a perfect example.

Many people are posting that this episode was "to boring" and "yawn" worthy etc. and then at the same time critizcizing the Duggars for going on to many trips and TLC staged family outings. I know that everyone posting here is an individual and therefore has their own preferences but it seems like people are mostly just being nit picky or agreeing with whatever the majority opinion is on that particular blogroll (correct word?).

Now I just wanna wave my little white flag and let everybody know that I don't mean any disrespect and that this is just something I noticed :)

Personally I prefer the "everyday" episodes like this one. I love seeing the Duggars interacting in their home environment. I feel like we get to see more of the "real" them, since their not modifying their behavior for the film crew as well as the people at whatever event or trip they're on, i.e Jessa answering the laundry room door when Jackson was banging on it, finally some real sibling interaction, I was begining to wonder how it was possible to have that many little brothers and never get annoyed ;).

I would love to see more episodes like this one, where the Duggars are just hanging out at home, especially an episode focusing exclusivley on the four older girls and Joy (and not them cleaning or organizing)!

Anonymous said...

I doubt she would want to drive a car home all by herself, that would be boring and tedious, and negate the reason he took her with him in the first place - to spend time with her.
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I don't know about it being "boring and tedious." Considering that her normal life is taking care of her younger siblings, I'm not surprised she wanted a break from that sort of boring and tedious lifestyle. Secondly, I remember when I was young and newer to driving, that a longer road trip did feel exciting, especially driving by myself! It gave me a sense of freedom and a taste of being a real live adult with responsibilities. Hard to describe, but I still remember that it was exciting because it was not something I had done by myself before.

Even if it's only for two days, I'm glad Jill is getting a break from her 24/7 duties. Girl needs it!

bonehead said...

Something Michelle said about Josie, that caught my attention, that Josie is not as well as they are making her out to be. Michelle was commenting about the oxygen, and the monitor and then she talked about the Josie spitting up her milk etc and that Josie does not always digest her milk, that she was still having digestive problems. Which says to me that this baby still has problems. Also, how come Jimbob has his own clothes in a closet in their bedroom. I thought they had a communal closet? The episodes are getting a bit lame. This is the second one in which they introduce other big families and say very little about them. What is the purpose of these shows?

Celestie said...

Other field trips they've done that come to mind are iron working and making pottery (hands on learning).

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Lets see, Jim Bob told us "metal comes from melting metal." This is what the children learned. Jim Bob and Michelle recreated a a sensesous scene from a movie, while making pottery. Kids learned mom and dad love to smooch. Dolly Parton episode the boys learned what breasts look like. The girls learned how to dress sexy.

I don't know how anyone could miss learning about the Vanderbuilts, the Rockerfellers, Astor, Carnegie, Frick Morgan or the rest of the "boys" while studying American history.

The baby needs to sit in someone's lap and learn what a sheep is, not be propped up in front of a laptop.
I think we will see that dark haired, big busted Carpenter girl again. She was in a lot of shots.
Michelle's hair looked very attractive up off her neck.
Jim Bob seemed very gleeful that someone else lost their motor home,and he was able to buy it for half prices. More toys for him, when do the kids get beds?

Pam said...

I may be wrong (I don't have kids of my own), but I was under the impression that large pillows, even sometimes crib bumpers, can be a suffocation risk in a crib. Is there an age where it becomes safe? Josh said Mac was 9 months at the time of filming; that still seems to young for a giant pillow.
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Yes, that is what they are saying now. I personally pulled my son's bumper out before he was born and there were no pillows or heavy blankets. I would think 9 months is way too young to have a large pillow. But..I have seen the Duggars do things I would not consider safe so I am betting that is where Anna learns. I admit it that I am way overprotective though.

Anonymous said...

I think it is fascinating how Michelle goes on about always having had people over and when they show up, they are exchanging names as if they've never met before ... huh?!? I thought you said they were your friends? I may not know everything about my friends, but I surely know their names (in this case, at least the adults)!!

Sometimes I feel as if they aren't telling the truth (shock and horror). I agree with the poster who said that the Duggars probably read this and other blogs, as I think Michelle has seemed more defensive lately and frankly, she is acting kind of odd, i.e. the computer screen in front of Josie -- why?? Seriously, why?

msrylee said...

What could be the reason(s) for Anna wearing that head thing again? Is it some sort of adornment, or simply to keep the mommy looking babyish? I just don't get it. Have we ever seen Michelle wearing such a thing? I can't remember a time when she did, but maybe I missed it.

Nancy said...

