well hello there…

Hi hi, how are you?,

“I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. I pretend that we’re the oldest and dearest friends” -Meg Ryan

We are simply two people sharing a conversation. Today we start with, hey love how was your day? I  say, today is okay! We finally made it to the lake and had such a lovely time. I would even say it’s magical.


Winnipeg Beach

morning coffee nook

After visiting the lake my head is so full of inspiration and ideas. So many projects!!! I promise once we get settled I have some projects in the works that I cannot wait to show you!

Okay so  a little more on the fam jam!
The Grandparents were visiting, having extra grown ups in the house was completely fabulous. Benjamin is doing so well, except…… maybe the tiny little part where last week mommy had the fabulous idea of “lets scare grandma when she comes up for bed!!” This is a common game in our home. To give example: last time grandma came to visit I hid in Lily’s bed, and when grandma came to put her to bed she pulled back the covers but fortunately (for me) she only pulled them back far enough to see a single arm clawing out of the bed sheets at her. She screamed like you would not believe!!! Meanwhile sweet little Lily didn’t even blink, she paused and said “oh thats my mum, I’m going to brush my teeth” and skipped away. Completely unaffected, completely fabulous! Wellll so last week I said to the child, who requires man on man defence at all times;”hey lets scare grandma” before I could finish getting pj’s onto the smallest human he jumped to it and bumped his external fixator (the externally mounted metal face pins). NOO!!!!! ohhhh no no no what will we do with you….?

We called the doctor and off to the hospital we went. We saw our fabulous, amazing (and I hope very very well paid doctor, because he deserves it) and sigh……… we did bump it and it is wiggly. Soo……..we wait a week and hope it’s healing as well as it should.  Even with 4 grown ups it’s a challenge to keep a six year old still. Benjamin is pretty cautious, he just doesn’t comprehend the size of the fixator and we constantly shout “BENNNNNN, too cloossseee”.

the original family uniform i chose

the updated uniform, so much more relaxed

Hopefully we get out of this bubble sooner than later but while we wait we are doing our best to stay entertained.

Well thats enough about us, how was your day?

love K

good show, good show 


How was your day? We had a wonderful day here. Ben is home and doing so well, we played Lego and watched a movie. The kindness of neighbors brought us an amazing dinner. It’s a beautiful Thursday evening, we went to see the new Angry Birds movie. It’s cute, you’ll love it! Grandma is reading the kids stories and I am spending a little time with you. On paper we had a fabulous day. 

But maybe just pause that for just a second and I’ll tell you a little secret I have, it’s called “fake it till you make it”. Hang on, let’s all go get a glass of wine, if it’s morning have a cup of coffee. Let me tell you this day looked beautiful but I did not care for it. I would even say this day was a bit sh*t.  My heart is heavy. I got up late, I slept right through my alarm. Second day in a row.  Grandma let me sleep in. I wasn’t a great sleeper before but now I have a hard time closing my eyes so when I fall asleep they tend to leave me be. I walked Lily to school, I grip her hand too tightly as the morning traffic goes by. I caught up on the boys past due school forms I’d missed last week, I probably would have forgotten anyway, shhh our secrets. Everyone asks how I am but there’s that note in the air. It’s not an awkward note, it’s more fear and caring and fear. I can see it and I can feel it and it’s totally okay. I can feel the tug of your heart strings and the questions. You can totally hug me and I will hug you back, but be prepared I bet we will both cry so bring a tissue lol! 

I built Lego all morning. Sweet Ben needs 24 hour supervision to make sure he keeps his “hardware”safe. He brushed it on a doorway yesterday and in a calmish panic we went through the questions does it hurt because you’re scared, does it hurt because it hurts, should we go to the hospital immediately? He’s more careful but it will only last as long as we remember and constantly shout out ” Gahhh careful!!”  I ask him every 10 minutes if he’s hungry. I discovered the exact edible way to mush noodles without making an icky paste. The FedEx man came this afternoon and I may have shouted ” Yes I win!!!” And then proceeded to tell the children that their daddy was here to visit. Oh my gosh some of you will know that joke from the old site. All our children are gingers only neither of us are, but we always had a very handsome ginger FedEx man. I know, I am totally inappropriate, I am supposed to be a crying mother!   Oh my oh my. Well and then on a gorgeous Thursday evening, we went to the movies. I just couldn’t do it. It was such a beautiful night and I knew all the neighbourhood children would be out playing, riding bikes and scooters, skipping rope and playing with watershooters. We have seventeen kids under ten within a five house radius. It’s fabulous! Unless you’re a six-year-old boy with pins in your face who’s not allowed to move without your mother making a bubble around you.  He’s so good he wouldn’t have said a thing but I know it has to be hard, especially as he feels better.  So we packed up and went to the movies! Fake it til you make it. There is no sense crying all day, I can put on a smile. It doesn’t hurt me to do it. One day maybe I won’t want to bubble wrap my children. Maybe I won’t sleep with a hand on their chest or have to keep my eyes open all the time. Someday maybe I won’t cry on a dime, but that day is not today and today sucks. Perhaps that wasn’t the story you expected. This is certainly not the tone of this site, but for now we are all just friends and some of us had hard days. So for me if you could remember when you see people, even those perky smiling people, you never know the day they had and lend them the kindness you would a friend, a simple thing may brighten their day. 

As we head into the weekend. Enjoy your days, do something you absolutely love. Life is sweet and precious. Try to be kind.

We’d love to hear about your weekend!  

Love K 

before the beginning

Hi Everyone and welcome,

Well hello there, this is certainly not the grand opening I had anticipated for the site. I had hoped a bit more for peonies and beautiful gardens. But as many of you already know my sweet Ben was injured and this seems a fitting place for me to provide updates and let you know how we are really doing.  Perhaps we could say that this is not the launch of the site, this is simply an “advanced viewing”. If you wouldn’t mind I would be delighted if you  would make comments, tips, things you’d like to see on the site, more of this, less of that, let me know if something isn’t working quite properly? You are officially my research audience. (put it on your resume! I’ll be a wonderful reference)

So hello and welcome. I’m Kate. Mother of three. Mother of three!  If you check out my About page and the Rose house you can learn a little more about us and our crazy life. As time goes and we get our feet under us I will add more but now lets just say hello and welcome. I am a semi-retired air force pilot, married to a pilot. There is a lot of type A in this house, oh my goodness! Two years ago we bought a century home which we are currently renovating, slowly, sometimes it feels like forever, but then I find a new project and pff we go again! Lucky for you though, we now get to do these projects together. Being the research audience here you get to help pick projects as well. What would you like to see? Do I have products you want to know about? Projects you’d like to see? Lets do it! I can tell you next week we are planning DIY Chalk boards made out of recycled kitchen cabinet doors. I know, I am so excited too!!

Well enough of the preamble, I believe you are all here for The Story of Benjamin….. The answer is yes I will post it. Probably tomorrow. The sun has set, the wild feral children are in bed, Henry the not yet fixed dog has said a most thorough goodnight to the teddy bear Sally “Mommy save Sally!!!!! Whats he doing?” Oh my, Henry, just, oh my….

Goodnight to you all, thank you for stopping by. If you’d like to  introduce yourself that would be lovely. Maybe you can check out who else is here and make a friend or two, or if you just want to stalk me on Instagram a bit thats okay too. Makes me feel a bit fabulous to be honest.

love K