Sunday, November 17, 2019

Webster Ladies in SC

Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go! Alyssa Webster and her girls made the seven-hour trek from their home in Florida up to Papa Bill and Mama Jane's farm in South Carolina. John wasn't able to go, but the Webster ladies are there for a week. The family farm, which is where Gil and his brother and sister grew up, is a favorite destination for Gil and Kelly and their kids.

Alyssa Webster, Lexi Webster, Zoey Webster, Allie Webster

Photo courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Friday, November 15, 2019

Pet or Person?

Zach Bates
"We kind of grew up thinking it was a person because we were all around it so much and playing with it so much."

In this Bates Legends clip, Zach Bates and Michael Keilen, the oldest Bates siblings, share the story of their well-tempered horse, which was more like a member of the family than a pet.

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Newborn Khloe

Khloe Bates is eight days old, and she couldn't be any cuter. Do you think she looks like her sister Kaci?

Newborn Khloe Bates
Newborn Kaci Bates, June 2016

Photos courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Thursday, November 14, 2019

'Home is Where the Heart is' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Home is Where the Heart is"

  • The Keilens are back in Tennessee! Lawson and Nathan stop by their house in Norris to deliver furniture and mow the grass. Brandon is still in Chicago tying up lose ends at work, but he will join Michael the following day.
  • “I mean, it’s almost like a dream come true,” says Gil of the Smiths and Keilens moving back to East Tennessee.
  • “I know you’re going to be crazy busy with school, but if you ever decide that you want a side job, I’m always hiring tutors,” says Kelly. Michael responds that she could stop by the big house every afternoon from 3:30-5:30, before Brandon finishes work.
  • “I think family is one of God’s most precious gifts,” says Michael.
  • The week of the wedding, Evan comes into town to help Carlin set up the house, which is also in Norris. While they are putting gifts away in their kitchen, with Warden as a chaperone, they have a disagreement about the definition of a pot versus a pan.
  • Carlin and Evan also practice the duet that they will sing at their wedding ceremony. Evan still hasn’t finished writing it. “I definitely had a lot of things that I imagined that we’d do at our wedding, and now that it’s getting closer, I’m like, ‘I don’t know if we got time to do that, let’s ex that off,’” says Carlin. “But I think our song’s the one thing…I just can’t make myself mark that one off, even though it’s a lot of work.”
  • Later, Kelly and some of the sisters get together with photographer friend Taryn Yager for a dress boutique photo shoot. “I don’t know why we decided to start the boutique right before my wedding, but whatever, we did!” exclaims Carlin, smiling.
  • Erin, Whitney, and Carlin take photos for the boutique every week, and they always offer to pay the other girls to model for them. “We attempt to model,” says Carlin. “We do not call ourselves models.”
  • Carlin and Evan are planning to get their marriage license later that day, but Carlin is concerned because Evan’s clothes don’t match hers. “We don’t have to match to get our marriage license,” Evan tells his bride. “Yes we have to match getting our marriage license,” insists Carlin.
  • At the courthouse, when the clerk asks for Carlin’s social security number, she has to pull out her phone. Gil says he knows it. “I don’t know how people remember that many numbers,” says Carlin. Gil laughs.
  • The couple receives a 60% discount for completing marriage counseling. “I’m glad to know that even the state recognizes there’s benefits to getting marriage counseling before you’re married,” says Gil, who paid for Carlin and Evan’s marriage counseling because he believes in it so much.
  • “I’m happy for them, but it’s hard to let go of her, and this really makes me realize, this is the real thing, and it’s fixin’ to happen in just a few days,” says Gil. Kelly is so busy with prep that she doesn’t expect to go through her “crying spell” until after Carlin leaves.  

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Modeling and Moving In

Michaela Keilen, Kelly Bates, Erin Paine
Only one week to go until Carlin and Evan's wedding special! This Thursday on a new episode of Bringing Up Bates, the future Mr. and Mrs. Stewart set their house up, work on a duet for the ceremony, and pick up their marriage license. Meanwhile, Michael and Brandon settle into their Tennessee home, and Michael shares her nursing school plans. You'll also witness a photo shoot for the Bates Sisters Boutique.