I know those pop-up boxes are really off, but seriously, TWELVE pounds? In what, Duggar weight? He's so bloated in the face and was wearing jeans at least two sizes too small, based on the way that huge spare tire hung over the beltline during the talking head where he and Anna were seated.H

My husband, who is shorter and has a much smaller frame than Josh, lost 10 lbs and I hardly noticed. Not a Duggar-watcher, he walked through the living room during Josh's part of the show and said, "That guy is fat! How old is he?" When I told him, he remarked that they both looked at least 10 years older.

Nothing's going to change if what Anna cooked is considered a "healthy" meal. I hope she used that extra meat for the tacos she made, but with editing, who knows the actual shooting sequence? At any rate, frozen peas may be a little more expensive, but from a nutritional standpoint (especially sodium), worth every penny spent. There are only three to feed (I am guessing Anna purees the veggies for Mack) and they're obviously not starving. Buy some fresh fruit and veggies, especially in the summer, for crying out loud!

Sorry, the dietitian in me needs to vent sometimes. :)

Reality TV Junkie said...

Also, how come Jimbob has his own clothes in a closet in their bedroom. I thought they had a communal closet?
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I assume only the children keep their clothes together because they are constantly growing, and it's easier to not have their own clothes. Also, many of the children are of the same size and share clothes. The only reason Michelle and Jim Bob keep their clothes seperate, is most likely because they are not as young and slim as their children.

Kitten said...

He ended up taking Jill with him, but that wasn't his original plan, and I doubt she would want to drive a car home all by herself, that would be boring and tedious, and negate the reason he took her with him in the first place - to spend time with her.

It would, more importantly, mean Jill would be in a car BY HERSELF, which is a big no-no in that family. Who knows, she might "defraud" some poor male driver who would be overcome with lust at the sight of an unattended female...lol...

Well, I would be laughing, if it wasn't kind of the truth, the way the Duggars seem to see the world. Sigh...

jj said...

I am truly traumatized after hearing Jim Bob say the word "undies"...shudder, I hope that never happens again!

Anonymous said...

Lets see, Jim Bob told us "metal comes from melting metal." This is what the children learned. Jim Bob and Michelle recreated a a sensesous scene from a movie, while making pottery. Kids learned mom and dad love to smooch. Dolly Parton episode the boys learned what breasts look like. The girls learned how to dress sexy.

I don't know how anyone could miss learning about the Vanderbuilts, the Rockerfellers, Astor, Carnegie, Frick Morgan or the rest of the "boys" while studying American history.




I don't remember any of those names from my American History courses either, LOL! And I am college educated as well! Guess it depends on your particular teachers/school district...or how much one pays attention in class?? Anyhow, I think some of the trips the family has been on have been great as well, and I think if the older kids didn't learn anything from them it would be their own fault. I don't think the episodes featuring them going on the field trips are particularly exciting to watch, but for the kids actually going on them I think it would be very educational and fun. JimBob and Michelle kissing, etc. is annoying, but the kids have to be used to that by now and have no excuses for not learning from the trips this family has been on.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was interested that Anna said babies need one on one attention with their daddy everyday. Maybe she could teach her father-in-law that.

Anonymous said...

"It would, more importantly, mean Jill would be in a car BY HERSELF, which is a big no-no in that family."


Is this really the Duggars rules? I haven't heard them say this...I remember seeing footage of some of the girls driving places by themselves. Although having a cameraman filming you driving alone means you're not alone, so I don't know. Has anyone heard anything about the family's stance on this?

Anonymous said...

I should clarify that when I said I couldn't remember the Rockefellers, Carnegies, etc. from my American History courses, I mean that I couldn't tell you anything about them beyond the fact that they were wealthy and somehow influential. I do recognize their names, obviously!

Mary said...

Josh has a tv. or someone does we saw them watching tv I think they were westerns the night the twins left on thier trip. All of them talked about the tv shows when they went out on the emerency call.

HW said...

I have not watched the show in quite some time but since Josh and Anna's baby was born (sorry, I never know how to spell her name) I've thought she's being denied a relationship with grandparents. Anna's parents, it seems, would love to be involved and spend time with her but they live so far away. Jim Bob and Michelle continue to have babies and have no time to spend on grandchildren. I think Mackynzie (is that right) is being cheated out of that special grandparent fun; and I think it's odd that Michelle doesn't seem to have a desire to be an involved Grandma.

dancer16 said...

