The Grateful Life

Birthday in the Fridge September 24, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nicole Welle Nere @ 9:01 pm

Three years ago today we were at the birthing center holding newborn Caelum in our arms.  Wow.

He is very excited to be 3!  We had his birthday party on Saturday, and he was so happy to have all his favorite people around.  He kept telling everyone that came in the door, “My birthday’s in the fridge.”  This was met with raised eyebrows.  To him, the cake WAS his birthday, and it was in the fridge of course!

Caelum's 3rd Birthday

So proud of his three ribbons.

For his actual birthday, we went to the mall, where he was made to endure many rounds of new-shoe-testing before finally getting to play in Dinosaur Playland (he liked the dinosaur slide the best) and enjoying his very first Happy Meal.  When asked if he wanted pizza, a hamburger, or chicken nuggets for dinner, the answer was an emphatic “chicken nuggets!”  What a happy boy.


Future’s So Bright, He Has to Wear Shades September 20, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nicole Welle Nere @ 9:50 am

Caelum was Mr. Cool yesterday.  He had to wear his sunglasses while getting ready for daycare, because a girl at daycare had her sunglasses the day previous.  As he’s getting ready to leave, he strides over to me in his big sweatshirt and shades, throws one arm around my shoulders and says, “Have a good day Mama.  Love you.”  Then saunters off, too cool for school.


Needing a Break September 18, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nicole Welle Nere @ 11:53 am

And I don’t mean just for a Kit Kat bar either.  I mean an extended, take-my-mind-and-body-away-from-it-all kind of break.  A time to REALLY devote to reevaluating my life and priorities, discerning concrete solutions, and inspiring myself for real changes and action.

More than a day or even a weekend.  Six months would be ideal.  One month a real treat.  But even a week right now would be a blessing.  Is that possible?  A retreat of sorts is bopping around in my mind, but the details allude me:  when?  where?  how?  (and how much?!)  vacation time?  time away from kids?  I pray this is an inspiration from the Holy Spirit and that something is meant to (and will!) come from this itch.


Spontaneous Sale September 17, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nicole Welle Nere @ 3:51 pm

Nothing like a spontaneous rummage sale to start the weekend off right!  I’ve just been on a fall organizing/cleaning spree, trying to get rid of junk, so I decided on Friday night, “Hey, why not put it out on the sidewalk and see if it sells?”  I called up Mom, and since she said she had boxes of items already marked and ready to go, she would bring her stuff up too!  She didn’t arrive until 10:30 p.m. on Friday, but we were open for business at 7 a.m. on Saturday!  Only made about $50, but that’s better than nothing, especially for the little work it took.


Corks & Canvas September 14, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nicole Welle Nere @ 9:39 am

Got to enjoy some good wine and company last night.  Met Sarah and Stephanie for the Corks & Canvas event downtown.  Started at the HoDo and meandered our way around to different shops and studios where they had wine tastings, a few appetizers, and lots of different artists on display.  Good to get out with the girls!


Never Mundane September 13, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nicole Welle Nere @ 8:30 am

The other night I was in the bathroom getting ready for bed when I turned around and saw this black dirt stuff smeared all over Chris’ white towel.

“What the h#% is that?!” I casually commented in my usual understated demeanor.

From the bedroom I hear Chris reply (in a slightly exasperated tone, now that I think about it), “Are you ever capable of having a mundane response to anything?”

story of our lives right here…

Well, first off, I have no idea what he is talking about.  ME??  Second of all, if someone doesn’t spice things up, then he’s just going to drive us into banality.  Now, tell me, where’s the fun in that?  He didn’t agree so much and seems to desire that I would tone things down a little….whatevs.


Nuts September 12, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nicole Welle Nere @ 12:52 pm

Driving home from daycare yesterday, I hear a thump and turn around to see that Everett has flung his pacifier across the back seat.

“Everett, you’re a nut job,” I proclaim.

“Mama!” Caelum admonishes me.  “He no…he no nuts!” as I laugh and agree.

Good to know that brothers will stick up for each other.