Friday, April 30, 2021

Katie's Car Accident

Kelly Bates, Katie Bates, Ellie Bates

"There's just something about Katie and a car. If we are going anywhere, I volunteer to drive. Thankfully, Travis is a good driver, so I'll feel a whole lot better if he just sticks behind the wheel."

-Kelly Bates

Last year, Katie got into her first car accident, which crushed the front of her car and deployed the airbag. She says it was the scariest thing that has ever happened to her. Thankfully, she was okay and just ended up with a black eye and swelling on one side of her face.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, April 29, 2021

'Tis the Season for Surprises' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "'Tis the Season for Surprises"

  • Katie gives Ellie, Addallee, and Callie a hair curling tutorial. “When Katie leaves, it’s going to be very sad,” says Addee. “I’m just going to cry the whole week after.”
  • Zach comes over to help Gil and some of the boys hang Christmas lights. Nathan arrives and introduces Esther to the family.
  • “She seems like a very sweet girl,” says Zach. “Seems like she loves Nathan a lot, and it definitely seems like Nathan loves her, so super excited to watch them come rolling in.”
  • Esther is also from a big family, so she is right at home with the super-sized Bates crew. “The more, the merrier,” says Esther. “I love it.”
  • The couples get together for a bonfire. The Websters are in town, so everyone is together. Nathan and Esther tell the story of how they met at a mutual friend’s wedding. Nathan says Esther had the bluest eyes he had ever seen. They started texted and calling, and about a week later, Nathan told her he wanted to be more than friends. That was a year ago. “Going public with my family is kind of like going public with the world,” says Nathan.
  • Later at Zach and Whitney’s house, the kids help decorate gingerbread men (or, rather, “genderbread” men). Josie, Kelton, and Willow have a photographer take their photo as they release confetti cannons with either pink or blue.
  • The Bates family gathers for their Christmas celebration. Everyone but Tori and Bobby’s family is healthy and able to attend. Taryn takes outdoor family pictures. After the group photo, the reveals start. Josie and Kelton hand Kelton’s father an ornament that says “Baby Girl: Hazel Sloane Balka.”
  • Zach hands his parents and Whitney’s parents a box of gingerbread men with no icing. “Wait, where’s the color?” screams Kelly. Zach jokingly apologizes and brings out the blue gingerbread men.
  • Erin makes a big announcement on behalf of Tori and Bobby. She gives Gil and Kelly a placard that says “Making room for a new little one: Charlotte Raine.”
  • “[Bobby] will be a good girl dad,” says Tori. “I can’t say I’m going to be a good girl mom, but I will try my hardest.”
  • “Christmas is a magical time of year,” says Nathan, “And I can’t wait for every Christmas to come, from here on out. And I’m very confident they’re all going to be with Esther.”

Introducing Esther to the Family

Nathan Bates introduces Esther to the Bates family

Love is in the air! On tonight's new episode of Bringing Up Bates, which airs on UPtv at 9pm ET/8pm CT, Nathan brings his girlfriend, Esther, to Tennessee to meet the family. When you have 18 siblings and a host of in-laws, nieces, and nephews, that's a bit of a daunting task. But this isn't just a "budding" relationship. Both Nathan and Esther have have serious feelings for each other, which you'll hear them share.

9pm: 'Tis the Season for Surprises NEW
Nathan is head over heels for his girlfriend and invites her to Tennessee for the holidays! Will his new love interest feel overwhelmed or right at home getting to know Nathan’s very large family? Meanwhile, Katie bonds with her younger sisters by teaching them some hairstyling tips and dishing about her future plans with Travis. To celebrate Christmas, the family gathers outside the Bates house for fellowship and takes photos of their growing family! But this holiday celebration quickly turns into a triple gender reveal party. Are Gil and Kelly Jo prepared to have 18 grandkids in the near future? 30 Minutes
9:30pm: Nathan's New Romance and a Secret Birthday Bash
10pm: Happy News and Health Concerns
10:30pm: Texas or Bust?


Photos courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Jackson's "Aww" Moment


Bates brothers hang Christmas lights at the homestead

"Everybody's heard the song "I'll Be Home for Christmas," but most people really don't understand what it means until you're away from home for that amount of time. It just means so much to be able to come home and see family for Christmas."

-Jackson Bates

Now that's an "aww" moment if we've ever heard one! You know you've raised your son right when you hear something that profound come out of his mouth. Jackson, who recently turned 19, was away at ALERT training last fall, and as you'll see in this video clip, he was thrilled to make it home for Christmas.

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Friday, April 23, 2021

Kelly's New Outlook on Life

Gil and Kelly Bates visit Kelly's doctor

Kelly Bates: "I feel great. I'm sleeping, I have so much energy. I am like a brand new person."

Gil Bates: "It is a miracle transformation."

Did you catch last night's new episode of Bringing Up Bates? You watched a training session with Lawson and his dog, you saw Kade's second birthday celebration, and you heard Nathan tell his parents about his new girlfriend. You also watched a nervous Kelly be loved on by her family ahead of her big surgery. In a scene not shown in the episode (video below), Gil takes Kelly for her first appointment post-surgery. The prognosis is looking good!

