Thursday, August 31, 2017

Recap: Here's the scoop

Erin is planning her first trip to Chicago to visit Brandon and Michaella. Kelly reveals that Michaella is so excited to have Erin coming. Erin is having Carson, Kelly and Tori along for the trip.

Kelly brings up AARP site to start planning their Chicago adventure. Kelly reveals that they are old enough to join AARP but Gil is putting it off since he doesn't want to admit being old enough. Kelly says that she is proud of her age and eager to join the website. Kelly celebrated her 50th birthday in October 2016.

Michaella gives a small update that she is adjusting to life in Chicago but still misses home. She is also falling in love with it more.

The small group arrives in Chicago and Michaella joins them for a trip to the Navy Pier. Erin ends up driving in the city while Kelly is terrified.

The group heads to the Ferris Wheel. Tori reveals that she is a not a big city girl. The group next heads to the boat tour and Carson is excited to go on it.

They returned back to the apartment, The two oldest Bates sisters cook a meal together. Michaella reveals that they are not set staying in Chicago. Michaella reveals that she would love to live back into the mountain and so would Brandon.

Michaella reveals that they found a fertility specialist and says that it's undiagnosed so they are still hoping. She reveals that there has been a lot of bloodwork and ultrasounds. Michaella was not sure that she would experience this.

Erin reveals that everyone is praying for you. She shares that her sister is doing great but it's okay to cry. Before Chad and Erin welcomed Carson in May 2015, they suffered three miscarriages.

Michaella reveals that there are days that she cries and other days is not phased. She says that she might adopt a baby someday.

Brandon comes home and shows his mother-in-law his draft in the children's book. His drawings are beautiful.

Back at the Bates home, Carlin, Nathan, Lawson and Katie decide to do an Ice cream competition. They pick their own teams and have the oldest ones captains. They pick their best flavor for the ice creams.

Carlin reveals that the plan is for the little kids to have fun but Nathan and Lawson have to make it a competition. Katie is the judge of the competition.

Carlin's team made Mint Chocolate chip however Katie said the flavor is overpowering.

Nathan's team made mint cookie dough however Katie reveals that the flavor was the worst that she ever tasted.

Lawson's team made cookie dough and Katie says that they are the winner!

August recap!

The Bates have celebrated Callie, Josie, Brooklyn, Evan and Nathan's birthdays and Brandon and Michaella's anniversary this month. Josie announced her relationship with Kelton.

Brandon and Michaella moved into a new place with the help of Kelly and Erin. They also celebrated Brandon's birthday a little early.

The family got to witness the eclipse.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Matching Duo!

Gil and Kelly shared an updated photo of their two youngest boys Jeb and Judson that we would love to share with you all.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Preview: Here's the scoop!

Kelly Jo, Erin, Carson and Tori head to Chicago to visit Michaela and Brandon and take in a few sights; Carlin, Josie and Katie are on babysitting duty while mom's away.

He Drives Me Crazy!

We are back with a brand new Name that Bates! Who is the best driver in the family? Who is the worst? 

Nathan turns 24!

Happy 24th Birthday Nathan! 

Monday, August 28, 2017

An courtship and engagement talks?

During the weekend, we shared on our facebook fan page, that Bates girls (Carlin, Josie and Tori) enjoyed a triple date with their boyfriends.
The last official word about the couples:
Tori and Bobby have been courting (almost a year), Carlin and Evan are in the boyfriend and girlfriend stage and Josie and Kelton are currently in the Special friends stage of their relationship.

Next week's Bringing Up Bates, Carlin and Evan will sit down with Gil and Kelly about taking the next step which is to start an official courtship. Also in next week's episode, Bobby will pull Gil aside to ask an important question.

With Josie just starting her last semester of cosmetology school and Kelton graduated in May 2017.

When do you think the girls wedding will be?

New pictures of Brandon and Michaella

A few weeks ago, Brandon and Michaella celebrated their second wedding anniversary. We also share an update about them moving into a new home and how they celebrate Brandon's birthday.

The top two pictures are from Taryn Yager and the last two are from Brandon and Michaella

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August/September monthly preview

Here's the scoop!
August 31, 2017
Kelly Jo, Erin, Carson and Tori head to Chicago to visit Michaela and Brandon and take in a few sights; Carlin, Josie and Katie are on babysitting duty while mom's away.

Bates Babies Special
September 4, 2017

Bates Birthing Babies Bonanza
September 5, 2017

Courtship, Kiddos, and Future Son-In-Laws?
September 7, 2017
The family is headed to an adventure resort on the rim of West Virginia's New River Gorge; Tori's down in the dumps because Bobby won't be joining her on this trip; Carlin is extra excited to have her boyfriend Evan along for the ride.

