Tuesday, October 26, Duggar Day Out

The Duggar girls are out and about! Watch as Anna takes a few of her sisters-in-law for a girls day out - complete with ice cream and shopping. And check in with Josh who is hard at work at the car lot.

30 minutes

117 comments:

Anonymous said...

Josh is going to be working hard at the car lot?

I'm tuning in, this I've got to see !

Cyn said...

But I thought the girls were chained to the house so they could keep the house running... TLC it's getting very blatant that you are simply trying to answer blogger issues.

What's next a day in the life of one of the "forgotten" middle boys, no wait I know "a visit to the shop where they buy the 'Duggar Hair bows". Sorry but even this staunch Duggar fan, is having issues in the way TLC is running this show.

Anonymous said...

At least they'll be getting out. One thing good about TLC show is that the Duggars are able to go and see new things. Imagine their lives without the income of TLC; they would still have that many kids but a lot less help from others or exposure to the outside world. The ATI stronghold would be tighter.

And I feel sorry for Josh he's already saddled with a wife and baby and no college degree he has a limited future as it is, he'll never be as financially stable as his parents.

Allison said...

They will probably spend a whole 5 minute segment on this and the rest of the time they will be talking about Josie. I want to look forward to seeing what they are going to do, but it's going to be a couple far-away shots of them, probably eating ice cream or something "safe" with Michelle narrating everything they do, before cutting back to how much they miss their siblings or whatever. The teasers for these shows are so misleading these days. Probably because they're designed to address "reader concerns" but are not actually filmed with any actual forethought.

Anonymous said...

"And I feel sorry for Josh he's already saddled with a wife and baby and no college degree he has a limited future as it is, he'll never be as financially stable as his parents."

Well - JimBob was "saddled" with his wife and baby at almost exactly Josh's age, and he succeeded at becoming financially stable (and yes I mean even before the TLC gig).

Anonymous said...

"Josh and Anna episode" the only thing that can make this worse is Cousin Amy will be on the girls day out. Uhh

Reality TV Junkie said...

"What's next a day in the life of one of the "forgotten" middle boys, no wait I know "a visit to the shop where they buy the 'Duggar Hair bows". Sorry but even this staunch Duggar fan, is having issues in the way TLC is running this show."
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Ha, ha, believe it or not, November 16ths' episode shows exactly that. Jim Bob will be practicing driving with Josiah. This really all is funny!

Anonymous said...

"And I feel sorry for Josh he's already saddled with a wife and baby and no college degree he has a limited future as it is, he'll never be as financially stable as his parents."

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Oh, but he will !
All he has to do is sell his family's privacy on TLC.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I am looking forward to seeing how hard Josh will be working and how Ana relates to other women her age.

Anonymous said...

I am glad Anna is finally developing into her own personality, instead of just gazing adoringly at her husband, whom she doesn't seem to realize is a total tool.

MandySue said...

No one forced Josh to be saddled with a wife and a baby. I don't agree with their lifestyle but no one forced Josh into this situation, he choose and bragged about it ad nasum.

Anonymous said...

From what I've seen, I like Anna and she and Josh seem to be enjoying young married life and parenthood. But objectively, how exciting can they be to viewers? He runs a used car lot, she helps out sometimes but otherwise is a SAHM. There's nothing wrong with that - but it doesn't translate into interesting television.

Anna and her sibs/friends spend a day out, having ice cream and shopping? Yawn.

Josh works "hard" at his job? Yawn.

Mack is cute, but I've seen loads of cute babies before.

Suzie said...

Josh working hard at anything? There's an oxymoron for ya.

Suzie said...

Sorry for the pile-on comment, but Josh and JimBob are raising families in totally different economic circumstances. The first few Duggars were born during a bit of a recession, but JimBob had the job at the grocery store and bought the car lot (with house attached) around that time. Simple economics: buy when the market is down, especially in a place that was probably dirt cheap at the time.

Unfortunately, even Arkansas isn't as dirt cheap as it once was and it's going to be a lot tougher for the younger Duggars to invest in real estate as their prime means of support. There are only so many rental properties to go around for those boys and the real estate market will boom again, as it always does. If it isn't already, it will become virtually impossible for the younger ones to buy land on the salary of a handyman, tow truck operator or tree cutter.

I hope JimBob has done the right thing and put money away for all those kids, or better yet, invested it in some real estate while it's still sort of affordable.

Anonymous said...

Josiah driving already? Wow! I wonder if Joseph got his license yet.

I really hope there is very little of Josh. We've seen everything there is about Josh already. There's not much to say about him which is sad.

Anonymous said...

"And I feel sorry for Josh he's already saddled with a wife and baby and no college degree he has a limited future as it is, he'll never be as financially stable as his parents."

I agree with others on here that Josh had the choice in getting married and having a child. To me, Josh and Anna marrying and having a child at their age was their choice and a legitimate one at that. Maybe Josh and Anna didn't want to go to college. Not everyone does.

However, just like the conservative fundamentalists push women to stay at home and not go to college, lots of teens are told that they have to go to college. When that's not the choice for everyone.

