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John David and Abbie 9: Yet Another Baby Watch - Grace is Here!

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Bobology
9 hours ago, HerNameIsBuffy said:

I'm involved in such a program now.  I mean it's just me and the legal dispesaries and I keep them in my sock drawer....but it's definitely a wild edible program!

Me, too! I even grew (and will do so again) some wild edible 'herbs' in my bathtub.

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Snarkasarus Rex
13 hours ago, AussieKrissy said:

Are Rv parks in the States like holiday caravan parks in Australia, where there is plenty of things to do like swimming, boating, bike riding etc or are they just places to set for the night before moving on?

I wonder if they will make it a christian only park? In America I don't doubt they would get away with that too.

 

Most of the private parks have activities for families and kids, but have become more expensive over the years as a result.  It's common to see roaming packs of kids in an RV park biking or scootering, and mine are now old enough to do this and they enjoy it.  The Duggs wouldn't restrict patrons based on religion (everyone's money is green), but they could set rules that would 'keep out the riff raff' (no booze, dress code, strict quiet hours, Christian-themed activities, etc.).  I've seen several RV parks do this.  

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Mama Mia
14 hours ago, AussieKrissy said:

One of the last times I went camping a gay parents group, booked up a whole part of the park to all hang out together as a big family community. I must admit I didn't ask directly what group they were and made assumptions based on all the rainbow flags everywhere. Caravan parks are awesome for community, as a single mum of a singleton, I can take my child and she can nearly always find someone to play with. 

I want a big organisation that the duggar's would hate to go and have the biggest and best blast in their new park (if it is decent). to stick it up the Duggars. But then again who wants to give haters money. 

Are Rv parks in the States like holiday caravan parks in Australia, where there is plenty of things to do like swimming, boating, bike riding etc or are they just places to set for the night before moving on?

I wonder if they will make it a christian only park? In America I don't doubt they would get away with that too.

 

I think, like most things, it depends on your area. In my touristy but expensive area, there are state parks that take RN’s for camping, but of Private RV parks, about 1/3 are the sort that have activities and fun things and people stay just while on a vacation or a quick stop. The rest might have a few spots set aside for quick visits, but are mostly long-term rentals. Most have some weird rule where people have to move their RV for a couple nights once or twice a year, so it’s not “permanent” housing - but it’s permanent housing. 

I wonder which kind the Duggar’s are working on? Housing is so cheap there I’d assume they’d make more money off vacationers and providing event / activity gathering space. Really, it probably could be a good business for a huge family like that - they have plenty of teens / young adults to run things, and they can always use one of the young married couples as on-site managers. 

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Snarkasarus Rex
1 hour ago, Mama Mia said:

I wonder which kind the Duggar’s are working on? Housing is so cheap there I’d assume they’d make more money off vacationers and providing event / activity gathering space. Really, it probably could be a good business for a huge family like that - they have plenty of teens / young adults to run things, and they can always use one of the young married couples as on-site managers. 

I agree that it *could* be a good business for them, but I just don't see it working out for them personally.  Boob has it registered 'doing business as' a KOA.  Who knows if he actually has a franchise agreement with them, but he's at least considering it.  That is counter to their 'work for yourself' mantra since the franchiser can dictate certain things about your business.  

Duggars like to work on their own terms, and running this type of business is very much about the customer and their experience...it's not transactional like a used car dealership.  It also involves extended work hours, experience with water, electrical and sewer issues, and it's not something you can just button up to take your own vacation.  KOAs and successful independent RV parks typically have LOTS of activities going on, which I don't see the lazy and insular Duggars doing well with.  Customer service is not their forte'.  They could hire employees to help run it, but Boob likes to keep things in house to maintain control.  

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Mama Mia
13 minutes ago, Snarkasarus Rex said:

I agree that it *could* be a good business for them, but I just don't see it working out for them personally.  Boob has it registered 'doing business as' a KOA.  Who knows if he actually has a franchise agreement with them, but he's at least considering it.  That is counter to their 'work for yourself' mantra since the franchiser can dictate certain things about your business.  

Duggars like to work on their own terms, and running this type of business is very much about the customer and their experience...it's not transactional like a used car dealership.  It also involves extended work hours, experience with water, electrical and sewer issues, and it's not something you can just button up to take your own vacation.  KOAs and successful independent RV parks typically have LOTS of activities going on, which I don't see the lazy and insular Duggars doing well with.  Customer service is not their forte'.  They could hire employees to help run it, but Boob likes to keep things in house to maintain control.  

Interesting that it’s an actual KOA franchise!  Definitely seems like JB likes to work for himself, maybe there’s a current set of the next generation that wouldn’t mind that kind of structure though. If JD has worked as a deputy, and Abbie as a nurse, they might be used to rules and regulations enough. 

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OyToTheVey
On 6/30/2020 at 8:53 AM, Snarkasarus Rex said:

 but they could set rules that would 'keep out the riff raff' (no booze, dress code, strict quiet hours, Christian-themed activities, etc.).  I've seen several RV parks do this.  

I can't even count how many times I've broken the booze rules. All parks around here don't allow alcohol, even when BBQing. That's easily solved with Perrier bottles. Now they make those fancy S'well bottles. There's a way around all of that lol 

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Cute camping story...many years ago when our kids were elementary school aged, we took them on a Summer camping trip around the PNW region of the US. One day after doing a shopping run, a grocery bag fell out of our SUV, taking my daughter’s reading books (paperbacks with it). The bag contained the all important beers. Of course the bottles shattered and soaked the school books in the process. Both kids stood with their mouths wide open as my husband yelled, “ why did it have to be the beers”? To this day the now grown kids will both say, “why did it have to be the beers”, and laugh their asses off. He didn’t care one bit about the booze saturated,Catholic school issued, reading books, which my daughter was stunned about.

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allthegoodnamesrgone
On 6/30/2020 at 10:52 AM, Mama Mia said:

Interesting that it’s an actual KOA franchise!  Definitely seems like JB likes to work for himself, maybe there’s a current set of the next generation that wouldn’t mind that kind of structure though. If JD has worked as a deputy, and Abbie as a nurse, they might be used to rules and regulations enough. 

But in the case of a campground being part of a franchise such as a KOA it will bring in a lot more customers than some random campground. I assume that, like the car lot, the Duggar's won't be doing any of the work they will hire someone to do that. 

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Mama Mia
3 hours ago, allthegoodnamesrgone said:

But in the case of a campground being part of a franchise such as a KOA it will bring in a lot more customers than some random campground. I assume that, like the car lot, the Duggar's won't be doing any of the work they will hire someone to do that. 

Interesting, do they have lots of outside workers on the car lot? I guess I always just assume that now that they have a gazillion  working age teens / 20 somethings they mostly use them, just hiring occasional extra help as needed. How many businesses do these people have anyway? I know we discussed before they have like 300+ properties  😳

 

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allthegoodnamesrgone
52 minutes ago, Mama Mia said:

Interesting, do they have lots of outside workers on the car lot? I guess I always just assume that now that they have a gazillion  working age teens / 20 somethings they mostly use them, just hiring occasional extra help as needed. How many businesses do these people have anyway? I know we discussed before they have like 300+ properties  😳

I remember way back when Josh "worked" there their was another guy on the lot and basically said Josh didn't do much but come in late, leave early and goof off in between. I think there were only 1 or 2 other people there. 

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Jana814
25 minutes ago, allthegoodnamesrgone said:

I remember way back when Josh "worked" there their was another guy on the lot and basically said Josh didn't do much but come in late, leave early and goof off in between. I think there were only 1 or 2 other people there. 

I remember that. When he said that about Josh I wasn’t surprised. 

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Audrey2
5 hours ago, allthegoodnamesrgone said:

But in the case of a campground being part of a franchise such as a KOA it will bring in a lot more customers than some random campground. I assume that, like the car lot, the Duggar's won't be doing any of the work they will hire someone to do that. 

Crossover time! I would love to see the rolling Rodrigues mobile pull up into the Duggars KOA. Didn't Jill get all butt hurt because the KOA they stopped out wouldn't let her kids swim in their regular clothes? I wouldn't think the Duggars would be able to turn the Rodrigues family away if they were part of a KOA franchise just because they're obnoxious twits.

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Bad Wolf

Are they going to be part of the KOA franchise? I've stayed in a few, and they have great programs for kids. Grand Wolf loved them when He was younger. I can't see any Duggars putting that much effort into them.

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1 hour ago, Audrey2 said:

Crossover time! I would love to see the rolling Rodrigues mobile pull up into the Duggars KOA. Didn't Jill get all butt hurt because the KOA they stopped out wouldn't let her kids swim in their regular clothes? I wouldn't think the Duggars would be able to turn the Rodrigues family away if they were part of a KOA franchise just because they're obnoxious twits.

 TLC used to run a program called "Welcome To Myrtle Manor".  It was about a trailer park in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The mom and dad owned the park, their daughter was the park manager, and the show focused on the day to day adventures of the residents and the park employees.   It was somewhat entertaining and ran a couple of seasons.

