Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bates Around the World: Erin and Whitney

"To me it looks like a dead frog, and if it tastes like that, I'm going to throw up."
-Erin Bates Paine

Are you enjoying the new Bates Around the World video series? In this clip, sisters-in-law Erin Paine and Whitney Bates try candies from Mexico, Finland, the United Kingdom, and China...and their reactions are priceless. Have you had any of the treats that they are sampling?

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Culinary Double Date

"Ever since I got married, I really fell in love with cooking. ...It's relaxing"
-Erin Paine

"I learned to cook because I love food."
-Zach Bates

Siblings Zach Bates and Erin (Bates) Paine both enjoy being creative in the kitchen, although their reasons are quite different. Eager for an excuse to go out on a double date, they convince their spouses to take a culinary class at The Cutting Edge Classroom in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee. Check out this promo video for tomorrow's new episode.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bates Learn the Basics

It's a week of learning for the Bates clan. Judson Bates and Jeb Bates have had their fun, and now its the girls' turn to practice self-defense moves with the jiu-jitsu instructor. Later, Gil Bates decides that his younger drives need to know basic vehicle mechanics, since the Bates own a lot of "mature cars," as Nathan puts it. And during a double date, Erin Paine and Zach Bates impress their love of meal preparation on Whitney Bates and Chad Paine during a cooking class. Check out the promo videos below.

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Grand-Bates #4 Turns 1

Happy 1st birthday, Kaci Lynn Bates! Click here to see a slideshow of photos from her birth.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Bates Father's Day Photos

There are a lot of dads in the Bates family! Let's take a moment to honor each one. There's Gil, faithful husband to Kelly and father of 19.

 Gil Bates and Lawson Bates

Then there's Papa Bill, husband to Mama Jane and father of Gil, Greg, and Jennifer. 

Papa Bill and Mama Jane Bates

Kelly's father, Ken Callaham, passed away 14 years ago but still holds a special place in Kelly Bates' heart. 

 Kelly Jo Callaham and father Ken

 Kelly Jo Callaham and father Ken

Chad Paine is the devoted husband to Erin (Bates) Paine and father of Carson Paine and Brooklyn Paine.

 Chad, Carson, and Brooklyn

Zach Bates is the oldest Bates child and now has a wife, Whitney, and two children of his own.

 Zach Bates, Bradley Bates, and Kaci Lynn Bates

Down in Florida, John Webster is fearlessly leading his three girls, wife Alyssa (Bates) Webster and daughters Allie Jane Webster and Lexi Mae Webster.

The Websters with Papa Bill and Mama Jane

And even though he's not a Bates, here is a photo of Whitney's own father.

Bradley Bates and his maternal grandfather

Photos courtesy of Gil and Kelly Bates, Zach and Whitney Bates,,, Alyssa and John Webster, UP

Friday, June 16, 2017

Tori and Bobby on Engagement Rings

"I am ecstatic that Bobby even thought of the idea of moving out here..."
-Kelly Bates

Tori Bates and boyfriend Bobby Smith say they are planning to wait until after Tori graduates next year to tie the knot, but some of the Bates predict that their plans will chance. In this deleted scene from yesterday's episode, the courting couple goes on a double date with Gil and Kelly...and the conversation turns to engagement rings!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

'Bobby's Movin' In' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Bobby's Movin' In"

  • Tori and Josie return from spending their spring break in Florida with Bobby, and Bobby comes back with them to start looking for a job in Tennessee. Gil and Kelly are eager to help, but they might have ulterior motives.
  • “My parents…if they sense the tiniest opportunity that they can keep their daughter here and add you, they go in full-on salesman mode, and they can make this area sound a lot like heaven, maybe even a little bit better,” says Zach.
  • Later, Kelly and Katie take Judson and Jeb to a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class so they can learn how to rough-house safely.
  • “Me and Jeb were a little nervous about fighting,” says Judson. “I wasn’t,” retorts Jeb. “You don’t know what nervous means,” Judson responds. 
  • Meanwhile, Gil takes Bobby to the new church building, which is still under construction. “Planting a church a few years ago was an endeavor we never anticipated,” says Gil. He offers Bobby, who will graduate in two months with a ministry degree, a position helping at the church.
  • Gil also sits Bobby down and asks what his plans are for his relationship with Tori. They both agree that an engagement conversation will happen soon. “I just cleaned my shotgun real nice,” Gil jokes.
  • That evening, Gil and Kelly take Tori and Bobby out on a double date. “I can picture them being a happily married couple one day,” says Kelly. “It’s hard for Daddy to picture only because he doesn’t want to do the parting thing.”
  • “His dad jokes make him unintimidating because he’s just…corny,” Tori says of her father. 
  • Bobby shares that some folks at the fire department have offered up their camper as an apartment for him. Kelly jumps on that opportunity and lines up a meeting.
  • The camper is beautiful, and everyone, especially Tori, is thrilled that it’s looking like Bobby is going to be moving to Tennessee.    

