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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Movie Binge with the Young Folks

Important tool of the trade for movie watching...annual popcorn bucket!!

I’ve been going to see a lot of movies lately.  And it’s so much fun!  I’ve gone to see some of the movies with my friends from book club.  It’s fun to go see a movie with people my age.  I’ve gone to see a lot with Katie and one of her friends.  It’s really fun to go with the young people!

Katie has a friend who works at the theater.  She takes full advantage of the perk that allows her to get into movies free of charge.  And she can take a couple friends along, too.  I …

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For hire.

I have written quite a bit lately about my teen daughter learning to drive.  She has had even more fear about it than I have.  I don’t know that it is ever easy for a parent to allow their child to learn to drive, let alone have to be the one to teach them.  I have come to believe that some people are cut out for teaching teens to drive, and some are not.  I would fall into the “DEFINITELY NOT” category.  My daughter and I have never worked well as a team. Perhaps we are too different, or maybe too much alike.  Several years ago I homeschooled her for a couple of months …

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Painting Just About Everything!

Katie’s moving into an apartment in less than a month.  After a year of dorm living that included inedible food (that cost us a fortune!), months without a soap dispenser in the communal bathroom, and elevators full of the remnants of drunken evenings of thousands of underage tenants, the idea of an apartment with her very own bathroom and a full kitchen is looking really good to Katie.

Of course, like all things related to college, the apartment is going to cost a bundle.  Isn’t it just so much fun to send a kid to college?  So Katie and I are trying to figure out every way to save a buck …

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Teen Summer Bucket List

Recently there has been a trending topic online about “teen summer bucket lists”.  I think we all know a bucket list is generally thought of as a list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket”.  A summer bucket list is a list of things you would like to do before summer is over.  As you can imagine, a teen summer bucket list can be wide ranging.  I’ve seen the trivial: “Find the perfect mascara”; to the inspirational: “Do something I’m proud of”. It is not unthinkable that these could all be part of the same bucket list.  I do like the idea of a “bucket …

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So Much to See Right Here in Jacksonville!

We sure do live in an amazing place!  Sometimes you forget just how cool your hometown is and need to see it through someone else’s eyes to really appreciate it.

I realized during a week of exploring our area that I really haven’t been taking advantage of all our home has to offer.  Just a little bit of poking around on the internet gave me all sorts of ideas of things to do to keep me busy even when there’s no company to entertain.

Of course, living so close to the ocean gives us limitless opportunities for fun.  We definitely spent a lot of time on our vacation playing in the water …

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Prepping.

As I mentioned in a previous post, my daughter took the SAT in the Spring, for the first time as a high schooler.  She did no formal “prep” for it; I don’t know that she did much more than review some of the sample questions on a college board website in order to prepare.  She had taken the SAT as  a 7th grader through the Duke TIP program, so she already knew what to expect as far as format and length of time.  We had discussed how the SAT is more about “test taking strategy” than knowledge (not that knowledge works against you).  My daughter has some test-anxiety, passed down genetically …

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A Vacation to Remember

We are home from a week of vacation.  And I need a week of vacation just to recover!

Last Saturday we loaded up the cars to their limit and headed south for vacation.  Just a little south, actually.  As in North Topsail Beach.  I think it was the first time since we moved to Jacksonville that we took a vacation that had our family traveling the least distance.  We were delighted that the rest of the family traveled to meet us here on the far edge of the continent for a week.

We rented a great big beach house for our vacation.  It had 7 bedrooms and 7 baths and enough room …

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Senior Pics.

We are now at the beginning of a year that rivals only my daughter’s first year of life when it comes to milestones: Senior Year.  In the next twelve months there will be many firsts and lasts as she makes the transition from child to young adulthood.  I can hardly wrap my mind around how quickly we have reached this point in our daughter’s life and in parenting.  This final year of childhood commenced with the taking of Senior pictures.  All of the sudden it hit us as parents that this is really happening; our child will be graduating high school in the near future.  I know other parents know what I mean when I say, “Wasn’t it just her first day of Kindergarten?!”  I mean, …

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Battling Body Image

There’s nothing like a vacation on the beach to make you think about body image.  I don’t look the same in a bathing suit as I did when I was my girls’ age!  There’s an understatement.  But I won’t give up all the fun of the beach and pool because I am not a size 2, either.I’ve been noticing a lot of news about body image lately.  It’s mostly centered on the female portion of our world, which is no surprise.  Women are judged more harshly when it comes to our bodies than men are.  And we’re much harder on ourselves as well.  It’s a huge issue when it comes …

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Fear of the road.

You may have previously read about my struggles with getting my teen daughter to drive. While most parents of teens dread the thought of their child driving, I have had to practically drag my daughter kicking and screaming to get her behind the wheel.  I certainly have just as much angst as the next parent regarding my child being on the road with millions of other vehicles, but, for some reason, my daughter has been even more apprehensive than me.  I don’t know exactly what scares her about learning to drive; most kids her age are more than happy to get a driver’s license.  I was the driving force (no pun …

 

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