I don't see why Josh would get married and decide to run the used car lot if he didn't really want to. I see it as a legitimate choice.

Anonymous said...

"I am glad Anna is finally developing into her own personality, instead of just gazing adoringly at her husband"

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Anna is only developing: "Duggar camera training" She has been so coached.. You can see her "recite" her lines.. Josh staring at her to see if she messes up her lines.

BTW Josh is the biggist Tool in the Duggar shed!!

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to this episode. Anna has come out of her shell. I think she looked lovely in the last episode with some light makeup and jewelry. Lois B.

Anonymous said...

I like Josh and Anna's episodes. I'm getting bored of Michelle and Jim Bob. I only get excited about episode that focus on the older kids, the Bates, Josh and family, etc.

Hannah said...

It shows Josh dealing with a car that has broken down again. I dont get why he doesnt spend more money to get cars that dont break down on tv.

Jessica said...

Maybe they're talking about the other Josh that works there. ;)

Reality TV Junkie said...

Wow, just as everyone is commenting on their not so good eating habits, it shows Anna making organic rice cereal for Mackynzie. They're changing for the better!

Reality TV Junkie said...

Another TLC pop-up gone wrong: It said Mackynzie has 28 aunts and uncles. Josh has 18 siblings, Anna has 7. That's 25 siblings in total, not 28. Come one TLC, you don't include her parents as Aunts and Uncles.

Reality TV Junkie said...

I'm really commenting tonight!

One thing really, REALLY shocked me in the commercial for next weeks episode. Jill and Jana have to wear uniforms for doing firefighting. I can't believe I just heard Jim Bob tell Jill: " Why don't you just wear pants?"
Two major shockers:

-Older Girls having a "job"
-Girls wearing pants.

Wow.

Kitten said...

Junkie - Aren't some of Anna's sibs married? Their spouses would count in the aunt/uncle totals.

Anonymous said...

Ok I'm really liking Anna a lot. At the end she jokes about the Hummer and cloth diapers it was normal and natural she seems more relaxed.

Anonymous said...

Isn't at least one of anna's siblings married as well? That would add another aunt/uncle.

Allison said...

I liked this show better than previous ones. I am disappointed in the "girls day out" because it wasn't really Anna and her older sisters-in-law hanging out (except when they went "shopping" for the family, which doesn't count IMO) but I really thought Anna was kinda the star of the show and she seemed pretty comfortable now. I'm glad that Anna is eco-friendly even with her love of a Hummer, and also health-conscious, at least for her daughter's sake.

I also thought it was interesting that Jim Bob actually criticized Josh, saying that he wasn't "all that" when he started out. I thought that was pretty funny.

BTW - to Reality TV Junkie - I wonder if any of Anna's siblings are married. If so, that would make up for the missing 3 aunts/uncles. That's what I assumed.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Yes, I forgot about marriages, sorry!

Allison said...

Junkie - My feeling is that "pants" comment from Jim Bob is just a TLC teaser, just like "Guess who's expecting?"

My guess is immediately after he says that, they all bust out laughing, and giving their usual "we do this out of our conviction" speech.

Anonymous said...

Nice episode. It was nice to see the other happens that go on such as the girls have day trips and Anna just being a mom and sister in law. I generally like the Duggars but can do without all the trips. I like to see the day to day Duggars however there is something that still bugs me. I figured when watching the previews that the question as to whether or not Anna drives would be answered. Well after tonight's episode I still have doubts. Yes, she mentioned more than once that she drives and they showed her loading the baby into the Hummer yet we never actually seen her driving. Why is this, I wonder? We saw the Hummer pull off but that could have been a camera or crew member driving. We saw her arrive at the Duggar house but she was walking in the home.Jill drove to the outing in the family Tahoe and also drove the Hummer once the girls went shopping. I am just curious as to whether or not Anna really drives and if so what's the deal with actually showing her drive?

It was very nice of Anna to help out with the little kids. I was afraid though for how they were handling Mackynzie at the park. I don't think she is as used to the rough and tumbleness of her aunts and uncles like Jordyn has become accustom to.

Anna little quip in the end about carbon footprinting and her baby wearing clothe diapers was very cute. I like her a lot and she seems more comfortable than she did before. She even called her mother in law "Michelle" instead of "Mrs.Duggar".

MOM IN TEXAS

Anonymous said...

Would have been nice to see the older girls and Anna get an actual day out by themselves. Not a babysitting adventure.

Anonymous said...

Alison said:
Junkie - My feeling is that "pants" comment from Jim Bob is just a TLC teaser, just like "Guess who's expecting?"

My guess is immediately after he says that, they all bust out laughing, and giving their usual "we do this out of our conviction" speech.
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Exactly. I agree completely

Anonymous said...

I loved how Josh kept trying to chime in when Anna was interviewing and she just ignored him. Also, Jason with Jordyn on that rocking horse type thing at the park was horrifying to watch!

Anonymous said...

Anna had this look on her face like she was embarrassed about all the things Josh was saying.

