Monday, September 24, 2018

Engagement Message from Carlin and Evan

 Carlin Bates engaged to Evan Stewart

Earlier today, we posted Carlin and Evan's engagement message and photos, and now we're topping it off with a video from the couple, filmed soon after the proposal.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Carlin and Evan Engagement Photos

Have you heard the news? Carlin and Evan are getting married! Below are a few photos from their Maine coast engagement.

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart engagement
Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart engagement
 Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart engagement
Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart

Additional photos are available on the UP website.

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Photo credit: twoadventuroussouls.com

Carlin is Engaged!

The big Bates secret has been revealed. Carlin Bates is engaged to Evan Stewart! The proposal took place over the weekend at Portland Head Lighthouse, reports PEOPLE Magazine. Evan surprised Carlin with a trip to Maine. After taking a limo to the proposal location, the couple shared a dance to live cello music. With both parents watching from a distance, Evan got down on one knee and pulled out a gorgeous ring...and Carlin said yes! Photos coming soon.

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart engaged


Photo courtesy of Carlin Bates

Big Bates News Coming Soon!

Here's an exciting announcement to kick off your Monday. The Bates family has some big news, and the network will be revealing it by the end of the week! What do you think it is?



Photo courtesy of UP

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Tori's Birth Plan


Tori and Bobby Smith are just weeks away from meeting little Robert Ellis Smith IV, due November 24th. While she lived in Knoxville, Tori saw Dr. Vick, who has done obstetrics for multiple members of the Bates family, but fans have been wondering what she is going to do now that she lives in Nashville.

Tori is planning to have the baby at a birthing center that is located inside a hospital. The birth will be attended by a doctor, and she will have access to emergency care if needed.

Photo courtesy of Tori and Bobby Smith

Friday, September 21, 2018

Bates Fan File 735

Hope all my blog readers are having a relaxing Friday evening (or Saturday morning for my wonderful international readers). Just wanted to share my Bates Fan File segment for this week. Who else is sad that there is only one episode of Bringing Up Bates to go before season seven comes to a close?


Video courtesy of UP

Counsel from a Coffee Shop

Bringing Up Bates a Monumental Proposal

The big engagement episode is just around the corner! Bringing Up Bates "A Monumental Proposal" premieres next Thursday on UP and will be one hour long. In the video below, Kelton Balka finalizes his plans, but when he calls a coffee shop to ask for help, the woman who answers has an important but unexpected question for him. His father and siblings enjoy listening in on the conversation.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Whitney Turns the Big 2-5!

Today, the Bates are celebrating the birthday of their only daughter-in-law. Gil and Kelly have four married daughters, which means they have four--soon to be five--sons-in-law, but as of yet, only one of their sons is married. Happy 25th, Whitney!

Zach and Whitney are approaching their five-year wedding anniversary this December. (Can you believe it?) They have two beautiful children and one waiting for them in heaven

Whitney Bates and Kaci Bates
Whitney Bates and Kaci Bates, Christmas 2016

Carlin Bates, Erin Paine, Whitney Bates
Carlin Bates, Erin Paine, Whitney Bates, February 2018

Zach and Whitney Bates
Zach and Whitney Bates, Christmas 2016
Zach Bates, Whitney Bates, Bradley Bates
Zach Bates, Whitney Bates, Bradley Bates, July 2015

Photos courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Thursday, September 20, 2018

'Pink or Blue, What Do You Think?' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Pink Or Blue, What Do You Think?"
  • “When I found out Tori was expecting, the first thing I said is, ‘Can I plan you a gender reveal party?’” says Erin, who loves parties. Tori and Bobby arrive at the event, attended by the entire Bates family and hosted under a pavilion at a local park. The gender is soon to be revealed, but that doesn’t stop the family from trying to pull the news out of the parents-to-be.
  • Gender reveal parties are a newer thing for the Bates because Gil and Kelly enjoyed waiting until birth to find out the gender of their babies.
  • After lunch, everyone divides into two groups, which turn out to be about even, based on their guess. To make the announcement, Tori and Bobby fill a balloon with blue powder, and then Tori pitches the balloon to bobby, who hits it with a bat. Both Tori and Bobby admit that they were hoping for a boy first. His name will be Robert Ellis Smith IV, but his nickname will be Kade. Bobby says it’s Latin for “fourth generation.”
  • At Zach and Whitney’s house one morning, they discuss plans for their vow renewal over breakfast with the kids. They are all eating Honey Nut Cheerios, which Bradley and Kaci love. “I like Cheerios, with milk and a spoon,” says Bradley. 
  • “We always ate off-brand everything growing up, except for Honey Nut Cheerios,” says Zach. 
  • Later, Kelton shares his proposal plans with his father, two sisters, and two brothers. “It’s a huge relief that all these plans are coming together,” he says “Now that we’re getting things locked down, it’s starting to hit how excited I am that I actually get to propose in Utah.”
  • “We kind of have an idea of when we want to get married, but I don’t have a ring, and it needs to change soon, so hopefully those plans are in the making,” says Josie.
  • On the big day, Kelton picks up pink roses at Powell Florist and drives over to Josie's place of employment. “As I was walking up to her salon, my heart was just pounding in my chest,” admits Kelton. “I was not expecting to be so nervous.”
  • When Josie sees Kelton and asks him why he's there, he responds: “I have some bad news and some good news, okay? The bad news is, I don’t think your next client is going to show up because that’s a fake appointment. The good news is, we’re going on a trip. We’re going to take you somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go, and we’re going right now.” 
  • Josie shares she has never been one for surprises but that she has come to enjoy Kelton’s surprises.
  • Gil and Kelly present Josie with a cake decorated with graham crackers and a cactus to see if she can guess the destination, which she does.
  • At the start of the trip, Kelton presents Josie with a charm bracelet and an airplane charm. Along the way, he will give her additional charms: a heart that says “best friends” to symbolize the start of their relationship; a coffee cup because they have shared many coffee dates; a bridge because Kelton asked Josie to court while standing on a covered bridge; and an infinity symbol.
Tune in next week for the final episode of season seven, which will feature the proposal!

Carlin's New Look

In preparation for fall, which officially starts in two days, Carlin Bates got a new hairdo. Just a few days ago, she was rocking a head of blonde hair, and now she's a brunette. What do you think of the transformation?

Carlin Bates brunette
Carlin Bates (after) 
Carlin Bates blonde
Carlin Bates (before)

We know you are probably wondering what Carlin's natural hair color is, and the answer is brunette. That is true for most of the Bates ladies, although the shades differ.

Carlin Bates and Tori Bates, October 2015

Gil and Kelly Bates family beach vacation, 2016
Bates family beach vacation, 2006

Photos courtesy of Carlin Bates, thebatesfamily.com, UP

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tori's 30-Week Baby Bump

Tori Bates Smith is approaching the 31-week mark in her pregnancy. Robert Ellis Smith IV is due November 24th. Tori and Bobby have chosen to call him Kade because they say it is Latin for "fourth generation."

Unlike her sisters, Tori has not shared many details about her pregnancy. During a recent visit with the family in Rocky Top, this photo was taken. The siblings are all eager to feel the baby move!

Tori Bates Smith

Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

17 Days!

With Josie and Kelton's wedding just around the corner, Gil and Kelly Bates are scrambling to prepare for their sixth child to walk down the aisle. The big event will take place on October 5th in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Josie and Kelton will each have six people standing up with them on their wedding day. Alyssa Webster is the maid of honor, and the bridesmaids are Katie Bates, Whitney Bates, Carlin Bates, Kelton's sister Ariana, and one other. Bobby Smith is the best man, and the groomsmen are Evan Stewart, Trace Bates, Kelton's brother Grant, and two others.

Josie Bates and Kelton Balka Utah proposal trip
Josie Bates and Kelton Balka
Utah proposal trip

Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Monday, September 17, 2018

Gender Reveal for Bates Grandbaby #9


This Thursday on the penultimate episode of Bringing Up Bates season seven, you'll watch footage from the gender reveal party for Tori and Bobby Smith's first child. (Visit our June 21st post to find out if it will be a he or a she.) This baby will be the ninth Bates grandchild, and with many more to come, the family is concerned that they will soon run out of new ideas for gender reveal parties.


Photo/video courtesy of UPv

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Judson Turns 8, Brandon Turns 29

Today is the last double Bates birthday of the year. Judson Bates is turning eight, while Brandon Keilen is turning 29.

Jeb Bates and Judson Bates
Jeb Bates and Judson Bates
 
Judson Bates and Callie Bates
Judson Bates and Callie Bates

Michael Bates Keilen and Brandon Keilen
Michael Bates Keilen and Brandon Keilen
 
Brandon Keilen and Zoey Webster
Brandon Keilen and Zoey Webster
 
Brandon Keilen skydiving
Brandon Keilen
Skydiving as a 28th birthday present (Michael went at age 18)

Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com, brandonandmichaela.com

Bates fan file 734

Only two new episodes of Bringing Up Bates to go before season seven comes to a close. How sad is that? Below is my Bates fan file segment for Thursday's episode.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Friday, September 14, 2018

Kissing Cousins

Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates
Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates

"I feel like watching the nieces and nephews is kind of like a playback in our own lives. The only thing we didn't do, is them cousins are kissing all over each other. Bradley is in love with Brookie, and Carson is in love with Kaci."
-Carlin Bates

With the Bates family adding new little ones every year, it's like a flashback to the good old days, when Gil and Kelly Bates had a passel of youngins. In this Bates exclusive video, Carlin Bates and Trace Bates look back on their childhood. They are only 14 months apart and were inseparable as kids!

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Photo/video courtesy of UP

Thursday, September 13, 2018

'Baby Fever and Proposal Decisions" Recap


Bringing Up Bates “Baby Fever and Proposal Decisions”
  • A group called Carpenters For Christ has arrived to help Gil and the boys expand the church. “They like to start really early, so they said, ‘Be out here about 5:30,’” says Gil, chuckling. “Bates time, 5:30 means 5:30pm.” But the Bates know they will need to do better than “Bates time” for this project.
  • The three middle boys are thrilled to be part of the building crew. “We got a lot out of this process,” explains Jackson. “We got some blisters, we got really tired, but we got a few learned lessons. It’s fun, and it’s hard work.”
  • On the first day, the crew gets a slow start due to some unexpected rain, but after just six days, they are already working on putting up the roof and installing windows. “Only about 15 percent of the guys are skilled…” says Nathan. “The rest of us, this isn’t what we do for a living, but we’re just kind of taking directions from people…”
  • After Carpenters For Christ leaves, the Bates still have a lot of work to do, but they are extremely grateful for the progress that has been made.
  • Whitney drives 10 minutes over to Erin’s house for a play date. “When I first had Everly, just adjusting to the life with three kids was really hard,” admits Erin. “Now I think it’s getting easier because Carson and Brooklyn are amazing with her.”
  • Whitney is hit hard with baby fever when she holds newborn Everly, and Erin completely understands how she feels. “Baby fever is very real and very scary, especially when it’s my wife that has the baby fever,” jokes Chad.
  • “I just love these kids growing up together,” says Whitney. “It just makes me so happy.” She states that she really wants a third child but that she is scared, as well.
  • Later, Gil and Kelly meet Kelton and his dad, Michael, at their house for an engagement discussion. Gil and Kelly had given Josie and Kelton the yellow light, which Gil had intended to mean “move forward with caution.” But Kelton says that Josie has been putting the pressure on him to propose, although he doesn’t seem to mind.
  • “Josie kind of established the parameters when she says she wanted a fall wedding, and not next fall, so I think the boundaries have been set,” laughs Kelly.
  • Kelton is considering proposing under the same covered bridge where he asked Josie to begin a courtship, but Kelly gently suggests another idea. Gil and Kelly are planning to take Josie on a birthday trip to Utah, a place Josie has always wanted to visit. “What if you showed up there and surprised her?” Kelly tells Kelton, who is absolutely thrilled.
  • When Kelton pulls out the ring, Gil and Kelly are shocked that he is so on top of things. “The [Balka family] is already a step ahead of us,” says Kelly, who thinks the ring is the most beautiful thing she has ever seen.
  • As Gil and Kelly leave, Kelton is excited but is also very nervous about planning this big event.  

Bates at the Beach 2018

The Bates love the beach! Ever since their oldest children were young, Gil and Kelly Bates have enjoyed taking family trips to the ocean. This week, some of the members of the family spent time soaking in the sun and sand in Florida.

Carlin Bates
Carlin Bates

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

Erin Paine and Everly Paine
Erin Paine and Everly Paine
(That smile, though!)


Photos courtesy of chadanderin.com, Carlin Bates

Cousins, Hard Work, and a Proposal Plan

Tonight is the third-to-last episode of Bringing Up Bates season seven. As we announced last week, the season finale airs on September 27th. A season eight premiere date has not yet been announced, but when it is, we will post it here.

This evening, you can look forward to three Bates storylines. Whitney and Erin enjoy a play date with their kids, which is one of the reasons why they love living only 10 minutes apart.

Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates, Carson Paine
Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates, Carson Paine
 
While Whitney holds newborn Everly in a full-sized rocking chair, Brooklyn sits in her little rocking chair with her baby doll.

Brooklyn Paine, Whitney Bates, Everly Paine
Brooklyn Paine, Whitney Bates, Everly Paine

Meanwhile, Gil and his sons partner with a group called Carpenters For Christ to add an addition to their church. And later, Kelton calls a meeting with his father and Josie's parents to discuss the upcoming proposal.

Bringing Up Bates church renovation

Bringing Up Bates church renovation

Gil and Kelly Bates church renovation

Gil and Kelly Bates church renovation

Gil and Kelly Bates church renovation


Photos courtesy of UP

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Speed Up or S-L-O-W Down?

Michael Balka and Kelton Balka

During a meeting with his father and Josie's parents (video below), Kelton asks for clarification on what exactly Gil and Kelly Bates meant when they gave Josie and Kelton the "yellow light." It could have a different meaning depending on the way you look at it! But in order to fulfill Josie's dream of a fall wedding, Kelton will need to speed things up.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Monday, September 10, 2018

Gotta Work Work Work


"One of the biggest highlights was seeing how excited my boys were..."
-Gil Bates

Grab a hammer and nails...it's time to get to work! This Thursday on Bringing Up Bates, Gil and his sons are in the midst of a huge church renovation project (video below). The older guys are excited to lend a hand, and the little boys are sad that they are too young. "We wanted to help, but every time we were too little," says Judson. "You had to be 12 and up."


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Saturday, September 8, 2018

What's in a Ring?

Judson Bates and Jeb Bates

"I think if Kelton's going to propose to Josie, you need like three things to have. You need a place to go, you need the ring, and you need a girl."
-Judson Bates, age 7

How important is an engagement ring? The Bates all agree that it is very important. In this video, some of the guys and girls, including seven-year-old Judson, share their thoughts.


Photo/video courtesy of UP

Friday, September 7, 2018

Bates Gals in NYC

With only four weeks to go until Josie and Kelton tie the knot, some of the Bates ladies decided to take a trip to New York City to enjoy some girl time before the wedding. Among other sites, they have visited Times Square, Central Park, and the Empire State Building and have taken a double-decker bus tour of the city.

