Monday, February 20, 2017

Kelly's Childhood Pranks

"The kids' favorite part of the whole trip...was mom telling about all the trouble she got in as a kid."
-Lawson Bates

Coming up this Thursday on Bringing Up Bates, Kelly Bates gives the family a tour of her childhood home. Her children find it interesting to see where their mom group up, but they especially enjoy hearing about one of the pranks she used to play on her siblings. Kelly Jo was certainly a sneaky little girl!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Southern Speak: Remote or Clicker

What's your vote? Is it a remote, a clicker, or something else? Watch the video below to hear what Erin Paine, Lawson Bates, Kelly Bates, Jackson Bates, Gil Bates, and Trace Bates say it's called.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Jackson and Addee's Double Birthday

 Jackson Bates and Addallee Bates

It's another double Bates birthday! Just two weeks after Trace Bates and Jeb Bates celebrated their birthdays on February 1st, Jackson Bates and Addallee Bates are also turning one year older. Jackson is 15, while Addallee is 11.

As the 12th of 19 children, Jackson is often referred to as Zach's twin. The family claims the two look and act alike, and they both enjoy learning about history and reading books. Jackson is also talented at drawing.

Addallee is #15 in the Bates family lineup and has two brothers and two sisters below her. The Bates love how thoughtful she is towards others. Weighing only 4 lbs 13 oz when she returned home from the NICU, Addee was the smallest Bates baby. Surprisingly, she claims that her favorite food is salad.

 Addallee Bates

Jackson Bates

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Shakeups, Steak, and Showtime' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Shakeups, Steak, and Showtime!"

  • Lawson is thrilled to receive a bunch of copies of his new CD. “When you finally get a mastered product on a disk, that’s something special, and being able to bring it in and show the family, it’s a really cool moment,” says the budding country musician. “When the boxes showed up at the door, I was just praising the Lord.”
  • Lawson is preparing for a big charity concert in Knoxville benefiting the East Tennessee Children’s hospital.
  • Zach and Whitney drop Bradley and Kaci off at the family’s house so they can go on a dinner date. It’s their first time eating at Ye Olde Steak House, the restaurant where Gil and Kelly used to order celebratory meals from when they had a baby.
  • The “little” Bates couple will soon celebrate their three-year wedding anniversary. Zach has recently switched from night shifts to day shifts. Bradley always waits eagerly by the door for his dad to come home.
  • “Do you remember though when we first got married and you asked me if you could be a cop?” Whitney asks Zach. “I was like, ‘No, you can’t be a cop; no way.’ Now I can’t imagine you doing anything different.”
  • “I’m loving my job, but more than anything, I love having a family,” shares Zach.
  • Emily Ann Roberts is unable to make it to the charity concert, so Lawson asks Carlin to sing Emily Ann's parts. Carlin says there is no way she can fill Emily Ann’s shoes, but Lawson believes in her.
  • It’s the evening of the show, and the music is scheduled to start in 45 minutes. The computer system goes down, and the family members and friend who are helping are having difficulty scanning the tickets.
  • “There was a little bit of confusion,” says Kelly. “A little bit of confusion?” responds Gil. “Maybe a lot of confusion,” corrects Kelly.
  • The show finally starts, and the fans are hyped up. Lawson is disappointed when he forgets the words to one of his songs, but he quickly moves past it. “Mess-ups happen, but taking it light and watching people’s reactions, making sure they’re enjoying themselves, I think is a lot more important than perfection,” says Lawson.
  • Lawson and Carlin’s “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” duet ends up sounding great.
  • At the end of the concert, Lawson brings AJ and two other kids from the children’s hospital up on stage to sing “Jesus Loves Me.”
  • “Here are little kids that are very sick,” says proud father Gil. “They have been through some of the hardest times in life, and yet, they’re there to sing a song to encourage us. It was a moving moment.”
  • “I can’t even begin to say how proud I was of Lawson,” says Zach. “The hardest person in the world to impress is your big brother, and Lawson has impressed me above and beyond.”

A Concert and a Date Night

A new episode of Bringing Up Bates is coming your way in less than six hours! It kicks off at 9pm ET/8pm CT on UP.

As they show opens, Lawson Bates receives a bunch of copies of his new CD, "What Country Means to Me." The family rejoices with him as he opens the boxes and reflects on the hundreds of hours of work that went into creating the album.

Zach and Whitney Bates drop their kids off with the family and head to Ye Old Steak House for a date night. They reflect on all that has happened in just three years of marriage.

When the night of the show rolls around, Lawson becomes nervous when a few hiccups cause things to go less smoothly than expected.

In an emotional moment, Lawson is joined by three of his little friends from the children's hospital, who help him sing a round of "Jesus Loves Me." The crowd is in tears, especially proud dad Gil Bates. 

Lawson honors children's hospital patient AJ, whose family has become close friends of the Bates.

Despite her trepidation, Carlin Bates agrees to join Lawson on stage for a duet.

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