Tuesday, November 23, Duggars and Sluggers

Jim Bob and the kids take in the sights of Louisville, which includes a stop at the famous Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Back home, Michelle takes care of Josie and prepares to leave her with a babysitter so she can reunite with the family.

30 minutes

39 comments:

Hannah said...

What state is the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in?

Anonymous said...

Hannah said:
What state is the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in?
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Kentucky

Anonymous said...

Thanks. They are going to so many odd places.

Anonymous said...

Josie looked so precious jumping in the jumpy thing in the master bedroom!

MO4 said...

Josie looks amazing.She is a true miracle.The way her birth certificate with the tiny footprints was shown and then her in the jumper showed just how much of a miracle she is.

Anonymous said...

Josie looks really healthy. She is alert, moving, grasping, cooing, holding her head up, etc. all the things should be doing that so many claim she doesn't do.

I don't remember much from this episode but all I can say is Jackson and Johannah are such a delight! They need there own show! Jackson's Noah Ark comment was so cute while they were on the river boat. That little guy has a heck of a sense of humor.

MOM IN TEXAS

Hailey said...

Loved Johannah covering up Jacksons mouth when he interupted her while talking about the glass blowing activity. Sometimes ya just gotta shut your brother up ;) haha those two are hilarious together, they're so spunky!

Although I disagree with some of the Duggars philosophy's Jim Bob really does seem to genuinley value eack of his children, he seems like a good and loving Dad. Johannah is such a daddys girl, too cute.

Wish TLC would quit asking Michelle and the rest of the family the same questions over and over. We get it, Michelle doesn't enjoy the peace and quite of being alone for longer than a couple hours. I thought that had already been covered a few times at the Little Rock house.

I wish Jordyn and Jennifer would have been able to stay home with Michelle and Josie too. They most likely ywon't even remember the outings on the trip and would have benefitted so much more from some quality time with mom. It also would have given everyone on the trip (i.e. the girls) two kids less to have to look after and more time to enjoy themselves.

Anonymous said...

I just watched the Duggar cam and Louisville Slugger episodes back to back and I feel like reaching for my bottle of Excedrin. The younger children are much more out of control. The scene of Jackson and Johannah fighting over steering the riverboat gave me the shakes. Why do they insist on dragging everyone, even the little kids along on these outings? Why not leave Jordyn and Jenny home with Michelle? Or heaven forbid, shell out money for a sitter to help Michelle and the little ones? There was so much backgorund noise and commotion on the trip. How could any of them have enjoyed it? The only person enjoying herself was Michelle, who seemed to be on the real vacation, even though she says she doesn't enjoy being home alone, smiling broadly as she says it.

Reality TV Junkie said...

I'm really sick and tired of seeing so much nose-picking! I know they're little, but some things just need to be edited out.

Anonymous said...

Did Michelle really say that they've only done ONE speaking engagement this year because of Josie?

These field trips really are a waste on all but the four oldest girls because none of the other kids has any kind of intellectual curiousity at all. They look bored and squirmy on every single one.

Peace said...

I think they edit in those nose pickings on purpose to get a rise out of people. Don't worry. No one has ever died from picking their nose.

Josie looks great! I can't wait for next season to really see her crawling and getting into things. Jana driving that bus was awesome. I would never have the guts to do that.

Celestie said...

Why do they insist on dragging everyone, even the little kids along on these outings? Why not leave Jordyn and Jenny home with Michelle?
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Because Michelle, would actually have to take care of them. I don't think she is up for that.

Anonymous said...

Johannah and Jackson were the highlights of this episode. And I totally agree with other posters that Jordyn and Jennifer should have stayed home with mom for some nice quality time. But I guess it would have been too much for Michelle to take care of 3 out of her 19 children!!

Anonymous said...

I think those little girls would probably cry being left home with Michelle.

After all, the nurturing person would be leaving on the bus.

Do you really think Michelle could handle more than one at a time. After all, little Josie is such a difficult job, laying in that little swing. She might actually have to do some physical work with the others at home with her

Anonymous said...

Loved Johannah yawning! Too funny. First, Michelle assisting Jim Bob w/his hair. Not just the shave, but I don't know, I just though it was weird. Did anyone notice when they were leaving the house, in the bus the tv was on and Michelle's image was on the screen. Hmmmm, are they watchng their own show?
Also noticed Johannah was shown in her pajama's, pajama's with legs! Is the mold starting to crack a little? Or is that just wishful thinking? Josie was in footed pj's too. Josie is a sweet baby, such pretty eyes and looks just like Jackson. Good to see her activity in the bouncy chair. The flower has got to go!
The pop up about the glasses? Why does tlc even bother with these? They are just annoyingly stipid.
I know he's corny, but I think Jim Bob is such a sweet dad! He really likes his kids.
Jackson and Johannah are two peas in a pod! So funny, I find myself rewatching. I have a hard time seeing Johannah as a submissive caretaker to future
siblings.