Gil Bates, Carlin Bates, Evan Stewart
Gil Bates, Carlin Bates, Evan Stewart
Lawson Bates and Gil Bates
Lawson Bates and Gil Bates
Kelly Bates
Kelly Bates
Kelly Bates and Tori Smith

Thursday, November 14
7am ET: The Best is Yet to Come
9pm ET: Home is Where the Heart Is NEW!
As their wedding day gets closer and closer, Carlin and Evan get busy fixing up their future home. With all the unpacking, can they find the time to finish writing the duet they plan to sing at the ceremony, or will this turn into a musical disaster? Now that Michaella and Brandon have moved back to Tennessee, the eldest Bates daughter is anxious to settle into her new house. While the family helps her move in, Kelly Jo chats with Michaella about her nursing school plans. Meanwhile, Carlin, Whitney, and Erin have a photo shoot for their new dress business, and many of the Bates try their hand at modeling. And later, our busy bride checks off one last remaining item on her wedding to-do list, as she and Evan head to the courthouse to get their marriage license! 30 Minutes

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Stewarts Settle In

 Evan and Carlin

"I don't even know how to cook. How am I supposed to know how to set this stuff up?"
-Carlin Bates (now Carlin Stewart)

In TV time, the wedding countdown has begun, and Carlin and Evan are rushing to get their house set up before the big day. But they have already received a ton of gifts, and finding places for all their new belongings proves to be a more difficult task than they had imagined.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Fam Meets Khloe

There has been a lot of excitement in the Bates family over the past two days, following Khloe's arrival on Thursday. As you can imagine, Zach and Whitney have had plenty of visitors. The Bates are always thrilled to pieces when new babies are born.

Kelton Balka, Willow Balka, Josie Balka, Khloe Bates
Kelton Balka, Willow Balka (almost 4 months old), 
Josie Balka, Khloe Bates

Photo courtesy of Kelton and Josie Balka

Celebrating Alyssa and Kade

Happy "double Bates birthday" to Alyssa Webster and Kade Smith! Alyssa is 25, and Kade is one.

Tori (Bates) Smith, Bobby Smith, Kade Smith
John Webster, Allie Webster, Alyssa (Bates) Webster,
Lexi Webster, Allie Webster

Photos courtesy of UPtv, John and Alyssa Webster

Friday, November 8, 2019

First Photo of Khloe

We just shared the happy news about Khloe Bates' arrival, and we wanted to post one of the photos that UPtv released. More photos can be found on the network website.

Whitney Bates, Zach Bates, Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates, Khloe Bates
Whitney Bates, Zach Bates, Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates, Khloe Bates

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Khloe is Here!

The little Bates family

Zach and Whitney Bates' new addition has arrived, safe and sound. Welcome to the world, Khloe Eileen Bates! She was born yesterday, November 7th, at 3:48pm, weighing 7 lbs 9 oz.

More details and photos can be found on the UPtv website.

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Sentimental Kelly

Callie Bates, Carlin Bates Erin Paine, Whitney Bates
Looking through Carlin's photo album

"Mom has always been very big into photos. She's so sweet and sentimental about it."
-Erin Paine

Can you imagine organizing childhood photos of nineteen kids? In preparation for Carlin's college graduation party, Kelly stays up nearly all night putting together an album for Carlin. Everyone is eager to flip through it.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

'Baby Mamas and Bridesmaids Drama' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Baby Mamas and Bridesmaids Drama"

