Saturday, October 12, 2019

Don't Hate Your Neighbor

Gil and Kelly Bates
Gil and Kelly Bates

Kelly Bates: "People wake up and say they love the smell of coffee. I smell it and go, eww."
Zach Bates: "I could probably make world peace right now. Just throw your coffee out, straight for hot chocolate. World peace."

In a new Bates Around the World video, some of the Bates family members try a new type of coffee and have to guess what country it's from. As always, their reactions are entertaining.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Friday, October 11, 2019

Bates Dad v. Bates Kiddos

"The older crew, they're standing by, waiting for me to tell them what to do. The younger crew, I'm having to go find them because they're already doing something I didn't want them to do."
-Gil Bates

In this web exclusive from last night's episode (be sure to read our recap) Gil takes the kiddos to the new church building. His hope is to have them help him with a few things, but keeping them in line proves to be a difficult task (video below). Do you think they are goofing off more than they would with Kelly around?

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, October 10, 2019

'A Baby Grand Plan' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "A Baby Grand Plan"

  • Kelly, Carlin, Erin, Carson, and Everly go back to Castleton Farms, the wedding venue that Carlin has chosen. They bring Kim, the Bates’ trusty wedding coordinator. The venue owners were able to work out a price that the Bates can afford.
  • “My biggest question is always the one that Carlin doesn’t want me to ask,” says Kelly. “What about the rain? Is there a backup plan?” The woman giving the tour assures them that the venue has two indoor spaces.
  • “The thing that I’m most excited about…is seeing my little girl’s dreams come true,” Kelly says, tearing up.
  • Gil and Kelly arrive to help Tori and Bobby pack up their Nashville apartment. “I am super excited about moving back with the family and being around them,” says Tori. “I miss them, and a lot is going on right now, and I was missing out on all of it.”
  • “We have always dreamed that our children would live close to us, and we’re getting the news that three out of the four out-of-town couples may be coming home, and my heart is just full,” says Kelly. “I’m looking forward to some one-on-one granny time with Kade.”
  • “The year that God gave us in Nashville was absolutely incredible,” says Bobby. “My number one goal is to be just everything I can for my wife and my little boy and the family that God has given us.”
  • When Gil brings the 16-foot, do-it-yourself moving truck that the Smiths have reserved, some of the family members think it’s way too small, and others think there will be plenty of space. Gil, the master-packer who used to work at UPS, gets to work. “We have a secret weapon,” says Bobby, referring to Gil.
  • Gil starts to doubt himself, but he successfully fits everything in the truck…barely.
  • Later, Gil and some of the kids show off the new church building, which is almost ready for services. “Music has always played a huge part in my family, and for Dad’s church, the piano really is his number one instrument right now,” says Erin.
  • Everyone is thrilled when piano movers deliver the baby grand that Gil chose for the church. “It’s exactly the one we’ve been praying for for like six years,” he says. Gil tears up as Callie plays a beautiful song. He leads the kids in a prayer thanking God for the instrument and asking Him to use it for His glory.
  • Erin was previously the church pianist, but she now plays for another church. Carlin has filled the role, and Kelly hopes that she will pass the torch to Callie one day.
  • Carlin, along with some of the girls, go up to Kentucky to have Renee alter her wedding dress.
  • “You would think that when a girl finds her dream dress, that, hey it’s the dream dress, it’s perfect, but along with that comes alterations and fixing things and changing things” says Whitney. “If it doesn’t fit just right, it just doesn’t work, and guys don’t understand that.”
  • “Take that same statement and substitute dress for husband,” says Zach, chuckling. “Get ready, Evan!”

Kaci and Khloe's New Room

Zach and Whitney Bates' third child, Khloe Eileen Bates, is due in less than six weeks! The bedroom that Kaci, who turned three in June, and Khloe will share is finished and ready for Khloe's arrival. What do you think?

Khloe's crib
Kaci Lynn's bed

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Photos courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Callie the Pianist

Callie Bates playing piano

"This is called a baby grand. It's the grandest thing we ever seen."
-Gil Bates

Not only does 10-year-old Callie Bates look like a mini Erin Paine, but she also shares her older sister's love for piano. She may be 18 years younger than Erin, but she is quickly becoming quite the pianist. 

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Katie's Birthday Surprise

Katie Bates celebrated her 19th birthday today. Travis, her friend who is becoming more than just a friend, made her day extra special by surprising her. Katie and Travis haven't made an official relationship announcement yet, but aren't they an adorable couple?

