Sunday, June 30, 2019

40 Bates and Counting

Taking a Bates family photo

New Bringing Up Bates content is coming your way soon! The Bates clan spent the weekend together taking photos and filming promo scenes, commercials, and a new intro. The show will return later this summer, with the exact date to be announced soon. In the photo above, there is one Bates missing. Can you figure out who it is? (He or she was able to make it to some of the shoots this weekend.)

Alyssa Webster and Katie Bates
Alyssa Webster and Katie Bates

Kelly Bates, Allie Webster, Alyssa Webster, Lexi Webster
Kelly Bates, Allie Webster, Alyssa Webster, Lexi Webster

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Photos courtesy of, Alyssa and John Webster, UPtv

Friday, June 28, 2019

Meet Chase Paine

 Everly Paine and Chase the kitten

Welcoming new pets into their home has become a common recurrence for Erin and Chad Paine. Most of you have probably seen their twin goats (Bubby and Sissy) and dog (Max) featured on Bringing Up Bates. With their fourth child due in December, this couple is fixin' to be even busier than they are now, so why not add another fur baby to the chaos?

Meet Chase the kitten (photo above). For good measure, we have also embedded new photos of Carson and Brooklyn below.

Carson Paine
Carson Paine
Brooklyn Paine
Brooklyn Paine

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Season 8 Return Date?

Yesterday, the Bates family gathered to film promo videos and photos for the second half of Bringing Up Bates season 8 (season 8B). Some of those shots included Zach Bates wearing an apron and chef hat, Judson Bates running on water in a giant inflatable wheel, and Gil and Kelly Bates laughing their heads off because they couldn't keep a straight face. The Bates are also filming a new intro for the show, for those who have asked when that would be updated.

When will new episodes resume on UPtv? The network has not yet announced a specific date, but rest assured that the premiere of season 8B will happen before summer turns into fall.

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Whitney Reaches 20 Weeks

Whitney Bates has made it to the halfway mark in her pregnancy! She and Zach have not yet announced the gender, but according to the expectant mother, her little one has recently started kicking like crazy. Baby Bates is due in mid-November and will likely arrive around the same time as Erin Paine's fourth child (due in December). With Willow Balka due in four weeks, Gil and Kelly Bates will have 12 grandchildren by the end of 2019.

Whitney Bates pregnant
Whitney Bates, 20 weeks 3 days pregnant

Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Monday, June 24, 2019

4-Week Newlyweds

Carlin and Evan Stewart have been married four weeks! They recently visited Evan's family in the Nashville area. Carlin is finishing the decorating process in their East Tennessee house and plans to share photos soon.

Evan Stewart and Carlin Stewart
Evan Stewart and Carlin Stewart

Photo courtesy of Carlin and Evan Stewart

Friday, June 21, 2019

Pool Day and Birthday

Happy First Day of Summer! The weather is warming up quickly, which means it's time to break out the water activities. Alyssa Webster set up some kiddie pools in her front yard so her three munchkins could go swimming.

Alyssa Webster, Lexi Webster, Zoey Webster, Allie Webster

We also wanted to share a recent photo of Kaci Bates, who turned three yesterday, and her little furry friend.

Kaci Lynn Bates

Photos courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster; Zach and Whitney Bates

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Kaci Turns 3

Happy 3rd birthday to Kaci Lynn Bates! It's hard to believe that it has been three years since she joined the Bates family. Want to look back at that emotional moment? Click here to watch a slideshow of photos from Kaci's birth. In November, Kaci will be a big sister!

Bradley Bates and Kaci Bates
Bradley Bates and Kaci Bates
Josie's wedding, October 2018

Whitney Bates and Kaci Bates
Whitney Bates and Kaci Bates
Christmas 2018

Whitney Bates, Kaci Bates, Zach Bates, Bradley Bates
Easter 2019

Photos courtesy of Zach and Whitney

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Basketball with the Bates Boys

"Those baby showers, I've been to a few of them. They're really not my thing. They're all the same."
-Nathan Bates

While the Bates ladies are at a baby shower, the Bates guys step out onto their outdoor basketball court for a competitive game (video below).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Trace's Special Friend

Trace Bates and Chaney
Trace Bates and Chaney
Carlin and Evan's wedding
The next Bates wedding just might be for a Bates son! Trace Bates has been spending time with a special friend named Chaney. No additional information has been released, but we will keep you updated, as we know that y'all love hearing about Bates relationships.

