Thursday, April 30, 2020

April Recap

This month, the family celebrated three birthdays. Many of the family members got to meet baby Kolter following his March 25th birth.

The family celebrated Easter 2020 and shared photos.

Recap: Nesting Mode and Mommies on a Mission

Michaella has an associate in medicinal health science and an EMT certification. She is currently in a phlebotomy lab with an LPN lab instructor. She says that she doesn't know what field she wants to go in. She says that the nursing school is wonderful and very fast-paced.

Erin says that Michaella has always talked about going into nursing school as a teenager. It's something that is natural for her. Josie adds everyone is so pumped that she is doing it.

Michaella says that her teachers have always said to be the kind of nurse that you would want to have. She wants her patients to know that she cares. She is looking forward to being a nurse.

Erin, Chad and Lawson arrive to Kelton and Josie's new house to do a white mortar on the fireplace. Addallee holds Willow. Josie says that it's a good thing to recruit Erin because she can get Chad to help with these projects.

Gil says that moving into the new house and getting it ready is to just sweep and mop but the kids idea is to take out walls and redo a lot and then have to paint it.

Josie reveals that Lawson is fun and easy to have around. Callie answers a question about why Lawson gets a hard time about not having a boyfriend and she says it's because of him being 27 and it's odd.

Lawson gets up on the ladder and tries the German schmear technique and the girls qonder if he is precise enough. Josie says that he is better at his music then the schmear technique.

Chad says that it dawned on him that he might be involed to see the project finish. When the fireplace is done, it looks amazing.

Brandon and Michaella have the nieces and nephews along with a few of the little siblings over to make caramel apples. The tradition started when Addallee, Ellie and Callie were little and now the three girls can help carry on the tradition with the younger children. Brandon says that it will be interesting and fun to have a lot of little hands.

Kade joins in on the fun when Addallee and Michaella give him a few licks. Tori says that she stays away from giving Kade candy and sweets but his aunts and uncles do not. She also adds that she expected that they would give him something while there. After they are done, they jump into leaves that Brandon had just raked.

Erin heads over to Zach and Whitney's home to help reorganize and decorate Kaci and Khloe's room. Whitney says that Kaci is so excited to share a room with her sister. She also adds that Kaci has rearranged Khloe's pillows and getting it ready and stuff. Whitney says that she loves having Erin's help however Chad adds that her brother hates her.

Erin only has one room for her four children and has put in a bunk bed for Carson and Brooklyn. She also has a trundle for Everly and a crib for Holland. She says that she is trying to work with what she has and have their eyes open for a new property. Erin says that location is everything, so she wants to find a location that she loves. She wants to live near all of the cousins.

Four granddaughters

Tonight is a brand new episode of Bringing Up Bates which means our recap will be posted later tonight along with our April recap. As of right now, we have six new photos to share with you all.

Khloe Bates is almost six months old at the time that we are sharing this photo with you all.
Holland is currently five months old and Brooklyn will turn four in August.
We also have new photos of Layla and her parents to share.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Allie & Lexi homeschool update

Allie Jane and Lexi Mae have gone up to K4 and K5. We have two new photos of the two little girls. Allie just turned 5 on April 11th while Lexi will turn 4 on January 26th.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Preview: Nesting Mode & Mommies on a Mission!

Now that Josie and Kelton have purchased a home, they're putting finishing touches on their renovations; Erin, Chad, and Lawson join Josie to help with a challenging painting project; Michaella takes a break from nursing school.

Ellie turns 13

Happy 13th Birthday! 

Monday, April 27, 2020

New photo of the Paine family

We have a new photo of the Paine family to share with you.
Erin will be celebrating her birthday on Saturday. Carson will celebrate his birthday on May 14th. Holland just turned five months old on the 26th.

New photos of John and Alyssa

It's hard to believe that John and Alyssa will celebrate their 6th wedding anniversary.  We have two new photos of the happy couple.

Did you know that both John and Alyssa have birthdays in November? Can you guess when their birthdays are?

New photo of Alyssa Webster

As promised, we have new photo of Alyssa Webster to share with you all.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

All about Holland: five months old

Holland is now five months old. She just celebrated her sister (Everly) and father's birthdays this past month. She also just celebrated her first Easter.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

All about Kolter: One month old

Kolter is now one month old and just celebrated his first Easter. We recently shared a new photo of him and his older brother who will turn 18 months old in May 2020.

