Saturday, October 24, 2020

Like Father Like Son

Are you feeling all the weekend vibes? From the looks of this picture, Zach and Bradley are! How cute are they with their matching jeans and cowboy boots? This father-son duo is ready for the ranch.

Zach Bates and Bradley Bates

Photo courtesy of @zachnwhitebates

Monday, October 19, 2020

New Season of Bates?

Josie and Kelton Balka

Bringing Up Bates has been off the air for a month, and we know you're eager for new episodes to return. When will this super-sized family be back on reality TV? The network has yet to announce a premiere date for season 10. (Can you believe we're about to be in the double-digit seasons?) 

Based on past years, it's more than likely that the Bates will be back in early 2021, but as always, we will keep you updated and will let you know as soon as we hear something. 

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Friday, October 16, 2020

Isaiah's Golden Birthday

Happy birthday to Isaiah! He's turning 16 on the 16th, which means it's both his golden birthday and his sweet 16. Between birthdays and an anniversary, the Bates family has 5 special occasions to celebrate in October. Three down, and two more to go.

Isaiah Bates and Bradley Bates

Isaiah Bates and Kade Smith

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Evan Stewart's Dad Jokes

Ellie Bates, Addee Bates, Callie Bates

"Evan is going to be a great dad. He's going to be so funny, and his kids are going to be smiling all the time, laughing because he has the funniest jokes ever."

-Callie Bates

Well at least one of the Bates is a fan of Evan Stewart's dad jokes! In this throwback video, filmed when Carlin was nine weeks pregnant, Evan tests the waters with some hilarious jokes. Well, the hilarious part might be up for debates. What do you think of his womb one-liner?


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Friday, October 9, 2020

Websters at a Pumpkin Patch

When you think of autumn in Florida, do visions of pumpkin patches come to mind? Even though the daytime highs are still close to 90 degrees in Orlando, the Websters decided to take part in a favorite fall activity. They visited Southern Hill Farms in Clermont. In addition to pumpkins, the farm also has a stunning field of sunflowers. 

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

Photo courtesy of @websterforever

Monday, October 5, 2020

Katie Turns 20

Wishing Katie Bates a wonderful 20th birthday! Today is also Josie and Kelton's two-year wedding anniversary.

Katie Bates and boyfriend Travis Clark

Katie Bates and Carlin Stewart

Katie Bates and Josie Balka

Katie Bates

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Balkas Celebrate Two Years

Happy 2nd wedding anniversary to Josie and Kelton Balka! The Balkas will always share this day with Katie. It's her 20th birthday.

Josie and Kelton's wedding party

Josie and Kelton Balka
Willow's gender reveal party

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Caption Layla's Photo

Well it's Thursday, but there is no new episode of Bringing Up Bates to look forward to. Looks like eight-month-old Layla is pretty bummed about that. If you could choose a caption for her photo, what would it be? And rest assured, we will let you know as soon as UPtv announces the premiere date for the next season.

Layla Stewart

Photo courtesy of @carlinbates98

Monday, September 28, 2020

Giving Back

Carlin Stewart, Erin Paine, Whitney Bates

"So since the boutique has been open a year, our heart has kind of been to find an outreach that we can be involved in."

-Erin Paine

The Bates Sisters Boutique recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, and the sisters are eager to give back. In this web exclusive video, they meet with a representative from A Hand Up for Women to discuss how they can use their resources to help the organization. 

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Friday, September 25, 2020

Zach and His Kids

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

"Whitney is such an amazing mom and an amazing wife, and she does a great job of getting the kids excited about my birthday or Father's Day and getting them excited about Dad. Just to see that they look up to me as their dad and that their mom encourages me as their dad, that's the most powerful thing in the world."

-Zach Bates

Did you catch last night's season finale episode? It's unfortunate that Bringing Up Bates is now on break, but the closing episode was the perfect mix of entertainment and sentimentality. In this web exclusive video, Whitney and the kids honor Zach on Father's Day.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, September 24, 2020

'A Day for Dads' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "A Day for Dads"

