Saturday, July 21, 2018

New Bates Family Photos

In celebration of 4th of July and Papa Bill's 80th birthday, the entire Bates family gathered with Gil's parents and siblings at the family farm in South Carolina. They also had a photographer duo, Caleb and Brittany Cruse from Cruse Creative, take new photos. What do you think?

Gil and Kelly Bates Family
The "original" Gil and Kelly Bates family

Gil and Kelly Bates family
The "updated" Bates family

Gil and Kelly Bates
Gil and Kelly Bates

Photos used with permission from Gil and Kelly Bates

Friday, July 20, 2018

Checking Josie's Work

Josie Bates hairdresser

"I've gotta admit it, I was a little nervous when I went to Josie for my first trim."
-Lawson Bates

This extended scene from yesterday's episode shows a little more footage from Trace's haircut with Josie. After Josie is finished, she calls a veteran hairdresser over to check her work. Will Trace's new look be given the green light?

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Fan File 726

Another episode of Bringing Up Bates is in the books. For those who missed "Just a Little Off the Top...Please" or are in the mood for a fun discussion, check out my Fan File clip below.

Photo/video courtesy of UP

Thursday, July 19, 2018

'Just a Little Off the Top...Please' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Just a Little Off the Top...Please"

  • Josie loves her new job at Ross the Boss and Co. salon. “A lot of my family actually ended up helping me, which was amazing,” explains Josie, who has recently finished all the models that the salon requires for newbies. “Trace over here, he was like, ‘You ain’t touching my hair.’”
  • Trace finally comes in for a haircut, and although he has a lot of opinions to share, he ends up loving the outcome. He also shares an exciting announcement: He has been invited to participate in a weekend rodeo! More on that later. We posted photos back in April if you recall.
  • Tori and Bobby meet Gil and Kelly at a restaurant to discuss their plans to move to Nashville. Tori admits that she hates moving.
  • As you probably guessed, Gil and Kelly will be sad to see their daughter leave the area. “My dad is very opposed to any of his kids moving away from Knoxville, especially if it’s a girl,” says Tori. But despite the tears that will surely be shed, Gil is thrilled that Tori and Bobby are following God’s call on their lives.
  • Bobby has accepted a youth pastor position in Hendersonville, and he will also be chaplain over a Christian school. Tori is about to graduate with her teaching degree and plans to be involved in the school, as well.
  • During dinner, the Smiths also have a big announcement to share with Gil and Kelly, and they do it in the most nonchalant way possible. Tori mentions that they will have to find a babysitter when they move to Hendersonville, and Kelly is confused: “Why are we talking about babysitters? For you? Did I miss the announcement?” Tune in next week to see Tori and Bobby reveal their news to the rest of the family.
  • At the Paines’ house, Chad comes home early and reads a Bible story to the kids. “Little children are like a big sponge,” explains Gil. “Whatever you teach them, they’re just ready to soak it in.” The four of them pray for Erin’s upcoming delivery and for baby Everly.
  • Later, Gil and Kelly and the kids attempt to make their own shuffleboard game on their concrete basketball court. The little ones lose interest, so Trace kicks off a family game of wiffle ball while Gil and Zach finish the project.
  • But what about the discs and sticks? Gil grabs push brooms and cuts pieces of tree trunks. “When you don’t have what you need for a game, Dad has always taught us, just improvise,” says Carlin. The redneck shuffleboard works out pretty well. Zach and Trace beat Gil and Warden by a few points.

More Bates Family Antics...Tonight

Brookly Bates

Is it just us, or does it feel like we just saw a new episode of Bringing Up Bates, and here we are again, about to view another? The weeks have a way of rolling by, and some of the Bates feel the same way. On tonight's episode, you'll hear about Tori and Bobby's Nashville plans. Gil and Kelly are savoring the last weeks they have with their daughter and new son-in-law before they move away.

Josie Bates, on the other hand, is eager for time to pass because she's looking forward to beginning a new life with Kelton. Now that she's a licensed hairdresser with a solid job, there's nothing standing in the way of a wedding.

Josie Bates hairdresser

But no matter how busy life gets, the Bates always find time to make memories as a family. You'll enjoy watching their game of wiffle ball and other antics on tonight's episode. It all starts at 9pm ET/8pm CT on UP.

Photos courtesy of UP