Darlene Rogers

Hello Middleville my name is Darlene and I am excited to join this wonderful, informative group of caring individuals. I arrived in this area in 2004 and intend to remain as close to the coast as possible. My husband and I have been married for eight years and have a busy blended family of seven. Yes Seven! We have two daughters, three sons, a Poodle and a Rottweiler yet somehow we blend well. I guess that makes Nine! Each child participates in at least two extra- curricular activities,(athletics , social organizations or academic) which means we can tell you the best place to sit on any bleacher as well as which school has the best popcorn on the east coast. Our children range from 19 – 13 years old with completely different personalities. The oldest son is serving our country in the Army and our oldest daughter is in college. The youngest three are currently making career plans from high and middle school. Human service is my field of choice and miraculously completed a masters degree with my busy family schedule last year. I’m currently working in a Human service position with some of the best Marines and their families in the country. It is my pleasure to aide those that due to unforeseen circumstances, need a bit of assistance. My passions are spending time with my family, reading, writing, photography, sketching and cooking. I am looking forward to this new journey here in Middleville, so buckle up as we tour life as we know it.

erlene-nelson

Family Trips

It’s getting to be that time of year again when we start thinking about family vacation time.  Whether it is for spring break or summertime, planning family trips can be tricky. Where to go, what to do, and how to do it without the children killing each other or mom and dad killing the children out of frustration, are always questions that pop up first in my head whenever I think about going on vacation.

We only have three children but I have driven a minivan since there were only two of them.  First it was because little kids require so much stuff to travel with them but eventually the van was a necessity just so we could position the kids strategically so that they couldn’t touch each other at any point during the drive.  Ironically, I have found that quality together time as a family on trips only happens when the children can be separated in the car.  They each pack their own bag of in-car entertainment and we are generally good for the duration of the trip.  Emily and Devyn usually bring all the books they can carry and Connor packs books, coloring supplies and DVDs.  Once the kids are all settled, my husband and I can actually enjoy the drive – until someone needs to stop to go to the bathroom.

We like to take the kids on road trips to see new things and places they’ve never been before.  It’s always difficult to decide what to do when we get where we are going because the three kids have such different interests.  Generally we try to let each one of them pick an activity but invariably someone ends up being bored.  Usually Devyn is the one that would rather be reading in the hotel room and she has the most difficult time figuring out what she wants to do.

Last year, in addition to moving across the country, our family took a trip to Savannah in the summertime and a trip to Washington DC at Christmastime.  They were both fun trips but very exhausting for me.  At times I wondered if it was worth the effort but I think back to my most cherished memories growing up and they involve taking some kind of trip with my family.  Somehow as an adult, I don’t remember the bickering with my siblings and being bored during an activity.  I just remember the fun that I had in being with my family doing something out of the ordinary.  I hope that our family trips will generate the same kind of fond remembrances for my children in years to come.

Where are your favorite places to travel as a family?

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  • Traveling with Teens- Part 2 | middleville April 6th, 2011 9:13 am

    [...] teen, a couple of younger siblings, some suitcases, and the cranky parents. In a recent posting, Erlene wrote about her experiences with family vacation and some of the tricky aspects of planning trips.  In my last posting, I [...]

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