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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All About Logistics

All smiles after being rescued from the elevator.

I’m a planner.  When it comes to family vacations, I like to research and plan and make lists and create word documents filled with all of the particulars of an excursion.  I find getting ready for a vacation is part of the fun of the vacation itself.  I am the family trip planner and I like that role.

Our most recent family vacation took place very close to home.  My parents and my aunt and uncle got together and decided they would like our two families to try to take a vacation together.  They decided to tell my cousin, Jamie, and me to get the ball rolling and see what we could put together.  Once the two of us put our heads together, it took only a few days to have a date and a destination chosen.  And in a matter of a couple of weeks, we had a house rented and deposits made and the trip was on.

It was a bit of a challenge to get things in order for this trip.  The whole family (17 of us in total) would stay a week at a beach house in North Topsail Beach, North Carolina.  The crowd included people from ages 6 to 70′s, with all sorts of health and allergy issues.  Jamie and I sent hundreds of text messages and spent plenty of time discussing things like brands of margarine and ingredient lists.  We managed to come up with a tentative menu for most of the week.

Then it was time to make a packing list.  It was extensive.  And most things were purchased in quantity.  It’s amazing the amount of paper products and food and drinks it takes for a crowd so big.  But, again, I enjoy this sort of thing, so I started hoarding paper plates and cups and snacks and drinks.  My garage was filled with all of the above in addition to the usual mess.

And then it was the time for the actual grocery shopping before we left for the beach house.  We had a startling amount of food in the cart when we headed out for our vacation.  My mom and I agreed we’d never bought that much food at once before.

When it came time to pack the car, we maxed out all of the space in our car and put the rest into someone else’s.  There was not a single square inch of space left.  The Kia was about to cry uncle.  And when we got to the rental house, we had to haul all of that stuff up to the third floor.  We were so excited that the house had an elevator…until my mom and dad and my cousin’s two kids got stuck in the elevator and we had to call a repairman to get them out.

Once we got everything unpacked and had a minute to catch our collective breath, we began having the good time that all of the planning and packing and relocating was all about.  Three generations of family spending a whole week living and playing together…worth every single minute of planning that the trip required!

What kinds of family excursions have you planned this summer? Did everything go as planned?

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