  • Carlin’s wedding is in two weeks, but she is graduating from college, and Kelly wants to throw a little party to celebrate her accomplishment. The Bates mom meets with Whitney to plan the event, but when Whitney gets a call from her doctor’s office, the discussion quickly turns to another topic. Whitney is pregnant and just found out the gender, but Zach doesn’t know yet. Kelly wants her to reveal it at the party.
  • “So Kelly really is the first one in the Bates family to know that I’m pregnant this time,” says Whitney. “And the only thing I think I have going for me is the graduation party is the very next day. So she’s not really that good at secrets, but I think since it’s like in less than 24 hours, I’ll be good this time.”
  • “I was a little worried cause it is all about Carlin’s day and her graduation,” admits Whitney.
  • Josie’s due date is almost here, and she and Kelton have just moved into a two-bedroom apartment to make room for the baby. Josie’s friend Samantha comes over to help decorate the nursery. When Kelton returns home from work, he starts assembling the crib, which ends up being a more difficult job than he had anticipated.
  • “At the end of the day, because of Josie’s hard work, that nursery looked incredible,” says Josie.
  • On the day of her graduation party, Carlin is thrilled to have completed her degree. “I couldn’t have made it through school without Mom, that’s a fact,” says Carlin. After eating, the family members share praises about Carlin. “If you’re ever needing something, Carlin’s always there, and she’s always going to be there for you,” Callie shares, through tears. “And I can’t believe she’s getting married.”
  • At the end of the party, Kelly turns the floor over to Zach, who thinks he is about to announce the pregnancy.  “Well, I actually do have something to say, Carlin, I love you very much. And my wife was talking to Mom the other day and may have let something slip, and Mom can’t keep a secret, so we’re just going to go ahead and let everybody know that we have another little baby on the way.”
  • At that point, Kelly opens the coffee cup that she has been pretending to sip and throws pink confetti all over Zach. “That’s what happens when you tell Mom,” exclaims Zach.
  • “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Zach stunned,” says Kelly. The dad of three admits that he had no idea that Whitney had even decided to find out the gender.
  • Later, the Bates and Stewart ladies meet at Whitney’s house to discuss bridesmaids dresses. Renee and her husband arrive to help. “We have more problems than we thought we did,” says Carlin. The ladies try on their dresses, which are a variety of styles and colors, and express a lot of concerns and complaints. When Tori says she can’t fit in her dress, Carlin responds, “Then we’re going to the gym together.”
  • Everyone agrees that Whitney’s dress looks great, but Whitney is concerned that her baby bump will grow too much before the wedding. “I just ate two cheeseburgers and a large fry and a piece of pie all by myself!” she exclaims. “There’s a baby inside, which makes me crave food, so it’s rough.”
  • Renee has plans to remake a lot of the dresses so they fit better. “Renee is magic,” says Erin.
  • When Carlin tries on her dress, it’s perfect. “I do not want to hurt anybody’s feelings, but it is the prettiest wedding dress that I’ve ever seen,” says Kelly.
  • “Okay that really hurt my feelings,” responds Erin. “She says it every time,” laughs Tori.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Baby Bates #3 Coming Soon

November is finally here, which means that Zach and Whitney Bates will soon welcome their new addition, Khloe Eileen Bates. She is due in less than two weeks. The Bates did a photo shoot with photographer friend Taryn Yager to commemorate their last days as a family of four.

Whitney Bates, Zach Bates, Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates

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Surprising Zach, Part 2

Carlin Bates, Gil Bates, Kelly Bates
Yesterday, we shared the Bringing Up Bates scene in which Whitney Bates tells Kelly Bates her exciting pregnancy news and asks her mother-in-law for help surprising Zach with the gender. Today's sneak peek scene shows Kelly making the big reveal, while most of the rest of the family looks on. Check it out below, and be sure to tune in tomorrow (Thursday) at 9pm ET/8pm CT for a new episode. We will post a written recap after the show.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Surprising Zach

Kelly Bates
Kelly Bates

The Bates took a break last week, but all-new episodes of Bringing Up Bates resume this Thursday at 9pm ET/8pm CT on UPtv. Whitney tells Kelly that she is expecting, and she already knows the gender. The kicker is that Zach has no idea that Whitney even scheduled an appointment at the doctor's office, so he is in for a big surprise. Whitney needs Kelly's help coming up with a way to reveal the news to Zach and the rest of the family (video preview below).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv