Thursday, September 19, 2019

Bates' Valentine's 2019 Festivities

Bringing Up Bates skiing

The season 8B premiere of Bringing Up Bates is just hours away! Are you excited? To get you in the mood for a new, 60-minute episode of the Bates family's reality show, here are a few snapshots from the episode.

Bringing Up Bates new season

Bringing Up Bates new season

Bringing Up Bates new season

Bringing Up Bates new season

Bringing Up Bates new season


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Bates Return Tomorrow, Sept 19th


One day to go! As we wait for new episodes of Bringing Up Bates to return to UPtv tomorrow at 9pm ET/8pm CT, let's take a glimpse at the upcoming season. You'll see from the promo video below that there is a lot of heartwarming (and downright terrifying) footage on the way. Visit our post from last Friday to watch the first 90 seconds of the first episode.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lawson and Nathan in the Bahamas

Lawson Bates in the Bahamas
Lawson Bates in the Bahamas

Lawson is now home from the Bahamas after spending two weeks doing hurricane disaster and medical relief work with the organization MEDIC CORPS. He and Nathan worked alongside some of the Duggars, as well as other volunteers. Their team was made up of medical personnel (including an emergency room doctor), pilots, and other trained individuals. The organization's efforts have been highlighted by multiple news outlets, including News4Jax, CBS, and NBC.

Working alongside other nonprofits--Samaritan's Purse, Team Rubicon, Fuel Relief Fund, and others--MEDIC CORPS delivered medical supplies; life-flighted victims to Nassau; distributed food, water, and other supplies; rescued stranded victims, including three young children who had been separated from family; and  much more. Please continue to pray for the victims of Hurricane Dorian.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Michael and Brandon at a Keilen Wedding

Michaela Keilen and Brandon Keilen with Becky and Tim

Over the weekend Michael and Brandon Keilen watched Becky, one of Brandon's sisters, tie the knot in Florida. All the bridesmaids wore different purple dresses, so Michael was able to wear the bridesmaid dress that she wore for Tori's wedding, after having shortened the sleeves.

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Photo courtesy of brandonandmichaela.com

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrating Judson and Brandon

Today is the second-to-last of five double Bates birthdays this year. The first two (February 1st and 17th) are Bates children, and the third is a sibling and a grandchild. This one is a Bates child and an in-law. And the last one of the year (November 9th) will be a Bates child and a grandchild. Happy 9th birthday to Judson Bates, and happy 30th birthday to Brandon Keilen!

Callie Bates and Judson Bates
New York City, August 2018

Carson Paine, Bradley Bates, Judson Bates
October 2018

Tori Smith and Judson Bates
Tori and Bobby's wedding, December 2017

Judson Bates
2016

Brandon Keilen and Michael Bates Keilen
Brandon Keilen and Michael Keilen
2019

Brandon Keilen and Zoey Webster
June 2018

Brandon Keilen
Skydiving, 2017

Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com, lawsonbates.com, brandonandmichaela.com

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Almost-5-Year-Old Bradley

Bradley, the oldest Bates grandchild, will be turning five years old at the end of next month (October 29th). According to Whitney, her little boy has been a huge help as she and Zach make preparations for Baby #3, Khloe Eileen Bates, due in November.

Whitney Bates and Bradley Bates
Whitney Bates and Bradley Bates
September 2019

Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Friday, September 13, 2019

Season 8B Premiere


Less than a week to go until new episodes of Bringing Up Bates return to UPtv! The premiere airs Thursday, September 19th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT. Below is a video preview. Nineteen seconds will be added each day.



Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Trace's Official Dating Announcement

Trace Bates and Girlfriend Chaney Grace

This evening, InTouch Weekly released an exclusive story about Trace Bates and his girlfriend, Chaney Grace. The two are officially dating! The publication also published an exclusive sneak peek video clip along with the article. Next week on the Bringing Up Bates premiere, you'll watch Trace unexpectedly show up to the family's Valentine's Day celebration with Chaney. The Bates met Chaney's family, Texas residents, at a ski resort in Colorado. 