Ok so I have been reading all the comments about Anna's headgear and I just have to interject. While I would never wear something like that I have seen many people my age (23) wear them. I also work at a mid-price retail store aimed at women in their twenties and thirties and we have been selling headbands with flowers, bows, and even feathers since April at least. We recently got our "winter" shipment and it included more of these items. And they sell like hotcakes!! So while they may not be the fashion statement you or I would make, Anna is not necessarily subscribing to the Duggar dress code with her choices.

mythoughtis said...

I think we have to remember that MacKenzie is two months older than Josie... who spent the first several months of her life 3 hours away from Josh and Anna, in the NICU, which is also where Michelle was at. Then Michelle spent the next few weeks with Josie alone.

Just like any family of a micropremie.... that pretty much precludes Mom spending time with extended family up until the last month or so.

But, really, there is no way that Michelle and Jim Bob can have a special relationship with each and every one of the grandchildren they will have... why bother to start one up with the first one, and make all the rest jealous when they arrive? Even if every child they have has only 4 children that will be around 80 grandchildren.... they'll be lucky to remember the names since they'll be in their 80's by the time the last one is born.

Kitten said...

I think if the older kids didn't learn anything from them it would be their own fault.

I feel the horse going to his knees, but I can't resist.

It's difficult to pay attention and learn something when you're trying to keep numerous children, including toddlers, under control and behaving properly. As the person in charge, how much do YOU learn when you have kids in tow? Now multiply by the "Duggar factor." The older girls were holding toddlers, pushing strollers, carrying diaper bags, and reining in older kids who were wandering away. I give them full props if they learned ANYTHING. Heck, I give them props if they knew which state they were in.

That said, I don't hold them responsible for any LACK of learning under these conditions. Maybe if Mom and Dad had taken the younger children, and let the older children go through a separate tour where they had time to listen and ask questions, I could blame them if they didn't come away with new and useful information, but they didn't have that opportunity.

Sorry, but I just can't believe that these trips are anything but useless gimmicks dreamed up by TLC to give the Duggars somewhere to parade around for the cameras. Just like Kate Gosselin dragging her brood off on every freebie trip she can get, and the Roloffs touring Europe courtesy of TLC, and now I just saw that "Cake Boss" guy is in Italy or something.

Yuck. I'm glad the kids are getting out of Springdale and the daily grind, and I hope it was a pleasant outing for them, but I'm not gonna kid myself that these are "educational" jaunts. YMMV

nccalgal said...

I have a niece and nephew who are 4 and 18 months younger than I am and there are plenty of pictures of my parents fussing over their grandchildren when they were babies and toddlers. Of course, they didn't have 18 other children running around at the time, but grandchildren are special whether there is only one or twenty. In the previous episode where they were hosting the Bontraggers etal, there were shots of both JimBob and Michelle holding Mackynsie (sp) when they were announcing that one of the TLC staff was expecting. IMO, if Josie had been full term and had no health issues, they probably would have been more involved with her.

Nancy said...

You'd think that JimBob would teach the boys about the robber barons; they're right up his anti-government agenda. He'd probably omit Carnegie, since he was actually quite a philanthropist. The Duggars only give if there is benefit in it to them (and yes, that includes camera time...they only started going to El El Salvador the year before they were filmed the first time).

Case in point: buying a bus for cheap rather than giving to the flood victims directly, benefiting many rather than one. Had he given, you know he would have insisted TLC film him writing the check!

msrylee said...

Thanks for clearing up the headgear questions. I wasn't aware how popular it has become. I also think it's great that Anna is not subcribing to the Duggar dress code.

Allison said...

I was really disappointed by the episode. I thought they were going to show what life was like for the family day-to-day, but instead it was another "big family comes to visit and let's talk more about how good Josie is doing." I actually found the part about Anna and Josh to be better actually because at least it showed what they do, and explain what Anna does (even if it isn't much).

Also, regarding why they did the RV thing while the guests were there, it sounded like Jim Bob maybe got a call about it and had to jump on it fast. Since his visitors are from Nashville, it made sense to get everything rolling while they were around. It also sounded from the interviews that they only knew one of the families - not both - which is probably why they did introductions.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else hear Michelle say "how do you open a file" when she was setting up Josie's "school?" I'm not sure how she can homeschool all those children with computer programs when she can't even open a file.
She also said "Jinger said it's in a file." I guess Jinger is really the teacher.

Anonymous said...

kitten said:

I feel the horse going to his knees, but I can't resist.
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I nominate this best line of the day! Also, you made a very good point that when the Duggars take these field trips, they are working trips for the older girls, not pure pleasure or a straightforward opportunity to learn. They have to be focused on their young charges. Mr. and Mrs. Duggar are the ones with the greatest opportunity to focus and learn, but they mostly hold hands, walk ahead of the others and take opportunities to kiss in public. They're still trying to learn social graces, much less anything else.

lo said...

Did anyone else see Mackynzie (idk the spelling srry) wearing a cloth diaper last night? That was nice to see! At least it really looked like one?

Sharla said...

19 Kids and Counting (9pm)
- 1.180 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49

Anonymous said...

I actually enjoyed last night's episode. I like the day to day activity much better than those monotonous field trips.

One thing I find incredibly strange however is the Duggars inviting these huge families that they don't even know over to their home. I mean maybe it's just part of their religion or something, but the only people I prefer to have in my home are genuine friends and family. I would think that with a preemie in the house they would be especially careful about having tons of strangers in and out of the house.

I also noticed the little slip up during Michelle's interview when she mentioned the two families being longtime friends of theirs, but then when they got off the bus JimBob says "Nice to meet you" to one of the dads.

As far as people saying Anna's life is boring, life for most of us is pretty routine so I don't think it's fair to say that. If her and Josh are each happy in their individual roles, then more power to them. In regards to Anna cooking a lot of food, I tend to do the same thing so I can bring leftovers with me to work for lunch. However I agree that Josh has definitely packed on more than twelve pounds LOL.

Anonymous said...

"Did anyone else see Mackynzie (idk the spelling srry) wearing a cloth diaper last night? That was nice to see! At least it really looked like one?"

O that thrills me to know end. I've never understood why I haven't seen that with any of these family. Duggars, Bates, etc. They're always talking about saving money. We cloth diaper our children and it saves a lot of money. Of course, I'm kind of glad Michelle doesn't because it would just mean more laundry for the older girls.

Anonymous said...

When Anna was serving supper it looked like she might have a bit of a baby bump (I believe she was wearing a white shirt). I was also happy to hear her say that babies need lots of one on one attention from their parents. Let's just hope she remembers this when her family expands. I would hate to see Mack be stuck in the rut her aunts are. I was really put off when Jim Bob was talking about the bus that had been repoed. He was almost gleeful when he talked about how cheap it was. It's not very Christian of him to profit at someone else's expense.

Anonymous said...

Something Michelle said about Josie, that caught my attention, that Josie is not as well as they are making her out to be. Michelle was commenting about the oxygen, and the monitor and then she talked about the Josie spitting up her milk etc and that Josie does not always digest her milk, that she was still having digestive problems. Which says to me that this baby still has problems.
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Not necessarily; my perfectly healthy sister was born 7 weeks early, needed no oxygen, surgery, etc, just some time in the NICU to gain weight before coming home. She spit up ALL the time until she was six months old. A lot of preemies have more difficulty keeping all their food down than a full term baby would, but as far as I know this is not considered a problem unless they stop growing properly.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Mackynzie's diaper, it may have been just a diaper cover on over a disposable diaper. I've seen those a lot on babies when they wear dresses or skirts, as it looks nicer. Her diaper looked a little too trim to be cloth, although if it was cloth I'd be thrilled.

Anonymous said...

Sharla said:
19 Kids and Counting (9pm)
- 1.180 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49
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I believe this is down from last week's episode, and continues a descent downward ratings-wise. In part, it's a natural arc for any show, no matter how popular it might have been in its heydey.

I hope the trend continues and the Duggars are relegated to annual specials sometime soon.

MO4 said...

I find it ironic how this episode is named after a major literary work but thekids themselves are only allowed to read literature that reinforces their parents religou beliefs.

Anonymous said...

Re: Josie spitting up. Even some perfectly normal, full-term infants spit up regularly. Please bear with me as I do not have any medical training, but I'll try to explain. The muscle ( or sphincter) that closes to keep the ingested food or liquid down is immature, and as a result some babies tend to spit up more. In most cases, this issue resolves itself when the child begins to pull themselves upright.

From personal experience, I can tell you that two of my children had this issue, and it did go away when they started pulling themselves up and cruising along the furniture, at around 7-8 months old.
For Josie, this issue may not be a result of being a preemie.

Anonymous said...

I watched again and it's definetely a cloth diaper. You can see it when Anna is changing her clothes. You can clearly see the snaps. Looks like a fuzzibunz or similar brnand to me. Cloth diapers are not bulky with pins and waterproof snaps anymore. They have come a long way over the past 10 years. I could go on and on about them but will spare you all! Way to go Josh and Anna. You're saving lots of money and helping your carbon footprint. I imagine the reason TLC hasn't talked about Anna doing that is because it would sure make Michelle look bad.

