Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Bates #1 Turns 32

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

Happy 32nd birthday to Zach Bates! He is the oldest of the 19 Bates siblings, and he will soon be a father of four. (Whitney is due with her 4th in June 2021.)

Photos courtesy of Photos courtesy of Taryn Yager Photography (

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Bates Christmas Photos

We hope all our readers had a fantastic Christmas. We thought we would share a couple photos from two of the Bates siblings and their families. Did you know that Zach and Michael are less than 13 months apart? Zach will celebrate his 32nd birthday tomorrow, and Michael turns 31 on January 23rd. 

Gil Bates, Khloe Bates, Kelly Bates, Bradley Bates, Kaci Bates

Brandon Keilen and Michael Keilen

Photos courtesy of Photos courtesy of Taryn Yager Photography (; @brandon_michael_jn15

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve to our wonderful readers! We hope you will remember the true reason for the holiday, which is the birth of Jesus.

Do you recall watching the premiere of Bringing Up Bates on New Years Day 2015? That means the six-year anniversary of the Bates family’s UPtv debut is almost here. When the series began, the five youngest Bates children were itty bitty. Jeb was 2, Judson was 4, Callie was 5, Ellie was 7, and Addee was 8. Now, Jeb is 8, and Addee is 14. We hope you enjoy these “then and now” photos of the not-so-little Bates siblings.

Judson Bates and Jeb Bates
Callie Bates

Addallee Bates and Ellie Bates
Jeb Bates and Judson Bates

Callie Bates, Addallee Bates, Ellie Bates

Photos courtesy of Taryn Yager Photography (; UPtv

Monday, December 21, 2020

Shuffleboard Bates

"In true Bates form, let's have a fun day. Now we haven't prepared for this at all, but we do have food. So let's get out here and make us whatever game we're going to play and hope it works."

-Zach Bates

In this extended scene from Bringing Up Bates season seven, the Bates guys get together to complete a project. Or at least to attempt to complete a project. This time, they are hoping to make a shuffleboard.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Bates #7 Turns 25

Happy 25th birthday to Tori Smith! She and Bobby just had their third wedding anniversary four days ago, and now it's time to celebrate again. 

Bobby Smith and Tori Smith

Gil Bates and Tori Smith

Michael Keilen and Tori Smith

Tori and Bobby 

Bobby Smith, Tori Smith, Lawson Bates

Kade Smith and Kolter Smith

Kelly Bates and Tori Smith

Dr. Vick and Tori

Photos courtesy of UPtv; @bobby_torilayne_smith

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Bates Celebrate 33 Years

It's the last Bates anniversary of the year! There won't be another one until John and Alyssa's in May. Happy 33 years to the Bates matriarch and patriarch, Gil and Kelly!


Gil and Kelly Bates
Montana, 2020

Photo courtesy of @thebatesfam

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Smiths Celebrate 3 Years

Yesterday was Tori and Bobby Smith's 3rd wedding anniversary. Three years, two babies, and plenty of other adventures!

Photos courtesy of Taryn Yager Photography (

Monday, December 14, 2020

Zach and Whitney Celebrate 7 Years

December is a big month for the Bates family, especially for a few of its members. Zach and Whitney Bates, Tori and Bobby Smith, and Gil and Kelly Bates all celebrate their anniversaries. Zach and Tori also have birthdays, and Gil's birthday is New Year's Day. Happy 7th wedding anniversary to Zach and Whitney!

Zach and Whitney's engagement
September 2013

Zach and Whitney's vow renewal

Photos courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Who's Next?

Katie Bates, Carlin Bates, Josie Bates

Josie: "You could be next."

Carlin: "I'll let you." 

Almost three years ago, Tori and Bobby Smith found out they were expecting their first child, who would be named Kade Smith. In this throwback scene from Bringing Up Bates, the newly expectant Tori shares how unprepared she is when it comes to pregnancy. Thankfully, she has her mom and older sisters to tell her all the things. 

Meanwhile, Carlin, Josie, and Katie (ages 19, 18, and 17) discuss motherhood as if it's light-years away. Now, only three years later, two of them are mommies and one is in a serious relationship. Things sure do change quickly!


Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Brandon's 2nd Book

In October 2019, Brandon Keilen released his first book, The Quest of Quinton: The Mystery of the Golden Scroll. We have an exciting announcement to make. The second installment of the trilogy is now available for purchase! This one is called The Quest of Quinton: The Stone Gate's Challenger. You can head on over to Michael and Brandon Keilen's website to purchase a copy, just in time for the holidays.

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