Sunday, March 18, 2018

Evan Learns a Trade

We know you all enjoy seeing photos of the courting couples. We shared a new snapshot of Josie Bates and Kelton Balka last Sunday, and now we have one of Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart. As many of you know, Kelton is a plumber and works with his uncle in Knoxville. But what about Evan?

At 22 years old, Evan is currently living north of Nashville and going to school to be an electrician. Now, when a Bates couple embarks on a fixer upper project (which Zach and Whitney Bates recently did), they will have access to both a plumber and an electrician!

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart courting
Evan and Carlin

Photo courtesy Bates

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bates Fan File 711

Hope your weekend is off to a good start. This week's Bringing Up Bates Fan File was ready last night (UP graciously does all the graphics and editing) but I was too tuckered out from a long week to post it. The video is embedded below. Stay tuned for exclusive photos and details from Tori's dress fitting.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Friday, March 16, 2018

Bates Go Skiing in CO

Lawson Bates and Nathan Bates skiing Granby Colorado
 Lawson Bates and Nathan Bates, Granby Ranch 2018

This week, some of the Bates are at Granby Ranch in Granby, Colorado, enjoying a ski vacation. And their good friends the Duggars are there, as well!

The Bates family went skiing for the first time last year at Virginia's Massanuten Resort, and now they're ready to take on the Rockies.

Bates family, skiing in Virginia 2017

Photos courtesy, UP

Thursday, March 15, 2018

'Big Decision, Bigger Opinions' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Big Decision, Bigger Opinions"

  • The entire family is in town, so they all gather at Norris Dam for an outdoor dinner. While setting up the food, Gil comes across a stack of envelopes. He tries to keep them a secret, but Kelly and Erin are onto him.
  • Kelly can’t contain herself. “What is that?” she demands. “Just give me mine, please!” An engagement? A new baby? Or maybe Nathan or Lawson have girlfriends?
  • “I knew right away when the cards went out that this wasn’t ours,” says Zach. “At least I looked at Whitney real sure, and ya, she was sure. And Erin’s already pregnant.”
  • Inside the envelopes is a card with a poem: “10 little fingers, 10 little toes, 2 little eyes, 1 little nose. Put them together and what do you got? Our baby on the way, ready or not! Due April 2018.” Alyssa is pregnant and due just a few weeks before Erin!
  • “I’m not going to lie, I was very surprised when I found out that I was pregnant again,” says Alyssa. “I am excited, but it did take me a little bit to be like, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m pregnant again. I’m having a third kid.’”
  • “When the announcement came, a lot of people were secretly hoping, maybe this is Michael making an announcement here,” says Zach. “That’s gotta be so hard.”
  • Alyssa had shared the news with Michael ahead of time by phone. “She was just really sweet and sensitive to call ahead of time knowing everything we’ve been going through,” says Michael. “And we were just really tickled for them.”
  • Before the Bates leave the park, Kelly reminds the girls not to overwhelm Tori with too many opinions while she is trying on wedding dresses.
  • The next day, the ladies arrive at Renee’s shop for goodies and girl time. Tori has her hair and makeup done while the other girls try on bridesmaids dresses. “For me being a sister-in-law, it’s just really special that Tori included me,” says Whitney.
  • The bridesmaids gowns are gorgeous. Renee has sewn three different styles (all long length) in the same color (a beautiful shade of purple). Each girl chooses the style they want to wear.
  • After Tori is all dolled up, she starts trying on bridal gowns. The first dress is fitted, has long sleeves, and is lacy with a champagne-colored layer underneath.
  • “I’ve been to those wedding dress fittings, and, hey, I’ve tried to tell them, you try on one you like, don’t try on another,” says Lawson. “That’s just like, if you find a girl you like, stick with her. The shopping is over.” Nathan agrees.
  • The second dress is similar but is pure white and has a heavier lace. Most of the ladies strongly prefer this dress over the previous one, but Tori prefers the first. She tries on another pure white gown, but she still really loves the first dress.
  • Tori ends up choosing the first dress, with a few small changes. “Looking up there at her and seeing my little tomboy Tori, and I’m thinking, ‘Where did the years go? She’s fixin’ to get married!’” says Kelly.

Tori's Dress Day (Tonight)

Are you all set to watch tonight's new episode? The show opens with a Bates family get together. The Keilens are in from Chicago, and the Websters are visiting from Florida.

Michael Keilen, Brandon Keilen, Lexi Mae Webster
Michael Bates Keilen, Brandon Keilen, Lexi Mae Webster

When Gil comes across a stack of envelopes, he knows that someone is about to reveal some exciting news. 

 Erin Bates Paine and Gil Bates

Is someone pregnant? Engaged? Or dating? 

Zach Bates, Whitney Bates, Alyssa Bates Webster

The following day, the ladies head to Kentucky to choose Tori's wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses.

Alyssa Webster, Whitney Bates, Tori Bates, Kelly Bates
 Alyssa Webster, Whitney Bates, Tori Bates, Kelly Bates

Tori Bates
Tori Bates

When it comes time for Tori to unveil the bridal gowns that Renee Miller has designed, some of the sisters are tempted to peek before she's ready.

 Alyssa Webster and Josie Bates

What a beautiful bride Tori will be!

Tori Bates wedding dress shopping

Tori Bates wedding dress shopping

Photos courtesy of UP