Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.

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Teens in the House

The Holder Girls and Friends...On the Go!

My girls are having a great summer.  I’d like to take credit for that, but I really can’t.  They’re having a great summer because they’re spending a ton of time with their friends.  They’re always on the move and they tend to move in groups.  So, when my girls are at home, most of the time their friends are right here with them.  And while it keeps things a little chaotic here, I love it!

I am never quite sure when I’m gone from home how many girls I’ll find when I return.  And once the teens are in the house, it’s likely to turn into a sleepover.  The bonus room quite often turns into a dormitory.  With two teen girls, we may have a lot of extras on any given night.  And that’s fine with me, too.

Mealtimes are no different than any other time around here.  I am never quite sure how many will be here for dinner.  And I don’t always get a final count until right before the food is on the table.  There have been several times this summer that the menu has kept changing right up to mealtime so we can adjust to the extras or all the kids heading out to a restaurant or someone else’s house.  This keeps me on my toes, and doesn’t make meal planning any easier, but we love the extra conversation at dinner and it gives us a great opportunity to get to know the girls’ friends better.

When the teens are roaming around, a party is likely to break out at any time.  And this summer we’ve been the spur-of-the-moment hosts for a couple of get-togethers.  On one occasion, Lexie burst into the house and announced that she needed to go to the grocery store to get things to make s’mores with about 10 people.  When I asked where they were making s’mores, she gave me that look that indicates I am not the smartest gal and said, “Here.”  So, I quickly gathered up the ingredients we had here and before long, the patio and yard were full of teens making s’mores and playing ping pong and basketball.  We got a chuckle out of the speed with which a quiet night can turn into an event.

So, here we sit with chaos and disorder all around us…and we smile.  I am thrilled that the teens have taken over the house.  They really are a pretty nice group of kids, after all.  They tend to deal with us with a great deal of politeness and are very appreciative to have a place to hang out.  They never fail to make us laugh. We really do enjoy their company.  But the best thing of all is this…when they are here making things lively, we know right where they are and what they are up to!  We know they are safe and who they are with.  I’ll trade that peace of mind for an orderly house any day!

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