Archive for March, 2010

“In the jungle…”

March 29, 2010

Well…March 20th-23rd, 2010 will forever be remembered as some of the best days on earth. Β We got to spend those days at a private game reserve next to Kruger National Park in South Africa. We got to get up-close and personal to the amazing wildlife…and we mean CLOSE. Like, pee your pants a little cause there are lions right next to your car…Or in Kate’s case–pee your pants cause there are spiders the size of baseballs EVERYWHERE. It scared her more than the lions did. Each day we went for morning and evening drives, bush walks, bike rides and ate some fabulous food under the big, bright African stars.

Because we are cheesy awesome, we named our group/car “Lady Dagaboy” and our guide was a guy named Dave (aka Captain Kittycat) and our tracker was Clemont (aka Clementine). Seriously, these two macho men were not only cute as can be but they had some of the best personalities ever….we laughed, we sang…they wore bow ties…we wore formal wear…haha…good times all around πŸ™‚ The best part too was that my (Kate’s) dad was with us. He pretty much thought he was Rambo the majority of the time which was very entertaining.

Here are some small highlights from the trip:

  • The first morning drive we almost drove straight into this huge spider web that stretched across the road and Kate screamed the most girlish, bloody murder scream at the top of her lungs. Pretty funny.
  • The last day during our drinks at sunset, Dave and Clemont brought bow ties to put on and we brought something “sparkly” and formal to throw on over our grubby safari clothes…we wanted to have some class…the pictures will explain πŸ™‚
  • We parked the car, walked about 10 minutes through the bush to get super close to two giraffes. Kate was almost paralyzed with fear at how close we got to the spiders but it was still awesome!
  • The last night they set up dinner for us on the landing strip out in the middle of the bush. There were about 50 million candles everywhere…it was gorgeous!
  • We pretty much used the Lion King and its soundtrack to reference all animals and preceded to sing a song that corresponded as well at any time we could. We sang A LOT in our car.
  • We all wore ribbon headbands on the second day to show some group unity and to bring the awesome animals our way…it totally worked too…the animals couldn’t stay away!
  • We drank LOTS of Amarula…you can’t get this stuff in America so we had to have as much as possible…they even put it in our hot chocolate in the morning πŸ™‚ I know…it was like heaven.

Anyway…here are some pics. Disclaimer: we all shared our pictures so most of the awesome shots we probably didn’t take…so a big thank you to all our friends who shared their pics πŸ™‚

The gorgeous African sky.

The sun…setting or rising…not sure…but beautiful either way!

So peaceful.

Safari vehicle fun!

Elephant up close & personal.

Rhino.

Lady Dagaboy in action taking pics of a hyena.

Leopard about to climb the tree.

Up he goes.

Dinner time…eating an Impala. We could literally hear the bones crunching.

The best tracker EVER…Clement!!!

Clement & Kate chasing the Impala to make them jump for people taking pictures. Woohoo!

Hippo under the water.

Hippo out of the water.

Zebras have BFF’s too.

That’s right. Worst nightmare.

Terrible. Horrible. Awful. They were huge.

My dad taking pics πŸ™‚

Our rockin’ guide Dave.

Stop the car. Whip out the tablecloth. Pour the wine and Amarula. Check.

Lions.

Lions in a tree stealing food from the Leopard up above them. Freaking UNREAL.

Bike ride through a little lake.

Mud everywhere. Knife in my hand. Gun in his. We were ready for anything.

Mama Elephant with her two kiddos drinking at sunset.

Another Elephant. Sweet.

Wild Dog.

Leopard. You could almost reach out and touch him.

He loved his pink ribbon.

Ribbons represent.

We busted out the formal wear and were welcoming the other group.

Formal wear in the field.

Haha..nothing wrong with a little attitude in the bush.

RAAAAR!!!!!!

Giraffe

We got that close…it was unbelievable.

Chameleon love.