Anonymous said...

Boring episode but the one highlight was that cat jumping up on Jill to play with her pony tail. lol

bonehead said...

I thought this episode was choppy. Like they put it together on short notice. It was nice to see what else they do besides, trips. I do agree with people here that the teaser was miss leading. I too was expecting to see Anna and the older Duggar girls go out together, with out any babies or younger children in tow. Perhaps they will read our comments and have an episode on that. JMO

BigSky31 said...

I really liked this episode for one main reason--Anna really came out of her shell and I appreciate that. For so long all she did was gaze at Josh which was...ok I guess considering they haven't been married that long, but it's just nice to see her getting out there on her own with her own opinions. I loved how she joked about driving the hummer and how Mac uses cloth diapers.
I don't understand why people complain about the show being boring/mundane. At least they are not always on a vacation like Kate Gosselin seems to be on Kate Plus 8. I enjoy the show because it is more "real" than most reality tv out there. I'm not saying it's all the truth, obviously TLC is great at spinning things, but it's still better than most things. Plus, it could be alot worse (KATE PLUS 8!)
Also, I agree Josh isn't the most easy person to take but I do applaud him for making his car lot a success. If he was completely lazy his business would not be open so obviously he is doing something right.
Anyway, my personal opinion=good episode. It's great to see more of Anna getting out of the house!

Kitten said...

Go, "Rowdy" Johannah, Go! Stay rowdy, grrl!!

Anonymous said...

I thought this was a fun episode. I like seeing Josh and Anna and their little Mack. She is so cute. I liked that she made the organic brown rice cereal and the comment towards the end about "so what if I drive a Hummer, my baby wears a a cloth diaper! I'm still eco-friendly!" Haha, it was funny to me because it looked like Anna kind of let loose and it was relevant and funny. I think it's great that when they were shopping that Anna also made a comment that if someone needs them that's great, Mack's closet is full, so who ever needs them are more than welcome to them. I thought that was nice to think of others. I think Anna is blossoming out a little bit. I really like the shows on Anna and Josh and baby.

Anonymous said...

They probably will continue to base the content in the episodes on what this blog and other blogs and forums say. Since every blog and forum says the same common issues. Their publicists probably have something to do with what's in the episodes and I believe they have a publicist, correct me if I'm wrong?

However, I'm enjoying the episodes immensely, because at least we get to see footage of what goes on in their lives other than just the field trips and normal things.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone catch Anna's "Funny" when she stated that the "baby doll" when recovered was "tired and hungry" or "cold and hungry" that was funny!! She surprised me with that..

It was nice to see the children be children and play like that...

Jana fan said...

Impressions:

Anna is a good mom. I like that she cloth diapers and makes brown rice cereal. I thought her comment about "carbon footprint" was hilarious, because that was clearly in reference to the criticisms in the blogs. Anna has a cute sense of humor though!

I was surprised that Mack had never been to a park before. My kids were at the park as infants, even if I just held them in the swing.

That open stairway, above the beam where the doll was thrown, scares the pants off me. I can't believe none of those wild kids has climbed up and over that yet (and taken a fall to the floor below). It seemed so dangerous.

I was disappointed that buying clothes for the siblings was considered an outing for the girls. Sad! And that they all know what clothes are needed and the sizes because of the laundry jurisdiction! Wouldn't you think the mother should know these things, not her daughters?

I wouldn't buy a car from Josh. No way, no how.

Nice not to have to listen to too much Jim Bob or Michelle this episode.

Danielle said...

"Another TLC pop-up gone wrong: It said Mackynzie has 28 aunts and uncles. Josh has 18 siblings, Anna has 7. That's 25 siblings in total, not 28. Come one TLC, you don't include her parents as Aunts and Uncles."



Well, she has two parents, not three...

Tamar SB said...

I also caught Anna calling Michelle, by her first name and not "Mrs. Duggar" - that was shocking to me - also her hair seems shorter and styled, not long for the sake of it not being short like we've seen on the other Duggars. It looked very nice on her, maybe we'll see changes with certain other girls.

Anonymous said...

They just had a girls only time and episode or two ago.

Mel B. said...

Even though I couldn't care less about car auctions and the car business, I enjoyed this episode. Like I've posted before, I'm always happy to watch the older girls and Anna doing the domestic thing. Yardsale-shopping for little girlie clothes looked fun, and so was a trip to the park. Mackynzie is much cuter than I anticipated, and I'm happy just a quick shot of Josie, instead of huge portions of episodes devoted to her.

My partner and I are anticipating our first baby next March, and I had never heard about grinding your own brown rice for rice cereal. Can anyone confirm that they have done this? Can a coffee grinder grind the rice to the right consistency?

But what is with Anna's PRIDE and VANITY in justifying driving a Hummer, however? Her logic is ridiculous: just because she avoids disposable diapers with their synthetic chemicals and petroleum-based products, that's justification for her to emit FAR more than her family's fair share of petroleum into the atmosphere? Ridiculous. Anybody who knows this family knows that they probably use cloth diapers for the cost and not their environmental concerns. Even Josh was surprised by her smugness. Nobody in this family gives a hard, critical look at their carbon footprint, they throw out the term to justify their high-consumption, no-responsibility lifestyle.

msrylee said...

