Thursday, December 20, 2018

Bates #7 Turns 23

Between Christmas, New Year's, two birthdays, and three anniversaries, December is a busy month for the Bates family. And surprisingly, the December birthdays (Zach and Tori), as well as Gil's on January 1st, occur within three weeks of the birthday person's wedding anniversary.

Tori and Bobby Smith celebrated one year of marriage on the 16th, and today is Tori's 23rd birthday. Happy birthday, Tori!

Tori Bates Smith and Kade Smith
Tori Smith and Kade Smith, November 2018

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith
Tori Bates and Bobby Smith, 2017

Gil Bates and Tori Bates
Gil Bates and Tori Bates, 2017

Michael Keilen and Tori Bates
Michael Keilen and Tori Bates, 2017
Tori Bates, 2016 

Carlin Bates and Tori Bates
Carlin Bates and Tori Bates, 2015

Tori Bates and Addallee Bates,
Tori Bates and Addallee Bates, 2007

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  1. Not sure I would trust an 11 year old with a baby in a tube like that.

    1. You didn’t see that they both have life jackets on??

    2. They clearly lived to tell the tale so I think they know how to raise children....obviously.

    3. How sad to set the bar so low. . . a child surviving infancy is not a sign of good parenting. Many children drown from poor supervision. Nonetheless, I do think the Bates are kind, good parents.

  2. Wishing you a day of joy and a year of happiness and blessings.
    Joan,Marilyn and Marion

  3. Happy birthday Tori! You are such a wonderful woman! A great example!

  4. Happy Birthday Tori Bates Smith hope you have a wonderful day

  5. Happy birthday Tori! Yours comes 6 days after mine!

  6. Happy Birthday Tori-can’t wait to see you as a mom and teacher!

    1. She already is a mom lol. Kade is her son


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