That said, a TLC spin-off with Jim Bob running a KOA Kampground ("Kamping On?"), with JD and Abbie at the helm could provide some possible entertainment value.  Especially if the focus is on unique guests, such as the Rods.  

  

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Audrey2
38 minutes ago, HeartsAFundie said:

 

 TLC used to run a program called "Welcome To Myrtle Manor".  It was about a trailer park in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The mom and dad owned the park, their daughter was the park manager, and the show focused on the day to day adventures of the residents and the park employees.   It was somewhat entertaining and ran a couple of seasons.

That said, a TLC spin-off with Jim Bob running a KOA Kampground ("Kamping On?"), with JD and Abbie at the helm could provide some possible entertainment value.  Especially if the focus is on unique guests, such as the Rods.  

  

And we wouldn't have to see anybody go to the dentist!

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PumaLover
2 hours ago, Audrey2 said:

Crossover time! I would love to see the rolling Rodrigues mobile pull up into the Duggars KOA. Didn't Jill get all butt hurt because the KOA they stopped out wouldn't let her kids swim in their regular clothes?

Yes!! And also they were persecuted because the woman clearly hated children! And then precious Nurie was ATTACKED by Satan a mousetrap! Then they walked back to the RV, praying out loud. If there was ever an episode I would want to watch about the Rods, it would definitely be that trip. I have so many questions! 

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kiwi

I see Grace has her ears pierced in the latest pic. Isnt that quite controversial for them?

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SassyPants

Also surprised about the pierced ears on an infant, but dang that is one cute baby!

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mstee

I think Anna pierced her girls’ ears as infants, too. Maybe it’s just up to each husband/father. 

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just_ordinary

While I certainly wouldn’t do it, ear piercing for babies isn’t that unusual. If I am not mistaken it’s pretty normal in SA and Southern European countries. As I have never heard of health problems because of it (neither for the young ones nor adults suffering from it (both physical or psychological)) I think it’s just a cultural thing you like or reject. 

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Tenyari

I live in Croatia and growing up, almost every single one of my female friends had their ears pierced when they were babies. I'm in my mid-twenties now and that was pretty common back then. Now, a bit less. People still do it though, I see a lot of babies with pierced ears and I never understood why anyone would do that, but it's not a horrible thing to do either. I remember when I was in primary school how people used to ask my mom why she didn't have my ears pierced because I wanted to wear earrings but was too chicken to get my ears pierced. I did end up getting them done in high school and I appreciated a lot that it was my choice and left up to me, but none of the girls I know seemed to mind it being done to them as babies. I wouldn't do it.

I have to say, Grace might be the cutest baby I've seen in a long while. She's cute as a button and so happy.

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CarrotCake

Here in the Netherlands it is quite common for certain groups. I think it would be comparable to 'white trash' in the US as well as for some people with a Caribbean background.

But most people will wait until the child is older.

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HideousGreenShirt

Oh man, ear piercing is a controversial issue in my family. 😂

My mom had hers done as a baby which was normal in her country. 

My older sister traumatised our mom when she started senior school (age 11 over here). She begged and nagged constantly because all her friends had pierced ears and she wanted them too. But my mom said she had to wait until the school holidays so they could heal. I didn't find out any of this until a few years ago. 

When it was my turn to move up a school, my aunt came by at the beginning of summer, sat me down and pierced mine with one of those old fashioned guns. It hurt. 

A couple of years ago, I went with my mom to get hers re-pierced. Only then she told me the story of my sister's ear piercing and how she couldn't go through all the harassing and tantrums again. I thought it was funny that my sister had been that aggressive to cause such pre-emptive panic since she was always the good, well behaved one.

I never wear earrings and find if I do, my ears react really quickly/badly.

I think it's fine to pierce a baby's ears, they won't remember it and you could save stress later in life! 

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CarrotCake
2 hours ago, HideousGreenShirt said:

I think it's fine to pierce a baby's ears, they won't remember it and you could save stress later in life! 

But you make a decision about their body that they cannot change back.

Maybe they never want their ears pierced and they will always have the scar.

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Snarkasarus Rex
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37 minutes ago, CarrotCake said:

But you make a decision about their body that they cannot change back.

Maybe they never want their ears pierced and they will always have the scar.

This is where I am at.  I wasn’t comfortable doing something not medical-related to my child when they couldn’t consent to it. Turns out, both were very much against getting their ears pierced when I offered it to them.

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