Uncharted Waters
September 14, 2017
The Bates family continues their thrill seeking vacation at Adventures on the Gorge, in West Virginia; a high level white water rafting course; Gil is in for a big surprise when Bobby pulls him aside.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lawson's Guest Blog!

Lawson Bates was able to guest blog on Live Original to talk about love which you can click here to read it fully.

"Let’s get honest for a second. Between dating, relationships, finding love, and pursing God's plan for my life, everything can feel pretty complicated at times, you know?" Lawson Bates

Lawson gives five tips that he has learned and would love to share with you all.

All about Lexi: Seven months old

Lexi Mae is now seven months old! We are just five months away from her first birthday. She also got to see her first eclipses on Monday!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Recap: The Fabulous Backwood Bates Boys

Zach heads to the house to pick up Jackson, Warden and Isaiah for a camping trip near Clinch River. Zach is always wanting to invest in the boys. They head to the campsite and decide to try their skeet shooters but they are broken. Zach reveals that she he threw the skeets.

While they are putting up the tents and putting a fire. They figure out that they are missing a few items but Jackson has everything that they need in his backpack. Isaiah says that his brother's backpack is like a bottomless bag.
Kelly, Whitney, and Erin load up the younger children (Ellie, Callie, Judson, Jeb, Bradley and Carson) to a local hotel pool for swim lessons. They managed to have two teachers to teach the kids. Nathan has also come along to help the little kids swim.

All the kids enjoy the lesson. Zach reveals that Bradley has still been learning and coming along  the Michael Phelps tradition.

Gil brings the rest of the boys to meet up with the four boys at the campsite. They head to the river to do fishing but don't manage to catch a single fish. Lawson jokes that there is fishing and then there is catching. Trace adds that they are amazing at fishing.

Gil jokes that if they were relying on fishing for a living, they would be lean and mean. They end up having cooking hotdogs and hamburgers for dinner. Zach and Bradley head to meet Whitney to change her tire.

Later that night they go around and say what they are thankful for and Gil says that it's important to know that it's about family. They will be there for the rest of your life.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

6 years old facebook!

It's hard to believe that I started the fan page on facebook six years ago. We did start the page as Fan page of the Bates family.
We did not actually started this blog until February 2012 but we are celebrating our sixth birthday.

Happy Birthday Evan!

Happy Birthday, Evan!

We hope that you have a wonderful birthday.

If you didn't know that Evan is the special friend of Carlin

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Brandon and Michaella: Moving and Birthday Trip

Right after Brandon and Michaella celebrated their second wedding anniversary, Kelly Jo revealed that the couple has moved into a new place.
 Brandon and Michaella also went skydiving for Brandon's early birthday present and have photos to share. Michaella also shared that she did not jump.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Preview: The Fabulous Backwoods Bates Boys

Zach organizes a camping trip in hopes of having some bonding moments with his brothers; Zach gets an unexpected call; Kelly Jo, Erin and Whitney gather up the younger kiddos for a swimming lesson.
Our recap will be posted Friday morning

Monday, August 21, 2017

Is there an engagement on the way?

We are so excited to share that there will be an engagement really soon between Tori and Bobby. The couple recently sat down with Knox News to talk about the next step.

Tori reveals that they met in October 2015 and started courtship the year later. Tori jokes that they could get engaged in October 2017.  Bobby adds November however Lawson says September. Jackson adds that Bobby  could asked the question a lot faster than anyone is expecting. He could also wait until Tori is out of school which is not going to happen.

To read more about the article check out the link

Sunday, August 20, 2017

All about Kaci: 14 months old

It's hard to believe that Kaci Lynn is now fourteen months old. Whitney shared a few new photos of her daughter.  This past month, her first birthday aired on Bringing Up Bates.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Recap: The Night The light went out in Tennessee

Nathan has been living in Mississippi for the past six months. He has been working as a flight instructor. He reveals that he enjoyed learning how to fly and wanted to pass the information to others. Tonight is no different as he teaches a man who is working on his commercial pilot's license. Gil reveals that his son has a lot respect for everything like safety, life and caution. He also says that is a mark of maturity for a risk taker like Nathan.

The little Bates family is heading Taryn Yager's house studio for Kaci's one year. Bradley is a great help on making his little sister laugh. Kaci loves the cake smashing.

Whitney reveals that she cried while looking at the pictures since Taryn caught many sweet photos.
Nathan returns home and puts up the smoke detectors. The fire department showed the family where to put all the detectors. Jackson reveals that they waited until Nathan got home to take care of it.

