Saturday, December 15, 2018

Bates Season 8 Sizzle Reel

Bringing Up Bates season eight

Zach and Whitney Bates' vow renewal, Carlin Bates' engagement, Josie Bates' wedding, and plenty of other big (and small) achievements, events, and everyday activities...season eight of Bringing Up Bates promises to be entertaining, touching, and a whole lot of fun! Check out this upbeat promo from UPtv. New episodes start January 3rd, 2019.


Photos/video courtesy of UPtv

Bringing Up Bates season eight

Friday, December 14, 2018

Zach and Whitney Celebrate 5 Years

Wishing Zach and Whitney Bates a very happy five-year wedding anniversary!

Zach and Whitney Bates engagement

Zach and Whitney Bates

Zach and Whitney Bates

Zach and Whitney Bates

Zach and Whitney Bates


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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kade's Newborn Photos

Bobby Smith, Tori Bates Smith, Kade Smith
Bobby Smith, Tori Bates Smith, Kade Smith
 
Kade Smith was born on November 9th, which means he will be five weeks old tomorrow. Two weeks after he arrived, Taryn Yager traveled to Tori and Bobby's apartment home in Nashville to take photos of the family of three.

Taryn is a Knoxville-based photographer who specializes in newborns, children, families, and baby bumps. She is a friend of the Bates and has been featured on Bringing Up Bates.

Bobby Smith and Kade Smith Bringing Up Bates
Bobby Smith (Robert Ellis Smith III) and Kade Smith (Robert Ellis Smith IV)
 
Kade Smith Bringing Up Bates
Kade Smith

Photos courtesy of TarynYagerPhotography.com

Whitney Visits NYC

Whitney Bates with the Grinch and Spider-Man
Whitney Bates with the Grinch and Spider-Man
 
Whitney Bates just returned from New York City, and the reason she went is sure to make you smile. Her mom has always wanted to visit during the Christmas season, so Whitney surprised her with a trip. The ladies had a blast walking around the city and gazing at all the holiday decor. Have you ever been to the Big Apple in December? According to Whitney, it's absolutely beautiful.

Whitney Bates and her mom
Whitney Bates and her mom

Photos courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bates 'Then and Now' Promo Video

Josie Bates and Kelton Balka Bringing Up Bates

Only three weeks to go until the Bringing Up Bates season eight premiere. Below is a short promotional video from UPtv that we think you're really going to love. Which Bates family member(s) do you think has/have changed the most since the series began on New Year's Day 2015?


If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Bates Celebrate Meema's 80th

Kelly Bates and Meema
Kelly Bates and Meema
 
This weekend, the Bates gathered with family and friends to celebrate Meema's 80th birthday. Meema is Kelly's mother and has been featured on Bringing Up Bates multiple times, including for her wedding in 2017.

Kelly Callaham Bates grew up with three older siblings (Kim and Kay, who have arranged flowers and baked cakes for the Bates weddings, and Chip, who passed away at age 53). Kelly's parents divorced when she was in third grade, and when she grew up, her mom became lonely and adopted two additional daughters, Beth and Beka. Meema's birthday party was hosted by Gwen, a woman who has been on the show and is like a sister to Kelly, Kim, and Kay. 

Meema and Isaiah Bates
Meema and Isaiah Bates

John Webster, Alyssa Webster, Trace Bates
John Webster, Alyssa Webster, Trace Bates

Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com, Trace Bates

Friday, December 7, 2018

Carlin's Wedding Date Announced

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart
Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart
Carlin and Evan have nailed down a wedding date! The two will become husband and wife on May 25th, 2019, which also happens to be one day after Alyssa and John Webster's five-year anniversary.

So far, all six of the Bates couples have been engaged between three and four months before getting married. When Carlin and Evan tie the knot, they will have been engaged for eight months. They started courting in August 2017 after meeting at a women's conference at Evan's church one year earlier.

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart
Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart


If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Photos courtesy of Carlin Bates

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bates Christmas Whisper Challenge

Carlin Bates, Evan Stewart, Erin Paine, Chad Paine
Carlin Bates, Evan Stewart, Erin Paine, Chad Paine
 
The Bringing Up Bates season eight premiere is only four weeks away! We know there hasn't been a ton of new Bates content lately, but when new episodes return, we will have so many new pictures and videos to share that you'll be begging us to slow down our posts.

Until then, check out this Christmas whisper challenge video from four of the Bringing Up Bates family members. And don't miss your chance to win a copy of Erin Paine's Christmas CD, "Comfort & Joy." You can enter the sweepstakes on the UPtv website.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Monday, December 3, 2018

Keilens Attend Handel's Messiah

This beautiful couple (don't they just look radiant in blue?) is enjoying the Christmas season. Yesterday evening, they attended the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah. There has already been plenty of snow in Chicago, so it hasn't been difficult to catch the holiday spirit.

Brandon Keilen and Michael Keilen
Brandon Keilen and Michael Keilen, December 2018

Photo courtesy of brandonandmichaela.com

Friday, November 30, 2018

Bates Christmas Trees 2018

Three of the Bates families picked out their Christmas trees this week. Zach and Whitney and the Paines went together, and it was their first year buying real trees. Down in Florida, the Websters carried out their annual Christmas tree excursion with sister Addallee Bates.

