Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Keilens Love Christmas

"[Christmas] is busy with all the gifts and the shopping....but when you finally settle down and it's Christmas week, it's always a really special time."
-Michaella Bates Keilen

This will be the second Christmas that Michael and Brandon Keilen will celebrate as a married couple. They share in the video below that they are looking forward to making an ornament out of the stump of their first Christmas tree. Have you ever made a Christmas tree stump ornament?

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Magic with the Little Bates Clan

"Christmas is my favorite time of year, always has been."
-Whitney Bates

Zach and Whitney Bates adore Christmas, and they aren't afraid to show it. They are looking forward to experiencing the magic of the season with Bradley and Kaci Lynn and telling them all about the meaning behind the holiday. Whitney also loves baking Christmas cookies and watching Christmas movies.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Bates Love Christmas Music

When do you start playing Christmas music? After Thanksgiving? On December 1st? In the video below, Gil and Kelly Bates admit that their family cranks up the festive tunes in October.

Now that four of the19 children are married and have to balance time with their in-laws, the Bates family doesn't always celebrate Christmas on December 25th, but Gil and Kelly say they don't mind at all. "It's a special time, no matter when we celebrate it," said Kelly in a recent interview with UP.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bates Thanksgiving Photos

How did the Bates celebrate Thanksgiving? Everyone met in South Carolina for the annual family lunch with Gil's parents--Papa Bill and Mama Jane--and siblings. The four married Bates were also able to spend time with their spouse's relatives. Here are a few snapshots:

 Cousins Bradley Bates, Allie Jane Webster, and Carson Paine

 Michaela and Brandon Keilen 

Michael and Brandon share a meal with Brandon's family

 Erin and Chad spend time with Chad's family

 Alyssa Webster, John Webster, and Allie Jane Webster

 Allie Jane Webster

Zach Bates, Whitney Bates, Bradley Bates, and Kaci Bates

Photos courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates, Alyssa and John Webster,,

Paines Head to OK for Christmas

Erin and Chad Paine are looking forward to Christmas, but they aren't too ecstatic about driving all the way to Oklahoma with two babies, as you can tell from Erin's facial expression above. Hear from the young parents in the video below.

Photo/video courtesy of UP