Friday, November 29, 2019

Baby Cuddles with Holland

Erin Paine and Holland Grace Paine

Have you heard the exciting Bates news that was announced on Wednesday? Holland Paine arrived on Tuesday (details can be found in our "Holland is Here" post). And if you follow our blog about the Duggar family, you know that a member of that clan also had a baby this week. Anna Duggar delivered Maryella Hope Duggar yesterday morning.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Holland is Here!

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

Khloe Bates is no longer the youngest Bates grandchild. The Paines welcomed Holland Grace Paine yesterday morning (Tuesday, November 26) at 5:24am. Holland weighed 5 lbs 5 oz and has three adoring older siblings.Visit the UPtv announcement page for more photos. 

Erin Paine, Chad Paine, Holland Paine
Erin Paine, Chad Paine, Holland Paine

Photos courtesy of Taryn Yager Photography

Monday, November 25, 2019

Granny and Khloe

Kelly "Granny" Bates and Khloe Bates

Khloe Bats is 18 days old! As you can imagine, Zach and Whitney Bates and the rest of the Bates clan are enjoying all the newborn snuggles. Erin Paine is due with Holland Grace Paine in December, She delivered early with all three of her other babies, so it won't be long before you'll be reading another birth announcement.

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Photo courtesy of Gil and Kelly Bates

Unity Tree?

Whitney Bates, Carlin Stewart, Erin Paine
Whitney Bates, Carlin Stewart, Erin Paine

"I really think that this plant is really important. It does need to survive, if this is like your unity plant. I mean, it's not a good sign if it dies really soon. So you'd better water it."
-Erin Paine

When it comes to the unity ceremony at a wedding, there are a lot of options. You can light a candle, pour sand, tie a braid or knot, take Communion, wash each other's feet...and the list goes on. During their wedding, Carlin and Evan chose to plant a tree (video below).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Watch the FULL Bates/Stewart Wedding Ceremony

UPtv has requested that we pass on an exciting announcement to our readers.

This evening, the Bringing Up Bates episode featuring Carlin and Evan's wedding aired on TV. It was one hour long, but of course it didn't include the entire wedding ceremony--just bits and pieces, as well as footage from the rehearsal and reception. What if we told you that you can watch the ceremony in it's entirety, shot by multiple cameras, just as Carlin and Evan's wedding guests did?

For the first time ever, UPtv is making a full Bates wedding ceremony available to viewers, via its online streaming service, UP Faith and Family. If you aren't yet an UP Faith and Family subscriber, you can start your subscription with a 14-day free trial. Once you log in, the wedding ceremony will not be listed with the regular Bringing Up Bates episodes. It will be found in a series titled "You're Invited." Visit the UP Faith and  Family site to begin.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

'A Wedding Worth the Wait' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "A Wedding Worth the Wait"

