Monday, July 16, 2018

Josie the Hairdresser


"I know she's really good at it, they say, but I was a little nervous."
-Trace Bates

As we announced in February, Josie Bates (soon to be Josie Balka) has graduated from school and is working at a local salon. While the rest of the Bates family was quick to help her out in the early days of her career, Trace Bates is a little more particular about his hair. In a sneak peek video of this week's episode (embedded below), Trace finally allows Josie to trim his precious locks.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The 'Middle' Boys Visit Florida

As we learned on Thursday's episode, the Bates kids love visiting their married siblings. Whether they're up in Chicago with Michael and Brandon Keilen, down in Florida with Alyssa and John Webster, or just a few minutes away at the home of Zach and Whitney Bates or Erin and Chad Paine, there is always fun to be had.

The "middle" boys (Jackson Bates, Warden Bates, and Isaiah Bates) recently traveled down to Florida to spend time with the Websters. 

Alyssa Bates Webster and Zoey Webster
Warden Bates, Zoey Webster, Allie Webster, Alyssa Webster,
Lexi Webster, Jackson Bates, Isaiah Bates

Photo courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Fan File: Episode 725


For a look at each new episode of Bringing Up Bates, check out my weekly Fan File. My segment for "Lions, and Tigers, and Bates, Oh My!" is below. Enjoy!


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Friday, July 13, 2018

Motherly Michael

Michaela Bates

"From the time she was knee-high, she had this really mothering personality. They would tease her, in fact, growing up, because...that was her personality."
-Kelly Bates

Did you catch last night's episode? If not, be sure to check out our written recap. On the show, Michael Keilen enjoys a visit with the three youngest girls at her home in Chicago. In the web exclusive below, the Bates discuss Michael's motherly instincts. Although she lives several hours away, she is always begging her parents to send groups of siblings to stay with her.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Thursday, July 12, 2018

'Lions, and Tigers, and Bates, Oh My!' Recap


Bringing Up Bates  “Lions, and Tigers, and Bates, Oh My!”

  • “One of the most exciting places to visit is Michael and Brandon’s house,” says Nathan during an interview. Ellie, Addee, and Callie arrive in Chicago for a vacation with the Keilens. Their first activity is the Brookfield Zoo.
  • “I absolutely love the zoo,” says Michael, who has a membership.
  • Through the Animal Ambassador program at the zoo, the Keilens and the three girls are able to see a porcupine, a medium-sized African wildcat, a sloth, and an anteater up close.
  • Being near the wildcat has them feeling a bit nervous, but they enjoy feeding the sloth and anteater.
  • On another day, Michael teaches the girls to sew. An avid seamstress, Michael learned when she was around their age. “Michael is naturally wonderful with children,” says Zach during an interview.
  • The other Bates say they are thrilled for their sister to impart her sewing wisdom on the younger girls. “We’ll have stacks of clothing that need repairs or alterations that get put on hold until Michael arrives,” says Nathan.
  • Michael helps the girls make a baby blanket for Zoey.
  • Michael and Brandon also take Ellie, Addee, and Callie to Ceramic Art CafĂ© in La Grange, Illinois, to paint pottery. The last time Michael and Brandon were at the shop, they were courting and about to be engaged.
  • Ellie chooses a horse figurine, Addee paints a jewelry box with unicorns, and Callie selects a coffee cup for Alyssa. “It was just cute watching Callie,” laughs Brandon. “She was very intent...”
  • “Every chance I have to spend time with siblings is just so refreshing,” says Michael, sad to see her siblings return home.
  • Back in Tennessee, Bobby and Tori arrive at the Bates’ church before sunrise on a Sunday morning to do a thorough clean ahead of service. In May, the Smiths will move to Hendersonville (near Nashville) so Bobby can begin a youth pastor position at a local church.
  • Later, while much of the rest of the family is out of the house, Gil, Judson, and Jeb set out to build a seesaw. Although the boys nearly lose interest, Gil is able to keep them on track, and they are thrilled with the outcome.
  • “I’d rather buy them tools and things they can do than just toys they just play with,” says Gil.
  • Kelly is proud of their handiwork, but when Jeb nearly flies off, she says she is going to print a list of seesaw rules.
  • “Anything you buy at the store, you’ll find a little unintended use disclaimer,” says Zach. “We’re the reason for that.”