Archive for March, 2011

Days.

March 19, 2011

Jill here. Older and hopefully wiser…but, older at least.

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes via Twitter, Facebook, Blog comments…you know, all the social networking options were covered and I felt the love. So, thanks. Today is my Dad’s birthday! We have always enjoyed sharing our birthdays…every other year we picked what meal my mom would make. I would always pick spaghetti and my dad would pick corned beef and cabbage. Random fact of the day! But, Happy Birthday to my Dad who is the best Dad in the world…I love you!

I did a little math this morning (which I generally try to avoid) and realized that I have lived over 10,000 days on this wonderful, crazy planet. That’s a lot of days. As I reflect on those days, I am grateful. Not every one of those were great days. Some were actually pretty bad. Some were pretty amazing. Some were mundane. But they all counted. They all added up to the 10,000(+).  They all have been stepping stones and I can appreciate that as I look back.

I read a quote recently that said “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”

The bad days, the mundane days, the days that are a struggle, the days when the seas are choppy…they mold us and develop our skills as sailors. I like that concept.

Some days I feel like I really have it figured out. Things are stable. Life is smooth. People are good.

Some days I feel like “What the HECK am I doing? How did I get here and how do I get out?”

I used to think there would come a day where everything would get figured out and all the days from there on out would be smooth sailing. In some ways, I think that would be nice, but at the same time…how boring is that? The variety keeps life interesting. It also builds character and personality…faith and understanding…

So maybe I’ll have 10,000 more days…or maybe less…or maybe more…and some will be fantastic, some will be disappointing, some will go by quickly, some will feel like they’re never gonna end….but all of them will count.

Enjoy your days. If you’re in a rough patch, it will get better. And I fully believe it does get better and better over time. Remember that. When the seas are choppy, it just means you’re working on becoming a better sailor. When the seas are calm, relax and enjoy the ride. Take it all in.

I hope today is a wonderful one for everyone.

-j

Jill’s Birthday Blog!

March 18, 2011

As many of you know it’s Jill’s birthday today!  Whoop whoop. She is the real deal and I am lucky to call her my BFF. She has character and integrity and I am so proud of the person she is. She’s awesome. Here are a couple reason’s why I love her and why you probably love her too:

She is a great friend:

She loves the Red Sox:

She looks great rocking the side pony:

She is camera shy:

She loves animals:

She can be an ass sometimes:

She looks great in brightly colored head bands:

She makes silly faces in photos:

She can pull off blonde hair & dark hair (see exhibit A & B):

She can play the guitar beautifully:

She picks great guys to date:

She is RIDICULOUS at word games:

She is willing to take risks:

She likes cake:

She looks good in hats:

She looks good as the color purple:

She is a BAD-ASS singer…yup..I said bad-ass:

She has bright blue eyes:

She has the biggest heart:

No…literally:

Jill, you are great. You inspire us all.

Lots of love to you this birthday.

-k-

New Song on March 17th, 2011

March 17, 2011

You Watching Us.

March 17, 2011

Thanks to everyone that watched our first StageIt show last night:) Here are some pictures of the people that were watching!

You guys are awesome.

Much love.

-j&k-

 

About to go live on StageIt.com…in 13 minutes :)

March 16, 2011

You say “Stage”…

March 14, 2011

We say “It”

“Stage”

“It”

“Stage”

“It”

We listened folks! We will be having our very first StageIt live show on Wednesday night!

March 16, 2011

9:00PM CENTRAL TIME

Go get your tickets HERE and be sure to browse around StageIt.com and get familiar with it…it’s pretty sweet!

Can’t wait to play! Whoooop!!

-j&k-

 

CHORD CHARTS coming your way…

March 11, 2011

So a lot of you have asked for these for…well, a long time…and here are a few to get you started. The chords to 4 of our songs are below for your learning pleasure if you wish! Learn ’em, play ’em, sing along…enjoy! More to come in the near future. 🙂

 

 

EAST COAST BOUND

J. Pickering and K. Rapier © 2004

Key of A

verse

D AE F#m D AE F#m

chorus

D  AD  AD  A  E/G#  F#m

B  DE

A  DE

verse 2

D AE F#m D AE F#m

chorus

D  AD  AD  A  E/G#  F#m

B  DE

bridge

D  ED  ED F#m B

D E

chorus

D  AD  A

D  AD  AD  A  E/G#  F#mB  DE

A  DE

A  DED

 

 

