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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Zumba with Grandma

On the way to Zumba.

From the time Katie started planning her “Tour of Relatives,” she said she was going to go to Zumba class with my mom.  She even bought some new athletic clothes on the Georgia portion of her trip, planning to wear them to the class.  (Don’t you know that cute exercise clothes are super important!)  So I wasn’t surprised to get a message from Katie and Kristen informing me that they were headed to Zumba with mom.

They looked fresh and eager and excited in the selfie that they sent with the message.  They even sent me another selfie with mom and some lady I didn’t recognize who must have been a class member or the leader.  Again, they looked fresh and happy.  My favorite picture, though, was the one they sent on the way home from class.  They looked like they’d had some exercise in that one!  Turns out the Zumba class was challenging, even (or mostly?!) for my teen.

I think they had a good time, though.  The message with the post-Zumba picture was quickly followed by another that said they were going back to class the next morning.  And then there were subsequent messages that said they were going to class yet again, and another that said they were official members of the class.  And another that said my mom should be running a “Fat Camp.”  Funny stuff.

Katie’s pretty lucky to be taking a Zumba class with her aunt and grandma.  I wonder how many teens have had that experience?  I don’t know many.  Grand-parenting sure has changed since the days of little white haired ladies who spend their days in rocking chairs knitting.  Katie’s had some adventures with both of her grandmothers.  They are great examples of how to get older in a more adventurous way.

I’m thrilled that Katie is having such a good time on her trip.  She’s been gone almost a full month now, visiting with aunts and grandparents and she still seems to be having a great time.  And maybe she’s found a new favorite exercise that she can continue once she’s back at home and at college!

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