Monday, November 20, 2017

Bates Band Practice

 Emily Ann Roberts, Carlin Bates, and Lawson Bates with Lawson's band

Lawson and his crew are working hard to prepare for their upcoming Christmas concert on December 9th. (Click here for details and ticket information.) Will you be attending?

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Keilens in November

Happy Sunday! We know you love the Keilens, so we want to share a new photo with you.

Michael and Brandon Keilen

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Bates Look Forward to Christmas

 Whitney Bates and Kaci Bates, Christmas 2016

What are you most looking forward to about the holidays? Gil and Kelly Bates share one of their favorite parts of Christmas in the video clip below. With so many schedules to coordinate as their older kids are marrying off, the Bates don't always celebrate on December 25th, but rest assured there will be a big Bates Christmas bash at some point!

Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates; video courtesy of UP

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lawson and Nathan Fly to Florida

Today, Lawson Bates and Nathan Bates took a trip down to Florida, but rather than catch a commercial airliner or hop in a car, they flew themselves. Nathan, a licensed pilot, has been showing Lawson the ropes of flying a plane. The brothers landed near Orlando and paid a visit to Alyssa and John Webster, who are expecting daughter No. 3 in April.

Nathan Bates and Lawson Bates

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1 Cute Puppy--Hold the Fleas

"It was adorable, and I went to hold it, and I'm cuddling it and petting it. And I look down, and fleas are crawling all over me!"
-Kelly Bates

Who can forget this memorable Bates clip? Just before Brooklyn Paine's August 2016 arrival, Erin and Chad Paine added another member to the family: Max the puppy. He was a sweet little rescue dog, but the critters that came with him weren't so sweet (see video below).

And speaking of dogs, Zach and Whitney caved and bought their kids a furry friend last month.

Photo/video courtesy of UP