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Photo courtesy of Trace Bates

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Chaney Turns 21

Yesterday was Chaney's 21st birthday. Although she has not yet been featured on the show (which returns September 19th, for those who haven't heard), we have posted a few photos of her on our blog. She is Trace's girlfriend. Happy birthday, Chaney!

Trace Bates, Chaney, Kelly Bates
Trace Bates, Chaney, Kelly Bates

 Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Post-Surgery Update on Alyssa

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

Alyssa Webster just shared an update on her heart condition. She had surgery nine days ago, and although her followup appointment was delayed due to Hurricane Dorian, which turned out to be a mild storm in Florida, she was able to visit the doctor today.

After an electrocardiogram/EKG (a quick and easy test that measures the heart's electrical activity) and an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart), Dr. Bhavya Trivedi informed Alyssa that her arrhythmia appears to be gone! She will have another appointment in six months to make sure that things still look good.

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Photo courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Season 8B Premiere Details

Brandon and Michael Keilen
Brandon and Michael Keilen
As UPtv gears up for the Bringing up Bates season 8B premiere on Thursday, September 19th, the network currently only has one rerun scheduled between now and the big day. But on September 19th, be sure to tune in at 9pm ET/8pm CT for a 60-minute kickoff episode, featuring the Bates family's I Love You Day celebration (episode summary below). For more photos from the event, check out our February 17th post.

Thursday, September 19
9pm: A Very Medieval I Love You Day NEW!
I Love You Day is here again, and the whole Bates crew gathers for an elaborate “chivalry” themed party with food, games, and amazing costumes. Before the big event, Kelly Jo and the girls decorate for the party and get caught up on all the biggest family news like Carlin and Evan’s wedding plans, Trace’s romantic prospect, and the exciting news that Michaella and Brandon might be moving to Tennessee! Meanwhile, the Bates boys hit the slopes for the day in a “Battle of the Brothers,” as snowboarder Lawson and skier Nathan compete for the fastest speeds. Later, the love fest continues when Josie and Kelton invite their family over for a gender reveal party. When the balloon pops, will it be baby boy or baby girl!?


Thursday, September 26
9pm: A Blushing Bride to Be NEW!
Kelly Jo, Erin, and Carlin head to Nashville to help Carlin with the #1 thing on her wedding to-do list - finding a wedding dress! While there, they take the opportunity to spend a little time with Tori, Baby Kade, and Lawson. When the group takes a trip to TopGolf, Erin and Lawson enjoy some friendly sibling competition, and Carlin and Evan enjoy some couple time. And finally, Carlin tries on her dream wedding gown; but will it still be the one, when the bride to be realizes the dress is slightly pink?

Photo courtesy of Taryn Yager Photography

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Carlin's Pregnancy Health Struggles

Carlin Stewart
Carlin Stewart

Yesterday, we shared the happy news that Carlin and Evan Stewart are expecting their first child in February 2020! With Erin Paine and Whitney Bates, Carlin's business partners, also pregnant and due before the end of 2019, the Bates Sisters Boutique trio will have babies who are very close in age.

Via People Magazine, Carlin shared the health problems that she has struggled with during her pregnancy. At her first obstetrics appointment, the expectant mother was informed that she has something else in common with older sister Erin. Like Erin, Carlin also suffers from a blood clotting disorder and has to receive two shots daily, administered by Evan. The Stewarts say that they are thankful that their baby is healthy.

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Photo credit: Darian Kaia

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Big Bates News x2

Carlin Stewart and Evan Stewart show off their ultrasound photo

It's been a little while (okay, not that long) since the Bates have made a big announcement. Don't you think it's time for another one? How about two big announcements?

Carlin Bates pregnant

Carlin Bates married Evan Stewart on May 25th, and this morning, the couple is thrilled to share with the world that they will soon be a family of three. That's right, Carlin is pregnant! Baby Stewart is scheduled to arrive in February 2020. Check out the announcement video below, and then keep reading for another reveal. More photos of the Stewarts with the first snapshot of their little one can be found on the UPtv website.


