Tuesday, June 7, Duggars Hit the Slopes

The Duggars head to Colorado to take in the gorgeous views and hit the slopes for their first ski trip! But with this being the first time any of the Duggars have skied, will they advance to the black diamond trails or be stuck on the bunny slopes?

(60 minutes)

The Duggars are off to Colorado on their first ski trip.
(from MSN)

56 comments:

Reality TV Junkie said...

I really hope we get an Anna pregnancy update!

Reality TV Junkie said...

Wow, I actually can't picture any of the Duggars skiing, maybe John David.

positiveparent said...

Will any of the young women be skiing? Let's hope they dress appropriately.

And, please, no dramatic footage of another pre-sport pregnancy test by Michelle.

Religilicious said...

OMG. Are "ski skirts" on the horizon???????

Laughable.

msrylee said...

They just might be on the horizon. Who knows? Time will tell......

ennvee said...

I'm curious why they split this episode and the Focus on the Family episode, which will be shown after an episode (didn't realize TLC was taping) of Jim Bob's and Michelle's trip to El Salvador.

Can't wait to see how they got around ski pants for the girls. Maybe they're acceptable in the same way the skydiving suit was? That's the only logic I can muster. But I could be way offbase; I'm not fluent in DuggarLogic.

Allison said...

Why do I have a feeling the girls "elected" to babysit the little kids while the boys enjoyed the slopes? Just a thought...

Taryn said...

I live in Colorado Springs about 10 minutes from Focus on the Family and couldn't even bring myself to go to that part of town when they were here. Yet another reason to hate Focus on the Family:) It will be interesting to see them here though.

hart&sole said...

The winter duds are so cute. Johannah, especially, looked adorable in her ski pants. I'm so glad to hear that Jennifer is talking so well. Maybe she couldn't get a word in edgewise with Jackson and Johannah pretty much stealing the show.

emily said...

This is what i actually like about 19 Kids... The kids are exposed to things they never would have been without the show. If it weren't for this they'd be sitting at their house with IBLP materials.

hart&sole said...

Amen, Emily, the show has certainly broadened their horizons!

mom in texas said...

I finally saw the preview for the new season. Josie is definitely trying to walk (and in fact may be walking already in real time). This is such a blessing to see her turn around so quickly being as premature as she was.
I am excited for the new season.I like the Duggars and am really interested to see what is in store for the family.

Ashlyn's Baby Shower Sunday June 12, 2011 said...

I wonder if Michelle and Jim Bob realize how lucky they are with Josie's especially with her development for a micro preemie and not having cerebral palsy and more physical disabilities. They are very very lucky that she is beginning to walk.

heavennoseven said...

when does it air

the lil couple is at 10/9c?

Alberta Rose said...

This is what i actually like about 19 Kids... The kids are exposed to things they never would have been without the show. If it weren't for this they'd be sitting at their house with IBLP materials.

Given that one of the things that attracted Discovery to them in the first place was the idea of a large family going on road trips, and given that one of the reasons why it took so long for the house to be built was they liked to travel, I doubt the show has broadened their horizons. It has, however, broadened my son's horizons because there have been a few times when I've said to my husband "Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have been travelling by vehicle with 5, 6, 7..." GRIN usually by the time I get to 10, he sees the wisdom of getting out the city.

ennvee said...

Duggars in ski gear. Of course the place they skied is "family friendly" and if you have an extra $100 grand lying around, you too can buy a lot and build your winter home there!

Cuteness alert, little girls in pink ski pants! They hid the older girls in the back, but I think Jana is on the left side wearing the helmet (?) and she's definitely in ski pants.

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Glades said...

I remember seeing something where Michele said she and the girls wear skirts "most of the time" but do allow for pants when needed. I'm not surprised they would wear pants for something like this.

I also think the show has opened them up to new ideas. Think about how they dressed and even how the older children would respond to questions on the specials, the younger kids are more liberal in their answers at this age than the older siblings were.

hart&sole said...

