Tuesday, June 30, 2020

One Year with Travis

Katie and Travis
Ocean City, New Jersey, vacation with Travis' family earlier this month
In June 2019, mutual friends introduced Katie Bates and Travis Clark. Despite being many miles apart, they were able to get to know each other both in person and over video chat. The couple announced their courtship in March and officially celebrated one year of being together on June 27th.

Photo courtesy of @kgbates2000

Friday, June 26, 2020

Who Needs Structural?

Whitney Bates, Everly Paine, Kelly Bates
Whitney Bates, Everly Paine, Kelly Bates

"When you start talking to us girls about ideas and plans and you're telling the bride these good ideas, she's not thinking anything structural. She don't care how it's build. As long as it hangs on until the ceremony's over, we don't care."
-Whitney Bates

In this entertaining Bringing Up Bates clip from season eight, Carlin is discussing wedding plans with Kelly, Erin, and Whitney. They get a grand idea, and Zach jumps in to bring them back to reality. And even though Chad is being roped in to help, Erin is convinced that it will be a money making venture for him.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Monday, June 22, 2020

Bates Father's Day 2020

Kelly Bates, Warden Bates, Gil Bates
Kelly Bates, Warden Bates, Gil Bates

How did your family celebrate Father's Day? As the father of 19, father-in-law of seven, and grandfather of 14, Gil Bates receives numerous well-wishes every year. You have probably sensed this from watching Bringing Up Bates, but his family absolutely adores him.

The Bates had two other reasons to celebrate this weekend. Two days before Father's Day marked exactly 32.5 years of marriage for Gil and Kelly Bates, and the day before was Kaci Lynn Bates' 4th birthday.

Photo courtesy of @thebatesfam

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Kaci Turns 4

Happy 4th birthday to Kaci Lynn Bates!

Whitney and Kaci Lynn
Spring 2020

Whitney Bates and Kaci Bates
Christmas 2018

Kaci with newborn Everly Paine
Kaci with newborn Everly Paine

Zach Bates with Bradley Bates and Kaci Lynn Bates
Zach Bates with Bradley Bates and Kaci Lynn Bates
September 2016

Photos courtesy @zachnwhitebates

Friday, June 19, 2020

Summer at the Boutique

 Carlin Stewart in The Dakota

Tomorrow is the official first day of summer in the Norther Hemisphere, although some folks have been experiencing summer temperatures for weeks. Are you looking for a new outfit to add to your warm weather wardrobe? Erin Paine, Carlin Stewart, and Whitney Bates have nearly 100 items listed on their webstore, Bates Sisters Boutique. Those of you who have purchased from them in the past, what did you buy?

Katie Bates in The Peyton

Photo courtesy batessistersboutique.com; tarynyagerphotography.com

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Smith Family Photos

Bobby Smith, Kade Smith, Kolter Smith, Tori Smith
Our readers have been asking to see new photos of the Tori and Bobby Smith and their two boys. Talented photographer Taryn Yager, who has done many gorgeous photo shoots for the Bates clan in the past, took some wonderful snapshots of this family of four. Kade is 19 months old, and Kolter is almost three months.

Photo courtesy Insta @bobby_torilayne_smith; tarynyagerphotography.com

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Nathan's Wetsuit

Nathan Bates shows off his wetsuit during a Bates family beach trip
"Nathan will have fun no matter what he's doing."
-Kelly Bates

In honor of the Bates' summer 2020 beach trip, which they took a couple weeks ago, we thought we would share a video from a past beach vacation. This one was two years ago in February, so the weather was not warm. And while no one else dared go swimming, Nathan broke out his wetsuit and dove into the waves.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The November Bates Babies

Khloe and Holland, both born in November 2019, are now over six months old. In fact, Khloe just turned seven months old, and Holland will follow on June 26. These two sweet little girls are nice and chunky.

Holland Paine
Whitney Bates, Khloe Bates, Zach Bates,
Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates

Photos courtesy of @chad_erinpaine; @zachwhitbates

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Determined Mama Jane

Competing at Carlin (Bates) Stewart's baby shower
"You never know what Mama Jane's gonna do."
-Kelly Bates

Sweet Mama Jane a cheater? No way! The Bates are all very competitive, but they come by it honestly. At Carlin's baby shower (video below), the Bates matriarch is determined to win the marshmallow game, but her methods are called into question by the rest of the clan.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Monday, June 1, 2020

Bates Family Beach Vacation 2020

Kelly Bates and some of the littles
Bates family beach vacation May/June 2020
It's no secret that the Bates family loves the beach. If you have followed our blog for a while, you have seen plenty of photos of their past beach trips, including some that they took before the start of their reality TV show.

This week, some of the Bates are in Cape San Blas, located on the Florida Panhandle. Cape San Blas is a favorite place for the Bates, and they have been several times. At one point, they visited four years in a row. They also went in the episode "Beaches, Boats and Bates," which aired in March 2016.

Photo courtesy of Alyssa and John Webster @websterforever