I'm very certain that we will have an episode in the near future about Anna and the eldest blessings on a true "Girls Day Out". We know that TLC reads this site and several others. They seem to try very hard to clarify issues raised here.

Allison said...

I got the impression Anna was joking about how the Hummer and the cloth diapers equal out on the carbon footprint level. She was laughing and sounded kind of sarcastic, but maybe she was just being defensive about her love for Hummers. I don't think she really believes it though, and she even said she would be glad to sell the Hummer because of how much money it costs to fuel it.

Also, the TLC crew interview everyone, so they probably asked specifically about their "carbon footprint." I don't think Anna would have used that language if they hadn't. TLC definitely reads these blogs though, so they know what to ask.

Jessica said...

Mel B.: Check out wholesomebabyfood.com No need to waste money on premade baby food! :)

Kay said...

Boring episode--I agree with what another poster said, that it seemed chopped together and haphazard. The best parts were seeing the older girls and Anna shop (IMO, they're probably speaking as candidly as they ever will in these situations), the cat playing with Jill's hair, and the kids at the playground. However, I do prefer this episode to the roadtrips.

When I saw Johannah on the monkey bars, I thought, "They're gonna have a hard time keeping her in dresses when she gets older." But I also thought the same about Joy-Anna, who now seems to be just as meek as her older sisters.

Anonymous said...

Josh bought 14 cars once at auction? Even if they were $3k each, that's more than $40k of cash that he can produce at one time. TLC checks must be nice and fat.

That woman who has the perpetual garage sales better hope the IRS doesn't catch up to her because what she's doing is called a business.

Grace said...

Did you hear? Michelle Duggar is live on Toginet Internet Radio!
TOMORROW (Thursday) at 9AM CST (10AM EST). http://www.toginet.com/shows/livingthedreammom

Jen said...

My take was that Anna did not like driving the Hummer. Didn't she say she won't miss it when they sell it?

Anonymous said...

bonehead said:
I too was expecting to see Anna and the older Duggar girls go out together, with out any babies or younger children in tow. Perhaps they will read our comments and have an episode on that. JMO
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But that would mean Michelle would have to watch the younger children, so I don't think that will happen.

Anonymous said...

I was disappointed that buying clothes for the siblings was considered an outing for the girls. Sad!
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I guess that's the closest these girls get to come to an outing. It is sad that they are the ones shopping for their siblings clothing, and not the mom. Why couldn't Jim Bob, who doesn't work outside the home, have watched the younger children and at least given his older daughters an hour or two break from their duties? I've long since given up on expecting that Michelle would actually watch her own kids.

Anonymous said...

Overall impressions: Happy about the baby cereal (Mel B, do a simple google search for making your own baby food and lots of good sites come up with excellent how-to instructions) and cloth diapers confirmed. Normally, Josh does bother me, but again, I was pleasantly surprised at how he was presented in this episode. Seemed like he was speaking more naturally and (shock!) more intelligently, but then again he's had a couple years practice now at selling. Like seeing that they purchased a van to give away. Also enjoyed Jim Bob's background at how Anna helped Josh get it together. Absolutely believe that more than just producer Sean reads this blog - Anna's comments lead me to think she and Josh do as well.

Anonymous said...

This show was much better than the others this season. It was nice to see Anna talking without looking lovingly into Josh's eyes to make sure she should speak. She apparently has a very spunky personality...who would have thought?

Let's see more Anna and less Josh, Jim Bob and Michelle!

Allison said...

Why couldn't Jim Bob, who doesn't work outside the home, have watched the younger children and at least given his older daughters an hour or two break from their duties?

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None of the younger kids (save for Mack) were with the girls when they went to the woman's house. So, I'm sure Jim Bob and Michelle were at least helping out, since the only other Duggar daughter around was Jessa.

I don't think TLC's checks are subsidizing Josh's business. Even Jim Bob said that when he first started, Josh didn't do so well because of bad buys. TLC was filming then so that wouldn't have happened if TLC was doing as much as you say. Besides, I thought auction cars were ridiculously cheap? Like $500 or $1,000. Most businesses are in the hole for a long time too, because this is an investment.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Anna is my favourite to see on the show. I notice SO MUCH less critism about her, than rather Jim Bob. I think she was born to be a mom. She is really great at it. I think it's fantastic how she has such concern for Mackynzies' health and her social needs. We see her spend a lot of time with her, and that's what a baby needs most. The best part? It's amazing Josh and Anna are not mirror images of Jim Bob and Michelle. It's great how they are different, and much nicer to watch!

Jen said...

Josh bought 14 cars once at auction? Even if they were $3k each, that's more than $40k of cash that he can produce at one time. TLC checks must be nice and fat.
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Wouldn't that be the car lot business that generated that cash. A business man would have money saved/set side from the business to use to buy inventory.

Allison said...