  • At the Paines’ house, Carson, Brooklyn, and Everly paint birdhouses for Chad for Father’s Day. One of Brooklyn’s favorite things about her dad is that he “helps coyotes not get me.”
  • On Father’s Day, Erin and the kids pick fresh herbs from their garden. Erin marinades chicken, and Chad grills it. Chad grew up raising free-range chickens, so he and Erin buy organic, free-range chicken, even though it’s more expensive.
  • “There’s so many qualities I love about Chad,” says Erin. “He is such a hands-on dad, so involved in every activity in our family, and I don’t think they could have a better dad.”
  • “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend Father’s Day than just sitting there with my children, the best gifts that I have, my wife, and just to know that I’m so blessed is so special to me,” says Chad.
  • Meanwhile, the Balkas have a Father’s Day picnic. Josie gives Kelton a keychain that has two handprints. One is Willow’s, and the other says “Coming Soon.” Josie had found out that morning that she was pregnant.
  • This time around, Josie and Kelton say they are “happy” shocked instead of “terrified” shocked. “We’ve been praying, we’ve been trying,” says Kelton. “This is awesome.”
  • At the big house, Gil and Kelly and the unmarried kids also have a picnic. Kelly takes a picture of Katie, Ellie, Addee, and Callie. Both she and Gil are shocked that only four of their daughters are left at home. “And this one’s trying to leave!” shouts Katie.
  • Kelly and the kids give Gil a basket of his favorite treats. “Try not to down it in a week or anything,” jokes Kelly. Per Bates family tradition, the kids share praises about Gil. Callie breaks down as she shares how great of a dad Gil is to her.
  • “Y’all are the best kids,” says Gil. “I haven’t done too good as a dad, but I’ve sure enjoyed learning from all of y’all. Y’all have really blessed me.”
  • Jackson has been training for ALERT boot camp, but since it has been postponed, he needs a way to stay in shape. Gil gets the boys together for a makeshift boot camp in the hot sun. Towards the end, Judson and Jeb pretend to run inside to “get drinks.” Instead, they fill up a bunch of water balloons and attack the others. Everyone agrees that it feels good.
  • Kelly shares an update on her health. She has struggled with gastroesophageal reflux for years and has already had her gallbladder removed. The frequency of her reflux, especially after having 19 children, has created pre-cancer cells in her throat. She needs another scope, but she must first get over the coughing caused by a recent episode. “She’s just too young and beautiful to be suffering like this,” says Gil, who is eager to find a solution for his wife. 
  • Later, Carlin and Evan inform Gil and Kelly that they have tested positive. “I pretty much have had all the symptoms, but nothing serious, like hospitalized,” says Carlin. Layla, who tested negative, had been staying with Evan’s family, but one of them came down with the illness. The doctors recommended that Layla come back home so she can nurse and hopefully get antibodies.
  • “We were around y’all, and so we figured y’all should probably get tested, too,” says Carlin. “Everybody probably should.” Gil prays for the Stewarts before ending the phone call. After filming completed in August, several other Bates family members tested positive, as well.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Gil's Boot Camp

Boot camp with Gil Bates

Gil: "I'm just, stick to the basics. Man, I'm still functioning."

Kelly: "Still got the muscles, too."

Gil: "Oh you tell 'em, honey."

The Bates sons are headed to camp! Boot camp, that is. Gil keeps his boys fit with some good old fashioned calisthenics (video below). Some of them are more into it than others.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Monday, September 21, 2020

Whitney Turns 27

Happy 27th birthday to Whitney Bates!

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

Photo courtesy of @zachnwhitbates

Season Finale Snapshots

Chad Paine and the kids

Over the weekend, we shared that Thursday's episode will be the season finale. You'll see Gil create a backyard boot camp for the Bates boys to help Jackson stay in shape. And when the family celebrates Father's Day, Josie surprises Kelton with a special gift.

Brooklyn Paine

Erin Paine, Carson Paine, Brooklyn Paine
Erin and the kids

Gil's boot camp for the Bates sons

The Paine family

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, September 19, 2020

A Name for Baby Webster

Allie Jane Webster, Lexi Mae Webster, Zoey Joy Webster

In early August, Alyssa and John Webster shared their baby news, and a week ago, they announced the child's gender. This week, the big news is that they have chosen a name. What will they call their fourth daughter? Maci Jo Webster. 

You can probably figure out that the middle name is after Alyssa's mom, Kelly Jo Bates, and grandmother, Betty Jo, so it's a multi-generational name. The Websters now have Allie Jane, Lexi Mae, Zoey Joy, and Maci Jo. Do you see a theme? The link to their announcement video is below.

Webster Baby #4 Name Announcement

Photo courtesy of @websterforever

Season 9 Finale

Everly Paine
Making bird houses for Chad

"He gives us lots of things in our stocking when it's Christmastime."

