Friday, April 16, 2021

Bates Take on the Rail Runner

Kelly Bates

"This girl knows slow. She is not for fast."

-Gil Bates

What did you think of last night's new episode of Bringing Up Bates? How about a fun web exclusive video that wasn't included in the show? 

While they are at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, the Bates also ride the Rail Runner. Most of you probably know that Kelly is scared of heights and speed, so this isn't her activity of choice, but she ventures on it with her kids (video below). Would you ride the Rail Runner?

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, April 15, 2021

'Smitten in the Smokies' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Smitten in the Smokies"

  • Travis arrives in Tennessee to celebrate Katie’s birthday. “Katie loves to remind me that she’s five months older than me,” says Travis, smiling. “She loves to say I love older women…” When he arrives, he surprises Katie with a new dress and plans for a dinner date.
  • “The problem is, we’re running out of chaperones,” laughs Kelly. Katie and Travis end up choosing Addallee and Ellie.
  • Whitney and Carlin pick up the key for their storefront in Rocky Top. With help from Zach and Chad, they make plans for the space. “Honestly, the thought of a storefront baffles me,” says Carlin. “Like, no way we’re already here.” The ladies are concerned that they will grow out of this space as quickly as they grew out of the warehouse in Zach and Whitney’s backyard.
  • Later, Gil, Kelly, Lawson, Katie, and Travis take the younger kids to Gatlinburg. They ride a bus up to the ziplines at Anakeesta. Unfortunately, Judson, Jeb, and Callie don’t quite meet the 70-pound weight requirement.
  • While the rest of the group enjoys the ziplines, Kelly, Katie, and Travis take Judson, Jeb and Callie gem-mining. “Is there one that has like a ring in it?” Katie asks the employee. “I think Trav wants that one.”
  • “We all thought there was going to be a ring in Katie or Travis’,” says Callie. She and Jeb agree that that would be the perfect proposal plan. Travis says he has a year and a half left of school, but Katie hints that he might propose sooner.
  • “For me, when I’m thinking about Katie and Travis, the word engagement is something I’m just trying to pretend is way down the road, so we’ll have to see,” says Gil. “We just pray it’s a long time down the road. Let’s just say, nobody’s talked to me about it yet.”

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Ziplining with the Bates

Addallee Bates: Anything is funner when it's a competition, but it's not that fun to race against your brothers because you always pretty much lose."

Callie Bates: "It's about weight!"

Gil Bates: "Oh, no no, no. It's not just about being fatter. You have to make yourself aerodynamic."

The Bates are going on another adventure through the treetops, this time in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (Do you remember the family's visit to the high ropes course in Virginia 2017, Michael and Brandon Keilen's ziplining honeymoon, and the high ropes ladies' trip in 2019?) The younger girls are convinced that they have a disadvantage because of weight, but Gil is quick to share his opinion on the matter (video below).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

A Pool for the Websters

Zoey Webster, Alyssa Webster, Maci Webster, Allie Webster, Lexi Webster

Alyssa and John Webster just moved into a new house, after working tirelessly to fixed it up themselves, with help from some of the Bates. After renting a three-bedroom, single-story home for the first seven years of their marriage, the family of six now has tons of room to spread out. 

They have two bedrooms for the girls, a separate school room, a guest room, and even a pool. If you've ever been to the Orlando, Florida, area in summer, you know that this pool is going to bring the Websters great relief amidst the heat. Alyssa also uploaded a house tour video to YouTube. They are still unpacking and adding finishing touches, but it's looking great.

Photo courtesy of @websterforever

Monday, April 12, 2021

Celebrating Katie

Addee Bates, Ellie Bates, Katie Bates, Travis Clark

It’s the second week of Bringing Up Bates season 10, which means that this Thursday, you’ll be treated to another new episode. The summary and a promo video are below.

Bringing Up Bates: Smitten in the Smokies
Katie is Turing 20 and celebrating her special day with her boyfriend, Travis. But how is the young couple navigating their relationship in the age of COVID? Meanwhile, the Bates Sisters Boutique decides to purchase a storefront and makes plans to renovate the space. Later, Katie, Travis, Gil, Kelly, Lawson, Isaiah, and some of the younger kids head to the Smoky Mountains for some outdoor birthday fun, but will a gem mining adventure reveal a surprise proposal?

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv