Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Baking with the Paines

Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Everly Paine
Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Everly Paine

If you are a long-time Bates fan, you probably know about the major transformation that Erin Paine went through soon after she married Chad. When she lived at home, Erin was known for having zero culinary skills to speak of, and she struggled to prepare basic meals. Now, she is a regular Rachael Ray who loves being in the kitchen, and the Bates family can't get enough of her cooking.

In the photo above, Erin and her three babies are baking Christmas cookies. (The recipe wasn't the greatest, so Erin says she isn't going to share it.)

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

Photo courtesy of chadanderin.com

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Smiths Celebrate 1 Year

Wishing Tori and Bobby a blessed one-year wedding anniversary! This couple has had a busy year full of adventures and milestones. Below are photos from some of their biggest moments.

Tori and Bobby Smith welcome son Kade Smith
Tori and Bobby Smith welcome son Kade Smith
 
Tori Bates Smith college graduation
Tori Smith college graduation
 
Tori Bates and Bobby Smith honeymoon
Tori and Bobby Smith honeymoon

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith wedding
Tori Bates and Bobby Smith wedding

Photos courtesy of UPtv, thebatesfamily.com, TarynYagerPhotography.com

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