Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Exercising with Gil

Gil Bates and Judson Bates and Jeb Bates
Gil Bates does shoulder exercises with Judson Bates and Jeb Bates

"That's how you got in this mess, Dad."
-Jeb Bates

Sometimes a man needs his young children to remind him to take it easy. While doing his rehab exercises following shoulder surgery, Gil has some help from Judson and Jeb. Not only do they do the exercises alongside him, but they also make sure he doesn't push it too far (video below).


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Josie Turns 21

Happy 21st birthday to Josie Balka! Josie's daughter, Willow, just turned one year old on July 19th. Josie and Kelton will celebrate their two-year wedding anniversary in October.

Josie Bates Balka
Willow Balka, Kelton Balka, Josie Balka
May 2020

Photo courtesy of @josie_balka

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Calle Turns 11

Happy 11th birthday to Callie, the 17th Bates child!

Callie Bates and Jeb Bates
Callie Bates and Jeb Bates
 
Callie Bates
 
Callie Bates and Gil Bates
 

Photos courtesy of @thebatesfam; UPtv

Friday, July 31, 2020

Tori's Students

Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates, Brooklyn Paine
Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates, Brooklyn Paine

Tori Smith: "Brad, you're being too loud."

Bradley Bates: "I'm trying to scare the girls."

Tori the teacher has been babysitting for Whitney and Erin twice a week, to allow them to work at the boutique. She does schoolwork with Bradley and Carson while Kaci and Brooklyn do crafts. Sometimes the boys have a difficult time focusing on their assignments.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, July 30, 2020

'A Double Date and Something to Celebrate' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "A Double Date and Something to Celebrate"

  • Tori is 10 weeks away from her due date. She takes Kade and Ellie to her ultrasound appointment to check on baby Kolter. “For me looking back, when we had Carson and Brooklyn, it was a little more work,” says Erin. “But at the same time, I feel like it was so much more rewarding because you actually see them interact, and you see your oldest excited about a sibling.” Bobby has been giving Tori daily heparin shots for her blood clotting disorder.
  • Callie accompanies Travis and Katie over to the Balkas’ house to make homemade pizza. Josie asks Travis when he plans on asking Katie to court, and he says he hopes it will be soon.
  • At the Bates Sisters Boutique, Erin, Whitney, and Carlin are discussing next steps for their business. “We’re really living a dream,” says Erin, of having a job that allows them to bring their babies to work. The ladies are looking to get involved with a women’s ministry called Hands Up.
  • At the big house, the Bates welcome Lawson home from the Philippines after three months. “[Lawson’s] sense of humor just keeps the family laughing all the time,” says Zach. “Everybody misses that. But he’s very sensitive, and he’s really got a sweet side you don’t see a lot. He’ll come around and hang out with the different married couples and play with the kids. I don’t know who missed Lawson the most, the kids or us older ones, but I know I missed him a lot.”
  • This trip was centered around Esther, a young girl whom he met on his first trip to the Philippines. She needed a life-saving surgery, and Lawson helped organize everything. “This little girl needed somebody to go to bat for her,” says Lawson. The plan is to bring Esther and her mom to the United States in a few months for the surgery.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Coordinating Pregnancies

Carlin Stewart, Erin Paine, Whitney Bates
Bates Sisters Boutique

Erin Paine: "Let's just plan to all be pregnant and have kids at the same time so we can kind of plan out what we're doing."

Carlin Stewart: "Y'all just let me know."

Erin, Carlin, and Whitney are gathered at the Bates Sisters Boutique, discussing "next steps." Erin suggests that they have future children at the same time, and Carlin is on board (video preview of tomorrow's new episode is below). Tomorrow night on Bringing Up Bates, you will also see Tori's obstetrics appointment, Katie and Travis' double date the with Balkas, and Lawson's homecoming from the Philippines.



Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Monday, July 27, 2020

1st Time Making Homemade Pizza

Making homemade pizza
Katie Bates, Travis Clark, Kelton Balka, Josie Balka

"Honestly, I have made very few things from scratch. I can make a mean frozen pizza, but when Travis said we're going to make some homemade pizza, I don't think he knew what he was in for."
-Katie Bates

They say there's as first time for everything! Katie and Travis recently made their first homemade pizza, with help from Josie and Kelton. The process ends up being harder than they expected, but you'll see the fruits of their labor this Thursday on UPtv (video below).

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Lawson Turns 28

Happy 28th birthday to Lawson, the fourth oldest Bates sibling! To listen to Lawson's latest songs, drop by his Apple Music page.

Lawson Bates
Lawson Bates, April 2020

Photo courtesy of lawsonbates.com; @lawbates

Friday, July 24, 2020

More Babies Already?

Carlin's siblings hold Layla Stewart for the first time

"Getting to hold Layla, she was so tiny, she was so precious, just perfect."
-Nathan Bates

On their way home from the hospital, Carlin and Evan Stewart stop by the "big house" to introduce Layla to the family. This is the first time that the entire Bates crew hasn't been able to visit a baby at the hospital. As her siblings cuddle the newest addition, Carlin states that she already wants more babies. Evan smiles and reminds her that they aren't trying to set any records, and Kelly offers some helpful advice.

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and
DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, July 23, 2020

'Roaring Bates and Pending Due Dates' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Roaring Bates and Pending Due Dates"
  • Erin and Chad arrive at Carlin and Evan’s house to help decorate Layla’s nursery. “I was going to be one of those moms that was very neutral, super stylish, and then I found out I was having a girl, and I was like, ‘Everything pink!’” says Carlin.
  • Josie and Kelton have the family over for a housewarming party in their newly renovated home. The Balkas are incredibly thankful for all the help they have received from the Bates.
  • The Balkas are busy business owners, as well. Kelton’s new plumbing business has been booked solid, and Josie is already booking weddings, for which she does hair, for 2020.
  • One week from her induction date, Carlin has an ultrasound appointment. The technician watches for 30 minutes but does not detect the needed three to five respiratory movements. Dr. Vick hooks Carlin up to a monitor but still doesn’t see the amount of movement that he needs to be seeing, even though Layla’s heartbeat is normal.
  • Carlin, who is 35 weeks pregnant, is admitted to the hospital. The following day, she gets an epidural, and it’s not long before she progresses enough to start pushing. The hospital only allows Evan and Kelly to be in the delivery room, but Erin, Whitney, Tori, and Gil are in the waiting room. As Carlin pushes, the anesthesiologist is kind enough to hold the phone so those in the waiting room can see Carlin’s face.
  • A week later, Gil and Kelly take Trace, Zach, and Khloe out to dinner. Trace tells his parents that Chaney recently ended the relationship. “Long distance, it was a hard thing going through that, and it just didn’t work out,” says Trace.
  • “I think we kind of anticipated that a talk was coming, but for Trace to open up and share a topic that is a very hurtful topic and to see Trace trying to fight back tears…I feel like he’s been very mature through it all,” says Kelly, choking up. Trace says that it’s helpful to have Zach beside him because Zach also went through a breakup, before marrying Whitney.
  • “Looking back at the relationship, I can just thank my parents so much for advising us to do the relationship the right way,” says Trace, referring to purity. “Ya it was very difficult, but you live and you learn, and I’m just glad that we did it the right way.”
  • Gil and Kelly and some of the older girls, including Carlin, who is a week-and-a-half postpartum, gather at the church to set up for the Valentine’s Day party.
  • The day before the big party, Zach and Erin, with help from others, cook the meal for the couples’ dinner. “If Erin and Zach are cooking, then you know it’s going to be absolutely phenomenal,” says a very pregnant Tori. “I really love food these days, so I am very, very excited about it.”
  • Katie brings her friend Travis, where he meets Gil’s parents for the first time. Katie expects that Travis will soon ask her to enter a courtship, although she says they are young and trying to take their relationship slow.
  • The first game is a scratch to win, with gift cards as prizes. Then comes the Charleston competition among the guys, which everyone else agrees is a ton of fun to watch.
  • The following day is the big Roaring ‘20s party. Gil and the husband and wife catering team are the three judges for the costume contest. “Well the one good thing about Gil is all the kids see him as being very neutral,” says Kelly.
  • “Since we’re all very, very, very competitive, we don’t just put the costume on,” says Evan. “We become the costume.” The couples, including Katie and Travis, and little families compete together. “Katie is not the participating kind,” says Kelly. “Travis talked her into it.”
    • 3rd place: Zach Bates family
    • 2nd place: Webster family
    • 1st place: The Paines
  • Lawson, who is in the Philippines helping a little girl get a life-saving surgery, joins via phone. Kelly gives out a new award, called “the biggest heart award,” and gives it to Lawson. “My mama’s heart was proud, and I wanted to start off the tradition honoring Lawson because I really feel like his past few months has shown what the whole character that we want this holiday to be about.” Kelly plans to make the award an annual tradition.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Roaring Bates and Pending Due Dates