-aimee

Anonymous said...

At least half of the posts that have gone through so far are positive. How refreshing!!

pottymouth princess said...

More "real" educational trips? They're becoming as bad as Jon & Kate with TLC freebies.

For a family who had to google Babe Ruth when they attended a baseball game last year, and couldn't identify the giant bat, I cannot swallow that this was in any way the Duggars' idea. The personal tour guide who was a higher-up pretty much blew that illusion.

How many of us can get our little ones up into the cockpit of a boat to steer it, ostensibly with other passengers aboard, although the only non-Duggar I saw was a woman in a blue and white striped shirt who could have been the captain's wife for all we know. Looks like they had the glass facility to themselves as well.

Sure, all nice destinations for families, but their "educational field trips" have changed big time. Better than a "zoo" of pitiful animals being fed week-old bagels, but more and more manufactured TV, for sure.

It's pretty sad when you have a show with 23 principal characters and the stars can barely read.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

At least half of the posts that have gone through so far are positive. How refreshing!!

11/23/2010 9:46 PM

I agree! Very refreshing!!!!!!!!

I'm only going to guess why Jordyn and Jennifer don't stay home with Michelle is that these trips have always been family trips. It's a new exception for Josie and Michelle to not go and every time they go Michelle has to explain to Jim Bob again why they can't go. I really think Jim Bob would love that they go but Michelle is being very protective. You go girl!!!

Kitten said...

"Jordyn and Jennifer...would have benefitted so much more from some quality time with mom."

Except their "mom" was on the trip. I mean Jill or Jana, or course. Michelle is just the biological producer. She no longer raises children, remember? She's "been there, done that" and she's finished with that line of work. She's getting some pleasure out of Josie, because she gets lots of attention for it, but if she gets pregnant again, I suspect that will end Josie's time with her. Unless there's a crisis where she can play the tragic heroic mother again.

Besides, leaving two very young toddlers at home would make SENSE, whereas dragging them around the country makes for TV ratings.

All this is exactly why I don't watch anymore. Nothing is decided based on the benefit to the children, but on what the producers think will get the biggest reaction from the audience.

Anonymous said...

I think they didn't leave the rest of the younger kids home (this time anyway) because it sounds like Michelle was going to go join them for a day. So I guess at that time she'd have to travel alone with the little ones and maybe that's too hard? I'm not a parent, but the thought of traveling with one little kiddo stresses me out!

I love little Johannah, she is so stinking cute. I must be honest though and say that Jackson gets on my nerves a little bit - I know that's probably awful to say about a child! - but he's still pretty cute at times.

Anonymous said...

Michelle saying that they only take trips like once a year or something, was so bogus. They spent most of the last year traveling, and the one before.

And the educational benefit of these trips is negligible, at best. What on earth are they learning at the bat factory, when they know nothing about baseball to begin with? I feel the sorriest for the older girls, being dragged around on all these nonsense trips as nothing more than the babysitters. At least John David can stay home now. Poor Jana and Jill! They'll probably be 25 and still arted along for childcare, packing, feeding etc.

I'd like to see Michelle do something, anything with one of her children. Even Josie spends her day in a swing or bouncy seat. She is never interacted with or played with (that we can see). How sad! Maybe that is why she always has such a blank stare....

winsomeone said...

The nose picking by Jackson was bad enough, but when they actually showed him examining what he had dug out at the end of his finger, it grossed me out. He would benefit from being around non family children his own age, as he would soon discover that isn't acceptable public behavior, and his peers would let him know that big time.

A shame that one of the older boys called the giant baseball bat a baseball "stick"..I bet it would be hard to find many three year olds that didn't know it is called a bat.It just seemed so oddly out of touch.

Anonymous said...

We don't know that the kids can "barely read". I haven't seen evidence of that. We saw Jedidiah reading a book in the last episode. We've seen the older kids with big books. The older kids have all graduated with GED's and the like. The evidence points to the strong likelihood that they can in fact read, possibly even well.

I thought the kids seemed very interested, not bored, during the field trips. The tour guide even mentioned that he'd never seen a more attentive group of kids. I'm envious, I'd love to take my kids to some of these interesting places the Duggar kids are going.

Marisa said...

