As promised in our last post, we have some neat info to share about Evan Stewart, Carlin Bates' boyfriend. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is the second youngest of six children (four girls and two boys). Since he was young, Evan and his parents and siblings have traveled as a family gospel band called His Own. Here is a video of the siblings performing a song:
Although they call each other boyfriend and girlfriend, Carlin shared on Thursday's episode that she and Evan are not yet in a courtship. In Bates terms, there is an unofficial period before courtship, during which a couple often refers to each other as boyfriend and girlfriend.
For Tori Bates and Bobby Smith, exactly one year passed between the time they started pursuing a relationship and the time Bobby asked Tori to officially start a courtship.
Just weeks before their big ski trip (shown on Thursday's episode of Bringing Up Bates) the Bates lost all their winter clothing in a fire. But in true Bates fashion, they hit the thrift stores and managed to replace it all. In the video below, you'll learn a family secret that involves a clever use for kitchen garbage bags.
Josie Bates, who turns 18 in August, is currently in cosmetology school. Did you know that she is the only Bates with naturally curly hair? When you see her with straight hair, it is because she has straightened it.
Both Carlin and Josie recently made major changes to their hair. These photos were taken just a couple months ago:
And here they are now, with their hair chopped off. The photos aren't that great, but you will see more of the girls' new hairstyles in the future. :)
At a condo at Massanutten Resort in Virginia, the Bates are
rushing to get ready for their ski lessons. Gil is the only family member who
has been skiing, so the rest of the clan is in for an adventure.
Kelly insists that the little kids wear multiple layers
under their snowsuits. “You’re going to be hot as a firecracker on July the 4th,”
Gil tells Jeb.
Just before everyone heads out the door, Kelly receives a text from Michael informing her that a mother and her daughter had fallen off a chairlift and
died the week before. The mom of 19 is very nervous for her children’s safety.
Renting skis and snowboards takes close to an hour. Most of
the family takes ski lessons, but the older boys elect to try snowboarding.
Tori’s boyfriend, Bobby Smith, joins the family on the
slopes, as does Carlin’s “special friend,” Evan. Carlin met Evan and his family
about five years ago, but it has only been a few months since the pair really started talking. (They
reconnected at a ladies banquet, where Evan was serving.) “Yes we like each other,” says Carlin. “We’re
trying to get to know each other, but there’s no official thing right now.”
Trace’s friend, Campbell Roberts, also comes along. At the
end of the trip, she insists that Trace did great.
When it comes time for everyone to ride the chairlift, Kelly
is a nervous Nelly. They all make it out alive, although Kelly has the attendant
at the top stop the lift so she can get off slowly.
Nathan arrives that evening. He has been at flight school in Mississippi, taking tests to earn his commercial pilot’s license.
The next morning, the family goes tubing, another great
adventure. “I hurt my heinie” says Judson.
That afternoon, Kelly teaches Nathan everything she learned
in ski school. “If you think you’re going to hit somebody, fall,” she tells her
son. “I got a lot of practice doing that yesterday.”
Nathan picks it up quickly. “She’s actually an incredible
teacher,” he says. “A mother that has spent her entire life teaching children
things. I would rather have nobody else give me a lesson than my mom.”
Everyone is sad when it comes time to head home. “I think skiing is a great family experience,” says Erin.
“I’m really impressed,” says Gil. “My wife was the funnest
and the funniest and the most heroic. She didn’t give up. She didn’t quit. She
even taught lessons.”
“I think we’re going back,” says Gil. “Massanutten is going
to get a mass-a-Bates.”
If you're a skier, you'll enjoy watching the Bates take on the slopes at Massanutten Resort on tonight's episode, and if you're not, you'll be eager to give it a try. Tune in to UP at 9pm ET/8pm CT for Bringing Up Bates "Mass-a-somethin.'" Scroll down to view snapshots and a promo video.
Although Kelly is a nervous Nelly and is concerned for everyone's safety, she decides to give skiing a try. (She and Gil are in white and dark green in the photo below.)
Some of the kids invite friends of the opposite gender. Carlin and her "special friend," Evan, sure do make a cute couple!
Bobby Smith, Tori's boyfriend, also comes along.
Everyone is surprised at how well the little Bates do after a short lesson.
And what's a day on the slopes without sampling the snow?
The older boys all elect to try snowboarding, while everyone else goes skiing.