I appreciate that Anna's not so preachy. Michelle is always talking about the Lord this and the Lord that, and uses a lot of Christian vernacular. Not that it's bad (I'm a Christian), but it's a little tiresome to hear all the time. Anna is definitely conservative, in dress and whatnot, but she seems more normal in how she thinks and acts. I feel like she has more fun, where as Michelle is a bit more prim and proper.

Anonymous said...

I loved this episode! Anna looked so pretty and so confident. So nice for her to spend time with Jill. Funny how Jim Bob mentioned that Josh had trouble with the car lot until Anna fixed the mess in the office - great job Anna! Josh and Anna are really growing and maturing and it is so fun to watch. More episodes like this! And didn't Jordyn look like she was so delighted to be part of this little fun group! That part alone was worth this episode (Jordyn's big grin at the ice cream shop is the first time I recall seeing her smile since she was an infant). That Hanny is a doll! I'd love to have her some spend the day with my daughter! This is such a nice family. I wished they lived next door!!

Anonymous said...

So great to hear Anna refer to Michelle as "Michelle".

Anonymous said...

Josh needs to ditch those awful clog-type shoes for work.

pumpkin said...

Anna is awesome, it's so nice to see her coming out of her shell and displaying a sense of humor and a funny personality.

Anonymous said...

The junkers that Josh buys at auction are probably around 500$, most of them. That's still a decent chunk of change, but Josh has been buying and selling cars since he was about 18, he's had plenty of time to save up money to purchase cars at auction on his own.

Melissa said...

I only watched the episode half heartedly while I messed around on the computer, but I am glad that Anna got more of the spotlight. From the beginning of Anna and Josh's marriage, though, I have been concerned that Josh treats Anna in a "I'm the Lord over you!" manner. From what I've seen on this episode, I am even MORE concerned. I really hope he starts appreciating her more. I'm so worried for her. At least Jim Bob commented that it was Anna who got the car lot more organized and that finally Josh has grown up some in the past year. It's nice to know that Jim Bob recognizes that.

Anonymous said...

Grace said:
Did you hear? Michelle Duggar is live on Toginet Internet Radio!
TOMORROW (Thursday) at 9AM CST (10AM EST). http://www.toginet.com/shows/livingthedreammom
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Hmmmm - could this be a subsidiary of TLC or somehow in partnership? I only ask because just recently, this same show was supposed to have Kate G. on as a guest. She either backed out or somehow chose not to attend, so her #1 fan came on the show instead.

It's too much coincidence that now they are having Michelle Duggar on as a guest.

Sharla said...

Please no @ people to people. This is a blog and not a chatroom. You're speaking to all who read not one person. If you wish to reference a comment, please copy and paste and put it in quotes, italics, bold, or some other means of noting it's copied. This is for the convenience of all readers so they don't have to go look to see what the person said to which you are responding. Thank you!

Reality TV Junkie said...

Remember that Josh didn't really get to "know" Anna until after they had married. Most likely, they are still working on building their relationship to where they are comfortable. Remember Michelle discussing how all marriages start out bumpy? Well, I believe that they are still tripping over those bumps.

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Anonymous said...

Good luck to Josh on selling that 2003 Hummer for $17000+

Morgan said...

"Another TLC pop-up gone wrong: It said Mackynzie has 28 aunts and uncles. Josh has 18 siblings, Anna has 7. That's 25 siblings in total, not 28. Come one TLC, you don't include her parents as Aunts and Uncles."



Well, she has two parents, not three...
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Perhaps they are also counting Anna's siblings spouses--they would be considered aunts or uncles by marriage. I am not sure if three of her sisters are marreid but if so that would account for the discrepency.

I also liked seeing Anna come out of her shell-she is obviously more comfortable in front of the camera.

Ol Joshua's business must be doing pretty good if he has hired people to help him run two locations! I like how Jim Bob talked about the business being a mess before Anna came along and helped him sort things out. It was great to see her get credit and it shows that she is intelligent and helpful and does more than just be a "housewife."

I am anxious to see another Duggar marriage soon so we can see if their lives are so closely patterned to JB and M's like Josh and Anna's seems to be...

Sharla said...

Please if you are going to take the trouble to type a comment, spell out the names of the Duggars and all other words. Several have been rejected today for shorthand.

Anonymous said...

Josh used the word "indicative" which impressed me. Usually they use very simple words.

Anonymous said...

Please if you are going to take the trouble to type a comment, spell out the names of the Duggars and all other words. Several have been rejected today for shorthand.

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I hope this applies to poor Mackynzie as well. I've never heard Anna or Josh refer to her as if she were a semi truck. She is a baby! Unless her PARENTS are referring to her as Mack, then we shouldn't be either.

Anonymous said...

I loved this one.

Safty Issues:

1)two on a swing
2) the doll on the thing


I wonder how Josh affords two workers? Does he pay them or do they help for free?

I love Anna. Even if she looks like a Duggar.

Mack seems very loved and gets lots of one and one time and hs one mom(meaning no buddies).

I do hope they dont have 19. I dont think Josh can handle it.