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Photo courtesy of Trace Bates

Bates' Father's Day 2019

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! And to Gil Bates, Zach Bates, Chad Paine, John Webster, Bobby Smith, and Kelton Balka!

Jeb Bates and Gil Bates

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Bates Sisters Offer International Shipping

Erin Paine, Whitney Bates, and Carlin Stewart have added a few new dresses to their online shop, Bates Sisters Boutique, and the have just made an exciting announcement. They are now offering international shipping!

Katie Bates
Katie Bates in "The Riley"

Photos courtesy of,

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Lawson on FOX 5 Atlanta

Two months ago, we posted about Lawson Bates' June 14th concert in Senoia, Georgia. The event is just three days away, and it's not too late to buy tickets. (Visit Lawson's website to purchase.) The concert will benefit Parker's Promise, a very worthy cause. Lawson appeared on Fox 5's Good Day Atlanta to discuss the upcoming show (video below).

Photo courtesy UPtv; video courtesy FOX 5 Atlanta

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Bates Sibs Hangout

Where has the time gone? Josie Balka is already 33 weeks pregnant with her daughter! Willow Kristy Balka is due July 25th. According Josie, Willow received a good report at her last OB appointment. The photo below was taken in downtown Knoxville.

Josie and Katie just returned from Florida, where they spent a week of sister time with Alyssa. Alyssa is the sixth-born Bates, while Josie and Katie are ten and eleven, but apparently the three ladies were asked by multiple people if they are triplets.

Kelton Balka, Josie Balka, Lawson Bates, Katie Bates

Photo courtesy of Josie Balka

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Baby Paine 4.0

Chad and Erin Paine

Fourteen months after Everly Paine's arrival, Erin and Chad Paine have another announcement to make. They are expecting their fourth child! Baby Paine 4.0 is due in December. For more photos, visit the announcement page on the UPtv website.

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

Photos courtesy of UPtv, Chad Paine

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Stewarts Start Life in ...

Carlin (Bates) Stewart and Evan Stewart
Following their May 25th wedding near Knoxville, Carlin and Evan Stewart departed for a romantic honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort called Majestic Mirage, located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The newlyweds just returned to Evan's hometown near Nashville and then hopped in the car and headed to their new home.

Where is home for these two? They have a house, which they were working on before the wedding, waiting for them in East Tennessee. We know you're probably wondering what happened to their plans to live in the Nashville area. Well, their plans changed, and they will now be living closer to Carlin's family. You can imagine how thrilled Kelly Bates is to have so many of her children nearby.

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Photo courtesy of Carlin and Evan Stewart

Stripes, Buttons, and Polka Dots

As the official first day of summer draws near, the Bates sisters are continuing to roll out new dresses. Bates Sisters Boutique now has almost thirty items listed, with more being added regularly. If you have your eye on a gown that is currently out of stock, you can add your email to the wait-list by selecting the dress and size that you want and clicking "Join Waitlist."

Carlin Bates Stewart
Carlin Stewart wearing The Emma

Michael Keilen, Kelly Bates, Erin Paine
Michael Keilen, Kelly Bates, and Erin Paine wearing The Claire
Tori Bates Smith
Tori Smith wearing The Mya
Tori Bates Smith and Kade Smith
Tori Smith (with Kade Smith) wearing The Breanna
Katie Bates
Katie Bates wearing The Jane

Photos courtesy of,

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Websters' 5-Year Photo Shoot

Last weekend, Alyssa and John Webster flew to Knoxville for Carlin and Evan's wedding. It was their fifth wedding anniversary, so they made the trip without their three daughters. In addition to wedding festivities and family time, the Websters squeezed in a photo shoot with friend and [very] talented photographer Taryn Yager.

Alyssa Webster and John Webster
John Webster and Alyssa Webster

Photos courtesy of, Alyssa and John Webster