Zach Bates, Kaci Bates, Whitney Bates, Brooklyn Paine,
Erin Paine, Carson Paine, Chad Paine, Bradley Bates, Everly Paine


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

Photos courtesy of chadanderin.com, Alyssa and John Webster

The Bates Love Christmas

Carlin Bates, Lawson Bates, Josie Bates, Ellie Bates, 
Callie Bates, Addallee Bates, Jeb Bates, Judson Bates 

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? It's not quite December, but the Bates are ready for the holiday season to begin. In fact, they put up their outdoor Christmas lights at the end of October. (Do you think that's too early?)

To kick off the advent season, we have a Bates Christmas music video to share, featuring some of the Bates kids singing "Go Tell It On the Mountain." This clip was filmed in December 2015.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Carlin's Wedding Date

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart wedding

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart were engaged two months ago at Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine. But when will Bates wedding No. 7 take place? As of a week ago, Carlin and Evan had not nailed down a venue, so while they do have a tentative date in mind, they are not sharing it quite yet. But they are thinking spring.

So far, the only spring wedding has been Alyssa and John Webster's (May 24th, 2014). Stay tuned for more information!

Photo courtesy of Carlin Bates

Monday, November 26, 2018

Zach's Season 8 Promo

Zach and Whitney Bates from Bringing Up Bates

Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means that Christmas is just weeks away. After Christmas is New Years, and you know what that means, don't you? A brand new season of Bringing Up Bates! New episodes premiere January 3rd on UPtv, and the Bates are thrilled to share footage of all that has happened.

In the promo video below, Zach Bates lists some of the big events that viewers can expect to see, but you can also look forward to plenty of everyday Bates happenings. But why is Zach alone in the clip?


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Boho-Chic Winter Styles

A few days ago, I received a package in the mail from @SummerandRose, a boho-chic accessories and lifestyle brand with trends inspired by Venice beach vibes. I am thrilled to be a #summerandrosepartner.

Below are a few examples of the products that #summerandrose has for sale on their website. You can use the code ELLIE20 to receive 20% off your order. It's no secret that the older Bates sisters are fashionistas, and the majority of them noticeably embrace the "boho-chic" look.

Nourishing body oil, free of sulfates and parabens...


Half moon wristlet clutch purse...



Fuzzy socks--because cozy feet are a must during winter...


And the best for last--a gray and black felt fedora hat and cream-colored Hayden scarf...

Friday, November 23, 2018

Bates Thanksgiving Snapshots 2018

As they do every year, most of the Bates clan gathered at Papa Bill and Mama Jane's farm in Honea Path, South Carolina, to celebrate Thanksgiving with the extended Bates. Even the Websters came up from Florida. Below are a few snapshots from their gathering.

Alyssa and John Webster, Allie Webster, Zoey Webster, Lexi Webster
The Websters
Alyssa Bates Webster, John Webster, 
Allie Webster, Zoey Webster, Lexi Webster
 
Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Erin and Chad Paine, Everly Paine
The Paines
Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Erin Bates Paine,
Chad Paine, Everly Paine
 
Lawson Bates and Allie Webster
Lawson Bates and Allie Webster

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Photos courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster, chadanderin.com, lawsonbates.com

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, Blog Readers!

Wishing our American readers a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

John Turns 29

Today, the Bates are gathered in Honea Path, South Carolina, with Gil's extended family. But before they enjoy their Thanksgiving meal, they first must celebrate John Webster's 29th birthday. Happy birthday, John!

Alyssa Webster and John Webster
Alyssa Webster and John Webster, May 2018
 
Alyssa Webster and John Webster
Alyssa and John, 2015

Photos courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Kade Nears His Due Date

Kade Smith
Kade Smith
 
Kade is 11 days old but still four days away from his due date. Taryn Yager, the Bates' photographer friend who has taken photos for various members of the family on multiple occasions, drove to Nashville this afternoon to snap newborn pictures for the Smiths.

In case you've been in Bates withdrawal since season seven ended, we are including an especially adorable photo of Kade above. (It's not one of Taryn's snapshots--those have not yet been edited.) Only six weeks to go until new episodes of Bringing Up Bates return to UPtv!

Photo courtesy of Tori and Bobby Smith

Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving as Told by Brandon


American Thanksgiving is coming up in just two days, and as you may know, the Bates have a tradition of spending the holiday with Gil's side of the family.

Four years ago, back when Michael Keilen was Michael Bates and she and Brandon were not yet engaged, Brandon shared a video with the extended Bates clan. Using his artistic talents, he created a time lapse video of himself sketching the story of Thanksgiving. The family was blown away. Below is a Bringing Up Bates video that shows clips of Brandon's time lapse, as well as the Bates' reactions.


If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Josie's New Decor

With help from a decorator friend, new bride Josie Balka has been spending the past couple weeks decorating the apartment where she and Kelton live. Josie and her friend were able to save money by purchasing discount decorations at craft stores like Hobby Lobby, as well as using various materials to make some of their own.