I also wonder why dont have gates on the stairs with so many young ones.

Kitten said...

I am anxious to see another Duggar marriage soon

Oh, please no! I am anxious to see more mission trips and trips to Chicago and other opportunities for those YOUNG people to get out and experience life without Mom, Dad, and umpteen younger siblings around. Even if those trips are chaperoned and ruled by ATI standards, it's still an opportunity to be with different people their own ages, and hear/see/be in the middle of different ways of living.

I am in no hurry to tie any of these kids down for life and have them leap into the baby business for themselves. That's just trading one baby for another.

Sharla said...

19 Kids and Counting (9pm)
- 1.233 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.5/1 A18-49

Anonymous said...

19 Kids and Counting (9pm)
- 1.233 million viewers
- 0.8/1 HH
- 0.5/1 A18-49
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It seems that this show is sort of in a holding pattern. I believe the ratings for last week's episode was around 1.3 million viewers. So they are neither gaining nor losing viewers at a noticeable rate. I think unless their viewership dips below a million, TLC will probably keep renewing the show.

Anonymous said...

Mack seems very loved and gets lots of one and one time and hs one mom(meaning no buddies).
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I agree. I think Josh and Anna are very content with their little family and clearly in no rush to expand it. I wonder if any of the Duggar children feel a twinge of envy when they look at Mack and see how much parental attention she receives compared to them?

I truly believe children are a blessing and they need parental involvement more than they need to be raised by buddies. Anna clearly is a natural at motherhood and loves to spend as much time as she can bonding with her child. I have a feeling that Anna will be a hands-on parent to however many children she and Josh eventually have.

While I might not agree with their religious beliefs, I respect the way they are fully committed and involved in raising and nurturing their child.

Anonymous said...

"I wonder how Josh affords two workers? Does he pay them or do they help for free?"

Josh most likely has the money to pay them, whether it's from money earned from the car lot, which to me is the most likely possibility even if it causes a net loss. Which is a normal expense of running a business, which Josh does run a business. We know that they have money from TLC coming in also.

It doesn't seem likely that Josh has people volunteering to help him run a car lot.

mythoughtis said...

'I am anxious to see another Duggar marriage soon'

Marriage is not a made for TV event. It is a lifetime. I don't want to see any Duggar marriages unless the couple in question love each other and want to be married when they are getting married. Please do not wish anyone into marriage just so TLC can televise it.

I want these kids to have some ME time... their own places, their own careers, their own free time finding out who they are. Jana and John David are just now venturing out without the entire family in tow. Jill finally has a hobby (fire squad) that doesn't inlude babysitting her siblings. I don't want to see any of them rush into parenthood just because it is what is expected to happen next.

Cyn said...

Re Volunteer work of the oldest:
Michelle told us they had been doing it months ago on her TLC blog. Before that they had to have been studying for the exams and going with John David to the different "sites" to see if that is something they wanted to do or not.

Celestie said...

osh used the word "indicative" which impressed me. Usually they use very simple words.

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And Jim Bob said something to the effect that there IS many things that Josh does and then listed them.

Suzie said...

I hope this applies to poor Mackynzie as well. I've never heard Anna or Josh refer to her as if she were a semi truck. She is a baby! Unless her PARENTS are referring to her as Mack, then we shouldn't be either.

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I have heard Josh and Anna both call her Mack or Mackie, so I think it's an acceptable nickname.

Josh's vocabulary has expanded, indicative of the fact he's listening to the producers and knows he has a lousy Q rating. Jim Bob and the "is" juxtaposed with it? Thanks for the laugh, Sean!

beanjeepin said...

Ok, WHO installed those car seats? That very young boy who was shown messing with them?? Please tell me no.

Anonymous said...

Marriage is not a made for TV event. It is a lifetime. I don't want to see any Duggar marriages unless the couple in question love each other and want to be married when they are getting married. Please do not wish anyone into marriage just so TLC can televise it.
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Life is not a made for TV event either, that's the problem with these reality shows. I haven't watched in months and about the only thing that would get me to watch would be another wedding. If this were a truly scripted show the producers would throw something like that in during sweeps week to boost ratings, the best the Duggars can do is misleading commercials. Most people's everyday lives are simply not entertaining enough for a weekly program, even if they are heavily edited and have "scripted" situations included to fill the time. Add to this the way the Duggars are trying to avoid controversy by hiding the more extreme, and therefore interesting, parts of their lives and you have a perfect recipe for boredom. About the only semi-interesting thing about this show is my weekly blog readings to see if I should catch the re-run or not, and I have yet to have a week where I thought it would be worth the effort to set the tivo.

HondaMom said...

Can anyone confirm that they have done this? Can a coffee grinder grind the rice to the right consistency?

Yep; I have. I don't know about using a coffee grinder, but I assume that would work. I used a regular blender and then just whirred it to powdery smithereens. You can also cook the rice first and then put it in the blender. The wholesomebabyfood website is good; I also used the book Super Baby Food (although some of the info in that book is outdated). I assume the Duggars do DIY baby food for cost reasons.

