Saturday, February 25, 2017

Keith the Piano Player


This week on Bringing Up Bates, Kelly took her family on a tour of her hometown--Spartanburg, South Carolina. (Click here to read our recap.) On the show, they visited her old house, her high school, and an iconic local restaurant. In this deleted scene, Kelly takes everyone to a piano store to meet a man who played piano for her dad's revival meetings.


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

'Sweet Home Spartanburg' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Sweet Home Spartanburg"
  • As part of her 50th birthday celebration, Kelly takes the family to her hometown--Spartanburg, South Carolina. They meet up with Kelly's mom (Meema) Kelly's sisters (Kay and Kim) and Gwen, a gal who lived with Kelly's family, and are able to walk through the house where Kelly and her siblings grew up. (The couple that lives there now had agreed to give them a tour.) Kelly also had a brother, Chip, who passed away.
  • Kelly admits she was the "tattletale," "brat," and "baby" of the family and that she used to sit up in a tree by the road and take detailed notes on the things she heard her siblings say and do so she could report back to her mom. She says she especially enjoyed listening in on Chip's conversations with girls that he brought home. 
  • The mom of 19 also used to sneak into the bathroom through a closet while one of her siblings was showering and dump cold water onto them.
  • After the tour, the Bates rake leaves for the couple to thank them for opening their home. They all enjoy jumping in the leaves, even Kelly and her sisters. "I think that gave us kids the first clue that they were really going back to their childhood," says Erin. The four girls also pray together.
  • Kelly was in third grade when her parents got divorced. She stayed with her mom in South Carolina, and her siblings moved to Tennessee with her dad. "It was a very difficult thing to go through, but it also made me who I am today," shares Kelly. "I think we took something that was hard, and I think all of us, children and parents, tried to learn from it and turn it into something positive."
  • After her parents' divorce, Kelly says she poured herself into her studies. She takes the family to her high school and introduces them to her two favorite teachers. "[My mom's teachers] helped develop in my mom such a love for education and learning...so to meet those people who gave her that love for learning...[we are] grateful for them because it has definitely played a role in all of our lives," says Michael.
  • One of Kelly's science teachers takes the family into a science classroom to do an experiment. 
  • "[My kids] are homeschooled, and the ones that haven't gone to college yet, they've never really sat in an actual classroom at desk, where the teacher is up front drawing on the board, so I think they were curious and interested," says Kelly. 
  • Later, the Bates head to an iconic local restaurant, The Beacon, to meet up with Kelly's childhood friends. Her best friend, whose name is also Kelly, had called a bunch of their classmates to invite them, and quite a few showed up. Kelly has tears in her eyes as she shares the impact that each of her friends had on her life.
  • Down in Florida, Alyssa and John Webster are looking forward to the arrival of Lexi Mae.

A Trip Down Memory Lane with Kelly Bates


An all-new episode of Bringing Up Bates is coming your way tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT. As part of her 50th birthday celebration, Kelly takes her family to her hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The Bates meet up with Kelly's mom and sisters and tour her old house, which reminds Kelly of all the pranks she used to play on her siblings. They also stop by Kelly's high school, visit with her two favorite teachers, and watch an exciting science experiment.

To top it all off, Kelly and her best friend, whose name is also Kelly, host an unofficial class reunion at a local restaurant. The mom of 19 speaks candidly about the impact her parents' divorce had on her. Scroll down for TV listings, snapshots, and a promo video.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 
8pm ET: I 'Donut' Know What I'd Do Without You
8:30pm ET: Shakeups, Steaks, and Showtime!
9pm ET: Sweet Home Spartanburg (NEW!)
10pm ET: Sweet Home Spartanburg








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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Preparing for Lexi Mae (Video)


"Everyone tells me that your second is so much different than your first, but this baby kicks so much and is so active that I think I'm going to have a wilder child than Allie."
-Alyssa Bates Webster

Tomorrow on Bringing Up Bates, check in with Alyssa and John Webster in Florida, as they await the birth of their second daughter. Although she struggles with morning sickness, Alyssa has made progress on updating the girls' bedroom. Allie Jane has moved into a toddler bed and vacated her crib ahead of Lexi Mae's arrival (see video below).



Photo/video courtesy of UP

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Erin the Prankster


"Probably the most practical jokes I've heard from her family are actually from this sweet little girl right here."

-Chad Paine (pointing to Erin Bates Paine)

In this entertaining webisode, the Bates discuss pranks and reveal the biggest family prankster. Would you have guessed that it's Erin? To her credit, she says she always had at least one accomplice.

Does your family pull pranks?


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