Are you ready for announcement #2? New episodes of Bringing Up Bates will return to UPtv on Thursday, September 19th, at 9pm ET/8pm CT!

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Photo credit: Darian Kaia

Monday, September 2, 2019

Erin--23 Weeks with Baby #4

Erin Paine
23 weeks, 3 days pregnant with Holland Grace Paine

Doesn't it feel like just yesterday when Erin and Chad Paine announced the gender of their first child, Carson Paine, to the Bates family with a gender reveal cake? Now, more than four years later, Erin is past the halfway mark in her fourth pregnancy. Holland Paine is due at the end of December, which means that Erin is almost 24 weeks along. For fun, we have included a photo of Erin's bump now (above) and her 23-week bump with Brooklyn (below).

Erin Paine
23 weeks pregnant with Brooklyn
 
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Alyssa Out of Surgery

As we shared this morning, Alyssa Webster had her second cardiac ablation surgery today. According to Kelly Bates, the surgery was six hours long, recovery was four-and-a-half hours, and Alyssa is now experiencing normal, post-operative discomfort and exhaustion.

On a positive note, the doctor told the Websters and Bates that he feels good about how the surgery went. Please continue to pray for Alyssa and her family, as the recovery from this procedure is lengthy.

Alyssa's Second Surgery

John Webster and Alyssa Webster arrive at the hospital this morning

On April 11th, Alyssa Webster had her first cardiac ablation surgery, hopeful that it would cure her supraventricular tachycardia (a fancy medical term that essentially means abnormally fast heartbeat). Unfortunately, the condition returned, and she was scheduled for another surgery. That surgery is today.

Alyssa and John arrived at the hospital early this morning, and Gil, Kelly, and Callie Bates came along for support. The surgery is now underway, and we know that the Websters and Bates would appreciate prayers for Alyssa.

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Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Bates #5 Turns 26

Kelly Bates and pilot Nathan Bates

Nathan Bates (well, technically his legal name is Kenneth Nathaniel Bates) turns 26 today. Happy birthday, Nathan!

Nathan Bates
Medical mission trip in the Middle East


Lawson Bates, Trace Bates, Nathan Bates
Lawson Bates, Trace Bates, Nathan Bates

Nathan Bates evacuates Hurricane Harvey victims
Nathan evacuates Hurricane Harvey victims


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Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com, lawsonbates.com

Monday, August 26, 2019

Evan's Birthday Trip

Carlin Stewart

In celebration of Evan's 24th birthday, he and Carlin ventured to Charleston, South Carolina, for a little getaway. If you remember our post from two years ago, Zach and Whitney Bates and their kids visited Charleston in June 2017. Josie and Kelton Balka were there in April on their babymoon. Have you been?

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

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Photos courtesy of Evan and Carlin Stewart, Zach and Whitney Bates

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bates Boutique Warehouse

Carlin Bates, Erin Paine, Whitney Bates
Carlin Bates, Erin Paine, Whitney Bates
2018
The biggest news from the Bates these days is that the Bates Sisters Boutique now has a warehouse! (While they call it a warehouse, if you're picturing a 1-million-square-foot Amazon warehouse, scale that down by quite a bit--this warehouse is on the smaller side.)

The guys in the family, especially Chad, are still working on finishing it up, but we expect there to be pictures soon. In addition to storage space, the warehouse also has a spot for photo shoots, which will prevent Erin, Carlin, and Whitney from having to rent space to shoot photos.

Photo courtesy of Carlin Stewart

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Bates Attend Paine Wedding

If you have been a long-time fan of the Bates family, you have probably seen photos and footage of Abby Paine, one of Chad's nine siblings. Although she is from Oklahoma, she has spent a significant amount of time in Rocky Top in recent years as Kelly's homeschooling assistant/tutor.

Yesterday, Abby married Jeremiah (Jay) Unruh in Oklahoma City. Some of the Bates attended the wedding. Erin Paine, Tori Smith, Carson Paine, and Brooklyn Paine were in the wedding party. 

