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

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Josie's Miscarriage

Josie and Kelton Balka

Last month, Alyssa and John Webster shared the news of their fourth baby with the world, but they weren't the only Bates couple that was expecting. At Willow Balka's 1st birthday party, Josie and Kelton Balka had made a big reveal to the family: Josie was pregnant with Baby Balka #2. Sadly, Josie ended up miscarrying their little one, who would have been due in March 2021. We know the Balkas would appreciate your prayers during this difficult time. 

Photo courtesy of @josie_balka

New Relationships?

Lawson Bates and Trace Bates

When asked by the brothers if he has any new relationships on the horizon, Lawson makes a little joke and quickly turns the focus to Nathan. Some of you have noticed that Nathan has a ring on his left hand. You won't want to miss tomorrow's new episode, as the fifth-born Bates explains the the ring's purpose (video below).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Monday, September 7, 2020

The Hole in Layla's Heart

Layla Stewart at the hospital in February

New parents Carlin and Evan Stewart have had a rough go of things since welcoming Layla Rae Stewart on January 31st. As a newborn, Layla struggled with jaundice and was readmitted to the hospital soon after her homecoming.  

In February, both Layla and Carlin were hospitalized. Carlin was diagnosed with meningitis, and Layla was having difficulty breathing. During follow-up testing, doctors discovered a small hole in Layla's heart. To top it all off, she was also put on medicine for acid reflux. This Thursday on a new episode of Bringing Up Bates, viewers will check in with the Stewarts and find out more about their baby girl's condition. 


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Michael Finishes Nursing School

Brandon Keilen and Michael Keilen

Congratulations to Michael Keilen for finishing nursing school! The program was one year long, and once she passes the NCLEX, she will officially be an LPN (licensed practical nurse). On last night's episode of Bringing Up Bates, Michael stated that she was really looking forward to getting out in the field. At one point, she was considering taking her education even further. We will let you know when she gives another update, but for now, we know that Michael would appreciate prayer as she prepares for the NCLEX. 

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Friday, September 4, 2020

'Song for a Girl' with a Girl from 'The Bachelor'

A new music from Lawson Bates just dropped! The tune is called "Song for a Girl," and Lawson acts in the video alongside Heather Martin, a contestant on the January-March 2019 season of The Bachelor. Heather is known for having her first kiss ever on The Bachelor. Lawson's music video is available on the UPtv website, and a behind-the-scenes video is embedded below, so be sure to take a look and a listen.


Photos/video courtesy of UPtv/

Thursday, September 3, 2020

'Giving Thanks' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Giving Thanks"

  • At the big house, Gil and Kelly and the kids still living at home are working on cleaning up outside. As things start to open up, the Bates parents are eager to get the whole family together again, but they know it will be a while before that can happen. 
  • “I want to be safe, not just to protect the kids in my family, but also for us to be responsible to protect other people that we’re around,” says Kelly.
  • “…My mom, she tries so hard to be a rule follower,” says Zach. “She wants to follow every rule and do everything right. So I figured we should all just stay at home and eat all the time because everybody knows you can do that.”
  • Meanwhile, the Stewarts take a walk and discuss Layla’s health struggles. Layla was diagnosed with a small hole in her heart, and she has also had episodes where she struggles to breathe. ‘Nothing matures you more than being parents,” says Evan.
  • At the Paine home, the kids are enjoying the yard. Erin and Carlin have wanted to do something special for Zach and Whitney, who have been keeping up with everything at the boutique. At the start of the pandemic, there was as spike in sales as everyone was cooped up at home. 
  • Erin drops a basket off on Zach and Whitney’s porch and then drives away and texts Whitney. The basket is full of snacks and other goodies. The card says that Erin and Carlin are going to provide free babysitting so Zach and Whitney can get away. “Erin makes the best basks, by the way, in the family,” says Zach.
  • Nathan, Lawson, and Trace go horseback riding at the Bates ranch. Before the lock down, Nathan was flying to the Philippines every 45 days to do mission work. He has been in Arkansas training pilots but is now back in Tennessee visiting the family. 
  • The other two guys notice a ring on Nathan’s ring finger. “It’s a promise ring,” says Nathan. “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.
  • “I think the time is coming for Nathan, and I’m going to leave the bachelor group and move on to bigger and better things," says Nathan.
  • “I think that none of them are going to get married and I’m going to get married first,” says Judson. “Hey ladies, I’m still single.”