I liked this episode more than I thought I would. I liked Anna's joking about the cloth diapers offsetting the gas guzzling and "park, then ice cream, then lunch." Enjoyed hearing about how Anna helped Josh "get it together." I know many couples with a similar kind of story.

The only thing that bothered me was how they had one of the little boys (Jason?) install the car seats for the outing. He's what, 10? I'm hoping he was just helping move them and not actually doing the install. I don't even install our car seats (I know how it's supposed to be done, but I physically can't get enough leverage to tighten them correctly. My husband has to get in there with his knee).

Anonymous said...

I kind of think that perhaps not many of the Duggar children will want to be Quiverfull. They have already raised numerous children. They might enjoy a calmer home and devoting more time/attention to fewer children.

Bubbles said...

In the brief glimpse that I saw, the car seats were booster style, meaning that the belts would be put across the children once they were in the seats. I thought the boy (James?) placed them in the vehicle but didn't necessarily install them in the vehicle. I could be wrong about that. However, I taught my son at age 11 how to install car seats properly so he could help me out when the seats for my younger children needed to be moved around, so it's not unthinkable that the seats were put in correctly by a sibling.

Anonymous said...

One kid I used to babysit could buckle in his carseat, at 3 years old, faster than most adults I've seen try it (Im really adept at it but I also do it for a living). But he could get the little hooks and snap them to the anchors in the backseat. He did need help with the seatbelt threading and buckling, but he was also 3, not 7-10 like the Duggar kid shown.

Of course, he was monitored the whole time, and the seats connections were always checked before anyone drove. Kids really can do difficult things, if you just let them try.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Anna driving/not driving the Hummer: Anna hasn't lived in Arkansas as long as Jill, so it's only natural that Jill would be driving. :)

Reality TV Junkie said...

Actually, the Duggars are not quiverful, even though it is a very common belief about them. A quiverful family doesn't try or prevent having babies. They take it as they come. The Duggars actually try to have babies, so they're not quiverful. (Even though their quiver is definetly full!)

Allison said...

Regarding Anna driving/not driving the Hummer: Anna hasn't lived in Arkansas as long as Jill, so it's only natural that Jill would be driving. :)

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Anna has lived in Arkansas for over 2 years (Josh and Anna got married in September 2008). They live in a small town. I am pretty sure Anna would have learned how to get around by now! My theory is that Anna took advantage of having another girl to keep Mackynzie occupied while they drive. I know some babies don't like to be in a carseat.

Anonymous said...

just wanted to say, some thought the shows are answering them the comments on here.. they actually couldnt be.. because unless we posted it months ago, it wouldnt be on the show yet... I think someone said hwo they just were commenting on something and it got answered on the show last week, so they must be reading the board.. thats not entirely true.
while im sure the producers are readin this board...they cant read it the comments this week and make a episode and show the episode all in one week.. teh only episodes that were ever done in the same month were the ones when josie was born and i believe like three others... the rest are months behind.

so our comments from this last month were not answered in this months episodes..

anyone watch in the morning.. I am central time.. and they show the older ones at 6am to 7am.. and the one were the people at the mall ask questions was on, and this is what bugs me about the duggars is the skirted answering the questions.. yes I like alot of things about them.and yes there are alot i dont like about them...but i dont feel like they were being truthful..in anwsering...

Allison said...

They actually can, in a way. Although the producers and filmmakers don't go into filming the Duggars with our specific questions in mind, our comments have been repeated for months now, and so it's likely that 1) what we are saying has been said before and 2) some of the footage that was filmed could be edited into a show to answer reader questions. Shows can be edited up until the are aired, so as long as the footage of something exists, they'll put it in if readers are demanding they see it. Footage of Michelle cleaning, for instance, may not have seemed important to producers last year, but now that we're talking about it, if they have it available, they'll put it in.

Again, like I said, I also think that much of what we say here every week has been said for months, even years. It's nothing new, so it's not surprising that producers would be crafting the show to meet anticipated criticism.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing Jill wanted a chance to drive the Hummer, since it's unknown how long Josh and Anna will have it, and I am sure a lot of people would think it's cool to drive a Hummer.

It is a little weird that we don't see Anna drive much, but I agree that she probably wants to sit by Mackynzie when she has the chance.

Anonymous said...

Anna wasn't sitting by McKenzie. She was sitting in the front passenger seat and her baby was in a car seat in the back.

Anonymous said...

Anna grew up in a family where she was one of the youngest - there was always someone who wanted to drive more than she did, so she's not really used to driving. :)

pumpkin said...

Anna is 5th out of 8 kids, I would think she would have had plenty of opportunities to drive.

Anonymous said...

Could be many reasons why Jill drove the Hummer instead of Anna on that day: from something as simple as Anna having a headache or feeling a little tired, so Jill offered to drive; to Anna not really liking to drive unless she has to. As a young driver, I used to prefer if someone else drove, especially if we were going to a destination that was unfamiliar to me.

I'm a bit surprised that they don't have a more economical car to drive. The Hummer probably gets some of the worst gas mileage of any vehicle on the road today -- even a Ford Explorer would do better.

DVR Viewer said...

"Another TLC pop-up gone wrong: It said Mackynzie has 28 aunts and uncles. Josh has 18 siblings, Anna has 7. That's 25 siblings in total, not 28. Come one TLC, you don't include her parents as Aunts and Uncles."

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The pop-up actually said 26, so I'm guessing one of Anna's siblings is married...

Anonymous said...

I didn't see this show, so I'm not sure which model Hummer that Anna and Josh have, but I do know that the H3 gets about as good MPG as a typical minivan. So they're not the gas guzzlers people assume they are. Also, I wonder if Anna isn't shown driving because she finds the camera too distracting.

Lola said...

Anna said it was a H2 Hummer.

Anonymous said...

I just found that 17 Kids/18 Kids and Counting is streaming on Netflix and I was just watching the episode where they all went diamond hunting. Some of the Duggars were asked what they would do if they found the world's largest diamond; Jill answered that she would want to buy a Hummer. Maybe that's why Anna let her drive, because Jill's always wanted a Hummer? I think the driving issue is approaching "dead horse" so I'm sorry to even bring it up, but just wanted to put this out there!

Anonymous said...

Apparently H2 Hummers get absolutely abysmal gas mileage - around 10 to maybe 14 mpg, and yep, that's one of the worst gas mileages for any civilian vehicle. In doing some research, I read that the Hummer's gas mileage is less than half the mileage of the Model T Ford, the first car ever mass-produced.

Anywho -- I imagine that if the Hummer is one of the cars on Josh's lot, it's not attracting many buyers, thus they use it for family outings and such.

As they are supposedly frugal, it just seems a contradiction to me that they would own and/or drive a vehicle with the worst possible gas mileage. One of the things we discuss in my spiritual group is our belief that we should be careful stewards of the blessings given to us by our creator. To me, that translates to choosing the most fuel efficient vehicle I can afford, and not waste resources, nor unnecessarily pollute the Earth.

However, I know that not all people of faith share that particular point of view. I'm still glad that Anna is using cloth diapers and hopefully she and Josh will decide that there are many better options for vehicles than the Hummer too.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Hummer ......this has always puzzled me. They claim they don't watch tv, read newspapers or trendy magazines, etc. So how exactly do they learn about these items (iPhones, status cars, popular clothing), if they only hang around other like minded people? I doubt the Gothardites who are barely putting food on the table are all abuzz about what luxury cars they would like to buy.

I've also noticed that Josh and Anna call each other "babe". This is a trend among 20somethings that I wouldn't expect to hear from people who aren't directly and quite often exposed to popular culture. So exactly how much do they really know about the world outside the Qiverfull realm?

Allison said...

It's not like the family lives on a compound, isolated from the entire world. They travel, volunteer, work, go to big cities often (Chicago, New York, Little Rock). They clearly have a lot of friends, so it's not unreasonable to expect them to be exposed to the world even if they don't regularly watch TV or purchase magazines. They have a worldly crew following them around, for goodness sake!

Anonymous said...

The Duggars do not align themselves with the Quiverfull movement.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said:
The Duggars do not align themselves with the Quiverfull movement.
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The Duggars may no longer openly say they subscribe to the Quiverful movement, but they certainly fit all the criteria. Further, there is an online article/interview on the today.msnbc.com website dating back to 2007 which specifically says the Duggars are part of the Quiverful movement. This is in conjunction with an interview the Duggars gave to The Today Show. As time went on and the quiverful movement got some critical press, the Duggars have apparently decided to downplay that they are part of that movement, but when you look at their actions and choices, it is clear they are.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I know that they *say* they don't align with the Quiverfull movement but I tend to believe that old saying "If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck."

Anonymous said...

It was probably Anna's treat to let Jill drive the Hummer. I know when I had a nice new car my sister, brother-in-laws, etc. always wanted to drive it when we all went out together. It is fun, and I'm sure Anna was sweet enough to indulge her sister-in-law's wish to drive the Hummer for the day!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if part of Josh's logic behind having Anna, and then his sister, drive the Hummer was in hopes that it would sell faster and for a higher price since it was featured in the show.

Anonymous said...

I had also thought about Josh using the show as a way to showcase his car lot. There are probably people out there who would be interested in some of his cars I guess. I've gotta say though, crocs are not usually acceptable business owner attire on the car lots I've been to. I can understand the polos with the business logo and the khakis, but crocs?

Anonymous said...

"I had also thought about Josh using the show as a way to showcase his car lot. There are probably people out there who would be interested in some of his cars I guess."

If he is and you're probably on to something there. I think that's really smart of him to do. It's always important to advertise.

I do think the Duggar Children are taught to have business skills to a point, which is great.

Tammy C said...

The show helps Josh's lot because either I have read it here or heard it on the show that people have gone to his lot because it is the one on TV owned by Josh Duggar of the Duggars .

The show with Anna driving the hummer was filmed in late August so hopefully by the time it was shown the car had already been sold.