Thursday, February 21, 2019

'Newlyweds: Rookies vs. Pros' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Newlyweds: Rookies vs. Pros"

  • In this episode, the married Bates couples compete to see how well they know their spouse.
  • Which of your spouse’s habits drives you a little, or a lot, crazy? When Kelton’s alarm goes off in the morning, he jumps up and is ready for the day. Josie, on the other hand, gets annoyed at this because she is not a morning person.
  • Brandon says he thinks Michael would like to get rid of the big chair in his study, but Michael corrects him and says she loves the chair but that it is her family that wants to get rid of it.
  • Zach and Whitney both say they have nothing that either person wants to get rid of. “We’ve been married for five years,” says Zach. “We’re too broke…” “Everything we have is essential,” adds Whitney.
  • Whitney’s favorite snack is Reese’s. Michael’s is veggies. Brandon’s is pretzels and soft cheese. Chad’s favorite snack is trail mix. Erin’s favorite snack changes if she’s pregnant.
  • Zach loves Chicken in a Biscuit with Nutter Butter and Easy Cheese. “Snacks are moody,” he says. “Snacks change all the time.”
  • Now here’s an odd question: What animal would your spouse choose to be? Erin says she wants to be a tiger. “If I’m a tiger, you’re going to want to be a tiger too, a man tiger,” she tells Chad. Carlin thinks her sister is more of a gerbil than a tiger.
  • Zach says his spirit animal is Pooh Bear, while Whitney thinks he would want to be a tiger.
  • How about worst fears? Some of Tori’s are storms, car wrecks, being outside in the dark, being alone, tornadoes, and action movies.
  • And now for the question that is arguably the most important out of all of them: How many children do the newlyweds want to have?
  • Tori and Bobby always say they want to have a house full, but Bobby admits they don’t really know. “We’re basically saying, till we give up,” he says.
  • Kelton says: “Let’s see how Josie feels after the first.” Josie agrees, although she predicts they will have five or six kids.
  • What sweet things have the married Bates done for their spouses recently? Erin recovered Chad’s Bible. Brandon recently went on a seven-mile walk with Michael and gave her a love letter.

Wedding Dress Shopping with Carlin

Carlin Bates wedding dress shopping
Katie Bates, Brittany Randolph, Kelly Bates, Josie Bates Balka,
Whitney Bates, Carlin Bates, Erin Bates Paine, Everly Paine
Ashley Sparkman, Tori Bates Smith, Kade Smith, Meagan Stewart, Denese Stewart
Missing: Evan's sister Kailyn, who was sick

Carlin has her wedding dress! She and Evan are counting down the days until their May 25th nuptials, and they just checked a big item off the to-do list. Carlin gathered at The Bride Room in Nashville with her female relatives and relatives-to-be to choose her gown, which is from the Italian designer Nicole Spose. When it comes to wedding dresses, the Bates sisters all have their own unique styles. What type of gown do you think Carlin has chosen?

While they were in Nashville, the group also enjoyed some time at Top Golf with Lawson and Evan.

Photo courtesy of Carlin Bates/

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Josie on Being Home Alone

Josie Bates Balka, Lawson Bates, Kelton Balka

Josie admits that she has a lot of fears, and husband Kelton knows exactly what they are. One of them involves being home alone, which makes sense, considering that she comes from a house full of people where alone time is rare. The video below will give you an idea of the format for tomorrow's new episode. You'll watch the married Bates, both the "newlyweds" and "oldly-weds," compete to see how well they know their spouses.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Scruff or No Scruff?

Tori Bates Smith Bobby Smith Bringing Up Bates

"When he went off to the barber shop, I actually had no clue whether he was going to keep the scruff or get rid of it."
-Tori Smith

When Kelton Balka and his groomsmen are presented with the opportunity to have their facial hair professionally shaved, best man Bobby must decide what he wants to do about his scruff. He makes the decision to shave it off, and Tori loves how smooth it is. What is your opinion? Do you think he looks better with or without the scruff? We are curious to hear from all the ladies out there and whether they prefer clean shaven men or men with facial hair.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, February 17, 2019

House of Bates

Erin Paine, Everly Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Chad Paine, Carson Paine
Erin Paine, Everly Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Chad Paine, Carson Paine

The Bates just wrapped up their annual I Love You Day celebration, and this year's festivities may have just been some of the most unique ones yet. (Anyone for a game of knock-the-apple-off-your-spouse's-head-with-a-bow-and-arrow?) You'll see all the action on an upcoming episode of Bringing Up Bates, but since Taryn Yager, the family's talented photographer friend, was on hand to capture the event, we thought we would share a few previews. The banner in the background of the photos reads "House of Bates." The theme was Renaissance/Medieval/Chivalry.

Also this weekend, the family gathered for a gender reveal party for Josie and Kelton Balka. So at this point, the Bates and Balkas all know the gender of Baby Balka, but they haven't yet shared the news. Josie is 17 weeks pregnant.

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart
Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart

Michael and Brandon Keilen
Michael and Brandon Keilen

Gil Bates, Cadrlin Bates, Kelly Bates
Gil Bates, Carlin Bates, Kelly Bates

Lexi Webster John Webster, Zoey Webster, Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster
Lexi Webster, John Webster, Zoey Webster, Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster

Josie Balka and Alyssa Webster
Josie Balka and Alyssa Webster

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Photos courtesy of Taryn Yager Photography