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.


Ten Years of Dance

More than ten years ago, I enrolled my daughter Maggie at a preschool at a dance studio in Wilmington. I did it not because of our interest in dance, but at the prompting of my friend Misty, because she was enrolling her younger daughter where her older daughter attended dance.

I thought Misty was a “crazy dance mom.” I couldn’t believe how much time this family spent at dance, plus they traveled to competitions and had three recitals! I was never going to get into all of that, but where was the harm in putting her in a preschool for two days each week?

In 2005, Maggie was in …


Last Concert for 7th Grade Band

Band director looks for his missing trumpets

Last week Maggie had her final band concert of the season. The school has three concerts each year, so this was Maggie’s sixth show, minus one she missed when she was sick last winter.

This year the seventh grade trumpet section played their mouthpieces only for a song called “Mouthpiece Mania,” which included classic melodies that sounded like they were being played by geese. For this piece, the kids moved from the stage to the aisle, which added to the comedy.

The spring concert is a “pops” concert, so most of the music was popular tunes. Maggie’s group performed Eye of the …


Family Breakfast – It May Be the Only Meal We Have Together!

When we returned from our spring break vacation, I knew I was going to miss that family bonding that always happens when we travel. I decided that I needed to make a point of getting up early and having breakfast with my husband and daughter on a daily basis.

As a middle schooler, Maggie gets up at 5:30 each morning and since my husband sometimes has to leave the house at 6:30, he has taken it upon himself always to be the one to wake her, feed her and get her out the door.

I, on the other hand, sometimes get up early and exercise (and socialize), sometimes get up early to …



For children in an era that appears to be colorless, experiencing something so big is a bit mind altering.  I’m certain our teens aren’t thinking that this happens in any other avenue because life is so simple and enjoyable.  As my husband and I talk about the Los Angelos Clippers we are reminded of a movie we watched a few weeks prior.  The mentality of a previous era, still lives in some.  Progress of our great country will always be hindered by those that want superiority instead of harmony.

According to Fox Sports,The National Basketball Association has made a great step at ensuring its members and fans are respected.  “We stand together …


Early Dismissal – Where Did My Teenager Go?

Recently we have had to add another ground rule to our teenager’s life: asking to be excused.

This has never really come up in the past. Maggie is often the last one to finish dinner and likes hanging out with the family even more than her little sister.

As she has become a teenager though, the pull of her room is very strong. I could blame the “screens” but I remember being the same way when I was her age. Sure, I loved to talk on the phone, but I would still probably rather disappear into my room to read or even just think.

While I respect her need for solitude and privacy …


The Cover is Not Meant to be Judged

Our brains are the control stations of our bodies.  We are made of 70% water.  Our bodily functions are the same and although languages may be different the ability to learn,love and live are the same.

Our only differences are hue and in some, texture of our hair.   That’s it…

There is no benefit in consuming yourself with the hate or fear of someone made just like you.  And then there was the Donald Sterling’s of our world.  According to ESPN, The Magazine obtained depositions in lawsuits against Sterling, the details were horrifying. “That’s because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they’re not clean,” he said about the odor in …


Time for Summer Camp Planning

It is my project this weekend to try and process all the summer camp information that I have amassed.

This used to be a simple task. My younger daughter Connie was in daycare and so her summer routine was the same as any other time. My older daughter Maggie just needed some kind of camp where she could be while I was at work.

We found a nice camp at Emerald Isle where she could enjoy a different theme (really good ones!) every week and where she would begin to feel at home.

When Connie moved into elementary school, she joined Maggie at this camp, but that’s about the time that things began …


Mother/Daughter Shopping

Last weekend my 13-year-old daughter and I went bathing suit shopping. This is actually one of the first times I have done this with her, because I generally order her suits from a catalog.

While I have had success that way, she is getting to an age where you really need to explore all the options and see what works best. Thirteen is an age where the body becomes more womanly, but the sensibility doesn’t quite match. How do you find a suit that doesn’t make you look like a little girl, but doesn’t make you look too sexy either?

It is even difficult for me to remember that she is thirteen …


Off the Mall in Washington, D.C.

This Spring Break, I took my children to Washington, D.C. for the third time and decided to branch out from the National Mall.

The first time we went, the girls were ages four and less than one and so we only went to the zoo. The next times, they were nine and five. We toured the National Mall, stopping at the monuments and museums that interested them most, which was mostly anything featured in Night at the Museum: Smithsonian Edition.

We did revisit the mall this year, but we also took in the “other” Air & Space Museum, the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport, …



Apparently the new thing among middle school aged children is the bartering system.  Let me explain this matter the best way I can.  If child “A” notices something that child “B” is in possession of or would like possession of and vice versa, (without parental consent of course) they make an exchange of goods without much thought of the action.

In our particular case, let’s say our child was child “B” and decided it was alright to trade something he did not purchase for something child “A” did not purchase as well.  Somewhere in the minds of the alphabets kids, this was a GREAT IDEA!!   So great that their parents will agree …


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