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, April 22, 2021

'Nathan's New Romance and a Secret Birthday Bash' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Nathan's New Romance and a Secret Birthday Bash"

  • Before Kelly’s surgery, the entire family gets together to surprise her with a birthday celebration. “Now that I’m in my 30s and I realize that time with family is truly one of the most special gifts,” says Michael. “And I think to my mom, it’s more special than anything we could ever purchase for her, is just to be together as a family and share memories.”
  • Instead of sharing praises about the birthday person, which is a Bates family tradition, Michael suggest that they share childhood memories. Zach remembers being taught how to read while the little kids were napping. Erin remembers her mom eagerly listening to her practice music, even when she wasn’t very good.
  • Callie cries as she recounts how her mom makes her feel special and gives her the encouragement she needs to try new things. “Callie has such a sweet personality,” says Josie. “She just has such a sweet heart, always trying to say good things about other people.”
  • “It’s really the most heart-warming and the most sensitive thing that you can imagine, to have that connection with your kids and to be listening to them share things that were meaningful to them,” says Kelly.
  • Everyone lays hands on Kelly as Gil prays. Alyssa and John FaceTime in to join the special time. “I know the birthday party meant a lot to my mom,” says Erin. “She had such a personal relationship with each of her children, and they all just adore her.”
  • Forty-eight hours post-surgery, Michael comes by to check on Kelly. She is in pain and will have a two-to-four-week recovery with only liquids and purees. But she is very much looking forward to a better quality of life.
  • Lawson adopted a dog named Duke and has a K9 trainer come over to the house. Lawson hopes to train him to be a law enforcement dog, but Zach is skeptical. “With a dog at the Bates house, there’s 70 people running around you 24/7,” says the eldest Bates. “Everybody’s dividing your attention, scratching you behind the ear. Mom’s going to curl you up on the couch and read books to you. This dog is not going to be a police dog. This dog will be a police emotional support dog.”
  • Tori and Bobby had a big bash planned for Kade’s second birthday, but when some of the family was exposed to COVID, they decided they would just celebrate with Bobby’s parents. They decorate cupcakes at a park pavilion. Kade isn’t too interested, but Kolter loves it. When Kade opens Alyssa’s gift, a golf set, he gets a little more into the party mood.
  • Later, Nathan tells his parents about his relationship with Esther from Pennsylvania. They are officially boyfriend and girlfriend. Nathan plans to have Esther come to Tennessee for the Bates’ early Christmas celebration, and then he will go back to the East Coast for Christmas with Esther’s family.
  • Nathan asks for advice, and Gil and Kelly encourage him to take it slow. “It means so much to me to have my parents who are excited about being involved in our lives,” says Nathan. “They’re excited about sharing their past experiences. They’re always honest, but they’re very kind and tactful, and they find the best ways to help us navigate things like this.”

A Successful Surgery

Michael Keilen checks in on Kelly post-surgery
"Honestly, soreness from a surgery is so minor compared to the fear I was having, the reflux. You know, I almost backed out a couple of times."

-Kelly Bates

The big surgery is behind Kelly! The recovering might not be easy, but the Bates mom is so thankful that her quality of life has been restored. And the boys have her taken care of with pureed steak and potatoes (video below).

Photo/video coutesy of UPtv

Monday, April 19, 2021

Laughs from Zach

Gil Bates and Kelly Bates

"Well I was such a good kid, my mom tried 18 more times unsuccessfully to replicate me." 

-Zach Bates

This week on a new episode of Bringing Up Bates, the Bates gather to celebrate Kelly Jo. Michael comes up with the idea of sharing memories that the kids have of their mom, and Zach kicks it off with a bit of humor (video below).

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Chad Turns 34

Happy 34th birthday to Chad Paine!

Holland Paine, Chad Paine, Erin Paine
Everly Paine, Brooklyn Paine, Carson Paine

Erin Paine, Chad Paine, Holland Paine

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Bates Take on the Rail Runner

Kelly Bates

"This girl knows slow. She is not for fast."

-Gil Bates

What did you think of last night's new episode of Bringing Up Bates? How about a fun web exclusive video that wasn't included in the show? 

While they are at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, the Bates also ride the Rail Runner. Most of you probably know that Kelly is scared of heights and speed, so this isn't her activity of choice, but she ventures on it with her kids (video below). Would you ride the Rail Runner?

Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, April 15, 2021

'Smitten in the Smokies' Recap

Bringing Up Bates "Smitten in the Smokies"

  • Travis arrives in Tennessee to celebrate Katie’s birthday. “Katie loves to remind me that she’s five months older than me,” says Travis, smiling. “She loves to say I love older women…” When he arrives, he surprises Katie with a new dress and plans for a dinner date.
  • “The problem is, we’re running out of chaperones,” laughs Kelly. Katie and Travis end up choosing Addallee and Ellie.
  • Whitney and Carlin pick up the key for their storefront in Rocky Top. With help from Zach and Chad, they make plans for the space. “Honestly, the thought of a storefront baffles me,” says Carlin. “Like, no way we’re already here.” The ladies are concerned that they will grow out of this space as quickly as they grew out of the warehouse in Zach and Whitney’s backyard.
  • Later, Gil, Kelly, Lawson, Katie, and Travis take the younger kids to Gatlinburg. They ride a bus up to the ziplines at Anakeesta. Unfortunately, Judson, Jeb, and Callie don’t quite meet the 70-pound weight requirement.
  • While the rest of the group enjoys the ziplines, Kelly, Katie, and Travis take Judson, Jeb and Callie gem-mining. “Is there one that has like a ring in it?” Katie asks the employee. “I think Trav wants that one.”
  • “We all thought there was going to be a ring in Katie or Travis’,” says Callie. She and Jeb agree that that would be the perfect proposal plan. Travis says he has a year and a half left of school, but Katie hints that he might propose sooner.
  • “For me, when I’m thinking about Katie and Travis, the word engagement is something I’m just trying to pretend is way down the road, so we’ll have to see,” says Gil. “We just pray it’s a long time down the road. Let’s just say, nobody’s talked to me about it yet.”