19 Kids and Counting is on Tuesday nights at 9 pm, according to the promos.

It would be pretty immodest to ski in skirts, but maybe they ski better than I do, practically everyone does. Seriously, some activities, fire fighting, sky diving, and skiing call for pants.

ennvee said...

According to the promos, this is their first time skiing. But they're wearing some pretty spiffy gear. Hope it was rented for the day, but I have a feeling the host comped it, even though they'll never use it again.

Hopefully donated to a thrift shop in Colorado Springs after they used it. It's about time they paid the clothing forward, given all the years they shopped at thrift stores - long after they became millionaires, to boot.

Reality TV Junkie said...

Just a couple of comments:

-I love the new interview set. It's looks really nice and a lot more relaxed than a plain white background.

-The clip of Jordyn and Johannah sleeping together was adorable!

-I think it would have been, easer, cheaper, safer to rent the ski gear rather than buy it, even if it was second-hand.

-I was surprised to hear that the girls shop online. That's really interesting to hear, not very Duggar-ish.

-I know it was not her intention, but Jinger was taling about the "middle children", and happened to call them "middle aged", that made me laugh out loud.

Overall, okay episode.

chelsea said...

I think it was silly to bring the youngest girls, especially Jordyn. With such a long drive and not being old enough to ski, it became an encumbrance to the older girls fully enjoying themselves. (look how quickly Jordyn found the sun block, got into it and smeared it all over her hands). I think it would have been nice to have a break from caring for them. Michelle at home with just Josie was bordering on the ridiculous and the youngers could have benefited from the one-on-one time with their mother as well.

Alberta Rose said...

I live in the host city of the '88 Olympics. I started doing the math regarding the ski clothing purchases. Judging by what I caught a glimpse of on the cash register, I think for the younger kids they went real cheap, because they'll probably outgrow it. For the older children and adults, however, I think they bought good quality used because they'll never outgrow it. I also thought it was real cool the camera crew didn't say "Could the girls all wear pink so the viewers have a better idea who is who?" and were discrete with footage of the older girls in pants.

I'm glad the youngest girls weren't left behind. They deserve a chance to at least see the Rocky Mountains. Also, I'm glad Anna went. Growing up in Florida I'm sure it was an eye-opening experience seeing that much snow.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

It seems to me the older girls did not watch the younger girls as much as dad, grandma and Ana did. When Jordon got into the sun block it was daddy who helped out in that situation. I think the kids that went were the idea of the entire family and not that of just the parents.

I know this, when I was the age of these girls I loved being around kids. Mom used to take children in sometimes for weeks at a time and I always wanted to be with them and when I did go out and do something I begged to take a baby or a toddler with me. I believe that there are other teens like that as well. If you grow up having babies and toddlers around you sort of want that as you get oldeer as well.

This week I am in my element as I got to take care of my great great niece for a few days and hubby and I had fun taking her out for a short time last night. I just love doing things with babies. This one is only two months old and I can not wait till she is six months so I can even do more with her.

Allison said...

I was thinking the same thing too, but this was part of their appearance at Focus on the Family, and I think the Duggars strive to get as many of the family members as possible to go. Even if Jordyn and Jennifer are too small, they need to be there for the photo ops. I've noticed that on these trips they really only make exceptions for either Josie or Josh.

But I do think the older girls had a great time. I think Anna probably didn't, but she is pregnant. The rest of the younger kids were with their ski instructors almost the whole time. It didn't really look like the older girls were missing out on too much.

mom in texas said...

It's funny because some 30 minute episodes seem like they should be an hour, where as this hour long episode could have been 30 minutes. I enjoyed it however it seems like it had too many slow moments.

