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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Wild Ride

The cute little dinner date

I got a text message from my oldest daughter tonight that made me laugh out loud.  Both of my girls had taken their 9 year old cousin, Sophie, out to dinner.  From the outset, I was a little surprised that the two of them were going together.  They don’t tend to get along very well.  But I figured the presence of their little cousin might keep them in line.

A good while after they left, just after the Sophie’s mother had wondered out loud what time the girls were going to be home, I got the following text message from Lexie:  “Hey, …

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Life lessons.

I recently traveled to Europe with my sixteen year old daughter.  We were on a twelve day tour, which took us through four countries and several towns, from the city of Paris to a tiny Alpine town in Switzerland.  There were several other teenagers on the tour as well, many of whom had never traveled very far outside of Onslow County.  I noticed on the trip how overprotective some of the chaperones were of the kids.  Not only because they were morally and legally responsible for the teens, but because it seemed they really believed the kids needed “help.”  Help with crossing the street before the light changed to red; help with getting on and off the metro; help with …

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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, …
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Battling to Bonding

Ah, sibling rivalry.  It’s the stuff of parental nightmares.  It’s been making parents miserable for generations.  I was reminded of this as I spent a week at the beach with my parents, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and my own darling offspring.  As we watched my girls bicker and listened to them complain about each other, my cousins and I couldn’t help but remember our own epic battles growing up.

I was one of three girls and my aunt and uncle had two girls.  I think it’s safe to say we five girls drove our parents nearly crazy with our bickering and complaining about our siblings.  There were occasions when the bickering …

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Around the World

Three years ago I had an opportunity to travel with my then thirteen year old daughter to Southern Italy and Greece.  We went with a small group of people from her school on a nine day tour.  I can honestly say it was one of the best times of my life, traveling through Italy and across the Adriatic to Greece.

We spent the days sitting together on the charter bus and touring with the group.  We ate meals together, took pictures together, shopped for souvenirs together.  The only thing we didn’t do was room together, which I honestly think might’ve put us over the edge.  We were able to enjoy spending time together …

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High Quality Grandma

Looks like high quality grandma found some high quality accommodations in DC

As I write this, Katie is in Washington, DC, with my parents.  They planned this trip so Katie and her Papa could go to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum together.  She sent him an email in the spring suggesting this idea and it took him about a millisecond to reply with an enthusiastic, “Yes!”

Katie sent me a text message letting me know they were on their way to DC soon after they hit the road.  She told me that her Namma (named because Lexie wasn’t able to say grandma when she was learning to …

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Adult Granddaughter

From a way earlier visit to Michigan...

I talked with my mom the other night, mostly checking in to see how Katie was doing on her visit with them.  In reality, I know she’s doing well and having fun.  I hear from her daily via text message.  She has shared with me all the big and little things she’s done in Michigan.  I think I just wanted to talk to mom and hear how things were going from her perspective.  And what fun it was to hear about my teen from her grandma’s point of view.

Mom told me about all the times Katie went with her to Zumba …

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Grilled Veggies, Where Have You Been All My Life?!!

Yes, they were so good I took a picture.

I think I am late to the whole world of grilled veggies.  But better late than never, because I have become a huge fan of putting vegetables on the grill along with the meat!

Mark came home from work the other day and started rummaging around in the vegetable bin in the refrigerator.  He seemed pretty intent of finding something or other, so I asked him what he was looking for.  He said he was hoping we had some fresh corn.

It seems he was talking with his coworker on the way home about grilled corn.  (I think they talk …

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Parenting by Text Message

This selfie of a real A&W root beer float in a frosty mug (that Katie got to keep!) made me more than a little jealous.

This has been a very different summer for this parent.  I have had a bit of a break from the frantic activity that is the norm as a parent of a teen.  It truly has been a quiet summer since I sent Katie off to spend more than a month bouncing from one relative to another.  I find myself parenting mostly by text message these days.  For the most part, it’s much easier to parent a teen without actually living with the …

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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 …

 

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