Travis and Katie

Photo courtesy of Katie Bates

Baby Stewart is a...

So much pink! Carlin (20 weeks pregnant) and Evan Stewart just announced the gender of their baby, following a gender reveal party with family. Let's just say that the Bates grandsons--Bradley, Carson, and Kade--are quickly becoming outnumbered. Due in February 2020, Baby Stewart will be the 13th Bates grandchild and will put the count at three boys and ten girls. Her name will be Layla Rae Stewart.

Evan Stewart and Carlin Stewart (19 weeks pregnant)

Photo courtesy of Carlin and Evan Stewart

A Birthday and an Anniversary

Today is a big day for the Bates family. Katie Grace Bates is turning 19, and Josie and Kelton Balka are celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary.

Alyssa Webster and Katie Bates
Alyssa Webster and Katie Bates
June 2019
Josie Bates and Katie Bates
Josie Bates and Katie Bates
July 2018
Katie Bates
Katie Bates
April 2018

Katie Bates
Josie Bates Balka wedding
Bates/Balka wedding party

Photos courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster, Katie Bates,, UPtv

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Bates' Crazy Dog

Bradley Bates
Bradley Bates and JJ

Nathan Bates: "My mom wants Johnny Junior to be an in-house dog."
Kelly Bates: "I'm begging, bring that puppy in!"
Zach Bates: "Evidently, people are tired of just having one shoe left."

While Kelly wants to bring Johnny Junior inside, some of the other Bates are against it. So Gil and Zach and some of the kids put together a dog house for JJ. Check out the web exclusive video below, and make sure to watch last night's episode (and read our recap) if you missed it.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

'A Dance With Dad & A Wedding to Plan' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "A Dance With Dad & A Wedding to Plan"

  • Carlin, Kelly, Erin, Everly, and Whitney are searching for a wedding venue for Carlin and Evan. They are planning for 600-800, with the potential of up to 1,000 guests. They visit Whitestone Inn, which is where Chad proposed to Erin. Carlin loves it and is ready to commit, but after visiting Castleton Farms, she starts imagining having her wedding there. Vineyards, white pillars, and fancy stairs—it’s absolutely beautiful.
  • Back at the house, Gil, Zach, Nathan, and some of the kids assemble a doghouse that they purchased for their new dog, JJ (Johnny Jr). The project takes only 35 minutes, and the dog loves his new house.
  • Next up is Carlin’s dance lesson with Gil, in preparation for the daddy-daughter dance that she wants to have at her wedding. “So Carlin actually convinced Dad to go to dance lessons,” says Erin. “I do not know how she did that.”
  • Carlin jokes that they are going to start with a slow dance and then “crank it up.” Of course that’s not going to happen on Gil’s watch. “With dancing also comes bad chemistry that happens sometimes on the dance floor, so we never did the dance because it came with a lot of baggage, but this is not that kind of dancing,” explains Gil. Did you know that the Bates dad was prom king in high school?
  • “In past years, we avoided all dancing,” says Kelly. “Carin has assured us, she just wants this to be a wholesome, very thoughtful type of dance. And the more she talked about it, the more we want her to have her dreams.”
  • “Growing up, we did not do dancing,” says Zach. “I think Mom and Dad are really excited for it, and it’s interesting how the family’s evolved.”
  • Kelly accompanies Gil and Carlin to their dance lesson at Dance Tonight. Kelly says she is picturing what she calls a flowy “Ginger Rogers” dance. During the lesson, Gil dances with Carlin, while Kelly dances with the instructor. “I’m not a person with a lot of rhythm,” admits Gil. “I don’t’ want to be the double left-footed guy out there.”
  • But Gil is determined to get the hang of it. “If it makes her feel that special, it’s worth trying to do it,” says the father of the bride. “I want it to be a special day.”
  • Later, Michael and Brandon, along with Gil and Kelly, visit a rental house, owned by a friend and located in the town of Norris. “It’s been a matter of prayer for several months now, the potential of us moving home for me to go back to school,” says Michael.
  • The house is a lot smaller than the place they are moving from in Chicago. “It’s definitely a downsize,” says Brandon. “Cute little place, but it’s definitely smaller.” It’s a great area, though. The Keilens are hoping to move by May, which is only a couple months away.
  • “My heart is just so full now right now because my little girl is going to be coming home,” says Kelly.