 Carlin Stewart and Dr. Vick

The 9B season premiere of Bringing Up Bates is just two days away. The episode will be one hour long and airs at 9pm ET/8pm CT on Thursday. Scroll down to read the summary and see preview photos. Check out our post from the 16th to view a sneak peek video.

Roaring Bates and Pending Due Dates
Soon to be parents Carlin and Evan lean on Erin’s decorating expertise and Chad’s handyman skills to put the finishing touches on Layla’s nursery. Now that their renovations are complete, Josie and Kelton host a housewarming party and celebrate their new business ventures with their family! Meanwhile, Trace is dealing with a broken heart; he turns to his parents and Zach for relationship advice. Later, a routine ultrasound for Carlin becomes worrisome, and she ends up in the hospital sooner than expected. Will baby Layla arrive before her due date? And the whole family gathers in Rocky Top for their annual “I Love You Day” festivities. Katie’s “friend” Travis joins the celebration. Is a courtship calling for the young couple?
 
Out to dinner with Trace
 
 Bates' I Love You Day celebration
Fun and games at the Bates' I Love You Day celebration
 
The Smiths and the Websters
 
Kade Smith enjoys the party
 
Katie Bates and boyfriend Travis
 
Alyssa and John Webster
Alyssa and John Webster

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and DuggarFamilyBlog.com).

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Willow Turns 1

Has it already been 12 months since Willow Balka was born? The 10th Bates grandchild just turned one year old. Happy birthday, Willow!

In true Bates fashion, Josie and Kelton did a first birthday photo shoot with photographer Taryn Yager. Isn't this snapshot just adorable?


Willow Balka Bringing Up Bates
 Willow Balka
One year old

Photo courtesy tarynyagerphotography.com; @josie_balka; @keltonbalka

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Season 9B Sneak Peek

Tori Smith has an ultrasound to check on Baby #2

New episodes of Bringing Up Bates are slated to return to UPtv in just one week. Set your DVR for Thursday, July 23, at 9pm ET/8pm CT. The first episode, "Roaring Bates and Pending Due Dates," will be a full hour. The summary is below, as is a clip that shows the first 30 seconds. The network will add 19 seconds to the video each day as we approach the premiere date.

Roaring Bates and Pending Due Dates: Soon to be parents Carlin and Evan lean on Erin’s decorating expertise and Chad’s handyman skills to put the finishing touches on Layla’s nursery. Now that their renovations are complete, Josie and Kelton host a housewarming party and celebrate their new business ventures with their family. Meanwhile, Trace is dealing with a broken heart; he turns to his parents and Zach for relationship advice. Later, a routine ultrasound for Carlin becomes worrisome, and she ends up in the hospital sooner than expected. Will baby Layla arrive before her due date? And the whole family gathers in Rocky Top for their annual “I Love You Day” festivities. Katie’s “friend” Travis joins the celebration. Is a courtship calling for the young couple?


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Friday, July 10, 2020

Bates Return in 13 Days


We have some good news and some not so good news. The not so good news is that summer is moving right along, and July is almost halfway over. Now are you ready for some good news? New episodes of Bringing Up Bates are set to return to UPtv in less than two weeks! The preview video is embedded below.


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv