Thursday, October 18, 2018

Zoey Nearing 7 Months

In just 10 days, Zoey Webster will be seven months old (and cousin Everly Paine is only two days behind). According to Alyssa, Zoey was crawling at five months and is now attempting to learn to stand by pulling up on things. We think Zoey looks a lot like her aunt Callie (see photos below). What do you think?

Zoey Webster
Zoey Webster

Callie Bates
Callie Bates, 2015
Photos courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster, UPtv

Bates Provide Hurricane Relief in FL

Lawson Bates hurricane Michael relief

When disaster strikes, the Bates are always ready to lend a helping hand. Over the weekend, Lawson Bates spent time in the Panama City, Florida, area, providing emergency relief following Hurricane Michael. Residents have been able to return to their homes to survey the damage, but many are still without power. The death toll is now over 30 and could continue to rise.

Please keep the hurricane victims in your prayers, and consider donating supplies or funds to a reputable relief organization. (SamaritansPurse.org is a wonderful one.)


Photo courtesy of lawsonbates.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bates #14 Turns 14

Happy 14th birthday to Isaiah! In the month of October, the Bates celebrate four birthdays--Katie's on the 5th, Isaiah's on the 16th, Kelly's on the 26th, and Bradley's on the 29th.

Isaiah Bates, 2016
Isaiah Bates, 2016

Isaiah Bates and Kaci Bates
Isaiah Bates and Kaci Bates, April 2018

Jackson Bates, Gil Bates, Isaiah Bates
Jackson Bates, Gil Bates, Isaiah Bates
Season 6
 
Kelly Bates, Isaiah Bates, Carlin Bates
Basketball camp, season 4
 
Jackson Bates, Kelly Bates, Isaiah Bates, Warden Bates
Jackson Bates, Kelly Bates, Isaiah Bates, Warden Bates

Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com, UPtv

Monday, October 15, 2018

Josie and Kelton's Honeymoon

Where did Josie and Kelton Balka travel for their honeymoon? In addition to spending time in Asheville, North Carolina, they also visited the Bahamas. Below are two snapshots of the couple on Eleuthera Island. For fun, we have listed the honeymoon destinations of Josie's five married siblings.

Tori and Bobby Smith: California Coast/Yosemite
Michael and Brandon Keilen: Wyoming and Montana
Alyssa and John Webster: Lake Tahoe
Zach and Whitney Bates: Kauai, Hawaii
Erin and Chad Paine: Ireland

Josie and Kelton Balka
Josie and Kelton Balka

Josie (Bates) Balka
Josie (Bates) Balka

Photos courtesy of Josie Balka

The Balka Newlyweds

Josie and Kelton Balka have been married for 10 days. Here they are at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina. Don't they just look thrilled to be husband and wife? For those wondering, Kelton is 23 and works as a plumber, and 19-year-old Josie is a hair stylist.

Josie and Kelton Balka
Kelton Balka and Josie (Bates) Balka

Photo courtesy of Josie Balka

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Candy-Loving Bates


"Everything...smells like I want to eat it."
-Gil Bates

Flashback to the day when Josie Bates and Kelton Balka started courting. While walking around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with their parents, they walk into a candy shop to pick up some "souvenirs" for the Bates kids back home and to watch some of the demonstrations. Josie and Kelly are especially entertained by the taffy machine.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Carson and Brookie

Carson and Brooklyn have to be one of the cutest brother-sister duos that we have ever seen. These two love spending time together, and Erin and Chad have said that Carson has doted on Brooklyn since the day she was born. At only 15 months apart, they are sure to be friends for life.

Brooklyn Paine and Carson Paine
Brooklyn Paine and Carson Paine

Brooklyn Paine and Carson Paine
Brooklyn and Carson

Photos courtesy of chadanderin.com

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Wedding Weekend Activities

Gil and Kelly Bates' children, children-in-law, and grandchildren came together for Josie and Kelton's wedding on Friday. After the wedding festivities were over and the newlyweds were gone, the rest of the Bates clan enjoyed spending the weekend together, which included a baby shower for Tori.

Lawson Bates and Lexi Webster
Lawson Bates and Lexi Webster

Brandon Keilen and Allie Webster
Brandon Keilen and Allie Webster

Michael Keilen and Lexi Webster
Michael Keilen and Lexi Webster

Tori Bates Smith baby shower
Carlin Bates, Michael Keilen, Whitney Bates, Tori Smith, Alyssa Webster, 
Erin Paine, Kaci Bates--Tori's baby shower

Photos courtesy of lawsonbates.com, brandonandmichaela.com, Zach and Whitney Bates

Sunday, October 7, 2018

More Bates/Balka Wedding Photos

Don't you just love weddings? Josie Bates was a beautiful bride, and she chose classy outfits and decor. Below are a few more snapshots from the day, including photos of both Gil and Kelly, as requested by our readers.

Josie (Bates) Balka and Trace Bates
Josie (Bates) Balka and Trace Bates
 
Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart
Carlin Bates (soon to be Carlin Stewart) and Evan Stewart
 
Kelly Bates and Evan Stewart
Kelly Bates and Evan Stewart
 
Josie Bates and Gil Bates
Josie (Bates) Balka and Gil Bates

Photos courtesy of Trace Bates, Carlin Bates, UPtv

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Videos from the Bates Siblings


Have you been following our wedding coverage?

Yesterday, we shared a photo of two bridesmaids and flower girls getting ready for the ceremony. This morning, we posted snapshots of Bradley Bates (ring bearer), Carson Paine (ring bearer), and Kaci Bates (flower girl). Allie Webster was also a flower girl, as was a member of the Balka family, and Judson Bates was the third ring bearer. This afternoon, we released a batch of stunning wedding photos. Below are videos from some of the Bates siblings, filmed right after the Josie and Kelton departed from the reception.

Tori and Bobby Smith


Trace Bates and Jackson Bates

Photo/videos courtesy of UPtv

Bates/Balka Wedding Photos

Josie Bates and Kelton Balka wedding

Josie's dream of a fall wedding has been fulfilled. She and Kelton tied the knot yesterday afternoon at Cove Lake State Park near Knoxville, Tennessee. The backdrop for the ceremony was a lake and the Smoky Mountains.

Many of the Bates siblings were part of the wedding party. Tori Bates Smith played violin, Erin Bates Paine played keyboard, and Lawson Bates performed an original song called "Crazy Love." The ceremony lasted 30 minutes and opened with a prayer by Kelton's father, who has faithfully prayed for Kelton every night.

The wedding colors were burgundy and "blush," according to Erin. Approximately 500 guests attended. The couple's getaway car was a Lexus GX470 SUV. Below are a handful of photos from their special day.

 Wedding flowers


Bringing up bates siblings
The Bates siblings
Bates/Balka wedding party

 Josie and Kelton's guestbook


 Josie Bates and Kelton Balka wedding
Josie Bates and Kelton Balka wedding

 Josie Bates and Kelton Balka wedding
Josie and Kelton Balka

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For photos of the ring bearers and flower girls, check out our post from earlier today. More wedding photos can be found on the UPtv website.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Moser Photography; UPtv

Ring Bearers and Flower Girls

Another Bates wedding is in the books! Josie Bates and Kelton Balka are now Mr. and Mrs. Josie and Kelton Balka. Us Weekly has the exclusive story, so we can't spill any beans, but we can share a couple unofficial snapshots of the cutest members of the wedding party. Ring bearers Bradley Bates and Carson Paine, dressed like mini groomsmen, and flower girl Kaci Bates in her white gown really stole the show.

Lawson Bates and Carson Paine
 Lawson Bates and Carson Paine
Bradley Bates and Kaci Lynn Bates
Bradley Bates and Kaci Lynn Bates

Photos courtesy of lawsonbates.com, Zach and Whitney Bates

Friday, October 5, 2018

Getting Ready for the Wedding

It's wedding day for Josie Bates and Kelton Balka! Below of is a photo of maid of honor Alyssa and bridesmaid Whitney getting ready with their daughters. What do you think of their matching robes? For a complete listing of the wedding party, visit our post from September 18th.

Whitney Bates, Kaci Bates, Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster
Whitney Bates, Kaci Bates, Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster

Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Bates #11 Turns 18

Gil and Kelly Bates' 11th oldest child is officially an adult. Happy 18th birthday, Katie! In addition  to celebrating Katie, the Bates family has another milestone event today. That's right, Josie Bates and Kelton Balka are getting married! Stay tuned for details.

Josie Bates, Trace Bates, Katie Bates, Isaiah Bates, Carlin Bates, Lawson Bates, Ellie Bates
Josie Bates, Trace Bates, Katie Bates, Isaiah Bates, Carlin Bates, Lawson Bates, Ellie Bates
Easter 2018
 
 Katie Bates
April 2018

Katie Bates
2017

Gil Bates, Kelly Bates, Josie Bates
Gil Bates, Kelly Bates, Katie Bates
Bringing Up Bates season five
 
Kelly Bates, Katie Bates, Michael Keilen
Kelly Bates, Katie Bates, Michael Keilen
Bringing Up Bates season five

Photos courtesy of UP, lawsonbates.com

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bates/Balka Rehearsal 'Dinner'

Less than one day to go! Josie Bates and Kelton Balka's rehearsal "dinner" happened today at lunchtime. Practice for the ceremony took place in a field with picturesque hills as the backdrop. The meal was indoors and featured some delicious pies. Right now, the guys are having a bachelor party for Kelton, which includes shooting pool.

Josie Bates (soon to be Josie Balka) and Kelton Balka

Photo courtesy of Josie Bates

1 Day 'Til Bates Wedding #6

The Bates house is bustling with activity, as out-of-town friends and family members begin to arrive and last-minute preparations are made. Josie Bates is about to become Josie Balka. Only one day to go until the two lovebirds tie the knot.

Also wanted to mention that we are running a giveaway this week. Head on over to Ellie's lifestyle blog, NashvilleWife.com, to enter to win. We are grateful for all our loyal readers from across the globe!

Josie Bates and Kelton Balka  Engagement--Moab, Utah
Josie Bates and Kelton Balka
Engagement--Moab, Utah

Photos are courtesy of Emily Klarer Photography; used with permission

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Redecorating the Bates House: Before and After

On the Bringing Up Bates season seven finale, we watched Erin and Chad Paine, Carlin Bates, and some of the other Bates siblings redecorate the main floor of the Bates house as a surprise for Gil and Kelly Bates. What began as a simple cleaning project turned into new paint colors, decorations, and furniture. At the request of our readers, below are some before and after shots.

Living Room Before..
Bates family


Breakfast Nook Before...
Bates family

Kitchen Before...
Bates family

Living Room in Progress...
Bringing Up Bates redecorate

Bringing Up Bates redecorate

Bringing Up Bates redecorate

Living Room After...

Kitchen/Dining Room/Breakfast Nook After...
Bringing Up Bates redecorate

Bringing Up Bates redecorate


Front Door After...
Bringing Up Bates redecorate

And Kelly's priceless reaction to the new look...
Kelly Bates jaw dropping


Photos courtesy of UPtv