Thursday, February 20, 2020

Carlin's Visitor

This week, Carlin had a short visit from her best friend, Joy-Anna (Duggar) Forsyth. Joy traveled from Northwest Arkansas to East Tennessee to meet Layla, who is almost three weeks old. You can see a photo of the two besties with Layla on our blog about the Duggar family.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Bates Season 9 Sneak Peek

Bringing Up Bates season nine premieres in less than three weeks! Below is the written summary for the first episode, which airs on Thursday, March 5, at 9pm ET/9pm CT, as well as a sneak peek video.

Thursday, March 5
9pm: A First Time for Everything
After their fairytale wedding, Carlin and Evan head off on their honeymoon with a stop in romantic Charleston, SC. The newlyweds experience the romance of the city and try their hand at crabbing. But will Carlin show her claws when Evan dares her to pick up a crustacean? Trace's friend, Chaney, is in town and he introduces her family to the Bates. Will Trace win her family over or lose his cool during a competitive game of bocce ball? The countdown to Josie and Kelton's first baby is on and final prep with a doula bolsters their confidence, but no one could truly anticipate the difficult labor in store. With much perseverance, Josie gives birth to baby Willow and the family comes together to celebrate.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Bates #12 and #15 Turn 18 and 14

Happy double Bates birthday to Jackson and Addallee! Jackson is turning 18, while Addie is 14. 

Jackson Bates and Addallee Bates

Jackson and Addee Bates

Jackson and Addee

Photos courtesy of

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Bobby Turns 25

Tori and Bobby Smith at yesterday's I Love You Day party
Happy 25th birthday to Bobby! Between the couples' dinner on Friday, the Bates' Valentine's Day celebration on Saturday, Bobby's birthday today, and Jackson and Addie's birthdays tomorrow, it has been a busy weekend for the Bates clan.

Tori Smith, Bobby Smith, Kade Smith

Photo courtesy of; Tori and Bobby Smith

Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Roaring '20s

The Bates' annual Valentine's Day celebration has come to a close. Last night, the couples gathered for dinner, which was followed by a Charleston dancing face-off for the guys. This afternoon, the entire family got together for the big party, held at Gil and Kelly's church, Bible Baptist. The theme was the "roaring '20s." The film crew was present, so you can look forward to seeing all the fun on an upcoming episode of Bringing Up Bates.

Carlin Stewart, Evan Stewart, Layla Rae Stewart
Carlin Stewart, Evan Stewart, Layla Rae Stewart

Josie Balka, Willow Balka, Kelton Balka

Photos courtesy of Carlin and Evan Stewart; Josie and Kelton Balka