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.


Making (and Recording) Memories with Granny

I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed.  I am very forgetful.  It was confirmed once again when I got a text message from Katie shortly after she arrived at Granny’s house, reminding me that I had failed to send my Fandango pictures from last year with Katie so she and Granny could update the scrapbooks.  Oops.  That message was followed by a frantic hour or two here at home, editing and cropping photos and sending them to a photo lab in Georgia so Katie and Granny could pick them up the following day.Granny loves her photos.  And …


Baking with Granny

Careful notes on the process of making biscuit dough

Katie’s on to phase two of her over-a-month-long adventure with her relatives and, from where I sit, it looks like she’s having a ball and making memories she’ll treasure forever.
She’s spending a week and a half with her Granny, Mark’s mom, south of Atlanta.  And it seems they are staying pretty busy!
Katie had some goals in mind when she went to stay with her Granny.  One of them was to learn to make biscuits like Granny does.  I got a text message the other day that informed me that Katie …

End of the Year

Hard to believe the last week of the school year is here!  Harder even to believe that my oldest child will be entering her last year of school.  How did that happen?  Where did the time go?

I have three children and instead of having a difficult time emotionally with my youngest child’s milestones, I have always had a more difficult time with my oldest getting older.  Probably because she was the first.  She was the first to cry when I dropped her off at toddler day care; the first to go off to Kindergarten; the first to enter Middle School and then High School; in addition to the multitude of other …


The Fault in Our Stars…Go Read It!

That book is right there, inside our matching Kindles!

I’ve got another young adult book to recommend to you and your teens.  I am sure you are aware of this title because the movie based on the book is getting ready to hitting June 6th and it’s all over the news.  The best-selling book I’m recommending you and your teen read is The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.
The book is about teens who meet in a cancer support group, fall in love, and do the things teens do, all while dealing with life-changing, life-threatening illnesses.  It’s a book …

Adventures with Auntie Kristen

Katie at The World of CokeI’ve been writing about Katie’s summer travels lately.  After her first solo flight, Katie began her week of adventures in the Atlanta area with my baby sister, Kristen, who might just be the most fun hostess in the entire world.  Kristen had a week of non-stop fun planned for Katie and I had a ball each day as they text-messaged me with all the details of their activities.
Over the course of the week they attended cookouts and pool parties with Kristen’s friends, visited tourist attractions, ate milk and cookies off vintage dishes, climbed a mountain, ate amazing food at …


Dress Codes

This year it seems there has been a major adjustment to the dress code at my daughter’s high school.  Things that were ok to wear last year suddenly were not this year.  In addition, it seems the administration was strictly enforcing these changes.

My daughter, who is a staunch rule-follower, was subjected to more than one scrutinization of her outfit – right down to the length measurement of her skirt or shorts.  I am all for dressing properly for school, whether or not there is an enforced dress code.  I feel like I might be one of the last parents who makes their children dress properly for church and other important places.

I …


Flying Solo

Look out, Georgia! Katie and Kristen are ready for fun!

My girls and I have been flying together since they were infants.  It’s part of the package when you go 12 hours away from home right out of college to begin your career and then marry a local guy.  And when we moved to coastal North Carolina, we were two hours farther from most of my family and suddenly 8 hours from Mark’s nearest relatives, too.  So my girls are no strangers to air travel.
Last summer, Lexie took her first solo flight.  And it was a big one….

Dating Violence

Many people have recently heard about Hannah Connaway of Wilmington.  Hannah is a 17 year old high school senior, who, by all accounts is pretty, smart, and has a promising future.  She is set to attend the University of Hawaii in the Fall.

That is, if she is physically able to attend.

Hannah was severely beaten and choked by her boyfriend of two months over tangled fishing lines and text messages.  Hannah had to undergo emergency brain surgery due to the beating and faces a tough recovery.  Her boyfriend has been charged with attempted murder.  This story is a nightmare for any parent of a teenage girl.

I hope and pray my daughters never …


Riding Shotgun with Mom

I remember fights with my sisters over who “called front seat” when we were heading out in the car with my mom.  It was a big deal to sit up front instead of in the dreaded back seat.  I also remember when my own girls were little and I was glad that no one could ride up front with me (all those new rules that came into being because of the addition of airbags to our cars) only because there was no arguing over who rode in that front seat.  The other day as we headed to the beach I wondered why in …


Texting Like a Jerk

Katie dropped a bomb on me the other day.  She said I texted like a jerk.  Me.  Me, the mom who can type with my thumbs so very fast.   Me, who sends so many text messages to her, complete with so many “I love you’s.”  Me who has even made short cuts for typing those words, all by myself.  I simply could not believe she said that.  And then she said her friend agreed.  Bam.
It seems I am not conveying the tone of my messages correctly.  She said my texts …


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