River we drove through.

There we are…driving through.

Lion tracks we found during our bike ride…awesome.

Wine tasting πŸ™‚

Dinner under the stars.

Cape Buffalo.

Blown away by what we were seeing…cameras ready!

Last group shot…Dave let my dad hold the gun…my dad was SO happy…haha!

New Song on March 17th and some news…

March 27, 2010

Sweet Goodbyes

by Krezip

Can’t sleep ’cause everything’s changing
You don’t want to leave things behind
Can’t breathe cause to many things going on going wrong in your life

Tears in your eyes
Sweet goodbyes
I know how you feel right now
Losing dreams you’ve come to care about
I know what you need right now
You need to come on home so I can hold you tight
Guide you through the night
I’ll guide you through the night

Wake up the sun’s shining bright lets go out of bed into the light
Shape up we won’t forget still there’s lots of love left to hold tight

Tears in your eyes
Sweet goodbyes
I know how you feel right now
Losing dreams you’ve come to care about
I know what you need right now
You need to come on home so I can hold you tight
Guide you through the night

Everything I love between us will guide us through the night
All the things we lost will teach us see the pretty things in life
All the places that we’ve been to
The people we relate to
All the love that we give in to

Blow the tears from your eyes
Sweet goodbyes
I know how you feel right now
Losing dreams you’ve come to care about
I know what you need right now
You need to come on home so I can hold you tight

Here a shark, there a shark, everywhere a shark shark.

March 17, 2010

On a glorious Tuesday, March 16th, while in Cape Town South Africa we traveled two hours away to do some great white shark cage diving. What is this you say? Get in a cage with great white sharks. Are you kidding me? Well, we are serious and had a BLAST doing it. We took a 15 minute incredibly rocky boat ride out to where the sharks were.

Boarding the boat!

The ride felt like a roller-coaster at times–I was holding on for dear life.

After suiting up in a 7mm inch thick wet-suit (the water was a nice 11.5 C)–you get some fashion forward goggles and they let you crawl into a cage that sits on the side of the boat. WARNING: THIS PICTURE OF KATE MIGHT BE THE HOTTEST THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN!

(HAHAHAHA!)

Five people get in at a time and they throw bait over your head and around the boat to lure in these huge creatures of the sea.

Technically, I think we (the humans) were the bait–but the sharks liked to play with those Tuna fish heads.

When they see a shark coming, they tell you to get ready and then they scream “DOWN, DOWN!” and you hold your breath, grab a red bar on the inside of the cage and pull yourself down to get a close look at the sharks.

An interesting thing happened while Kate was in the cage–the shark tried to join them inside the cage–he was a bit feisty and slammed his body into the cage. It was crazy. All five of us backed up as far as we could and then all came to the surface screaming laughing.

There he is–trying to get in. WOW!

Screaming & laughing at how close the shark came!

The whole trip was such a fun experience–getting to see the sharks in their natural environment was amazing. It was like shark week –only 100 times better. Haha! Here are some more pictures from the day! -j&k-

Yup. That happened.

On the back of our disposable camera. Anyone else think this is funny?

The water was pretty clear.

The camera freaked out during this pic…it was supposed to be showing the awesome wetsuit look.

Jody, shark-fin-April, Jason & Kate!

Jo’Burg!

March 14, 2010

No words.

March 13, 2010

Hey!

We left cold, rainy Amsterdam on Tuesday afternoon and arrived in sunny, HOT South Africa Wednesday morning. We had a lovely little lay-over in London where we ate at our favorite airport restaurant called Giraffe (appropriate right…on our way to AFRICA ..haha πŸ™‚ ) and hopped on a half-empty flight to Jo’berg. Ten and a half hours isn’t so bad when you have a whole row of seats to yourself. We each watched the Michael Jackson movie “This is It” and then slept pretty much until we landed..woohoo!