May birthdays and anniversaries cover

It's time to release our May Birthdays and anniversaries cover.
John and Alyssa will celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary while Evan and Carlin will celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

Carson will turn 5 years old, Warden will turn 17 years old and Erin will turn 29 years old.

Now we do have our Mother's Day cover ready to go but you have to wait until May 10th to see it! 

Friday, April 24, 2020

New photo of the Webster family

John and Alyssa love to post weekly photos of their family on Sundays and today we have a new photo to share.
Next week, we have a few new photos of Alyssa, Allie and Lexi to share with you all. As many of you know that John and Alyssa will celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary next month.


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Recap: A Great Bates gateway

Before we start our recap, we do want to address two things. Trace and Chaney are no longer in a relationship. Also this episode was filmed before COVID-19.

During a flag football game, Trace breaks his finger while trying to grab a flag. Trace is scheduled to have surgery on the first day of the vacation. Before checking in, the family heads to Wonderworks.

Zach reveals that he is very sentimental about everyone getting together. Travis and Chaney are joining this year's vacation along with Chaney's sisters.

Gil, Trace and Chaney arrive to the event. Trace just got out of surgery and has his hand in a cast. Gil is still in a sling from having a shoulder surgery.

Katie feels that whenever you bring someone into the family, everyone feels that it's their duty to be a chaperone and sometimes there are too many. Travis and Katie get on a small simulator ride and a few of the Bates give them a hard time. Kelly reassures Gil that the ride is intense enough and they will be clinging to their seats.

The family heads to their cabin and it has 11 rooms. Kelly and Tori assign rooms and Tori feels that it's complicated. They finished the task and head to get groceries and begin cook. Nathan says that it's a full blownrestaurant to feed an army.

The evening comes and everyone gathers to give Kelly gifts since her birthday is the following day. As family traditions, they sing her praises. Lawson says that it's his favorite thing about birthday celebration.

Callie says that her mother is the most giving. Kelton, Brandon, and Bobby bring in three birthday cakes and Kelly says that her heart is full.

The next morning, they have a chaos because everyone is trying to get ready on time. They are heading to Anakeesta via chairlift.

The moms and little children enjoy lunch while the rest of the family heads to walk through the woods. They had to go rope bridges and Travis says that it's chaotic but organized.

During a family picture, Bobby and Tori announce the gender of their second child by releasing blue confetti. Gil's prediction from Carlin's Gender Reveal was correct. Kelly reveals that it was a way to surprise them and she didn't see that coming.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

New photo of Chad and the kids

Back when Erin gave birth to Holland Grace, the couple headed to get Holland's newborn photos done. We have a new photo of Chad with his four little ones that we thought that we would share.
Chad recently celebrated his 33rd birthday. Everly also celebrated her second birthday in March. Carson will turn 5 in a few weeks. Brooklyn will turn 4 in a few months.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Preview: A Great Bates Getaway

It's a great Bates getaway, when the entire family, along with Katie's friend Travis and Trace's girlfriend Chaney, head to Gatlinburg, Tenn. for some family fun in the great outdoors; fitting this massive clan under one roof is a mighty task.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Addallee's Easter photo

A few days ago, we shared many photos of the Bates Easter celebration and we have a new photo of Addallee to share with you all.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

All about Willow: Nine months old

Willow is now nine months old and just three months away from her birthday. She just celebrate her first Easter with her parents.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Recap: A Pizza Katie's Heart

As many of you know that the Bates have four grandbabies on the way so Erin, Whitney, Tori, and Carlin head to the doctor for ultrasound with Kelly. Whitney learns that her daughter has hair. Erin wants to know if the baby has hair and how big her nose is. Carlin thinks that Layla looks like a blob until she sees the hand. Tori's baby is tinier and is approximately 2.5 inches.

Tori learns that she has the same blood disorder as her sisters. She was not tested during her pregnancy with Kade because she lived in Nashville and the condition is different with each pregnancy. Tori feels that it's nice to know that she is not doing this by herself.

