Friday, December 31, 2021

Katie and Travis' First Christmas

Katie and Travis Clark

It has been almost two weeks since Katie and Travis returned from their honeymoon and made the drive from Tennessee to their new home in New Jersey. They uploaded a YouTube video of their first week together in their new house (link below). After the video was filmed, they welcomed two visitors, Addallee and Ellie. 

Video: Katie and Travis' Clark's First Christmas 

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Zach Turns 33

Happy 33rd birthday to Gil and Kelly Bates' first child, Zach!

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

Kaci Bates, Bradley Bates, Zach Bates, Khloe Bates
December 2019

Zach Bates and Whitney Bates

Photos courtesy of @zachnwhitbates

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Christmas with the Bates 2021

Gil and Kelly Bates
Christmas 2021

How was your Christmas? Following an early celebration at Gil and Kelly's house, many of the married Bates kids either spent the holiday in their own homes or with their in-laws. Gil and Kelly and the younger children, as well as Nathan and Esther and Trace and Lydia, traveled to the family farm to be with Gil's parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews.

Michael and Brandon Keilen
Christmas 2021

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Trace and Lydia

Trace is spending Christmas with his girlfriend, Lydia. In case you missed it, we posted about their relationship earlier this month. The two are spending time with Papa Bill and Mama Jane at the farm in Honea Path, South Carolina. Merry Christmas to all!

Lydia, Trace Bates, Mama Jane Bates, Papa Bill Bates

Photo courtesy of @tracewbates

Monday, December 20, 2021

Bates #7 Turns 26

Happy 26th birthday to Tori Smith! Tori is the 7th of Gil and Kelly Bates' 19 children. She and Bobby just celebrated their four-year wedding anniversary (that sure came fast!) four days ago. They are the parents of Kade (3), Kolter (1), and Charlotte (almost 6 months).

Tori Smith and Bobby Smith 
Bringing Up Bates Season 10

Michael Keilen and Tori Bates
Tori's bachelorette party

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Nathan and Esther's Wedding Video

Nathan and Esther Bates

Nathan and Esther Bates are approaching their two-month wedding anniversary. They tied the knot on October 22nd at the Star Barn in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. With help from Erin and Chad Paine and other Bates family members, they restored an RV that they are living in for their first year. This will allow them to travel easier.

Nathan and Esther Bates' Wedding Highlight Video 

Photo courtesy of natebates93

Bates Celebrate 34 Years

Gil and Kelly Bates are coming in strong with the third and final December Bates anniversary. (Next year, when Katie and Travis celebrate one year of marriage, there will be four anniversaries.) Zach and Whitney had their eight-year anniversary on the 14th, followed by Tori and Bobby's four-year on the 16th. And today is Gil and Kelly's 34th wedding anniversary!

Gil and Kelly Bates

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Saying Goodbye to Katie

Just a few days ago, newlyweds Katie and Travis Clark returned from their honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas. They flew into Nashville and drove three hours to Rocky Top to see the Bates. Gil and Kelly also threw their annual Bates family Christmas party during that time. After the gathering, it was time for Katie to say her goodbyes. She and Travis are starting a new chapter and a new life in New Jersey. With Katie gone, there are now only three Bates daughters left at home.

Kelly Bates, Katie Clark, Gil Bates

Photo courtesy of @kgbates2000

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Smiths Celebrate 4 Years

December is a popular time to get married if you're a member of the Bates family! Including Katie and Travis, there are now four Bates couples with December anniversaries. Today is Tori and Bobby's big day. Happy four-year to the Smiths!

Tori and Bobby Smith

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Erin's Baby Bump

It's almost baby time for Erin and Chad Paine! They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their fifth child, Finley Marie Paine. Erin is due in January 2022, so it won't be long. Here's a photo of the proud (and very thankful) mama showing off her baby bump at Katie and Travis' wedding.

Chad Paine and Erin Paine

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Zach and Whitney Celebrate 8 Years

Happy anniversary to Zach and Whitney Bates! They were the second Bates couple to get married and are now celebrating eight years. 

Zach Bates and Whitney Bates

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Trace's Special Someone

Trace Bates

It sure has been quite the season for relationships in the Bates family! It wasn't too long ago that Lawson, Nathan, and Trace were all talking about their singleness and wondering when they would find love. Now, each one is either married, engaged, or in a relationship. Trace just announced that he is seeing a girl named Lydia Romeike.

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Katie and Travis' Honeymoon

Katie and Travis Clark

Katie Bates and Travis Clark became Mr. and Mrs. Clark last Friday at Castleton Farms in Loudon, Tennessee. After their wedding, they did what most brides and grooms do. They left on their honeymoon! The newlyweds are down in Cabo San Lucas, on the Baja California Peninsula. No photos yet, but we knew you would be eager to hear where they went.

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Friday, December 3, 2021

Katie and Travis' Wedding

Katie Bates and Travis Clark

It was a beautiful day for a wedding in East Tennessee! Katie Bates became Katie Clark this afternoon during an outdoor ceremony, which was attended by 400 guests. Us Weekly has the exclusive story and first photos of the big day. 

Photo courtesy of UPtv

Thursday, December 2, 2021

1 Day 'Til Bates Wedding #9

The big day is almost here! Katie Bates is set to marry Travis Clark tomorrow in Loudon, Tennessee. The ceremony and reception will take place at Castleton Farms, the same wedding venue where Carlin and Evan Stewart tied the knot. The bride and groom picked up their marriage license, and everyone is working busily to prepare. Stay tuned for more updates. 

Travis Clark and Katie Bates

Photo courtesy of @kgbates2000