Christmas

It's Christmas! (31 Days-Day #25)

Who can believe that Christmas Day has arrived? Wow. The year has flown by. They say the older you get, the faster the time goes….yikes…we think they might be right.

We wanted to wish each of YOU (yes, you) the most wonderful, joy-filled Christmas! We hope that you are surrounded by loving friends and family and that you can take a moment to relax and breathe.

And, we know that sometimes holidays can be hard. You might want to throw a chair though a window if you hear "it's the most wonderful time of year" again. If that's you this Christmas…that's okay. If you are having a hard time…that's okay. You can be honest. You can be quiet. I (kate) would be lying if I said there weren't Christmases that I didn't cry my way through. One Christmas I was going through a breakup and literally sat and stared out the window, past the Christmas tree full of lights and wanted to bury my head in a pile of blankets. I cried and I cried. That's actually when I started the song "Don't Feel A Thing" that ended up on our Songs On The 17th Vol. 1 album. I think back then I tried keeping it all inside…not sure why, I just didn't want my problems to bum other people out. But, I think I've learned now being honest with pain is the best way to bring healing…and not only to yourself but to everyone. Now when I'm feeling something I really try to say it out loud and be honest. Because, I think that's ok.

Not meaning to be debbie downer. We hope and pray that this Christmas season you are joyous and life is AWESOME. But, if you're not…we want you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We've said it once, we'll say it a thousand times…we are all in this together. Maybe we could all reach out today to someone? Send someone a text or blow their minds and CALL them. Write an email. Think of someone that might not have many people around them celebrating today. Tell someone that's having a hard time not to get over it but that you are getting in it with them. We think that would be an epic way to spread holiday cheer.

God gave us Jesus…Emmanual…"God With Us"…so that we wouldn't be alone.

We are SO thankful for each of you. Honestly, you don't know how much you mean to us.

Love, love, love.

Jill and Kate

PS. Merry Christmas to you. 3 free songs can be downloaded at: https://soundcloud.com/jill-and-kate

Christmas Project…That We Need Your Help With! (31 Days - Day #8)

Hey guys. So we have a little something we'd love for you to participate in…cause it's CHRISTMAS TIME…time to spread joy!

Here's what to do:

Find your very favorite Christmas photo of yourself. It could be one from your younger days….or a goofy one...

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Or a nice family photo...

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It's really up to you.

Send your selection to jillandkatechristmas@gmail.com and we will be featuring as many as we can in a Christmas video!

Just a little something to get us all into the holiday spirit! We are excited to see your amazing pics. Make sure you send them to us by 12/15…you've got 1 week people….1 WEEK! Let us see your pics!

Yay. We're excited.

j&k

 

 

Daily Odd Compliment - Christmas Edition (Day #21)

As you probably know, we are both obsessed with Pinterest. One of the things we love finding on there are "Daily Odd Compliments" because they are weird and funny. We saw this quote a few years back around Christmas time and we think it's a good Daily Odd Compliment--Christmas style.

"If a fat man comes into your room in the middle of the night and shoves you into a bag...don't be scared...it's because I told Santa I wanted a friend like you for Christmas! "

Hope everyone is having a great pre-Christmas week!
Thanks for continuing to tune in to 31 days of blogging!
-j&k-

 

Ugly Sweater Extravaganza (Day #7)

Yesterday was maybe one of the most fun days ever!! We started the day in the freezing cold (28 degrees) with friends to run the Ugly Sweater 5k. It was at Centennial Park & once we got running we warmed up and it was SO FUN. The ugly sweaters were awesome and made the run very entertaining. Plus, we got these SUPER sweet hats for the race...love 'em :) photo 1

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Then in the evening we hosted an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party! So fun! We had a photo-booth & had a plethora of polaroids!

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SO FUN!

We think this will have to be an annual event!

Parties where you dress up are just more fun.

Yup.

xo

j&k

(PS. Sorry this blog wasn't posted yesterday...we were too busy ugly sweater-ing it up!)

Holiday Hoopla (31 Days of Blogging Begins!)