Tonight: Bobby's Movin' In

Just finished previewing tonight's show, and it's a good one! This week's all-new episode of Bringing Up Bates premieres in less than three hours. Scroll down for showtimes, snapshots, and a promo video, and be sure to come back to the blog later this evening for our recap.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 
8pm ET/7pm CT: Blessings...And New Beginnings?
8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT: Road Trip Romance
9pm ET/8pm CT: Bobby's Movin' In (NEW)
Bobby and Tori are making plans for the future! After he graduates from college, Bobby is hoping to move from Florida to Tennessee to be closer to Tori. Before he makes a final decision, he heads to Knoxville to interview for jobs and look for a place to live. And in an effort to add a little structure to Jud and Jeb's roughhousing, Kelly Jo takes the boys to a martial arts class. Later, Bobby and Tori discuss their future timeline with Gil and Kelly Jo over dinner. Is an engagement on the horizon?
 9:30pm ET/8:30pm CT: Doctor's Orders
10pm ET/9pm CT: Brandon Pops the Question
10:30pm ET/9:30pm CT: Shakeups, Steaks, and Showtime

Gil shows Bobby the new church (The Bates are still remodeling and have not yet moved in)

Gil and Kelly Bates

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith

Kelly Bates and Katie Bates take Judson Bates and Jeb Bates 
to a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class

Tori and Bobby

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jud and Jeb Take Self-Defense

In the sneak peek video below, Judson Bates, 6, and Jeb Bates, 5, visit a local martial arts studio to learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu. As you can imagine, they are ecstatic, and Kelly wishes she had enrolled all her kids in self-defense classes.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Kaci Lynn's 1-Year Photo Shoot

Another Bates grandchild is approaching her one-year milestone, which means it's time for a photo shoot and cake smash! Zach and Whitney Bates took Kaci Lynn Bates to Taryn Yager's at-home studio and had some beautiful pictures made. Kaci turns one next Tuesday. 

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Tasty Treats? Jackson, Warden, and Isaiah Decide

The Bates Around the World video series continues, as Jackson Bates, Warden Bates, and Isaiah Bates try treats from Mexico, Korea, and China. Are you an adventurous eater?

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Bobby Moves to TN

Tori Bates' relationship with Bobby Smith is getting serious. Now that Bobby has graduated college and Tori only has one year left, it's time for the couple to start making plans. Coming up this week on Bringing Up Bates, Bobby comes to Tennessee to scope the place out and see about finding a job.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Bates Photos from a Fan

A few weeks ago, Lawson Bates played a benefit concert in Lincolnton, North Carolina. A loyal reader named Christina, who attended with her sister and best friend, sent photos for us to share on our blog. She told us that she found the Bates to be some of the sweetest people she has ever met.

 with Gil and Kelly Bates

 with Lawson Bates

 with Carlin Bates and Lawson Bates

 with Carlin Bates

Thursday, June 8, 2017

'Road Trip Romance' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Road Trip Romance"

  • Carlin drives more than three hours to visit boyfriend Evan Stewart just outside Nashville, Tennessee. Katie goes along as a chaperone. “I picked Katie to come with me because she’s really bubbly, and it was a chance for us to get to hang out, since I’m always at school,” says Carlin.
  • After dinner with his family, Evan takes Carlin and Katie to his older sister Ashley’s house. She and husband Daniel are pregnant with their second child. (Evan has four sisters and one brother.)
  • Daniel plays piano while Evan and Carlin sing a duet to a song Evan wrote about loving again after your heart has been broken. Carlin says she can relate to the song, although she is a bit nervous to sing in front of Evan’s family, who have a little family gospel group.
  • Evan takes Carlin, Josie, and two of his siblings to Rocketown in downtown Nashville to take skateboarding lessons.
  • Katie decides to sit on the sidelines and be entertained, but she is soon joined by Carlin, who has twisted her ankle. “If you get joy out of watching people fall, this is the best sport ever,” says Carlin.
  • “To sum it all up, they all should have listened to the wise Katie,” announces Katie.
  • Later, Carlin and Katie join in on a birthday celebration with Evan’s family at another sister’s house.
  • Evan’s parents, Paul and Denese Stewart, sit down with them and ask about their relationship. “I really care about Carlin more than I’ve ever cared about any other girl in the world,” says Evan. “So I’m just anxious to see what the Lord does.”
  • “I think it’s going great,” says Denese. “I know they’re taking it slow, and we’re just praying that it will continue to grow. And they might marry one day. We’ll just see.”
  • Back in Rocky Top, Zach, Whitney, Warden, and Lawson take Jackson driving. “Jackson had called me and wanted me to take him driving, which was super special to me, just the special bond that we’ve had growing up together,” says Zach.
  • Jackson has done some driving on the family’s property, so he turned out to be a smooth driver. “I’m super proud of Jackson, just watching him mature and grow up,” says Zach.

Tonight: Road Trip Romance

Tune in to Bringing Up Bate--tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT on UP--for a little road trip romance. The episode summary is on our Showtimes page, and snapshots and a promo video are embedded below. Be sure to come back to our blog tonight for a recap of the show.

Carlin Bates visits boyfriend Evan Stewart and his family...

Carlin and Evan take their chaperones on a skating outing...

Evan shows the Bates around his town...

Back home, Jackson tries for his learner's permit.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Driving Lessons? Not in My Car...

"I look around, and I'm like, 'Well I can't take my car because obviously you've never driven before. There's Lawson's car! Jackson, Let's go driving.'"
-Zach Bates

While Carlin and Katie Bates visit Carlin's boyfriend in Nashville, Zach and Whitney Bates take Jackson Bates driving for the first time. Needless to say, Lawson Bates isn't too thrilled when his oldest brother chooses his car as the test vehicle. An all-new episode of Bringing Up Bates airs tomorrow on UP. Check out the promo video below.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Boyfriend or Boy Friend?

"He's a boy slash friend, as Dad would say."
-Jackson Bates

Does Carlin have a boyfriend, or is he just a boy friend? This week on Bringing Up Bates, you'll see Carlin Bates and chaperone Katie Bates head to Nashville to spend time with Evan Stewart and his family. Things are getting serious, and a courtship could be on the horizon.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Photo of the Webster Gals

Last weekend, Alyssa (Bates) Webster was in a wedding in Tennessee with sister Michaela (Bates) Keilen. While they were there, photographer friend Taryn Yager snapped some photos of Alyssa and her baby girls. Aren't they a sweet little trio?

Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster, and Lexi Webster

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