Sunday, August 18, 2019

Bates Attend Paine Wedding

If you have been a long-time fan of the Bates family, you have probably seen photos and footage of Abby Paine, one of Chad's nine siblings. Although she is from Oklahoma, she has spent a significant amount of time in Rocky Top in recent years as Kelly's homeschooling assistant/tutor.

Yesterday, Abby married Jeremiah (Jay) Unruh in Oklahoma City. Some of the Bates attended the wedding. Erin Paine, Tori Smith, Carson Paine, and Brooklyn Paine were in the wedding party. 

Kelly Bates, Abby, Jay, Gil Bates
Kelly Bates, Abby, Jay, Gil Bates

Trace Bates and girlfriend Chaney

Gil Bates, Brooklyn Paine, Carson Paine

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Bates Now Returning Fall 2019

We have some good news and some not-so-good news. The good news is that UPtv just released a fun Bates promo video that you are sure to enjoy. The not-so-good news is that Bringing Up Bates is now slated to return this fall, rather than at the end of summer. We will keep you updated and will let you know as soon as an exact date is announced.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Keilens Celebrate 4 Years

Has it really been four years since we watched the beautiful wedding of Michael Bates and Brandon Keilen? Happy anniversary, Keilens! For fun, we have included a video of the two newlyweds on their Montana honeymoon.

Michaela and Brandon Keilen
Michaela and Brandon Keilen
Michaela Keilen and Brandon Keilen

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

3-9: Boys vs. Girls

Kelly Bates and Everly Paine
Kelly Bates and Everly Paine
2019 is shaping up to be the year of baby girls, for both the Bates and their close friends the Duggars. In the Duggar family, Jessa delivered Ivy in May, and Anna, Lauren, and Kendra are all due with baby girls in November. In the Bates clan, Josie had Willow last month, and Erin and Whitney are expecting baby girls in December and November.

By the end of the year, Gil and Kelly Bates will have 12 grandchildren--nine girls and only three boys. The girls are Allie Webster, Kaci Bates, Brooklyn Paine, Lexi Webster, Zoey Webster, Everly Paine, Willow Balka, Khloe Eileen Bates, and Holland Grace Paine, and the boys are Bradley Bates, Carson Paine, and Kade Smith.

The Duggars are slightly more boy heavy, but not by much. They have nine grandsons, seven granddaughters, and one still to be revealed (John and Abbie's child).

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Kade Turns 9 Months Old

Robert "Kade" Ellis Smith IV, is nine months old today. Time sure has flown by--it feels like proud parents Tori and Bobby Smith were just sharing the first photo of their son, and here he is approaching his first birthday. Below are two pictures, a new one and a newborn one, so you can see how much he has changed.

Kade Smith, (almost) 9 months old
Kade Smith
Kade Smith, newborn

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Photos courtesy of Bobby and Tori Smith