Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tori's Engagement Tonight

Tonight's new episode starts in just one hour! Catch a first glimpse in the video below, and come back to the blog after the show airs for our recap.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Triple Bates Date

Tori Bates, Carlin Bates, Josie Bates

Tomorrow's one-hour special of Bringing Up Bates is all about Tori and Bobby.

The engagement ring is burning a hole in Bobby's pocket, but he still hasn't come up with the perfect proposal plan, so he turns to Gil and Kelly for advice. Later, the three newest Bates couples (Tori Bates and Bobby Smith; Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart; and Josie Bates and Kelton Balka) head out on the town for a triple date.

Tori and Bobby, Josie and Kelton, Carlin and Evan Bates couples

Photographer friend Taryn Yager joins the couples for a photo shoot.

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith

But that's not all. As we saw in the preview clip earlier today, Bobby has another surprise up his sleeve. A little while later, Bobby surprises Tori during the school day and takes her on a special adventure that might just end with a ring!

Photos courtesy of UP,

Proposal Day is Here!

Tori Bates

The day that Tori Bates has been waiting for since boyfriend Bobby Smith moved to Tennessee has finally arrived! Bobby surprises his girl during the school day, when she least expects it. Erin Paine and Carlin Bates are standing by to do Tori's hair and makeup before the future Mr. and Mrs. embark on an adventure that ends with a beautiful, diamond ring!

You won't want to miss this hour-long episode. Tune in to UP tomorrow at 9pm ET/8pm CT.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Meet Kelton Balka

Josie Bates courtship with Kelton Balka

As most of you know, Josie Bates recently entered into a courtship with Kelton Balka. The courtship "proposal," which will be aired on an upcoming episode of Bringing Up Bates, came at the end of an eventful day spent with Josie and Kelton's parents (Gil, Kelly, and Kelton's father). The group went ice skating, among other activities.

The big moment took place at Emerts Covered Bridge in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Kelton and Josie met a few years ago at Kelton's sister's piano recital, as Erin Paine was the instructor. (Erin the matchmaker was also involved in setting up Carlin and Evan.)

A 2017 college graduate, Kelton has a degree in finance from Pensacola Christian College and is also a certified plumber. He works in his uncle's plumbing business in his hometown of Knoxville and is the oldest of five siblings (three boys and two girls). His mother tragically passed away nine years ago, soon after giving birth to the youngest.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

'Somebody's In Trouble'

Kelly Bates and Tori Bates

"Whoever found this picture...they did not get brownie points here. Somebody's in trouble."
-Kelly Bates

In this clip, Kelly Bates and Tori (Bates) Smith scroll through several candid photos of themselves and come up with captions. One photo in particular makes Kelly cringe.

Photo/video courtesy of UP