Kelly Bates, Abby, Jay, Gil Bates
Kelly Bates, Abby, Jay, Gil Bates

Trace Bates and girlfriend Chaney

Gil Bates, Brooklyn Paine, Carson Paine

Photos courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Friday, August 16, 2019

Bates Now Returning Fall 2019


We have some good news and some not-so-good news. The good news is that UPtv just released a fun Bates promo video that you are sure to enjoy. The not-so-good news is that Bringing Up Bates is now slated to return this fall, rather than at the end of summer. We will keep you updated and will let you know as soon as an exact date is announced.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Keilens Celebrate 4 Years

Has it really been four years since we watched the beautiful wedding of Michael Bates and Brandon Keilen? Happy anniversary, Keilens! For fun, we have included a video of the two newlyweds on their Montana honeymoon.

Michaela and Brandon Keilen
Michaela and Brandon Keilen
2019
Michaela Keilen and Brandon Keilen
2015


Photos courtesy of brandonandmichaela.com

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

3-9: Boys vs. Girls

Kelly Bates and Everly Paine
Kelly Bates and Everly Paine
 
2019 is shaping up to be the year of baby girls, for both the Bates and their close friends the Duggars. In the Duggar family, Jessa delivered Ivy in May, and Anna, Lauren, and Kendra are all due with baby girls in November. In the Bates clan, Josie had Willow last month, and Erin and Whitney are expecting baby girls in December and November.

By the end of the year, Gil and Kelly Bates will have 12 grandchildren--nine girls and only three boys. The girls are Allie Webster, Kaci Bates, Brooklyn Paine, Lexi Webster, Zoey Webster, Everly Paine, Willow Balka, Khloe Eileen Bates, and Holland Grace Paine, and the boys are Bradley Bates, Carson Paine, and Kade Smith.

The Duggars are slightly more boy heavy, but not by much. They have nine grandsons, seven granddaughters, and one still to be revealed (John and Abbie's child).

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Photo courtesy of thebatesfamily.com

Friday, August 9, 2019

Kade Turns 9 Months Old

Robert "Kade" Ellis Smith IV, is nine months old today. Time sure has flown by--it feels like proud parents Tori and Bobby Smith were just sharing the first photo of their son, and here he is approaching his first birthday. Below are two pictures, a new one and a newborn one, so you can see how much he has changed.

Kade Smith, (almost) 9 months old
 
Kade Smith
Kade Smith, newborn


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Photos courtesy of Bobby and Tori Smith

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Balkas Buy a House

Josie Balka, Kelton Balka, Willow Balka
 
Another big change is in store for the Balkas. Little Willow hasn't even turned three weeks old, and they are getting ready to hit another huge milestone. New parents Josie and Kelton just closed on their first house, and they are planning to move in at the end of August, after they complete some renovations. And it won't be long before the premiere of Bringing Up Bates season 8B (premiere date to be announced soon).

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Photo courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Brooklyn Turns 3

Brooklyn Paine
Brooklyn Paine, 3 years old
 
July and August are big birthday months for the Bates clan. Kelton and Lawson celebrated birthdays in July, and Willow was born on the 19th. This month, we have already seen Callie turn 10 and Josie turn 20, and today is Brooklyn's 3rd birthday. Happy birthday, Brooklyn! Evan and Nathan also have birthdays at the end of August.
 
Brooklyn Paine and Kaci Bates
Brooklyn Paine and Kaci Bates
Spring 2019
 
Carson Paine, Everly Paine, Brooklyn Paine
Carson Paine, Everly Paine, Brooklyn Paine
October 2018
 
 Brooklyn Paine and Carson Paine
 Brooklyn Paine and Carson Paine
May 2018

Brooklyn Paine
Brooklyn Paine, May 2017
 
Kaci Lynn Bates and Brooklyn Paine
Kaci Lynn Bates and Brooklyn Paine, September 2016 

Erin Paine and Brooklyn Paine
Erin Paine and Brooklyn Paine (3 weeks old)

Photo courtesy of chadanderin.com