Every year December rolls around and we do our annual 31 Days of Blogging *cue the theme music* Yayyyyyyyyyy!!!! We will be blogging here every day this month so bookmark it, people (jillandkate.com/blog) and share this wonderful month with us :) We've been decorating for the holidays and have been in full Christmas go time mode! Ahh--it's the best time of year!!! We think Pinterest has changed holidays forever. Here are some hysterical and awesome and hysterically awesome things we found on Pinterest for the upcoming Christmas season:

1beeb6a57a4e6e5448756e38a5f406e6Melted snowman cookies? Come on....ridiculously cute but we fear if we made these they would look a wee bit different.

ee2aae9785584d0e0c73b06bb717f72cAny excuse for a cute, fruity cocktail is a win/win. Love a Cranberry mojito idea!

694d27f6130ef6bd754a4d7170506b07What a cute way to package things! So fun!

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What? Haha. What does this even mean?

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No.

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Yes. Bigger no.

6c77ec4b282385c734ca4764b01280d1This is why Pinterest is awesome...cause of gems like these. Hahaa....

Bring on the Holiday cheer....

And 30 more days of blogging!

LOVE and candy cane goodness,

j&k

 

 

Well well well...

If it isn't Monday again. The weeks go by rather fast these days don't they? For me they have been flying. I can't believe it's already March. Want to know what's weird? As I was typing that, the Ellen show was on in the background and she said "I can't believe it's March..." It's so crazy when stuff like that happens. I love it. So I have these incredible friends back in Nashville who gave me the most awesome Christmas present ever. It's a day planner with little notes/cards for every week that I am out on the road so that whenever I need a little pick-me-up from back home, I can open it up and read one of their cards. Seriously, best friends ever award. I'm so lucky.

Anyway, today's card had a quote in it and you know how much I love quotes. So here it is:

"Rudeness is the weak person's imitation of strength."

I've never heard that one before, but it hit me pretty hard just now. It is pretty easy to get annoyed with little things and be rude especially out here on the road. It's easy to lose perspective and for everything to become a much bigger deal than it actually is. It's easy to become completely self-focused. Sometimes I just want to be complain and be rude and act like a two year old who needs a nap. But I have to remember to suck it up, be strong and act appropriately.

So there ya go. Jill's thoughts for the day. Keep on truckin.

-j-

10 Things...

10 Things We Do Around Christmas Time More Than The Rest Of The Year...

1. Eat more dessert. Way more.

2. Play more board games with friends and family.

3. Read by the fire and maybe even doze off.

4. Think about God, faith, spiritual things in a more in depth way.

5. Drink more wine.

6. Go to more movies.

7. See more kindness all around.

8. Send and receive more group text messages and/or emails.

9. Go to bed at an embarrassingly early hour.

10. Enjoy the people you don't get to see enough.

A Very Ping Pong Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope today was a wonderful day for each of you and that all of you felt loved! Here is a little story from Kate's Christmas day:

So recently my dad has gotten really into playing ping pong aka table tennis. He is actually really good but I continually am poking fun at his intensity regarding his love for this game. So, as a fun little Christmas gift I got my dad this mini ping pong set. You are supposed to set it up on a table...looks something like this:

He thought it was hysterical! But one of the pieces was missing for the net so we couldn't set it up...FAIL. But that didn't stop us...my dad being the handy man he is found some wood and set it up across the table...creating a faux net if you will. So we played mini-ghetto-table tennis...and it was SO MUCH FUN. We laughed and laughed...the paddles we tiny and hard to control but it was good times for sure. Here are some pics...

My dad and the mini-ping-pong-paddle.

This is where I was talking to the ball asking it very nicely not to go off the table when I hit it :) And you have a nice view of the ghetto "net."

Now you get it...tiny table, tiny paddles = me doubled over in laughter :)

I highly recommend this gift....super great memories were made.

Merry Christmas.

Love,

-jillandkate-

 

Twas The Night Before Christmas...

Actually...this should be titled "Tis The Night Before Christmas..." but, it is what it is. So this will be short because well, it's Christmas Eve and there's a lot more to be excited about than a j&k blog...haha! But...we recently saw this bumper sticker in Nashville and had to take a picture because we didn't know if it was serious or a joke. (In case you can't read it, it says "I <3 My Grandog.")

We discussed it for a while and figured it must be a joke. We laughed.

And then alas.....today I was in Target and I heard a lady tell the clerk that her "GRANDOG" was coming to town for Christmas so she needed to buy treats. For. Real. So this is a thing??? This is a thing. And so our question is answered.

No comment.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!! To you and yours! And your Grandogs if you have any!

-j&k-

Come On Ring Those Bells

Do you have one Christmas song that always gets you in the spirit? Mine is "Come On Ring Those Bells" by Evie. Every year, ever since I can remember, my mom puts on the Evie Christmas tape at Christmas time...YES, i said TAPE...as in cassette tape. Remember those? They look like this:

For some reason this particular song sticks out in my memory from when I was a kid. I would prance around the house putting up decorations or wrapping gifts and sing this song out loud and proud. My brother would get really annoyed at me (what else are little sisters for?) and I would just keep on singing.

I look forward to hearing that song every Christmas, and luckily the cassette is still in tact! After all these years, Evie and I still belt it out at our house around Christmas.

Thanks to the wonder that is YouTube, I found a little video with this song. I have to admit though, it's not quite the same as flipping that cassette over and pressing Play. Take a listen, though, and get in the spirit with me. Two more days, friends!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsYBXpqJz3g&feature=related

-jill-

Christmas Par-tay

Tonight we gathered at a friend's house for a little holiday cheer & a little bit of birthday action for Kate. We sang Christmas carols, ate cupcakes, cookies...drank some wine. It was fun, fun, fun. It's always fun to gather at holiday parties and chat with people that you haven't seen in awhile. Catch up. Good times. Yay for holiday parties.

-j&k-

Christmas Cheer

Since we are not at home we cannot decorate our homes....BUT...our bus is our home right now, sooooo...Holiday cheer tour bus style! Also, we all got matching Christmas pajamas. Everyone on our bus has a pair and don't you think for a second that we didn't all rock them last night on the ride from Minneapolis! Get in the Christmas spirit wherever you may be! 20 days, people...20 days!! Here we are in our matching PJ's:

Until tomorrow...

-j&k-

Steam Room Saga

Kate here... So, I had an interesting/quite entertaining experience a while ago...and I thought I'd share it with all of you.

Right before Christmas, I went to a local spa in Nashville because my friend had gotten me a gift certificate for my birthday. I thought it would be a perfect way to relax after all of the Christmas shopping madness and a good way to prepare for the holiday festivities. I arrived early and the lady who showed me the women's locker room facilities said, "We have a steam room right through these doors...since you're early, that would be a great way to relax before your massage." I thought it was a great idea--you know--loosen up before a nice massage.

So, I head into the steam room (wearing only a towel mind you) and it's empty when I arrive. It's not very big, but I settle onto the bench, lean back and start to enjoy the steam. Fast forward about three minutes, the door swings open and there HE is. Yes, that's right, a MAN. And for the record--a very young, attractive man--who is also wearing only a towel. We make eye contact and I momentarily freak because I'm pretty sure I had gotten a little too comfortable and that my towel was not covering..well...you know. Anyhow. He takes one step in, and says awkwardly, "I've never been in a co-ed steam room." I am surely blushing at this point--whether from the steam or sheer embarassment I am not sure--and I say something awkward and silly like "Uh..heh..Yeah."

So there I am. Our knees only about 3 feet apart...just sitting there. Relaxation out the window. My mind was racing. Do I get up and leave right away? No, I can't do that. It would totally look like I was leaving because he had come in. I wanted to look like I was totally with the times and not feeling uncomfortable that I was half naked sitting across from a stranger. Maybe this was the new thing. All I kept thinking was "Jeez lady, on the tour you managed to tell me all about the new lockers that had been installed and yet failed to mention that it's a CO-ED steam room? Awesome." So I close my eyes and try and block him out. With my eyes closed I then start thinking about telling my friends this story. And I start to laugh. My friends were going to find this hysterically entertaining. Yup, I try and hide my smile but the thought of re-telling my experience to my friends just made me laugh.