During a break, the family FaceTimes with Alyssa, John, and Allie Webster, who are looking forward to the arrival of Lexi Mae Webster in just a few weeks.
"It was crazy watching my little siblings learn how to ski. Some of them were just really good at it." -Erin Bates Paine
Tomorrow on Bringing Up Bates, watch the Bates clan take on the slopes at Massanutten Resort in Virginia. It's their first time on skis, but they end up picking it up very quickly. Check out the sneak peek clip below.
Yesterday was Kaci Lynn Bates' nine-month milestone! It was also the first day of spring, and the Bates enjoyed temperatures in the mid-60s in East Tennessee.
Kaci is just three months away from her first birthday. Zach and Whitney Bates announced their second pregnancy at son Bradley Bates' first birthday party. Do you think their third child will be on the way soon?
Michaela Bates and Brandon Keilen in D.C., April 2015
This weekend, Brandon surprised Michael with a surprise trip to the East Coast to relive their engagement moments. They visited the cherry blossoms, which started blooming just in time for their arrival.
Michael and Brandon Keilen in D.C., March 2017
They also stopped by the exact spot where Brandon proposed in April 2015.
Michaela Bates Keilen and Brandon Keilen, March 2017
If you have been following our blog for a couple years, you will remember these candid photos from the proposal.
Brandon Keilen proposes to Michael Bates, April 2015
"All of the sudden, our family is almost doubled." -Gil Bates
The Bates are embarking on what could be their biggest adventure yet (video below). This super-sized family that has never been skiing is taking on the slopes at Massanuten Resort in Virginia!
Their group quickly grows when the older kids invite friends who live nearby. Tori Bates' boyfriend, Bobby Smith, also comes along, as does Carlin's friend, Evan. For those who have been asking if Carlin Bates is in a courtship, nothing has been announced, but when/if it is, we will post the announcement to our blog.
What's a doohickey? Well that's easy; a doohickey is a thingamabob! See how the Bates define it in the Southern Speak video below. Have you ever heard the word doohickey, or any of the other terms mentioned in the clip?
Are you ready for a flood of cuteness? Twenty-three-month-old Allie Jane Webster and seven-week-old Lexi Mae Webster are as cute as can be, and you can definitely tell they are sisters. Hear from them in the two clips below.
This particular video format cannot be viewed on all smart phones, so if you are unable to play it, head to a desktop or laptop computer.
Bringing Up Bates "Bike Racks, Barbers & Big Duets!"
Lawson and Nathan head to Mount Airy, North Carolina, to
prepare for Lawson’s show. Mount Airy is Andy Griffith’s hometown and
considered to be the inspiration for the Mayberry of The Andy Griffith Show.
Lawson is invited to be a guest on a local radio program. “Live
anything is really something I’ve really been trying to adjust to and get
better at,” he admits. “When it’s life…you can’t take it back. You can’t hit the
Nathan and Lawson take a tour of the town in an old squad
car. They also visit a replica of Andy Griffith’s office.
Back at home, Gil and the other boys set out to turn a big
log into a bike rack. Bikes are constantly left out in the Bates’ yard, and
they are often run over.
Everyone is extremely impressed by the finished product, and
they are equally as impressed that the Bates started and finished a project in
the same day.
“That was the most genius thing I have ever seen,” says
When the rest of the family makes it to Mount Airy, it’s
crunch time. Emily Ann Roberts arrives, and the sound check begins. Fans begin
lining up outside the historic Earle Theatre.
“I think Lawson’s stage presence has just improved so much,”
says Nathan. “It’s remarkable how much better Lawson has become.
Lawson is pleased with the way the evening turns out. “Overall,
I think the concert was a blast,” he says.
Bringing Up Bates "Bike Racks, Barbers & Big Duets!" (episode 11 of season five) premieres tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT and 10pm ET/9pm CT on UP. Tune in at 8pm ET and 8:30pm ET for reruns of "Fire Trucks and Diaper Dumps" and "Loads of Laundry and Lots of Lessons." See our Showtimes page for more details.
On this evening's show, Lawson Bates, accompanied by Nathan Bates, heads to Mount Airy, North Carolina, to prepare for a show at the historic Earle Theatre. He starts of with an on-air interview at a local radio station.
The Bates are huge fans of The Andy Griffith Show, so the guys spend the day visiting iconic Mayberry sites from the beloved TV series.
The rest of the Bates family arrives as Lawson and Nathan are wrapping up their squad car tour of the town.
Everyone helps Lawson pull together an incredible show, including duets with The Voice runner-up Emily Ann Roberts.
Tomorrow on Bringing Up Bates, the family visits the small town of Mount Airy, North Carolina. As Andy Griffith's hometown, Mount Airy is said to be the inspiration for Mayberry, the setting of The Andy Griffith Show. Lawson Bates and Nathan Bates have some fun with an old police car in the entertaining video below.
"For little kids, it's just natural...for them to be self-absorbed at that age. As parents, we have to really work on teaching them to look past themselves." -Kelly Bates
In this deleted scene from Thursday's episode (click here to read our recap), Gil and Kelly Bates show their younger children the toys Kelly purchased for families who lost everything in the Gatlinburg fires. The parents of 19 use this as a teaching moment to demonstrate to their kiddos how to find ways to reach out to others.
Bringing Up Bates "Loads of Laundry and Lots of Lessons"
The Bates are staying at a local hotel while their house is
aired out. They have two, two-bedroom suites. “I think the initial
thought of staying at a hotel was, ‘This is going to be fun,’” says Gil. “But
about 48 hours into it, this is not the vacation we were thinking about.”
Managing laundry and meals while living in a hotel proves to
be a difficult task for the super-sized Bates family, but they are grateful
that the damage to their house was minor and that no lives were lost.
“In the long run, life could have been a whole lot harder,”
says Gil. “You know, like the fires in Gatlinburg. Our little problems were
really nothing compared to what other people were facing.”
As they continue to teach Judson and Jeb about the dangers
of fire, Gil and Kelly, along with Lawson, take the boys up to Gatlinburg to
see the shell of a home that was destroyed in the Gatlinburg forest fire, which happened at the same time as the Bates’ house fire. “I want that to be a
picture that you guys remember every time you’re tempted to disobey,” Kelly tells
her two youngest sons as they stand there looking at the house.
The Gatlinburg fire, believed to be started by two
juveniles, killed 14 people, injured approximately 150 individuals, and destroyed
more than 1,700 structures.
Gil, Kelly, Lawson, Judson, and Jeb bring gifts to a family
that lost everything in the Gatlinburg fire. “We went there to teach our
children a lesson, thinking we’re going to be a blessing," shares Gil. “...I wasn’t just Jud and Jeb that learned a lesson. I think more than them,
me and Kelly learned a lesson. And that family was a great testimony of going
through difficult times, staying close as a family, and having the right
Later, Gil and the boys head over to the newly purchased
church building to make plans for construction. “It’s really little, and it
needs a lot of work,” says Trace, “But it’s just so awesome, now we’ve actually
got our own church building.”
Back at their house, the Bates accept a delivery of
their emergency clothes that had been professionally cleaned. They walk through
the second floor, sniffing everything, to make sure the smoke odor has left. The plan is to redo the sheetrock, floor, and paint in the
To get their mind off the fire, Gil and Kelly take the
family to the ARK Encounter in Kentucky. For those who haven’t heard about the
ARK Encounter, it’s a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark that opened in 2016.
Inside the structure is a museum.
With a bunch of little kids in tow, Gil doesn’t have time to read
all the displays, so he takes picturesof just about every single one of them so he can look back at them
Between the fire, the new church building, and the tree
service, the Bates have a lot on their plate. “I don’t know how [my parents] do it,”
says Lawson. “They’re like super people.”
It's Thursday, and you know what that means! An all-new episode of Bringing Up Bates is coming your way. For a sneak peek at what the Bates have in store for viewers tonight, scroll through the snapshots below, and check out the promo video. Be sure to come back to our blog after the show for a recap.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 8pm ET/7pm CT: Sweet Home Spartanburg 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT: Fire Trucks and Diaper Dumps 9pm ET/8pm CT: Loads of Laundry and Lots of Lessons (NEW!) A
fire in the laundry room caused severe smoke damage inside
the Bates house, and the family has temporarily relocated to just two
rooms at a hotel. How will they handle their daily routine as the fire
damage is cleaned up? Later, Jeb and Judson learn important life lessons
when Gil and Kelly try to help them understand the true dangers and
consequences a fire can have. To try to get their mind off things, the Bates
the ARK Encounter. 10pm ET/9pm CT: Loads of Laundry and Lots of Lessons