Michelle Duggar on Her Makeover and Her Family's Fall Traditions!

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Michelle Duggar before her new 'do.

Wow – what a difference!

For years, we’ve been used to seeing 19 Kids & Counting mom Michelle Duggar with long curls. But when her children surprised her on her 46th birthday with a trip to a salon, she emerged with an entirely new look.

“Going from curly to totally straight was a shock for me,” she tells People (which ran a photo of her new look). “But I am loving it and I have been doing both styles, curly and straight, since the cut.”

After the initial shock, husband Jim Bob gave the thumbs-up to his wife’s ‘do (“what he likes is what I want,” she says). But the Duggar who’s still adjusting to the change is little Josie, who “kept touching my hand and saying, ‘Mommy? Mommy? Mommy?’ She wanted to make sure I was still me.”

Michelle’s appearance may be different these days, but the Duggars still hold fast to their beloved family traditions. Michelle’s blog this week for TLC describes what they like to do in the fall.

The large Arkansas clan enjoys taking car trips into the Ozarks for some spectacular leaf-peeping. “We’ll pack a simple lunch with sandwiches and just enjoy – it’s amazing to see all the beautiful leaves on the trees and the mountains are really gorgeous.”

They also take trips to local apple and pumpkin farms to bring home some of their harvest favorites. They enjoy snacking on the just-picked apples (you can just imagine how many bushels a family of 19 needs)! But Michelle confesses that trying to make pie from fresh pumpkins was more labor-intensive than it was worth. “We kind of reverted to using the pumpkin puree out of the can and just enjoying the fresh pumpkins for decoration,” she says. “But it was a good experience to try and a good family memory for the future.”

So what do you think of Michelle’s sophisticated look?

[Photo: via TLC]

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