We spent the next two days at a place called the House of Hope which is an orphan home in the township of Temba…about an hour and a half away from where we were staying in Jo’berg. My (kate) dad has a non-profit organization that does work in Africa and he and some other people built the orphan home which opened about a year ago.

The first day we painted their “community” room and played/hung out with the kids. The second day we brought them some new clothes and toys…then had a party with them complete with Kentucky Fried Chicken, balloons, streamers, cupcakes, and music….it was AMAZING.

It’s hard to put into words what an incredible time we had with the kids and the house mothers/helpers. The warmth that you feel from these kids is so real. We had so much fun running around, playing in the dirt, running in the grass…I think we had a better time than the kids! We laughed a lot, cried even more and it broke our hearts when we had to say goodbye.

We know a lot of you have been asking if there is a way that you could donate to the orphan kids–we will get that information to you as soon as we can.

Here are some pictures from our few days with these wonderful people! -j&k-

Such a sweet girl.

Aben spreading some laughter.

Jill getting some awesome braids put in her hair.

They loved our sunglasses. They now have our sunglasses πŸ™‚

Miles jamming with the rhythm section.

He is the sweetest boy ever.

She was excited earlier in the day because Elizabeth is my middle name. Maybe I was overboard in this snapshot with my excited-ness πŸ™‚

So much fun happening on the lawn.

Jim holding the kiddos.

Two of the kids πŸ™‚ Love them.

Nope. No words for how much this kid stole our hearts.

Mr. Snuggle munchkin.

Ahh…so precious.

Getting some sweet braids!

Jason painting the walls of the community room.

Jill hanging with the kids.

Not really sure what they were looking at but they are cute doing it! And that’s my dad πŸ™‚

The ladies getting their paint on…yes, we literally got it all over ourselves! So fun!

Miles playing with the kids.

Soccer time.

Playing on the green grass.

LOve, love, love them.

Learning the song “Home” that they sang with us at the Coca-Cola Dome in Jo’berg.

Some more singing.

Ashley and some of the girls backstage.

Holding hands, walking to the stage.

There were 13,000 people there and the kids did GREAT!

Group shot.

Switching Continents…

March 9, 2010

Hello lovely people.

Jill here, giving a quick update…the last one from Europe before we head to Africa! Can I tell you how excited we are to go to Africa?? Yes. I can. We are REALLY excited! There ya go.

However, we are also going to miss all you lovely folks from the UK and Europe…you have been AWESOME and we can’t wait to come back and see you again. (Yes, we know we owe you a J&K show…don’t you worry. You have made it clear that we can’t forget that πŸ™‚ …)

The first time I met Kate, she had just flown from South Africa (where she used to live) to Martha’s Vineyard…that was over 7 years ago and she hasn’t been back to South Africa since! We are all excited to see her back in her old stomping grounds…(by the way—i will make her speak in German in a vlog still…for all of you who have been asking for that…)

There will be plenty of Africa pics coming your way soon…keep checking back. Thanks again to Europe and the UK for being super cool.

Peace out.

j

Things I’m *currently* Obsessed With

March 4, 2010

So, there are a few things I (kate) am obsessed with at this moment in time:

  • Vanilla Soy Latte’s from Starbucks
  • any kind of HARIBO candy πŸ™‚
  • BOINGO on my iPhone (internet provider type thingie…it’s awesome)
  • my cocoa-butter chapstick
  • Bon Iver (thanks Todd for the recommendation)
  • video chatting with my little brothers who teach me cool things like how to use the word “beast” when something is cool.
  • fresh squeezed orange juice
  • the TV show “The Good Wife” –I secretly wanna be a lawyer and wear power suits and carry a briefcase and say things like “Objection” randomly.
  • the song “Farewell” by Rosie Thomas
  • anything to put in my hair…clips, headbands, products…crazy curls…I know…I’m girly.
  • sweet photo apps on my iPhone that let me take a normal pic like this

and make it look like this:

Probably not a very interesting blog but I’m kinda bored in Hamburgertown right now so I thought I’d share…haha….Thanks to everyone who has been so kind to us at the shows over here! Ya’ll are SUPER.