-Carson Paine

We have some sad news, friends. Next Thursday is the season nine finale of Bringing Up Bates. We know that's not the happiest way to start your weekend, but we thought you ought to know. 

In this episode, it's Father's Day, and the Bates are honoring their dads. Erin leads her kids in decorating bird houses and asks them to share their favorite things about Chad (adorable video below).


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, September 17, 2020

'Never Before Seen on TV' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Never Before Seen on TV"

  • While helping Josie pack her hospital bag, Kelly shares some wise words: "I don't want to be that mom who is wanting to push ideas or stuff on their children, so I love that we can talk and share experiences and laugh, and if I have some tips, I certainly try to give those. But at the same time, I don't want any of the kids to feel like, 'Mom's a know-it-all, and we have to do it her way' because everybody's different." Josie is very appreciative of her mom’s tips. 
  • Katie is in cosmetology school, and the kids weigh in on whether they trust her to cut their hair. "She cut my hair once, with tools that didn't work that great," says Isaiah.
  • “I like to wait until they are fully out of school,” admits Tori. “I mean, this is a lot of hair, and long hair can look really bad if it accidentally gets messed up.”
  • While Michael trusts Katie to cut her hair, the two Bates sisters have a nice chat. The other siblings agree that Michael and Katie are complete opposites. “I think everything about Michaela and Katie is different,” says Callie, candidly. “Especially their personality and their style.”
  • “Katie’s sassy,” adds Brandon. “[Michaela’s] not.”
  • How about similarities? “They are both very messy, very,” says Carlin.
  • “They love to help people,” shares Erin.
  • During a family game night at the big house, one team member draws a picture and the other teammates guess what it is. Who are the best artists in the Bates family? Michael, Erin, and Carlin.
  • “We only have like 12 kids at home,” says Gil. “It’s like an empty nest around here, quiet all the time. So having everybody back to have the party get-togethers is like back in the old days.”

Never Before Seen on TV

Tori Smith and Carson Paine

Tonight's new episode of Bringing Up Bates promises to be quite amusing. You'll see a collection of scenes that have never before appeared on TV. Will you be watching?

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Judson and Brandon

Happy double Bates birthday to Judson Bates and Brandon Keilen! Judson is turning 10 years old, which means he is now in the double digits. And Brandon is 31. Happy birthday, guys!

Judson Bates and Jeb Bates, season 8

Judson and Jeb, season 1
Look how much they've grown!

Brandon Keilen and Michael Keilen

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Monday, September 14, 2020

A Surgery for Kelly?

Trace Bates and Chad Paine

Happy Monday! We have information on the next two new episodes of Bringing Up Bates. This Thursday, kick back for an entertaining special, as the network shows you some of the best Bates moments never before seen on TV (preview video below).

And then the following week, tune in for "A Day for Dads." Kelly shares an update on her health and her need for a medical procedure to help alleviate symptoms associated with a digestive disorder. Meanwhile, the Bates dad puts Jackson to work in a makeshift boot camp that will help him stay in shape for ALERT. Later, it’s time to celebrate Father's Day. Now that there are more dads in the Bates family, the married couples and kids come up with special ways to honor the men in their lives. And Josie has an extra special gift for first time dad Kelton.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Webster Girl Squad

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

Most of you know that the Websters are expecting their fourth child early next year. Alyssa Webster is due with Baby Webster on February 17th. She had an ultrasound this week and just announced the gender to the world. And guess what? It's another girl! What do you think they will name her? To watch the family's gender reveal on video, visit the YouTube link below.

Webster Baby #4 Gender Reveal

Photo courtesy of @websterforever

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Nathan's Promise Ring

Nathan Bates and Lawson Bates

Did you tune in to tonight's episode? If you missed it, be sure to check out our recap. As promised, Nathan Bates revealed some pretty exciting news when asked about the ring on his hand.

“It’s a promise ring,” Nathan explained, with a big smile on his face. “And I guess it means that I’m promised to somebody, and there is somebody in my life, but right now I’m not really talking about it to the public. 

So there you have it. Nathan has a significant other, and he is working towards marriage. Looks like there will soon be another Bates wedding to plan! If Nathan is the next to tie the knot, he will be Gil and Kelly Bates' eighth child (and second son) to wed.

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 Photo courtesy of UPtv