  • The wedding is almost here! Carlin and Evan are practicing their first dance, to a song that Lawson wrote. “I had never imagined that this could just get this complicated,” Lawson says of the dance steps.
  • “I’m thinking y’all are going to need a lot more practice before Saturday,” says Trace, chuckling.
  • “I feel like, if you stumble and mess up the whole dance but you get the ending right, it’s okay,” says Carlin.
    Carlin arrives at the nail salon with her best friend, Joy (Duggar) Forsyth. “My friendship with Joy is just such a treasure to me,” says Carlin. “So for her to be here is just so sweet, to spend that last bit of time single with your best friend.”Erin and Tori, who are also bridesmaids, arrive soon after.
    “Carlin is so sweet,” says Erin. “I think she’s pretty much asked my opinion about every little detail about her wedding, which makes me feel so honored and special. I feel like, ‘Wow, I’m getting to kind of redo my wedding in a way and change up all my choices.’” Chad laughs.
  • It’s 94 degrees during the rehearsal. Carlin’s wedding Bates party is the largest so far, with 12 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen.
  • As the couple stands before Gil, one of the two officiants, he encourages them to stand close. Carlin puts her arm around Evan’s neck, but Gil puts the kibosh on that. “Hey, hey, woah, no, we’re not into that!” he exclaims. “You’ve got 23 more hours and 27 minutes.”
  • After the rehearsal, everyone is eager to get to the rehearsal dinner, which is in an air-conditioned building. The Stewarts have done an amazing job. Carlin stands up and shares heart-felt words of gratitude with her parents and siblings. Evan does the same. “I thought Carlin’s speech was wonderful,” says Lawson. “…It really just shows how close everybody is and how many memories there are.”
  • On the day of the wedding, all the ladies get ready together, while the groomsmen quickly put their clothes on and then enjoy refreshments and games in a room at the venue.
  • During pictures, Callie breaks down. “On the day of the wedding, it just starts dawning on me that they’re leaving for good,” says Callie. Carlin gives her a big hug.
  • Another emotional moment comes when Gil sees Carlin in her dress for the first time. The bride gives her dad a tie with the inscription, ‘I’ll always be your little girl.’
  • Just before Carlin walks down the aisle, Erin and Whitney pray with her. “I don’t thing [Carlin] could have picked a more perfect place for her and Evan to have their day at,” says Lawson.
  • Evan sees the dress for the first time when Carlin walks down the aisle, and he gets quite emotional.
  • “It’s a hot day, so I have been informed that my charge needs to be short and sweet,” says Gil during the ceremony. At the altar, he reminds Carlin and Evan to cherish each other and not to let anything come between them. “Carlin, you treat this man like he’s Superman, and he will be Superman,” encourages Gil. “The more you brag on him, they better he’ll get. It just works for all guys. You tell them they’re good, even if they can’t fix anything…they’ll find out how to do it. They want to be your hero.”
  • The couple exchanges traditional vows. When it’s time to sing the duet, they pull it off beautifully. “Baby I’m going to show you, with every step that I take, all of my ‘I dos,’ vows that I make.”
  • When it’s supposed to be time for the kiss, Evan’s pastor says, “Let us pray,” which is apparently something that he has done during past weddings. After the prayer comes the kiss.
  • Carlin and Evan run down the aisle and disappear. They arrive at the reception a short while later. The guests have been fed, and it’s time to cut the cake, made by Kelly’s sister Kay. Carlin and Evan do end up rubbing cake on each other’s faces.
  • Ethan, Whitney, and Erin give speeches. During hers, Erin makes a cryptic announcement: “So it’s my bet that out of all of Mom and Dad’s children that you will be the best to have the most children. Me personally, I’ve made my contribution, contributions. Four is getting close.”
  • The guests look around, wondering why Erin said four instead of three. “Oh, sorry, four,” says Erin. “Yes, I’m pregnant, for everybody that didn’t get that.” Everyone cheers.
  • “I accidentally slipped,” says Erin later. “I was not planning on that. I think it’s just cause it’s on my mind. Like I’m so shocked at myself for having four children. I mean, that’s a huge feat.”
  • After the speeches, everyone gathers around the outdoor dance floor and watches the couple share their first dance. Then comes the daddy-daughter dance. “Just watching Carlin enjoy that time with Dad, knowing the effort that Dad put into it--because he doesn’t dance--they did a beautiful job together, and it was just a really sweet time knowing how much it meant to her and knowing that he was willing to do anything to make her day special,” says Michael.
  • The episode ends with the sparkler send-off, and the couple drives away in a green sports car.

'Show You I Do'

The Bringing Up Bates episode featuring Carlin and Evan's wedding is airing right now on UPtv. During their wedding ceremony, the couple sings a duet written by Evan. In the video below, you'll hear a preview of the song. You can purchase the full song on iTunes or listen to it on Spotify.

Photo courtesy of Aubree Belle Photography/UPtv; video courtesy of UPtv

Wedding Episode Airs Tonight

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart wedding party

In case you haven't heard, tonight is the Bringing Up Bates season eight finale. We know that this is sad news for our readers, but you can rest assured that another season is in the works. And tonight's Bringing Up Bates season finale will be one hour long and will feature Carlin and Evan's fairy tale wedding.

Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart
Carlin Bates and Evan Stewart
Practicing their dance moves

Carlin Bates and her bridesmaids Joy Duggar Forsyth

Carlin Bates and her bridesmaids

Ring bearers

Trace Bates and girlfriend Chaney

Carlin Bates (now Carlin Stewart) 

Photos courtesy of UPtv

John Turns 30

It's the big 3-0 for another one of the Bates family members! Happy birthday, John Webster. Hope it's the best one yet.

Alyssa and John Webster
Alyssa and John Webster
Fall 2019
John and Alyssa Webster
Zoey Webster, Lexi Webster, Allie Webster
The Websters
John and Allie

John Webster, Alyssa Webster, Allie Jane Webster
John Webster, Alyssa Webster, Allie Jane Webster
John and Alyssa

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Season Finale This Thursday

Gil Bates and Carlin Bates

"You look like a real princess. You are a princess."
-Gil Bates

This Thursday at 9pm ET/8pm CT, tune in to UPtv for the season finale of Bringing Up Bates season nine. It's the one-hour Bates/Stewart wedding episode--bring on the tears! In the sneak peek video below, Gil sees Carlin in her wedding dress for the first time.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

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 will join his girls after a week, as the family prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving. 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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Photo/video courtesy of UPtv