Much love and all things sweet-

-kate

We have all the answers.

March 2, 2010

Actually, no we don’t. We don’t have all the answers. But we do have some more answers to the questions you’ve been asking:

When you are singing your songs do you always/ever think about the person whoΒ you wrote them about while performing the certain song? -Stash

It’s different for us every time we perform. There are definitely times when you are Β singing a song and you go right back to the reason or person that you wrote the song. If you perform a song a lot it can evolve and take on different roles. Β Example: If the original reason for writing “Song X” was because two years ago the guy you were dating was a really big douche, two years later while performing that same song you might be really angry about something totally different but still be able to relate your feelings of anger through a song that was about your douchey ex. Hope that made sense. It’s different every night.

Are you planning any shows in England? -Hev

Hev…we would LOVE to play some shows in England. You folks are so kind and have been so supportive of our music–not sure when but we will play a J&K in the UK/Europe at some point. Deal? Deal.

You must have a decent amount of time on the tour bus. How do you pass the time? Are you watching seasons of LOST with Jason? What TV shows are you catching up on? I think you should watch Friday Night Lights. -Laura

We do have a lot of time on the bus. We play a LOT of games. Yahtzee, Scrabble, Strip-Poker (haha), Β Sequence, Quiddler, Phase 10, Skip-Bo… we also watch movies from time to time. We have deep discussions about religion, philosophy, Β and food πŸ™‚ We didn’t watch LOST with Jason. Β But we are watching 24 & The West Wing from the beginning. Β That’s right. Seven seasons of both shows from the beginning. All we can say about 24 is: All hail the power of Bauer πŸ™‚ And CJ on The West Wing is hilarious in a really dry way. Great shows. Thank you for the Friday Β Night Lights recommendation. We’ll check it out.

Why arent you guys coming to Adelaide when you come to Australia?- Tj

Tj. We have no idea. Sorry. We just get told where to go and when πŸ™‚ That’s probably not a good enough answer for you but that’s all we got.

Who’s the funniest and craziest out of the two of u?? And how old are u guys? -Shay

Shay…very cool name btw. We are both 27. Representing the year 1982…holla! How could you pick one of us to be funnier than the other?? Couldn’t do it. We are both very, very crazy and sometimes that craziness makes us funny πŸ™‚

Just want to know, How can I pray for you?- Jasmine

Jasmine you are so sweet. Safety & health. Yup. Thanks for the prayers. Prayer definitely changes things πŸ™‚

I was just wondering if you could post a big list of singers/bands or songs (both old and new-er) that you guys have on your iPod? -Dylan

We’ll just put some highlights of regular things we listen to…here’s a giant list from both of our iTunes collections:

-Tracy Chapman

-Bon Iver

-Dan Auerbach

-Alanis Morissette

-Keith Urban

-Joy Williams (and The Civil Wars)

-Over the Rhine

-Peter Gabriel

-Kings of Leon

-Patty Griffin (of course)

-Gretel

-Jay-Z

-Miranda Lambert

-Saving Jane

-Steve Moakler

-The Weepies

-Eagles

It could go on and on, but that’s a good start…

Seems you girls have a diverse love of musicians (Mariah cary, Patty Griffin, to Jay-z, etc…), but lately, quite a few of your songs have all had a similar sound to them. Can we expect you girls to venture outside the comfort zone a bit on the next record? -Jackie

Actually that question is a great way to announce that our next album is going to be Latin-Fusion-R&B-Soul-Folk-Pop-Hardcore-Instrumental-Rap album. Who’s excited? Haha. And I (kate) am also going to be recording all of my vocal parts while hula-hooping…how out of the comfort zone is that?? πŸ™‚

-j&k-