Saturday, September 24, 2016

Meet Kaci Lynn Bates: Next Week!

Are you ready to meet Kaci Lynn Bates? Next week's new episode of Bringing Up Bates will be one hour long and will feature the birth of the fourth Bates grandchild.

Just days before Kaci's arrival, Zach and Whitney find out during an ultrasound that their baby is breach. "We were both very, very nervous," shares Zach in the video below. Unsure of what the outcome would be, the expectant couple experiences a very emotional delivery.

The show airs next Thursday at 9pm ET/8pm CT on UP. Click here to watch a slideshow of the photos that photographer Taryn Yager, who was also pregnant at the time, took during the birth.

Photo courtesy of, video courtesy of UP

Friday, September 23, 2016

Photos: Bates at Basketball Camp

What did you think of last night's episode of Bringing Up Bates? (Click here to read our written recap.)

Filmed in June, the show features the trip that Gil and Kelly Bates and most of the kids take to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to watch the boys participate in a church-run basketball camp. And back in Tennessee, the Paines visit the local animal shelter to search for a pet dog for Carson. Check out these snapshots:

 The Bates family checks out the basketball memorabilia on display at the fitness center

 Team shot

 Warden Bates and Isaiah Bates

 Nathan Bates and Trace Bates

 Nathan Bates and Jackson Bates

 Watching from the bleachers

 Isaiah Bates

 Gil Bates talks with the coach

 Kelly Bates and Carlin Bates congratulate Isaiah Bates on a job well done

 Gil and Kelly Bates are all smiles watching their boys play sports

 Kelly Bates cheers on her sons

 Lawson Bates

 Lawson Bates blocks Nathan Bates

Photos courtesy of UP

Recap: 'Three Pointers and Puppies'

Bringing Up Bates "Three Pointers and Puppies"
  • Tori, Carlin, and Josie, along with their friend Courtney visit The Crown College of the Bible, located near their home. Josie, who will soon graduate from high school, has already started taking college classes online and is planning to take a few on-campus courses in fall 2016. 
  • Tori and Josie try to convince Carlin to study music on campus rather than liberal arts online. Carlin is unsure about being tied down because she enjoys traveling to help with children at various conferences.
  • "You said that you wanted to teach piano," Tori reminds her sister. "It's hard to teach piano if you don't have a degree in it," Josie chimes in. Tori is in school for education, and and Josie is considering pursuing a cosmetology degree. 
  • Gil, Kelly, and most of the kids head up to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to watch the boys participate in New Heights Basketball Camp. 
  • When asked if they would ever want to attend a basketball camp, Callie, Ellie, and Addallee's responses are quite entertaining. Callie says no because she "hates sweat." Addalle's answer is the same. "I'd have to take a bath," she says. But Addallee is game for it (no pun intended).
  • This the first time that all the boys have played on organized teams. The family enjoys watching the "unconventional" tactics that they have developed over the years. 
  • "I don't think anybody will ever see defense like Nathan," says Carlin.
  • "I think it was really good for our kids to get to go somewhere where they could have fun playing sports, being challenged by people that can play really, really good," says Kelly. "But more than that, it was a place where the coaches really wanted the boys to work on their character."
  • "For the boys in our family, no matter what your personality is sitting on the couch when you're hanging around with the rest of the family, when you get on the court, when you get on the field,  it changes," says Zach. "You're automatically in it for blood."
  • Gil and Kelly are especially amazed by Isaiah's performance. He hasn't played a lot of basketball, but he does very well and ends up winning an award.
  • Michael and Brandon drive three hours from Chicago to hang out with the family at basketball camp. Michael, who also has first responder and EMT training, has recently finished her associate degree in medical health science. While the Keilens say they are not planning to stay in Chicago forever, they aren't sure what the next step is at this point.
  • Warden and Isaiah make it to the finals in their junior varsity league, but they end up losing by two points. 
  • "I try to tell the boys...if you know you controlled your attitude, if you gave it 100 percent, then you're a winner in the things that matter," says Gil.
  • Back at home, Chad meets Erin, Katie, and Carson at the local animal shelter to look at dogs.
  • "We're going to go get a dog!" announces Erin. "I brought a box."
  • "You seriously brought a box?" Chad asks, laughing. "Honey, we're just looking for a dog, just looking, not necessarily going to get one. 
  • Carson absolutely loves dogs and often walks around the house "woofing" and panting, according to Erin. "It's so cute--why are you laughing?" Erin asks Chad. "I'm laughing because your brothers and sisters taught him how to pant like a dog and woof."

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Three Pointers and Puppies

An all-new episode of Bringing Up Bates is coming your way in less than four hours!

Tune in to UP at 8pm ET/7pm CT for two reruns and then at 9pm ET/8pm CT for the main event, "Three Pointers and Puppies."

Scroll down for the complete schedule and one final sneak peek video. You're going to love Callie and Ellie's responses when asked what kind of pet they would like to have!

Thursday, September 22
8pm: From the Couch: Bates Go To Florida
8:30pm: You Can't Spell Paintball without PAIN
9pm: Three Pointers and Puppies (NEW)
The Bates boys are going to basketball camp. How will these homeschoolers do when they enter into organized sports for the first time? In true Bates fashion, a competition emerges between the brothers to see who comes home an MVP. Meanwhile, Erin and Chad Paine are expecting baby Brooklyn any day now, but they're already thinking about adding another member to the family - a new puppy! Will they find a four legged pal to bring home?
9:30pm: From the Couch: Bates Go To Florida 
10pm: Three Pointers and Puppies
10:30pm: You Can't Spell Paintball without PAIN

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bates Boys' Unconventional B-Ball Skills

If you're looking for a good laugh after a long day of work, you'll definitely want to take a look at this sneak peek video. As they watch their boys play on organized basketball teams for the first time, Gil and Kelly Bates share some of the "unconventional" tactics that their sons have learned over the years. Can you relate?

Tune in to UP tomorrow at 8pm ET/7pm CT for an all-new episode of Bringing Up Bates.

Photo/video courtesy of UP