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.


Sturgeon City Science Institutes Part II

This is the second part of Nu-nu’s adventures with the Sturgeon City Science Institutes (read part one here). As I mentioned before, this week had been exciting and exhausting for her. She has been involved in taking water quality measurements as well as checking the health of the local wildlife. During the week they had to fill out their Institute Field Guide with the information they gathered, just as scientist do in the field. It also contained the anatomy of several aquatic animals that they used as an aid when viewing real dissections of these animals. Nu-nu was amazed at being able to see the insides of these creatures and how uniquely they are designed. She can …


Maggie checks out UNCW Volleyball Camp

This summer Maggie attended her first volleyball camp at University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

When she was disappointed that one of the local high school camps interfered with a prior commitment, I went looking for other opportunities including camps at UNCW, East Carolina University and North Carolina State University.

One of her friends was staying with her aunt in Wilmington and attended two days of a day camp. She invited Maggie along to attend the sessions on serving and passing.

This was Maggie’s first time attending a college workshop, and she enjoyed all aspects including getting an up-close look at the campus as well as meeting the coaches and players.

She says that …


Sturgeon City Science Institutes Part I

It used to be that when someone told me their child was signed up for a summer day camp, I thought of arts and crafts and expenses. So when Papa told me about the Sturgeon City Institutes summer day camp for Nu-nu, I was very interested. Her first week with the Youth Mapping (read about it here) was not as interesting as she had hoped, but she learned about local businesses and presenting your work using a PowToon presentation.

She was more excited about the second week where she would be with the Science Institutes. Her Papa has done some GIS work with the ladies who work at Sturgeon City and knew about the activities Nu-nu was going …


In the crowd

The East Coast Invitational is when the best of the best come together for one of the most prestigious high school basketball team camps in the southeast. State champions from all over North Carolina go head to head in this four-day basketball feast.


This year our son was asked to attend as a part of the team. He was EXCITED!! He knew he most likely wouldn’t play much if any but would have the experience of practicing, traveling and sitting on the bench in uniform with the team. He was the best bench sitter ever during day one, but just watching his face as he observed …


Summer Reading

Its summer time and we are still on our six week summer break from school. While Nu-nu had been busy with the Sturgeon City Institutes, she missed the kick off day for the Onslow County Library Summer Reading Program. She was bummed that she couldn’t see some friends from past years who have attended with her.  The main focus for the Reading Program is to encourage children to read during their summer break. They keep track of their reading time and mark it off on the provided sheet. If they fill it out completely and turn it in, they get prizes and are entered into a drawing for other prizes.


Family policy

Our youngest son Cameron has friends that have similar interest which makes for a good equation when it comes to keeping him focused. He doesn’t ask to stay the night at anyone’s home so when he did I knew it was someone he really enjoys hanging around.  He initially came to us saying the child gave him permission to stay over.


He must have forgotten our “Family Policy”, that’s the policy that parents make decisions and offer invitation to other parents for the children involved.  It may seem a bit radical to think parents should want to be involved in what is taking place in their home but that’s our policy.  …


Boys Only Time

McWilas is our only son. This can be to his disadvantage at times when his sisters want to do girly things. I didn’t realize how much he needs to play with other boys his age until recently.

He participates in the Summer Reading Program at our local library and had the chance to build a Lego robot with the help of two other boys. They were required to build it with instructions and then plug it into a laptop to animate it. The boys talked, they joked, and they built not just a robot, but friendship. McWilas spent almost 20 minutes retelling me of his adventures when he returned home. The boys talked about sisters and how many they had. …


Taking Another Look at Golf

A couple of years ago, Maggie tried golf lessons at a free program offered by a local course. We had borrowed some clubs for her and we returned them at the end of the season. Last summer flew by without a single thought for golf.

I have thought that golf would be a wonderful sport for Maggie, who is a smart girl who would prefer to compete against herself than against others–at least she is not one to want to scramble for a ball.

The lessons went back and forth between driving and putting, but no actual experience playing the entire game. They end with a tournament, but Maggie didn’t participate in …


Going up!

In most buildings there is at least one elevator and a stairwell on the opposing side of the building.  Normally we have to offer a bit of support when it comes to taking the elevator for our youngest.  For some reason he feels that elevators are the life threatening and he would rather talk himself into walking 10 flights of steps instead of using the elevator.  That is if we allowed him to do so.  The moment he finds out about reservations or any plans to visit any area with elevators he begins to make his plan public.  He expresses his need to take the steps because …


Meal Planning and Cooking

A few years ago, I was making up our two week meal menu so I could fill out my grocery shopping list when I was asking some of the children what they wanted to eat. Inspiration struck in that moment and I created “Pray Days.”

A pray day is a day where one person has a specific weekday in which they pray before meals and school, select each meal, and help me cook. Since there are five of us home every day, I picked a day for each of us according to age. This was a great way to teach the children about meal planning, preparation, and cooking.

Our youngest, Tangent Girl …


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