The Bratayley family hasn’t been posting their normal daily vlogs since the sudden death of 13-year-old Caleb Logan Bratayley this month, but that didn’t stop the YouTubers from sharing an update with their fans Sunday. Six days after memorializing their brother via a live stream, Hayley and Annie Bratayley were photographed enjoying a day with a friend and smiling.
“Good to see these girls smiling again,” the official Bratayley Instagram account, run by their mom, Katie, captioned a shot of the YouTube stars. In the photo, Annie, 10, and Hayley, 7, can be seen sporting big grins while holding balloon animals and rocking face paint. The update also included the hashtag “#onemomentatatime.”
*NEW PHOTO* Uploaded on Bratayley's Facebook a couple of minutes ago! Photo of: Annie, Hayley and Katie (Friend) pic.twitter.com/q7hI2viDRQ
— Fluff | R.I.P Caleb (@BRATAYL3Y) October 10, 2015
The Instagram post is the first time Bratayley fans have gotten a glimpse of Hayley and Annie since Caleb's death. While the family did live-stream Caleb’s memorial service Oct. 6, the girls were not featured in it.
Hayley and Annie have starred alongside Caleb and their parents, Katie and Billy, on the popular vlogging channel Bratayley since December 2010. Their videos, which document their travels and everyday life, have accumulated over 1 billion views. At present, the channel has over 1.8 million subscribers.
The family stopped posting their daily family vlogs after Caleb died Oct. 1. His official cause of death has not been announced, though the family has stated they believe his death was the result of an undetected medical condition. The Bratayleys also have shared that a heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy runs in the family.
“We'll have more definitive answers in the coming weeks but ask that you help us celebrate his life instead of focus on his death,” the family wrote on Instagram Oct. 5. “Thank you for all your kindness during this difficult time.”
The last Bratayley video to feature Annie, Hayley and Caleb was posted to the video sharing site Oct. 3. In the clips the family can be seen eating breakfast together. At the end of the vlog Caleb asks viewers what question they would want to ask their future selves before signing off, saying, “see you guys tomorrow.” The family indicates at the end of the vlog that Caleb died the following day. “He will never get to meet his future self,” reads their statement. “None of us will and we are very sad because he would have been great.”
The following day, the family shared a 21-minute montage of some of Caleb’s most memorable moments from the vlogs. The video, titled “Caleb, Gone But Never Forgotten,” has over 6.4 million views and counting.