This year we found ourselves amidst LOTS of change, transition, goodbyes, and new beginnings. Jewel completed two year-long trainings for her new path in somatic coaching and healing, Kris shut down his recording studio of 15 years (The Map Room), and together we put Kris' home on the market and Jewel's up for rent—and bought a new home (The Garden Palace) in the Ozarks, on the outskirts of Eureka Springs, AR.
We are grateful to have spent so much time with extended family and friends, including a trip to Rocky National Park for Kris' parent's 50th anniversary and to Iowa for a Mlnarik family reunion to celebrate a 50th birthday (where we also got to drop in on friends in Des Moines).
Jewel also enjoyed a train trip with her dad and aunt to North Hampton for cousin Sarah & Jon's wedding, a friend visit to London and Ireland, several trips near Sacramento to visit her mom & brother James, and the bay area to her cousin Tricia (thanks to her girls for graciously sharing their room and artwork!)
We hosted Jewel's sister Jenni and fam in the summer, right before hosting Jewel's brother Jake w/his fiance Ivory and Kris's brother Hunter for Pickathon. Additional musical highlights include seeing the Wooten brothers in Seattle and spending Easter with Jewel's uncle Rick and cousins Tom & Nick—and two Folk & Forage festivals, along with several Portland shows. Kris got to drop in on Jenni & Dave's band practice en route to our new home (thanks to Ezra for sharing his room!)
Countless friends and family pitched in to help us—and words can barely do justice to express our gratitude. As we continue to get settled and find our stationary, we look forward to writing and hosting and making more music together.
Until then, please know that you're in our hearts. And may you enjoy a little Christmas ditty from last year ;-)
~kris & jewel(s), 2023
69 County Road 1141
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
2023 Photo Highlights
While Kris is a professional musician and sound engineer, he lovingingly agreed to make some silly holiday songs with his girlfriend (and we somehow survived!) that we recorded at home. You can find him in the wild as Juan Prophet Organization. And you can find Jewel's debut album as KÍmNEMÁ.