Below is a photo of Josie sitting in the living room. Based on what you know about her from the Bringing Up Bates, is this how you would have pictured her style when it comes to home decorating?

Josie (Bates) Balka
Josie (Bates) Balka

Photo courtesy of Josie and Kelton Balka

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Kade and His Smith Grandparents

After we shared snapshots of some of the Bates with newborn Kade Smith, several of our readers asked if Bobby's parents have been able to visit him and if we would be able to post photos. While our blog is primarily focused on the Bates family and their reality TV show, we are happy to fulfill your request. Bobby's mom and dad were able to make the trip up to Tennessee, and as you can tell, they are thrilled to meet their first grandchild.

Bringing Up Bates grandchild Kade Smith
Bobby Smith, Sheri Smith (Bobby's mom), Kade Smith

Bringing Up Bates grandchild Kade Smith
Robert Smith (Bobby's dad) and Kade Smith

Photos courtesy of Tori and Bobby Smith

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

First Video of Kade

Kade Smith

Kade Smith is only a few days old, and he has already figured out how to place his hands on his pacifier to hold it in! UPtv just posted a 20-second video of the little man showing off his new skill. You can view it below.


Photo courtesy of UPtv

Smith Family, Part of 3

Tori Smith, Bobby Smith, Robert "Kade" Ellis Smith IV
Tori Smith, Bobby Smith, Robert "Kade" Ellis Smith IV

Tori and Bobby Smith are still on cloud nine after the arrival of their first child, Kade Smith. We posted a few unofficial snapshots from Bates family members earlier this week, but UPtv has just shared its official baby announcement and photos.

When a new Bates grandchild is added to the fold, proud grandparents Gil and Kelly Bates are never far away. They were eager to visit the family of three at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

We know you are all eager to hear the details of the birth, but those have not yet been released. The Smiths' plan was to deliver in one of the hospital's state-of-the-art birthing center rooms under the care of a doctor. However, the final decision on whether a candidate qualifies for the birthing center or must utilize one of the regular labor and delivery rooms is made by hospital staff once labor has begun, based on availability and medical requirements. Additional photos can be found on the UPtv website.

Gil Bates, Tori (Bates) Smith, Kade Smith, Bobby Smith, Kelly Bates
Gil Bates, Tori (Bates) Smith, Kade Smith, Bobby Smith, Kelly Bates

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Monday, November 12, 2018

First Photos of Kade

In case you haven't heard, Kade Smith is here! Details on his November 9th arrival can be found in the post we shared earlier today. Below are a few snapshots of the 9th Bates grandchild. He is only three days old and has already had plenty of visitors.

Evan Stewart, Carlin Bates, Tori Smith, Kade Smith, Bobby Smith
Evan Stewart, Carlin Bates, Tori Smith, Kade Smith, Bobby Smith

Robert Ellis Smith IV
Robert Ellis Smith IV (aka Kade)

Tori (Bates) Smith and Kade Smith
Tori (Bates) Smith and Kade Smith

Photos courtesy of Tori and Bobby Smith; thebatesfamily.com; Carlin Bates

Welcome, Baby Kade!


We have some exciting news to share. Tori and Bobby Smith are officially parents! The couple welcomed Robert Ellis Smith IV on Friday, November 9th, at 7:45am. That also happened to be sister Alyssa Webster's 24th birthday!

The newest Bates family member weighed 6lbs, 1oz and was 18 inches long. He arrived 15 days ahead of his November 24th due date. Looks like Tori is following in the footsteps of sister Erin Paine, who has delivered all three of her babies early.

As we shared several months ago, the baby's nickname will be Kade Smith. People Magazine has the exclusive story and photos.

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Season 8 Promo Shoot

Today, the majority of the Bates clan gathered with the crew to shoot promotional material for Bringing Up Bates season eight. The new season is scheduled to premiere on January 3rd, 2019. Meanwhile, Alyssa and John Webster are spending Alyssa's birthday weekend on a romantic getaway in Daytona Beach.

Erin and Chad Paine; Everly Paine, Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine
Erin and Chad Paine; Everly Paine, Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine

Photo courtesy of chadanderin.com

Friday, November 9, 2018

Bates #6 Turns 24

Happy 24th birthday to Alyssa (Bates) Webster! As the sixth oldest of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children, she is known for being well organized and always put together. She and John married in 2014 and have three daughters.

In the past, they have stated that they like the idea of having six children, but last Thanksgiving during a conversation with Mama Jane, Alyssa mentioned that if she ends up with four girls, she definitely plans to stop. "It’s the drama," she told her grandma. "I can’t handle it." It will certainly be fun to watch and see if any of the Bates follow in their parents' footsteps and have a "super-sized" family.

Alyssa and John Webster Valentine's Day
Alyssa and John Webster
Valentine's Day (aka I Love You Day) 2016

Alyssa and John Webster  Bahamas cruise
Alyssa and John Webster
Bahamas cruise, fall 2017
 
John Webster, Zoey Webster, Lexi Webster, Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster
John Webster, Zoey Webster, Lexi Webster, Alyssa Webster, Allie Webster
September 2018

Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com, Alyssa and John Webster