Anonymous said...

"Re: Josie spitting up."

Holy Moly do perfectly healthy kids spit up like fountains! That's what burp rags are for! My son had to wear a bib (8-12 a day) to prevent from changing the whole outfit till 18 months! Hey, anyone need industrial quantities of bibs????

han said...

I cant see Josh changing her if its a cloth diaper and dumping the #2 in the toilet. I think its just a cloth diaper over one. Its like when kids wanna wear underwear but cant be trusted. They put it over a pull up.


I was wondering why is Anna the one who feeds the baby. I feel like she doees almost all the work.

Anonymous said...

I feel like she doees almost all the work.
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Down to putting the salt and pepper on his potatoes. Is he so lazy he can't pick up the salt shaker himself?

Anonymous said...

It may be fun to rag on Josh for his eating habits, work habits, whatever, but let us remember how hyper-confident and self-righteous he used to be, especially when talking about the lifestyle he was brought up into. It seems to me that he has become MUCH more laid back since getting married and having a baby, and Anna is more involved and confident on camera. Remember how she used to let Josh do all the talking? I for one am pleased by the development in their personalities, if not their food choices. :)

Anonymous said...

Michelle and Jim Bob are an extremely interesting study in that they both act like Josie is their very first child. Of course Josie requires a lot of care, but they behave like this is an entirely new experience. One could come to the conclusion that they have nothing else to do or no other children who just might want a little bit of attention. It just goes to show that the older daughters are doing the lion's share of the housework and looking after the needs of the other children. No wonder Jill jumped at the chance to "get away for a day or two".

Anonymous said...

Josh needs to work on his acting skills. When Anna brought him lunch at work he tried to act all surprised, "O wow, what's this?" It was so staged. He knew she was cooking lunch and bringing it to him. He did the same thing with the chicken etti. Walked into the house and said "What's going on in here?" As if we're supposed to believe it wasn't all staged.

Anonymous said...

Producers, if you are listening, I would like to see Anna take a cooking class and work with a nutritionist and I would like to see Josh join a gym.

They can't very well raise up their babies to follow the Lord if they get hypertension and high blood pressure and diabetes before they are 30.

Anonymous said...

Just a thought- maybe Anna made so much food because she feed the camera crew too. She seems to the the type of person that would do that.

Anonymous said...

Got to see the show and enjoyed the "Anna and Mack" part. It was good to see Anna interacting with another Mom instead of just the Duggar family. My thoughts on Josh are not flattering in how he talks or acts, but he does seem to be mellowing a bit. Didn't seem to be trying to imitate his Dad so much. I wish we could see more of Anna's family.

I could use less of the Josie in the car seat, Josie on the changing table, and Josie in her swing. She's nice to see a bit, but not so much.

Anonymous said...

Even *if* Anna did feed the film crew, the portion on Josh's plate was way more than he needs to eat (pushing pencils around all day), and was thoroughly unappetizing-looking. (How does adding salt and pepper "pretty up" mashed potatoes?) Has anyone figured out yet what that mystery item was besides the brownish peas?

Anonymous said...

I really do like Anna. I do think of Josh and Anna more of siblings then husband and wife. If they didnt talk about and I just randomly tuned in I would think Anna was a Dugggar by birth.

I do think him playng with Mack was staged. It just didnt seem naturel. I do think he plays with her, but that was staged for tlc.

Macks highchair looks like the one the oldere duggars used in the old days.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the poster who said that Josh playing with Mack was staged. There were several occasions when Josh looked just beyond the baby at something else. A TV, perhaps

Anonymous said...

I actually love those high chairs! They don't take up a lot of room and they are portable! You can take them anywhere! My kids are out of high chairs now but since it doesn't take up a lot of room I've kept it so if we have dinner company I will have a high chair.

Anonymous said...

" (How does adding salt and pepper "pretty up" mashed potatoes?) Has anyone figured out yet what that mystery item was besides the brownish peas?"

On my tv it looked like meat, green beans, peas, and mashed potatoes with chives shook on it to pretty it up.

Anonymous said...

I think Anna used the extra steak from dinner to make the steak tacos when she made lunch for Josh at the car lot.

Either way, WHO cares?!

This show has become so awkward to watch. The whole premise now is.. the producers make the Duggars say/do things that will provoke viewers to say things on blogs.

It is exactly what happened with Kate Gosselin. There was nothing more for her to say/do in the show, so the producers just made her start saying controversial things, which in turn, created more viewers. I don't foresee too many more Duggar seasons.. Even IF Michelle gets pregnant again (which she probably will)