Gil and Kelly have most of the grandchildren over for a sleepover while the couples go out for a date. Gil is recovering from shoulder surgery. She has Katie help with sleepovers because she needs to go to bed early.

Michaella was looking forward to the couples date since they don't get together very much.
Kelly says that she was very thankful to have Addie, Ellie, and Katie to help with the grandkids but it was a good coverup for Katie.

Katie's special friend arrives with pink roses and pizza and Katie is shocked. She doesn't know how to deal with surprises. Katie and Travis met through mutual friends and started messaging a few months ago. Katie and her parents went up to New Jersey to meet Travis's family.

Travis and his sister have lunch with Katie, Kelly and a few siblings. Katie gets a beautiful gift box with photos of the couple, a pink hat and other goodies.

Kelly invites Travis to come to their upcoming vaction. Lawson jokes that he is going to bring his girlfriend to the vacation.

Kelly hopes that their relationship will be in the long haul. Travis takes the group to the ice cream place at Cruze Frams. Carlin says that the way to win her sister is through pizza and ice cream. Katie is shocked that Travis will only eat vanilla ice cream. The group plays "putt-putt" Travis tries to help Katie but she is doing bad.

Kelly says that they don't want to rush their children into a relationship. It's really exciting when you have met somebody and it's different. Kelly says that they need to enjoy this time as friends and get to know each other and hug while Gil says to wait on hugging.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Allie Jane's special date

John has a tradition of taking his daughters out on a father/daughter date when they turn 4.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Preview: A Pizza Katie's Heart

It's the ultimate ultrasound when Whitney, Erin, Carlin, and Tori share a check-up appointment together; the married couples go on a kid-free date as all the grand-kids have a sleep-over with Kelly Jo and a still recovering Gil when chaos ensues.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Bates Easter celebration

We shared many of the Bates family Easter Celebration on our facebook page and decided to share it on here as well.
Chad and Erin shared a new family photo. Holland is currently four months old. Brooklyn is three years old. Carson will celebrate his 5th birthday next month. Everly just celebrated her second birthday a few weeks ago.
Josie and Kelton shared a new photo of their growing family.
Brandon and Michaella shared a new photo.
Zach and Whitney shared a new photo of their three children. Khloe is five months old. Kaci will turn four in June 2020.
Evan and Carlin shared a new family photo.
John and Alyssa shared a new photo of their family. John did say that they were having a hard time getting a good family photo with the girls. Both Allie and Zoey recently had a birthday.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Double Birthdays: Carlin and Allie Jane

Today marks a special day for both the Stewarts and Webster families! Allie Jane is turning 5 while Carlin is turning 22.

Happy Birthday Carlin and Allie! 


Friday, April 10, 2020

Recap: Surgery and Surprises

Kelton and Josie head to Chesapeake's Seafood and Raw Bar to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Josie reveals that she has been wanting to go eat seafood but is nervous. Erin reveals that all of the girls are finicky about seafood because they didn't grow up eating it. Josie enjoys the shrimp but is not a big fan of scallops. The only seafood that she has tried is fish sticks and she doesn't like them. Kelton says that Josie is an incredible mother. Their first year has been a whirlwind and Josie hopes that their second year will be calm down. She wants to spend a lot of time together and make the most of everything. Kelton says that having Willow made them stronger and help them grow closer together. During their date, Brandon and Michaella are babysitting the little one.

Kelly says that Michaella has a love for babies and is a natural. Michaella says that she feels like she is in her element when she is around kids and it doesn't matter how many kids there are, they are just special. Brandon says that he loves kids but little babies are different. He reveals that he feels that he is going to break it somehow. The couple had a lot of fun watching their niece.
The whole family gathers at the house to celebrate the September birthdays and play games. There is a phrase "New Mini Sequel Releasing in April" that stumpes the whole family. They know it's an announcement but aren't sure what it means. Bobby heads up to the white board and writes "Tori is expecting".

Lawson says one of these gatherings, he will have a big announcement of his own.

Later it's time for Gil to have surgery. Lawson says that his father has always been Mr. Invincible but seeing him in this state has been unique. The doctor is able to put Gil and Kelly at ease. The couple films a video to send to the kids before the producedure and Gil makes sure to tell everyone that he loves them if he doesn't wake up.