Gil says that his son is an energy giver and gives great motivator. He manages to get Lawson and few of the boys to help. Kelly and the girls are working on cleaning out the fridges. Gil reveals that his wife loves to do when he doesn't like to waste it. During the time that the boys and girls are working hard, the power ends up going out. The girls work fast to put everything back into the fridge and get the flashlights and candles.

Lawson says no lighters for the little boys. Kelly has the kids put on their pjs while she gets a family favorite, Surprise Spin. Everyone works on taking turns.  When someone lands on draws a paper which reveals they either do a chore or grants them something.

Isaiah gets 5 dollars.

Kelly reveals that her husband is going to love that they played this game.

Lawson is stuck with cleaning out the van and changing all the sheets in the house.

The lights come back on and everyone wants to party and so they grab ice cream. Lawson reveals that it's sometimes good that the power goes out so they can focus on each other and play a game.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Brooklyn and Lexi

Right before Brooklyn's 1st Birthday, Erin posted a new photo of her daughter and niece (Lexi). We thought that it would nice to share it for you all.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Preview: The Night The Lights Went Out in Tennessee

Now that Nathan is a certified flight instructor, he's moved back to Rocky Top, TN to teach flight lessons; Kaci Lynn is turning the big One; a power outage leads to an impromptu slumber party and game night.

Keilens celebrate two years!

Brandon and Michaella are celebrating their second wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe that they have been married for the past two years. 

You can check out their wedding date post by clicking here. You can also check out their first year of marriage by clicking here. You can also check out their eighteen month update by clicking here.

We will see you in August 2018 for their third wedding anniversary.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Flying Home

The Webster family flew into Tennessee for the girls birthday (Josie, Callie, and Brooklyn). Alyssa recently posted a new photo of her and the girls on their plane ride home. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Brooklyn: One month to one year old photos

This week, we have shared Brooklyn's 1st birthday blog post, All about Brooklyn: 12 months old, and her 1st birthday photo.

Erin ended up sharing a collage of her daughter's first year of life.

Here is the one that we made:  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Meet Josie's special friend

During last night's Bringing Up Bates "One cap, two growns?" We were introduced to Josie's special friend Kelton Balka. 
Kelton Balka is the son of Kristy and Michael. His middle name is Edward. His birthday is July 4, 1995. He has four brothers and sisters. His mother sadly died when she was giving birth to her 5th child in 2009.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Recap: One Cap, two growns

Tori seeks Carlin for help about what to wear for Bobby's graduation. Carlin notices a few outfits that are hers but doesn't mind letting her sister borrow them. Lawson says that they have a real problem with stealing but Nathan says that it's not stealing since they fit. Nathan adds that if you want them to be yours than you need to keep them somewhere else but if you keep them in the house than it's free game.
Kelly reveals that Nathan and Tori think that it's in the family's closet then it's fair game.
Down in the Webster house, John and Alyssa give a glimpse of what they do day to day. John is working for his family's air conditioning business. John and Alyssa recently opened their cleaning business on the side.
John comes home to eat dinner and watch the girls so Alyssa can clean up one of their locations. She leaves right around 6:30pm and doesn't return until a little after 9:00pm. John has to leave to fix an unit right after they eat. Alyssa says goodbye to her husband and comes back in to find Allie Jane out of bed. Judson says that Alyssa learned how to be very cleaning from their home.
Tori and Josie head to Florida to attend Bobby's grad party. They start with some disk golf with Bobby, Kelton and their dads. Kelly reveals that they knew Kelton before Bobby and he actually lives in Tennessee.
Josie reveals that she was excited to go with Tori because Kelton was graduation. She says that he is a guy that she is talking to and getting to know. She says he is pretty great.
Gil wonders what is with all these special friends. Kelly says that she likes the boys. Gil has a combined look of stress and joy on his face.
Gil and Kelly bring some of the kids down there to support Bobby and Kelton. Jackson says that Bobby's house is different than his house since it's clean. Bobby's family lives in Tampa and it's gated community.
Nathan says that if you got nice things, there is a chance that they can break them.
Bobby has a youth ministry degree and will be moving to Tennessee by the end of the summer. Kelton has a degree in finance and will return to Tennessee to work at his uncle's plumbing business.
During the party, Tori gives Bobby his gift and he loves it. Tori has given him a bible which is prefect for what he wants to do.

On the road to courtship?