I am glad the kids are getting to go out and experience so many new things. It might have been better had Jennifer and Jordyn stayed home with Michelle and Josie. But then that means someone would have had to stay with Michelle because she wouldn't have stayed alone with 3 of her own children. Grandma could have stayed or better yet Anna (who was too pregnant to do anything anyways) and Mackynzie.

Jim Bob seems even more clumsy and lost this season than before.

I'm glad that the show is back and enjoy seeing the family.

Shelly said...

Ugh.Looks like Anna pretty much just came along to babysit, when she and the youngest girls could've just all stayed back at home with Michelle. Anna didn't seem too excited when they showed her taking care of the kids.

Lisa said...

I'm thinking the reason the younger girls minus Josie were there is like someone before mentioned. This was before the Focus on the Family event. We all know Michelle was at that so my guess is she flew in and met up with the family. This way they only had to do plane tickets for Michelle instead of Michelle and the younger children.

Cyn said...

I wonder if Michelle and Jim Bob realize how lucky they are with Josie's especially with her development for a micro preemie and not having cerebral palsy and more physical disabilities. They are very very lucky that she is beginning to walk.
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I'm quite sure they thank God daily for her advances.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

How can one deduct by a few clips if one really wanted to stay home from a trip or go? I think if Anna really wanted to stay home she would have. Most likely she wanted to go and she went. It seem to work out well.

hart&sole said...

It was fun watching the Duggars learn to ski. OK, I confess I did enjoy watching Jim Bob fall on his tush with an inappropriate amount of glee. Yes, Jenny and Jordyn could have stayed home with Michelle, but perhaps Michelle enjoys a few days of quiet time and Jenny and Jordyn would have felt very left out if they could not go along with the family. Kudos to Mary Duggar for trying to ski at 70. I'm nearly 70 myself and I would love to ski again. If one is 40, seventy sounds old, if one is 68, 70 is an age I am happy to have almost lived to see.

Rebecca said...

The Dugger blog mentioned that they "saved $4,000" by buying the ski clothing/gear at a local thrift store.

Sharla said...

Not good ratings. 0.950 million and .3 in 18-49.

positiveparent said...

I think that Anna recognizes that Jordyn and Jennifer are Josh's siblings and need watched and that she is the logical one to do it if they are there and she is there and can't ski. I also think that she doesn't necessarily LIKE doing it as much as she feels obligated to do it. Doesn't mean she doesn't love the kids, just means that she resents it... and guess what, that is a perfectly logical way to feel...

Allison said...

I'm not really that surprised. It was kind of a boring episode to have it be an hour long. Next week's look a LOT more interesting and dramatic. Hopefully that brings the ratings up a little.

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Kit said...

For the older children and adults, however, I think they bought good quality used because they'll never outgrow it.

Because there are sooooo many opportunities to ski in Arkansas...lol. My guess is that the girls plan to secretly wear the pants every time mom and dad are away for the day. :)

artfuldodger said...

I find myself being a little more irked these days with the "buy used" mantra of the Duggars. It seems unfair to continue to buy used when, frankly, they're sniping the good stuff from people who really truly may not be able to afford new. The Duggars *can* afford new, I'm sure. It seems a bit selfish at this stage to continue to buy used from donation places, particularly in this economy where more people are probably buying used because they truly cannot afford any other option. How about some eBay action where perhaps it'd a little more fair, and still cheap? I'm happy to hear some of the older girls shop online -- perhaps the trend will pick up in the family.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I doubt very much that when they went shopping that they took from others the items needed for the snow trip. Had they not gone there and rented or bought new there would surely be a lot complaining. I think they made the best choice for their family and there was plenty of clothes left on the racks after they left.

heavennoseven said...

How come you never see ads for next weeks during the show? Or is just me. I hope they finish the season if the ratingsa dont improve.

ennvee said...

I think if Anna really wanted to stay home she would have. Most likely she wanted to go and she went. It seem to work out well.

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I have to vehemently disagree with this. Josh and Anna are getting paid by TLC. No trip? No money. If Josh says "go," Anna must obey; her submission to Josh was part of their wedding ceremony.