It's time to reveal the gender of Baby Stewart. Carlin can't wait to hear the news. She thinks that it's a boy but there is a trend of girls going so it's like a girl season. Everyone gets a water gun full of paint and shoots it at the parents and it's pink. Kelly teases Gil by telling him to eat his words because he kept saying that it's a boy. He suggests that maybe he got his wires crossed and Tori will be the one having a boy.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

All about Kolter: Introduction

Kolter is two weeks old and although we won't be doing an official update on the baby boy until April 25th. We thought that it would be nice to share some of his birth status with you.

He was born March 25 at 4:17pm, weighing 6 lbs 6 oz and measuring 20 inches long.

As many of you know that Tori was due on April 15, he was born when Tori was 38 weeks pregnant.

We recently shared new photos of him and his brother on Sunday. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

All about Khloe: Five months old

Khloe is now five months old and is getting bigger. She is about to celebrate her first Easter in a few days.

Preview: Surgery and Surprises

No more one handed push-ups for Gil, because with Kelly Jo by his side, Gil heads to an orthopedic center for rotator cuff surgery; Gil's anxiety about the procedure might get the best of him; Josie and Kelton celebrate their first anniversary.

Monday, April 6, 2020

New photo of the Paine Girls

Chad and Erin have three daughters between the ages of four months and three years old. Erin says that she lets her daughters pick their own outfits.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

New photo of Smith Boys

As many of you know that Bobby and Tori welcomed their youngest child on March 25th and we have a new photo of the sweet baby boy with his older brother, Kade.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

All about Everly: 24 months old

It's time to do Everly's  24 month update! It's hard to believe that she is 2 years old.

In the past year since her last birthday, she has gotten a new little sibling and three new cousins.

Friday, April 3, 2020

All about Zoey: 24 months old

It's time to do Zoey's 24 month update! It's hard to believe that she is 2 years old.

In the past year since her last birthday, she has gotten four new cousins.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Recap: Texas or Bust?

Just a quick reminder that Trace and Chaney are no longer together. Be sure to check up their relationship update post that we made back in February 2020.

Now on to the recap:
Trace heads over to his older brother's house to talk about his trip to Texas. For almost nine months, Trace has been talking to Chaney for everyday but one. He reveals that he is nervous as he is about to ask Chaney to be his girlfriend.
Trace and his parents arrived to the Kahle family home in Colleyville. He tries to play it cool but it's not any other trip. They give side hugs to Chaney and her family. Chaney's family are also homeschoolers and have the same competive spirit as the Bates family.
Chaney's father says that they should go electric go-karting at K1 speed to start the visit. Kelly is not a fan of going fast because she doesn't want to get hurt. She wants to drive her own car so she can control the speed.
At the end, Chaney ends up in first while Trace is in second. Trace praises her character. The families end up going to Tex-Mex since the family loves mexcian foods.
Trace reveals that he would consider moving to Texas and Zach knows that his brother won't be able to hang out at his house.
Kelly suggests tomorrow that they go on a pinic. Chaney's mom and sisters are making plans for the special moment with Kelly while the others head to the batting cages. Trace steps aside with her father to get permission to ask Channey out. He agrees to it but reminds Trace that he raised them to stay close.
Kelly and the girls are setting up for the pinic near the water. Kelly reveals that her son doesn't want it over the top that it would look like an engagement. The couple arrive and are blown away by the set up.
After they eat, the couple takes a walk and stop at a spot covered in flower petals. It is close enough for Trace's parents and Chaney's family to see them. Trace reveals that Chaney is his best friend and he wants to take the next step so he asks her the special courtship question. She agrees to the courtship. Trace gives her flowers and a bracelet and they share a few front hugs and start holding hands.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April Monthly preview

* Chad Paine
* Allie Webster
* Carlin Stewart
* Ellie Bates

All about Grandbabies:
* Everly Paine
* Zoey Webster
* Willow Balka
* Khloe Bates
* Holland Paine
* Kolter Smith
* Layla Stewart

Bringing Up Bates:
* Preview
* Recap

Other posts:
* May Birthdays and Anniversaries cover
* Mother's Day cover