During tonight's episode of Bringing Up Bates, Bobby and Tori are planning their future and talk about engagement as Bobby graduates from college.
Meanwhile, Josie and Kelton get a chance to spend some time together. Could they be moving closer to start a romance. Are these two moving closer to start a courtship?
 We will also get a special check up with John, Alyssa, Allie and Lexi. 
Find out during tonight's episode of Bringing Up Bates.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

All about Brooklyn: 12 months old photo

We still can not believe that Brooklyn had celebrated her 1st Birthday on Sunday!  Today we are sharing her first year of life photo with you all.
On Friday,  we are planning to share a college that will feature her newborn photo to 12 months old.

We hope that you will check out her 1st birthday blog post by clicking here. You can also checked out her 12 month update by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Preview: One Cap, two growns?

Bobby's big graduation party; a few rounds of disc golf; Bobby and Tori discuss their future together; Josie gets the chance to spend some time with Kelton.

Monday, August 7, 2017

All about Brooklyn: 12 months old

We can't believe that Brooklyn celebrated her 1st birthday yesterday. This past month, Brooklyn ended up spending about a week in the hospital due to an infection in her finger.

Don't forget to check out her first birthday post along with her 1st birthday photo that we should be posting later this week.

We should also have her first birthday college on Friday on our blog.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Brooklyn turns 1

Happy 1st Birthday Brooklyn!

We can't believe that you are one! We hope that you have a blessed day.

Be sure to check out her 12 month update tomorrow along with her 12 month old photo. We will also be doing a college for her monthly photos.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Season 7?

As of July 28th, there is no word about the show getting renewed. UP TV has said that it should be coming soon! 

We will keep you updated! 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Recap: Lawson and Sadie's big breakup

Lawson and Nathan talk about Lawson's music video plans. Lawson feels that the next step is to get a single out there on the radio. He also wants to shoot a high quality music video to promote it. Lawson reveals that his friend connected him with Sadie Robertson after he was looking for a girl to play the girlfriend in "Past the past".

The big day arrives, Lawson and a few of the Bates head to Manchester to shoot the video. Sadie arrives there as well.

Lawson reveals that the story of the video has him playing a quarterback in a high school football team. Lawson has never done that so it should be something interesting. Lawson has a lot of respect for athletes since it's not as easy.

They head to do the next scene which is filmed on a front porch which is a breakup scene. They end up filming it in the rain.

Kelly says that Sadie is amazing since she was so convincing. Kelly reveals that she is like poor thing. Kelly would later add that they made it seem very real and as a mom, she is oozing in pride.
Later that night, Lawson is getting ready to film the football game where Lawson's character gets injure. Lawson wants to take the hit however the director does not want to risk him getting hurt. One of the players on the team offers to be his stunt double. They run the scene a few times and the stunt double doesn't mind it. He is actually enjoying it. Nathan thinks that a picture with Sadie must have soften the blow.

Jackson, Warden and Isaiah want to take her out on a lunch date for Mother's Day. Kelly accepts the offer as long as the boys allow her to give them a refresher course in manners beforehand. 
Nathan argues that his brothers need a whole class from start to finish. Jeb reveals that good manners are standing up straight and eating your food while Judson adds in using your fork and knife instead of your hands.

The boys put on their Sunday best and takes Kelly to one of her favorite places, McCloud Mountain Restaurant. The boys do well and Kelly thinks her boys will get a girl before Lawson and Nathan do. Kelly adds that she doesn't want them to start looking yet.

Be sure to check out "Past the Past" music video which was released today by clicking here.

Past the Past music video!

Lawson's newest music video has been released today. Back in May 2017, we announced that Lawson had team up with Sadie to film a music video. Well today, we have that music video.
 During tonight's episode of Bringing Up Bates, it will feature behind the scenes as Lawson films it.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Websters Girls (1 to 6 months old)

John and Alyssa recently share Lexi Mae's growth chart which we shared yesterday on the blog. 

Well today we thought it would be a wonderful chance to share Allie Jane's 1 to 6 months old photos and compare them to Lexi Mae.

Allie Jane's growth chart:

 Lexi Mae's growth chart: 


Preview: Lawson and Sadie's big breakup

Lawson takes the next step with his career and makes a music video, co-starring actress Sadie Robertson; Kelly Jo thinks it's time the middle boys receive a manners lesson so they can become gentlemen.

August 2017

* Callie
* Josie
* Brooklyn
* Evan
* Nathan

Bringing Up Bates:
* Preview
* Recap
* Season 7?

* Brandon and Michaella
* Facebook page

All about Grandbabies:
* Brooklyn
* Kaci
* Lexi

Other Blogs:
* September Birthdays and anniversary