A few thoughts on the episodes last night and quick episode review for those of you that might have missed it. The first of the two episodes was a continuation of Amy and the Roloff kids (plus Jacob Mueller - to avoid confusion I'm going to refer to Jacob Roloff as Jake) visiting Amy's parents, Gordon and Pat Knight, in Michigan. For those that notice the condition of the homes shown on Little People, Big World, the Knights' cabin was immaculate.
As was shown in the previous week, Gordon made an effort to keep the kids entertained with some history lessons. Gordon Knight is in great shape for being 80. He then demonstrated his tomahawk throwing skills which was of interest to Jeremy who also was eager to try it. Jeremy commented on how he would like to spend more time in Michigan getting to know his grandparents. Amy reflected on how she was at the twins age and how Jeremy is so much more confident than she was at the same age. Amy was shy and lacking self-confidence when she was younger.
Next up, was a trip to Mackinac Island with Amy's parents. The kids seemed amazed that there were no cars, just horse drawn carriages and bicycles. They went to the Grand Hotel and stayed where the classic film "Somewhere in Time" was made. They had a dinner there. Jacob Mueller asked was Cornish Game Hen and veal were. Amy wasn't entirely sure. Amy remarked that her kids were more of hamburger, chicken and plain fish type of kids and aren't quite in their element at a place like that.
They dropped in on a few gift shops. Zach wanted to get another civil war hat that he always wears. The store clerk informed Zach they had none left, but never fear these are the Roloffs. The store manager found one for him. I think the lesson here is having a camera crew with you is a good way to improve the customer service you receive :)
Amy wanted the family to have special t-shirts printed up for the family to remember their trip. The decided on a saying of Roloff Road Warriors and listed the stops on their summer vacation. Jacob Mueller and Jeremy campaigned to get Mueller recognized on the shirts, Amy agreed, so they decided on Roloff Road Warriors plus one.
It was time to say goodbye to Amy's parents, Pat commented on Jake being her accident prone guy. For those asking, the brace Jake's arm was from the same accident dealt with in the episode about the twins 18th birthday when Jake fell off a slide at school, was knocked unconscious and broke his wrist. That happened in May 2008. The first leg of the Roloff summer vacation took place in June 2008.
However, the Roloffs could not leave without Jeremy drawing the ire of yet another group of people. As Amy was having difficulty backing out of her parent's place, Jeremy made the rather sexist comment "Women and backing up are the worst." Of course it should be pointed out that Jeremy Roloff is the one who backed into the brand new garage door/house. So perhaps we can add women to the list of people Jeremy has offended. Jeremy is becoming quite the villain as Family friendly TV programs go.
The second episode featured the Little People of America conference in Michigan where Matt met up with the family. Matt and Amy originally met at a LPA conference in Michigan. Amy told about how she traveled out to California to see Matt and year later they married and eventually relocated to Oregon.
Amy had a reunion with her basketball team from the DAAA games and shared some fond memories.
Zach met Amy's old boyfriend. Zach was blown away that Amy dated someone before Matt, apparently Amy didn't quite tell Zach the truth about that when he had asked when he was younger. They both seemed to be very amused by the experience.
On the recent episodes, Zach is looking and sounding more mature. He said he still doesn't like the dances at the LPA conventions, but he explained that he was making more of an effort to be more social and seemed to be handling himself well. You can really see how much his self-confidence has grown since the show began.
We're already receiving inquiries about Mackinac Island, so I'll include a link to tourist information. The hotel the Roloffs stayed at was the Grand Hotel, which according to their website ranked was one of the 100 best hotels in the world.