I try and regain my composure. I sit there for a little longer and realize I could gracefully get up and leave without it being painfully obvious that I was leaving because of him. We say a few words to each other as I leave, again something awkward, and I jet back to the changing area.

So, there you have it. That's my story. Next time you enter a steam room, make sure it's not co-ed...cause let's just face it...it's uncomfortable.

And, if by chance you are reading this and you are the fine specimen of man that was in the steam room with me...two words...call me. We clearly have already crossed the uncomfortable-get-to-know-you-stage. Haha.

Love,

kate

Christmas Morning PJ's

One of my (kate's) favorite parts of Christmas morning is rocking some festive holiday PJ's. Yup. True story. Every year I get a new pair and whip them out for Christmas. This year I'm wearing a bright red adult onesie complete with the footsie part and all...so comfy...I might just start wearing them all year round. Here is a pic of the footsie part:

Man, is it just me or is "footsie" really fun to say? Haha. Hope everyone is feeling loved this Christmas day. xoxo -k & j

Christmas Eve is here...clean out those chimneys!

Okay, so I've spent a little (lot) of time in places like Wal-Mart and Target over the past few days (weeks) and I've noticed a few things. 1. Whoever decided to put Starbucks in Target stores and Dunkin Donuts in Wal-Mart stores is a genius (caffeine addict.)

2. Kids get it. They know the real deal...i'm pretty sure. I've heard on a few occasions this week kids say something along the lines of "I hope Santa's going to bring me a truck (Wii) for Christmas...do you think he will, Dad? Cause I think he will. I'm sure he will, Dad!"

Now, kids are little (crazy) people, but I think they get how the whole thing works because to me it's more of a passive-aggressive 'hint-hint/nudge-nudge' than an innocent question for ol' Daddio. They want what they want and I think (know) they secretly know who's getting it for them. Kids are smarter (cooler) than we give them credit for most (most) of the time.

3. People (I) drive like maniacs this time of year. Of course, the rest of the year I'm a perfect (less than perfect) driver and treat everyone with the decency and courtesy (ahem) that they deserve. But put people (me) in a car in December and I'm crazy! Why? I don't know. I guess I just love joining the world in the whole Peace on Earth extravaganza!

This is random and weird, but it's Christmas Eve so go with it! Hope everyone has a great night tonight! I'm off to wrap wrap wrap...and maybe rap. Who knows.

Until next time. -j.

j&k

Gingerbread House

This was my (kate's) attempt to make a Gingerbread House with my two 10 year old brothers and my 2 year old niece. They say that they are "easy to assemble" on the box, but they are really a little more difficult to put together...please see picture above. I mean our house looks like it could be in the running for the Extreme Home Make-Over Gingerbread Edition. The funniest thing was that my niece almost took a huge bite right out of the roof before we even got started. Haha.

So if you are bored and want a funny challenge, go pick up a $10 dollar Gingerbread House making kit and and see what fun you can have.

Haven't slept in 36 plus hours...

-k (& j too)

(i am in New England where it is COLD, but cozy! Have not slept in 36 hours and counting...other than the 2 hours on the plane, but i don't know if i'd really call that sleep per se...but happy to be with my family and near the ocean again. Nice Gingerbread house Kate! Maybe i will try to make one too and post my pic...who knows??) -j

A grateful blog...

Today we are grateful that... ...we are not stuck at the airport like thousands of people are right now...

...we just sent out all of the presents we needed to ship before Christmas. yay!

...we have family, friends and good health this Christmas...truly glad!

...we have jobs we love and the coolest co-workers around...

...we have rad fans that keep us on our toes...

"Today i am grateful that..." ---Fill in the blank. Your turn. GO!

-j&k