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.

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Shopping Party – Cool Idea

Last week I was asked to be a driver for a fun and creative birthday party for teenage girls.

Two parents and six girls drove to a town with a larger shopping mall for a shopping party and scavenger hunt.

We arrived in time for a late lunch and our hostess gave each girl some food court cash so they could choose their own meal and yet dine together. After their lunch, she and I relocated to an actual restaurant in the mall and enjoyed our “adult” meal during the scavenger hunt.

The girls divided into three teams of two and were each given a fun list of things to photograph in the mall like a purple shopping bag, a penny on the floor and a selfie with a mannequin. The girls amazed us when two teams completed every item in less than twenty minutes! They raced back and left us with a decision to make.

Who was the winner? The team who had one member arrive first and turn in their form (but the other member trailed behind) or the team who arrived together (ahead of the first team’s second member.) We just couldn’t decide so it was declared a tie and the prize money was split.

After that hectic experience, the girls returned to a normal pace and shopped for a few hours. They came with different amounts of money and different tolerances for shopping, so some left with many bags and others were just content to hang out and experience the mall.

The other mother and I enjoyed our leisurely lunch, each bought an item and then enjoyed a leisurely cup of coffee before the girls were ready to come home.

I thought it was a very fun day that perfectly fit in with what these girls like to do. It felt safe and fun all at once and was a nice day for us adults too.

What are your teenager’s favorite types of birthday parties? Have you ever opted for an experience like this one rather than a home party with cake? How did it go?

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