They may be small town folks, but the Bates have toured the Big Apple multiple times. Trace and Carlin were there with Crown College last fall, and Callie, Judson, and Kelly were there for Callie's birthday one month ago. New York City is also the setting of the season three finale of Bringing Up Bates, in which Nathan asks Ashley to begin a courtship. And if you have been following the Bates since the beginning, they traveled to New York to kick off United Bates of America, their short TLC reality series that aired in 2012.

Have you ever been to NYC?

Carlin Bates, Whitney Bates, Josie Bates
Carlin Bates, Whitney Bates, Josie Bates

Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Thursday, September 6, 2018

'The Ring, the Dress and Ready for Next Steps' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "The Ring, the Dress and Ready for Next Steps"
  • Kelton, accompanied by Bobby, goes engagement ring shopping at Bristol & Bragg Jewelers in Maryville, Tennessee. He already has a square, princess-cut diamond but needs to have it set. “Josie, she was pretty specific in what she liked,” says Kelton.
  • Gil and Kelly and the boys arrive at the Smiths’ Knoxville apartment to help them pack their belongings into a friend’s moving truck. Within an hour, everything is piled into the truck, including a small car. This past year has gone by so fast,” says Tori. “There’s a lot of things that are happening, and it’s really overwhelming, but we’re really excited.”
  • When Tori and Bobby and the Bates arrive at the new apartment in Hendersonville, Tennessee, the following day, their new church family comes by to help unload. The first-floor apartment is gorgeous, but it’s also double the price of their old one. “…The living room is huge…and the bathrooms are huge, and the closets are huge, and I love it,” says Tori. “I’m so excited about it.”
  • After unloading, everyone goes out for dinner. “I think I’m still trying to put off the emotions,” says Kelly, knowing she will soon have to say goodbye to her daughter.
  • In Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, Whitney and Zach visit Renee’s Bridal to choose a dress for their vow renewal. Renee has designed wedding dresses for Tori and some of the Duggars. Carlin and Josie go along for support. “Taking young girls around wedding dresses is like taking mamas around babies,” says Zach. “It kind of starts the fever.”
  • The first dress has a keyhole back that everyone likes. The second one has a high neck and no sleeves and immediately becomes the favorite. But when Whitney tries on the third gown, Zach tells her she looks beautiful in that one, as well. “I was no help…” he admits.
  • “The last one was really pretty,” says Whitney. “But we all just kept referring back to that second one because it was just a mature, classy, beautiful dress that would absolutely fit this event. It was the one.” 

Bringing Up Bates Season 7 Finale

Erin Bates Paine and Gil Bates

Carlin Bates courtship\

Season seven has been the largest season of Bringing Up Bates to date. It began on January 4th with Carlin and Evan's courtship and has featured quite a few Bates family milestones, including...





Including tonight's episode, there will be four additional new episodes this season, with the season finale slated for Thursday, September 27th.

Tori Bates wedding
For a full list of episodes and recaps, visit the Watch Full Episodes page

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Photos courtesy of UP

Tonight: Rings, Dresses, and a Big Move

Tune in to UP tonight at 9pm ET/8pm CT for a brand new, 30-minute episode of Bringing Up Bates, "The Ring, the Dress, and Ready for Next Steps." After the show, I'll have a written recap and a Fan File segment for you.

Kelton is ready to propose, but he is missing a very important item...the ring. He and Bobby visit a local jeweler to choose something that Josie will be proud to wear for years to come.

Kelton Balka and Bobby Smith
Kelton Balka and Bobby Smith

Moving day for Tori and Bobby has arrived, and it's a bittersweet occasion for everyone. 

Zach Bates
Zach Bates

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith moving

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith moving

Kelly Bates

Gil Bates, Kelly Bates, Judson Bates, Callie Bates, Tori Smith, Bobby Smith
Gil Bates, Kelly Bates, Judson Bates, Callie Bates, Tori Smith, Bobby Smith

Meanwhile, Zach and Whitney search for the perfect wedding dress for their wedding vow renewal.

Whitney Bates, Zach Bates, Carlin Bates, Josie Bates

Photos courtesy of UP