In this same vein, does anyone really believe that Anna willingly went on a 10 day bust trip/book signing tour with 20 other people in 90 degree heat when due to have a baby in less than two weeks?

As for the ski clothing, Jill admitted they buy the older girls' clothing (notice the hesitation as she now has to add Joy?) online or on sale in real stores? Given the girls all wore those purple jackets, my guess is they were found online before they left for the trip. And hopefully left in Colorado for someone who needs them more than the Duggars.

The $200 they spent at Goodwill was likely for the younger boys. The skis, lessons and lift tickets were obviously comped by the resort (and factored into the figure they gave in the pop up). Skiing ain't cheap.

j said...

I loved it when Jim Bob told the chef that he sounded like he was "from Italy" and the guy said "I'm from Switzerland" (or somewhere, can't remember exactly but it wasn't anywhere near Italy). So funny. I was also disappointed that they used some kind of press for the pizza dough instead of kneading and throwing it...would have been way cooler and more authentic.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

Switzerland is right next to Italy. It is like Arizona and California, two states that border one another. I spent the summer 20 years ago in Italy and we sent to Switzerland for a day's ride.

I am sure the Duggars know that the two countries share a boarder and that even though pizza is not known as a food from Switzerland that it is eaten in that country just as it is eaten here in the US.

Alberta Rose said...

The Duggars were at Colorado around March 17th. Anna would have been 7 months pregnant. If they show a clip for the upcoming episode, it's usually shown in the last commericial break before the show ended.

As for buy used, save the difference, let's just say my family got an object lesson in why you should not get complacent during the good times. I applaud the Duggar family for sticking to it.

hart&sole said...

Hmmm...The Duggars haven't been to Europe yet. The Duggars attending the royal wedding would have made for an interesting episode. Of course I am kidding.

I think probably Anna went along on the ski/focus on the family road trip willingly. That would be a whole lot more entertaining than sitting around the house for a 23 year old woman. At 23 that would have been my choice.

19 Kids and Counting needs another courtship and wedding if they plan to stay on the air. Either that or Michelle and Jim Bob need to produce number 20. My personal choice? The courtship and wedding.

mom in texas said...

heavennoseaven said:How come you never see ads for next weeks during the show? Or is just me. I hope they finish the season if the ratingsa dont improve.
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They still show previews during the episodes. Not sure what you are watching but they showed Josie's medical emergency preview and another preview that I can't recall.

I really doubt the show will be cancelled anytime soon. People love the Duggars.

Sharla said...

My opinion, but TLC will cancel it when it ceases bringing in an acceptable profit. They are a business and that's their mark of success.

Kit said...

You know, for all the emphasis Gothard places on women being in the home and doing "womanly" tasks, the Duggars really don't actually *do* much of that except birth and take care of chidren. They used to sew some of their own clothes - now they buy everything (or have it given to them). They "cook" convenience food crap, not fresh-from-scratch meals (which wouldn't even take much more time). They don't have a garden; they don't can or freeze food; they don't knit or crochet or quilt. Really, all they do is run a giant daycare center for their own kids/siblings.

I mean, if you're going to stay home, shouldn't you be doing *something* to differentiate the experience from all those horrible satanic families where the wife works, and HAS to punish her family with convenience foods and store-bought clothes?

Some will say, oh, they travel so much now for TLC, they can't do those things. Well, 1) they weren't doing any of them (except sewing some skirts) BEFORE TLC, and 2) then isn't TLC the satanic force drawing them away from their natural roles as wives, mothers, and daughters?

msrylee said...

I also think TLC will cancel the show when it isn't profitable to continue.

Religilicious said...

"You know, for all the emphasis Gothard places on women being in the home and doing "womanly" tasks, the Duggars really don't actually *do* much of that except birth and take care of chidren. They used to sew some of their own clothes - now they buy everything (or have it given to them). They "cook" convenience food crap, not fresh-from-scratch meals (which wouldn't even take much more time). They don't have a garden; they don't can or freeze food; they don't knit or crochet or quilt. Really, all they do is run a giant daycare center for their own kids/siblings."

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Excellent point.

Anyone remember Phyllis Schlafly? She made a CAREER (and $$$) writing about, being interviewed, and making promotional tour stops to tell women they should be home baking pies for their families. You know, being all 'womanly' as defined as having little if any interest in anything outside keeping the homefires burning.

A case study in hypocrisy. Classic case of 'do as I say, not as I do'.

Allison said...

You know, for all the emphasis Gothard places on women being in the home and doing "womanly" tasks, the Duggars really don't actually *do* much of that except birth and take care of chidren. They used to sew some of their own clothes - now they buy everything (or have it given to them). They "cook" convenience food crap, not fresh-from-scratch meals (which wouldn't even take much more time). They don't have a garden; they don't can or freeze food; they don't knit or crochet or quilt. Really, all they do is run a giant daycare center for their own kids/siblings.

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If you read their book, there is no mention of Gothard, except toward the end when they discussed one of his seminars. I don't think it's a case of "do as I say, not as I do" because they have never said anything other than they want family to be the priority for their own children. And I think they live that out pretty well, considering Anna went on the book tour. Family obligations are your priority. I think they live that out pretty good.

Anything further than that, with Gothard or Quiverfull instructions (neither of which they have ever said they follow) is really up for debate. I'm sure the Duggars find the ministry they do through TV to be more "Godly" then simply staying home. And like anything, Gothard's list of things are recommendations. I don't think anyone follows them perfectly all the time.

Religilicious said...

re: Duggar 'ministry' via their reality show:

Let's not confuse ministry with putting kids to work in front of a tv camera for income.

This hardly qualifies as 'ministry' IMO.

Nickname unavailable said...

I got a kick out of this episode. Jim Bob is sure willing to make himself look silly - and he's good at it.

I can't imagine Grandma going out on the slopes. I am 63 and wouldn't dream of it. Maybe she had prior skiing experience.

ennvee said...

If you read their book, there is no mention of Gothard, except toward the end when they discussed one of his seminars. I don't think it's a case of "do as I say, not as I do" because they have never said anything other than they want family to be the priority for their own children. And I think they live that out pretty well, considering Anna went on the book tour. Family obligations are your priority. I think they live that out pretty good.

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I read the new book and there are plenty of references to Gothard, by name, his Wisdom Booklets and seminars, and the Character Qualities, which are also re-printed at the end of the book.

All of these things are also noted again at the end in a catch-all section called "Resources."

The thing is, you have to read closely, or know what program is associated to whom. For instance, mention of Vision Forum's Mother of the Year tea is made, but she does not name the organization at that time, but there are other links to VF in other places in the book.

Religilicious said...

re: Quiverful and Gothard: IMO the Duggars publically identify themselves with these two ideologies ONLY so are as TLC's designated branding allows.

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. IMO, the Duggars are firmly entrenched in both Quiverful and Gothard. They simply choose not to be completely honest with viewers about the depth of their devotion to these very controversial groups so as to appeal to a broader TLC viewer base.

I say again: The Duggars are a BRAND.

Alberta Rose said...

Because there are sooooo many opportunities to ski in Arkansas...lol. My guess is that the girls plan to secretly wear the pants every time mom and dad are away for the day. :)

They have gone on chaperoned trips just the girls. There is nothing to prevent them from deciding to go on a ski trip for fun. One of them could honeymoon in Colorado, one might be like Josh and meet their special someone at the ATI Homeschool convention who lives in the Colorado area, there are mission trips to places that have snow, the possibilities are endless.

Kit said...

...the possibilities are endless.

Too true. The probabilities, on the other hand...not so much.