Friday, January 19, 2018

Bates Updates January 2018

As always, the Bates have been busy! With such a large family, it can be difficult to keep track of all the things they are doing. Here are a few updates:
  • Zach and Whitney Bates are still working on their fixer upper house. They just chose cabinets and countertops, so they're making progress.
  • As most of you know, Erin Bates Paine and Alyssa Bates Webster are both expecting their third babies in April.
  • Trace Bates started his new semester at Crown College yesterday.
  • Katie Bates is in her last semester of high school and started dual enrollment classes at Crown.
  • Josie Bates graduated cosmetology school last semester and passed the licensing exam. She recently had a job interview.
  • Tori and Bobby Smith are living in an apartment near the family. Tori graduates in May, and we can finally reveal their plans: They will be moving to the Nashville area. Bobby has accepted a job at a church called Bible Baptist (same name as Gil's church but no affiliation), and Tori hopes to use her teaching degree to be involved at a nearby Christian school.
  • Tori starts student teaching on Monday. She has been placed in a first grade classroom.
  • Lawson Bates has been in Nashville 4-5 days per week working on music.
  • Nathan Bates spends his time doing tree work, teaching flying lessons, and doing mission work. He and Lawson are currently on a mission trip.
Artwork courtesy of UP

The Bates' Guest Quarters

Tour the Bates house

"When Gil says to somebody, 'Let me give you a tour of the house,' the first thing that goes through my mind is...there's probably a mess."
-Kelly Bates

When Bobby's parents drive him up to Rocky Top, Gil and Kelly Bates realize that it's their first visit to the house and insist on giving them a tour. If you've been a long-time viewer of the show, you've seen the family's bedrooms, but you probably haven't seen the guest quarters (video below).

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Thursday, January 18, 2018

'Bobby's Happy Camper' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Bobby's Happy Camper"

  • “I’m extremely excited that Bobby is finally moving here,” says Tori. “Life is just going to be grand. Everything is going to be easy. Well, not really, but I like to think so.”
  • Here's Judson's take on the situation: “Bobby’s moving up to Tennessee so he can marry [Tori] and so he can engage her and so he can (makes kissing motions with his hands).”
  • Zach and Whitney meet Tori at the camper, owned by a friend, that Bobby will be staying in before the wedding. 
  • Later, Erin and Chad stop by to help Tori make welcome signs. One says, “Welcome to Tennessee, God’s Country,” and the other says, Bobby, this is my commitment to you: I will pamper you in your camper. Both have colorful doodles on them. 
  • Josie and Jackson bring Kelton over so he can take a look at the leak under the kitchen sink. Kelton ends up having to fully replace the faucet. 
  • Raising girls is a bad deal, says Gil, who likely has three weddings (Tori, Carlin, and Josie) coming up in the near future. 
  • Down in Pensacola, Bobby picks up the custom ring from Jewelers Trade Shop, the store where his dad purchased his moms engagement ring. Bobby is blown away when he sees the finished product. 
  • When Bobby and his parents, Robert and Sheri Smith, finally arrive in Tennessee, Tori is on cloud nine. Theyve had to be apart for so long, says Sheri. So for him to be able to get up here and get to know the family betterits the best thing right now. 
  • As Tori helps Bobby unpack, she asks him where the ring is. I dont know what youre talking about, responds Bobby, chuckling. Whats a ring? I dont even know why wed be talking about a ring. 
  • Bobby brings his parents over to the big house and gives them a tour before they have to leave. “I don’t think I was quite prepared for the tour, and I don’t know if they were either,” says Gil, laughing. “They might be glad Bobby’s in a camper.”
  • “Whenever company is coming to the house, it’s a super big deal to my mom that the house is clean and…perfect,” says Tori.
  • The Bates are thrilled that Bobby has decided to move to Tennessee ahead of the engagement and wedding. Tori and Bobby are starting to make plans for the future, and there's always a chance that their ministry will lead them out of Knoxville after Tori graduates in May 2018.
  • “I’m really glad Bobby’s willing to make a sacrifice to really invest in us getting to know him better and him getting to know the kids better, and he really acts like he’s happy about it,” says Gil. “I’m really grateful.”

Bobby Arrives in TN

new episode of Bringing Up Bates

It's Thursday, and we all know what that means....

A brand new episode of Bringing Up Bates airs tonight at 9ET/8CT on UP. Will you be watching? Check out the promo video below.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kelton's Got Skill

"It's great to have a boyfriend that is good at everything, like Kelton is, because he's like another Chad."
-Josie Bates

Between Tori Bates' wedding and Carlin Bates' courtship, we haven't heard much from Josie Bates and her boyfriend, Kelton Balka. In the video below, Kelton, a certified plumber, puts his skills to the test by attempting to fix the kitchen sink in Bobby's RV. Will Kelton be the new Chad Paine?

Photo/video courtesy of UP