Saturday, January 25, 2020

Kelton's New Company

Josie and Kelton Balka have an exciting announcement. Kelton started his own business!

After becoming a fifth generation licensed plumber at age 18, earning a finance degree from Pensacola Christian College in 2017, and working in his family's plumbing business for multiple years, Kelton is going off on his own, with his family’s full blessing. His company is Tennessee Standard, LLC

Bobby Smith, Kelton's best man and college roommate, is joining him as the administrate director. Bobby has worked with Kelton at The Plumbing Authority since he and Tori returned from Nashville last spring

If you live in the Knoxville area, be sure to give Kelton a call the next time you need a plumber. 

The Balkas will have another career announcement to make soon, this time from Josie. 

Photo courtesy of Josie and Kelton Balka;

Michael's 30th Birthday Party

Michael Keilen and Zach Bates
Michael Keilen and Zach Bates
Michael's 30th birthday party

How did Michaela celebrate the start of a new decade? On her 30th birthday, her family threw a big party in her honor. Brandon also surprised her with a getaway. Above is a photo of Michaela and older brother Zach, who turned 30 in December 2018. The two were great friends growing up and continue to be as adults.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Bates #2 Turns 30

Happy 30th birthday to Michael Keilen! Michael "Michaela" is the second oldest of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children. She will celebrate her fifth wedding anniversary this year and is currently enrolled in nursing school in East Tennessee.

Michaela Keilen and Brandon Keilen
Michaela Keilen and Brandon Keilen
December 2019

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Willow Turns 6 Months Old

Willow Balka is six months old today! Last season of Bringing Up Bates ended with Carlin and Evan's May wedding, so viewers haven't officially "met" Willow yet. Josie and Kelton chose not to film her birth, but you can look forward to seeing her in upcoming new episodes. The season nine premiere date has not yet been announced, but you can rest assured that it won't be long.

Kelton Balka, Josie Balka, Willow Balka
Kelton Balka, Josie Balka, Willow Balka

Photo courtesy of Josie and Kelton Balka

Friday, January 17, 2020

Lexi's 3rd Birthday Party

Lexi Webster, Zoey Webster, Allie Webster
Lexi Webster, Zoey Webster, Allie Webster
Lexi Webster celebrated her third birthday a bit early. Her actual birthday is on January 26th, but her parents hosted a party ahead of schedule. The theme was PJ Masks, an animated children's TV show that all three Webster girls love. The get-together was organized by Alyssa, party planning extraordinaire, and featured festive decorations and a homemade, three layer cake.

Happy early birthday, Lexi! Below are links to some of the other parties that Alyssa has thrown for her daughters.

Zoey's 1st birthday party
Lexi's 1st birthday party
Allie's 1st birthday party
PJ Masks birthday party

Photos courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Erin and Her 4 Babies

2020 is the year when Carson turns five, Brooklyn turns four, Everly turns two, and Holland turns one, but until those birthdays, Erin and Chad can say they have four children ages four and under. Gil and Kelly Bates were in a similar situation back in 1992, when Lawson's arrival meant they had four children under age four. (Zach was three-and-a-half when Lawson was born.)

Erin Paine, Everly Paine, Holland Paine, Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine
Erin Paine, Everly Paine, Holland Paine, Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Keilens' Tennessee Home

Michaela and Brandon Keilen

Michaela: "When we get all set up, we'll have a game night."
Erin Paine: "I love that. [Are] there free babysitters?"
Michaela, laughing: "I'll babysit, and y'all can play games."
Erin: "Perfect, even better."

The Keilens spent their first holiday season in their new Tennessee home! When they were living in Chicago, they had a larger home, so moving to Tennessee meant downsizing. In this deleted scene from last season, Michael and Brandon have siblings Erin and Chad Paine and Tori and Bobby Smith over to tour their new place in Norris.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Bates Season 9?

We know you all are eager for the Bates family to return with new episodes to UPtv, after season eight of Bringing Up Bates ended on November 21st. No news right now, but stay tuned for a premiere date. We will let you know as soon as the network makes the announcement.

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, January 4, 2020

33 Weeks with Layla Rae

The Stewarts still haven't received their Christmas present. It might be more fitting to call this one a Valentine's Day present, which is fitting because the Bates always have a big I Love You Day celebration. This gift will certainly be worth the wait. Carlin is 33 weeks pregnant, which means that Layla Rae Stewart is due to arrive in less than two months!

How many cousins will Layla have? Evan has six nieces and nephews, while Carlin has 12, with Tori's second son (Kolter Grey Smith) schedule to make his appearance in April.

Carlin Bates Stewart
Carlin Stewart, 33 weeks pregnant

Photo courtesy of Carlin and Evan Stewart

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Websters Start 2020

Happy New Year! We thought we would kick off 2020 with a new photo of Alyssa and her girls. This year, Allie Jane will turn five, Lexi Mae will turn three, and Zoey Joy will turn two. Alyssa recently shared that her doctor says her heart is looking good after the two surgeries that she underwent last year.

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

Photo courtesy of John and Alyssa Webster

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Gil Turns 55

Wishing Gil Bates a blessed 55th birthday!

Photos courtesy of UPtv,