I noticed the footed pajamas on Johannah as well....in the past the girls have all worn nightgowns, sometimes with leggings underneath. Even the little babies. I think this is the second time I have seen footed pajamas on a younger girl (Jennifer before) this season. Are they starting to allow the girls to wear pants to bed? I don't know about other women, but I get very cold at night unless it is summer and there is no way I would go to bed wearing a nightgown with my legs uncovered. Besides what does it matter if you wear pajama pants to bed? No one sees you!! Especially the men and boys you are trying not to "defraud" (that's not even a real word, is it?) with your pants-clad body. I don't see a problem with the older girls only wearing nightgowns if it's their choice but if the younger girls want to wear pajama pants, what's the big deal?

Sharla said...

- 0.902 million viewers
- 0.6/1 HH
- 0.4/1 A18-49

Anonymous said...

Viewership seems to be dropping off fast. I wonder if this is finally it for the Duggars' TV adventure.

pottymouth princess said...

We don't know that the kids can "barely read"

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My comment was specifically aimed at the kids I deemed the "stars;" Jackson and Hanni we. They are 5 and 6, so yes, as a first grade teacher, I'd put them in "can barely read" category, unless next week Hannie somehow miraculously steals a copy of War and Peace and reads it cover to cover and gives Jessa an oral report, taped by TLC. (kidding!)

The book that the twin was reading was identified last week as a book suited for children grades 2-4; the twin turns 12 next month. We HOPED that he picked up what just happened to be in the area so an establishing shot could be made and that he really isn't reading at that level. That would be disconcerting, especially since they all switch to what sounds like all cirricula is via the internet.

At any rate, it was apparent that my post was misconstrued and I was compelled to explain exactly what I meant. Apologies if it wasn't clear.

Happy Thanksgiving to all posters on DWOP! :)

Kay said...

About the kids reading...

I've always been a voracious reader... at 5/6, I was reading the Little House on the Prairie series. By the time I was 12, I was reading Steven King and Jane Austen. This isn't to say that I never read books below my level (I still loved the Boxcar children at 12, which, I think, is what Jed was reading). But I sort of hope that, of the "kids-reading" shots, one of them might be reading a book at their grade level.

I'm disappointed that we don't see the Duggar kids read more (obviously, it all depends on what ends up on the editing room floor). I only hope they read more in real life...as homeschoolers, reading should be something they spend a lot of time doing... nothing opens up your mind and encourages creative thinking like a good book.

Anonymous said...

I too hope the children read a lot for their own enjoyment, but I doubt we would ever see much of it on the show. Watching a kid sit silently with a book wouldn't make for very exciting TV - probably those scenes would be edited out.

Anonymous said...

With regard to "reading" issues. I am certain that there are several "Classics", which, for some reason or other, these children would not be allowed to read.

I think they are being deprived of a wealth of knowledge. They probably have a very narrow view of the world and for bright young people, that is a travesty.

It is unfortunate that the older children are not considered mature enough to select their own literature. I would imagine Michelle and Jim keep a tight rein on any source of information or education to which their will be exposed.

It would be unfortunate if the level of education received by their offspring is just comparable to what their parents did.

Anonymous said...

Besides poor teaching that may be causing the reading issues it may also be the lack of books or choice of books. They may be so limited or controlled there is no real fun in reading because you can't read what you want.

Anonymous said...

Imagine Joy reading the Nancy Drew series for example- I think that roadster (1940s version) and the college boyfriend would prohibit ND from the approved list

Anonymous said...

The control over every aspect of their children's lives is something I disagree with -- because children become adults and having grown up in a bubble, will not function well outside of it from sheer lack of practice.

Anonymous said...

I think the "reading" issue is approaching dead horse status. We have no way of knowing the Duggars level of literacy simply by watching the show.

han said...

I think they do control things.

josh doing the used cars. when he wanted to be a lawyer

I wonder if annal would ever use Jill or Jana as midwives.

I think some of the kids could be great

Jill a teacher

btw. what is grandma duggars real name?

John David driving planes. I think suits him more then politics.

han said...

whoops

flying, not driving.

Anonymous said...

We do have a sense of their literacy, based on the fact that one of the little boys thought Monkey started with J, several couldn't read the script at the taping of the radio show, we have seen below grade level reading books, when we are seen books at all, the house has no bookshelves visible, no newspapers around, no books lying around.

It seems we have a pretty good sense of the literacy, or lack thereof, in the house.

Anonymous said...

I had the impression that Johanna was a clever little girl with at least some sense of the alphabet. If I recall correctly, she wanted to name (then unborn) Jordyn "Giraffe."

Maybe she just likes giraffes, but the way she said it made me think that she connected the "J" sound with the Duggar naming scheme and felt it was an incredibly appropriate name. And any three-year-old that can tell you that "giraffe" sounds like it should start with "J" is pretty skilled, in my opinion.

butterfly said...

I think it is ashame those children don't know the great American pastime baseball. I think they would have a TON of FUN playing in their large yards. :D