This post is sponsored by UP; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Bringing Up Bates has become one of my favorite family-friendly shows. Of course, it's interesting to watch the daily interactions of such a ginormous family, but it also gives me the warm and fuzzies watching that ginormous family relate to each other on such a deep, personal level. It's one of those shows that you walk away from feeling like there's hope for the world around you, and lately, that's something all of us need, don't you think?
Bringing Up Bates Season Synopsis
The UP network is centered around bringing adults positive, uplifting entertainment with the mantra of “We Get Family.” One of their most popular original shows is returning for its 4th season on June 2nd at 9PM ET. Bringing Up Bates is a family docu-series that follows the lives of Gil and Kelly Jo Bates, proud parents of 19 children and a growing number of grandchildren. In the new season, change is in the air as a lot of the kids are beginning to forge their own paths outside of the family. From new loves, to new careers and new babies, the Bates are experiencing both the highs and lows of life. Tune in to meet the whole family!
Bringing Up Bates - Reminding Us All to Make It Count
One of my absolute favorite themes that this show centers around is making every moment count. It's a show all about positivity and strong family values that encourages us all to appreciate our loved ones. We're only on this big hunk of orbiting rock for a while. After that, it's anybody's guess what comes next. So while we're here, we need to make each and every moment count.
My daughter and I have always approached our lives this way. We love each other to death, and we want to get in all the awesome moments we can while we're still able to. Hey, nobody gets out alive, as they say. Being a blogger has provided some amazing opportunities that have allowed us to make some lifelong memories, and I record all of the in Facebook albums and old school scrapbooks - not to mention the fact that my Instagram account is basically a digital scrapbook of our adventures together!
Over the years, we've created some incredible memories and bonding time, and I've been fortunate enough to do some majorly cool things with her...
Western Caribbean Cruise - Summer of 2013
We sailed across the Caribbean and visited islands in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba...
Spring Break - South Africa 2015
We caged dived with Great White Sharks and took a tour of Cape Town...
NYC GALentine's Day 2016
On our first Valentine's Day post-divorce, we went to New York City, my favorite city in the US (well, aside from our hometown of Miami), and went to the Empire State Building for a little show of our love...
Bringing Up Bates is About Connecting
How do you connect? Bringing Up Bates is thoroughly entertaining, but it also teaches us all a valuable lesson. That lesson is that family is greater than all. Jobs come and go. Boyfriends and girlfriends come and go - at least until we find the right one. Life's ups and downs takes us to incredible highs and some of the deepest valleys possible. Bringing Up Bates reminds us all that through it all, we have one constant - family.
Angeline and I both helped each other through my divorce. I've helped her through some heinous breakups. We've ridden the highs together and ridden out the lows together. And through it all, we've formed bonds like none that we'll ever form again. That's what family does, and that's what Bringing Up Bates is all about.
The new season of Bringing Up Bates airs June 2nd at 9PM ET on Up. Check it out!
I am so jealous of all your trips!!!! Cage diving? Sailing around the Caribbean? Ugh. I think it's time I make some new memories.... 🙂