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 Learning to Water Ski

Austin Cutting Some Spray

Life is good living near the water – not only just a few miles from the ocean front, but literally minutes from the New River. Since buying a boat a few years back, we have enjoyed endless hours during the warm months on the river. It is right at our back door practically and we can leave home with the boat and kids and be happily on the water in about 15 minutes. The whole boating experience has been a great source of family entertainment and as the kids have turned into teens they have become quite the water sports enthusiasts, wake boarding and skiing like champs!

Lydia, the youngest, actually mastered the skiing first about 4 years ago, followed quickly by the sturdy, athletic Austin and finally also conquered by Kass, the oldest. Now, they all bounce around the waves and wakes like champs and have a blast while at it. They wake board, knee board and get airborne on the screamer – the more the merrier. It provides some great family fun and of course, an opportunity to bring on the friends. Rarely are we out there now as just our nucleus unit anymore – Austin brings the boys; the girls bring, well, more girls and sometimes we have a real mix. Occasionally, even Grandma gets to take a little ride.

Such outings are not for the faint of heart however, so if you can’t take the heat, stay on the dock. I remember way back  in the day of summers on the farm and the long hot days in the tobacco “patch”… it was unheard of to take a day off, much less have a chance to go to the river or the beach. Eventually, a good friend of mine whose family (did not farm) and had a cottage on the Pamlico River would occasionally ask me to spend a week-end with them boating. I can distinctly remember her Dad patiently teaching me how to ski – what a thrill to finally get it after so many attempts and endure being terrorized by her older teenage brother! Reminds me now a bit of how Austin likes to “terrorize” Lydia and her girlfriends (sometimes!).

Now, we find ourselves playing water sports instructors/ enablers to our kids’ many friends – some of whom have not had the opportunity to ski, wake board or just ride in a boat. We patiently keep letting them try, try again until they get it… and then watch with great excitement and take pictures when they finally are up and gliding across the water. Those kids are going to remember these water frolic experiences just like I do those first experiences 40 years ago. It is a thrill for all of us, it’s the “village concept” again at its best; it’s the natural course of the way God intends for us to raise our kids and treasure the moments as we go along. It’s the beauty of water.

Does anyone else feel the magical connection with the great bodies of water that surround us?

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One Comment on “Teens Learning to Water Ski”

  • Karen July 16th, 2011 10:24 am

    Austin sure does look at home behind the boat! Brings back lots of memories of hours on the boat with Granny and Pop. And I remember that first time managing to get up on skis, too, the summer after I met them. I left Katie at the lake with them when she was 7 and when we went back to get her she surprised us with a skiing demonstration.

    You’re right…the kids and their friends will never forget those days on the water with your family!

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