The Bates family & married Bates kids all have posted videos & pics over the 4th. I still find it shocking to compare them to the Duggar and see just how unnatural the Duggars are with each other. The Bates adults are having fun with each other & the kids. Everyone is playing, eating, sitting around laughing together, etc. I'm not leghumping on the Bates, it's more about their "normal" interactions make the Duggars look like they are all strangers. Everyone is outside, on swings or parent & child playing in a hammock. Tonight there was a video of all the little bitty kids getting to play with sparklers. It's what most of us did as kids.
The Duggars just don't interact like a family. No one seems close to each other in a natural, fun loving way. Hell, there's no real fun going on at the Duggar's compound. There's no little cousins running around squealing & then eventually all crashing out on pallets on the floor. There's no true childhood laughter. Not even for the grandkids. I mean the Bates do the stand around & sing hymns and have the whole Bible time thing, but it's not the only reason they gather together.
Again, not leghumping, just startling (it shouldn't be, but it was) to see the difference this holiday.