YOUR WAY BACK

J. Pickering and K. Rapier © 2010

Key of Eb

verse

EbAbCm Eb Ab Eb Eb/D Cm Eb Ab Eb Bb

pre- chorus   3      4

Ab EbBb Cm Bb

chorus

Ab EbBb CmAb EbBb Ab EbBb CmAb EbBb

verse 2

EbAbCm Eb Ab Eb  Eb/DCm EbAb Eb Bb

pre- chorus   3      4

Ab EbBb Cm Bb

chorus

Ab EbBb CmAb EbBb Ab EbBb CmAb EbBb

bridge

Cm Eb/DAb  Bb Cm Eb/DAb  Bb Cm Eb/DAb  Bb Cm Eb/DAb

chorus

Ab EbBb CmAb EbBb Ab EbBb CmAb EbBb

outro

 Ab EbBb Ab EbBb

 

 

TIRED OF BEING ALONE

J. Pickering, K. Rapier, R. Williams © 2010

Key of C

Intro

 C Am G C Am G

verse

CAm GC AmG

F  CAm GF CAm G

chorus

F  CAm  GF  CAm  G

F  CG  AmF  C G

verse 2

CAm GC AmG

F  CAm GF CAm G

chorus

F  CAm  GF  CAm  G

F  CG  AmF  C G

bridge

F CAm G>4X

chorus

F  CAm  GF  CAm  G

F  CG  AmF  C GAmF  C G

outro

 C Am G C Am G

 

 

BRING YOU BACK TO LIFE

J. Pickering and K. Rapier © 2010

Key of B

Intro

 B/E B  B/E B

verse

B/E B  B/F# B/E B  B/F#B/E B  B/F# B/E B 

chorus     1 & 2        3        4

 G#m  F# G#m  F#  B4/E  B/E B2/E  F# G#m   B4/E F# B4/E F#  B/E  B

trans

 B/E  B2/E  B/E  B4/E

verse

B/E B  B/F# B/E B  B/F# B/E B  B/F# B/E B 

chorus     1 & 2        3        4

 G#m  F# G#m  F#  B4/E  B/E B2/E  F# G#m   B4/E F# B4/E F#  B/E  B

bridge

(half-time feel)  B4/E  B/E  B/F# B4/E  B/E  B/F#

(regular feel)  B/E  B2/E  B/E  B2/E 

chorus     1 & 2        3        4

 G#m  F# G#m  F#  B4/E  B/E B2/E  F# G#m   B4/E F# B4/E F#  B/E  B >2X

outro

 B/E  B2/E  B/E  B4/E

 

SLASH!!

March 9, 2011

We just slashed the prices of our T-shirts at the JillandKate Store!

Now both shirts are ONLY $10!

TEN BUCKS people!

You know the Subway commercial that goes “Five-Dollar-Foot-Longs”….?

Sing it like that….”Ten-Dollar-T-Shirts…”

Okay so go get your j&k T’s.

Holla.

-j&k

37 Years.

March 9, 2011

37 years is a long time. It also happens to be the amount of time that my parents have been married. 37 years ago today my parents made a promise to each other and have stuck to it. I’ve never been married, and well heck…I haven’t even been alive for 37 years but that is a LOOOONG time…and I wanted to say that I’m so incredibly thankful.

Being married for that long has to come with some serious rough patches here and there but they made it through and I couldn’t be more grateful to them for it. I am well aware of the divorce rate in our country and I know that homes with lots of love can fall apart…so again, I’m really thankful.

In my circle of people, it’s my goal to start celebrating anniversaries more…I mean…that’s a huge commitment…we are usually all about celebrating a birthday but anniversaries are generally looked over. Why is that I wonder? Cause I mean, to have another birthday you just have to focus on not getting dead. Just keep breathing for another year. But to stay married to someone takes work and you have to constantly choose to work at it and to stick with a promise you made to that person.

Anyway… I just wanted to take a second to acknowledge how proud I am of my mom & dad. 37 years. Can’t wait ’til 50….that party is gonna be huge.

xoxo

-k

Lights, Camera…

March 7, 2011

Happy Monday morning people!

Who wouldn’t want to start their week off with a whole slew of new pics of yours truly…haha…okay…our moms are really the only people very excited about this…but we thought we’d share some never-before-seen shots of the photo-shoot we did with Todd & Ashley last summer. So let the gratuitous pictures of us begin:

Photography: Todd James Photography  Hair/Makeup: Ashley Donovan