Chris and Caitlin waiting to see Santa!

Chris and Caitlin waiting to see Santa! (November 17, 2012)

For most of us, January means New Year's Resolutions time.  Today on News 7 Mornin, Bob Grebe did segments on improving both our physical and financial fitness in the new year.  I do pretty well with the physical part, or at least I try!  Typically, I get to the gym about four times a week. For me, it's about balancing my huge appetite with a good amount of sweat!  Exercising is something I truly enjoy, so it doesn't feel like a chore to me. 
Better financial fitness will be a good New Year's goal for me.  I don't think I am much of an impluse buyer (anymore)...but I do tend to spend a lot at the grocery store.  I try to clip coupons, but then I forget to bring them with me, etc.  So, I am resolving to get organized with my coupons. I know it sounds like a minor step. But hey, Rome wasn't built in a day!  And just like with everything else, setting smaller, more realistic goals is the best way to actually make a change for the better.
So, if you have made any resolutions, good luck to you!!  I am also curious as to how many of us actually keep them.  If you want, how about make a note to yourself to drop me an email at  around June or July, and let me know how it's going.  As always, I love to hear from you!
Wednesday, December 14
I don't know about you, but I feel like I am playing catch-up constantly these days.  I love this time of year, but it is such a challenge to get everything done. The Christmas decorating IS done...I am about a third of the way finished with Christmas cards...and about three-quarters of the way done with shopping. Last weekend we took the kids to CHIP's annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser at Hotel Roanoke. As always, the food was delicious, and Santa and his helpers were very jolly!  The weekend before that, we went to Dickens of a Christmas downtown. I love that because of the people dressed in Dickens-era clothing singing carols, and of course, the carriage ride through the streets of downtown. It's very traditional and simple, and something I enjoy sharing with my kids.  I try to balance all of the "work" of the holiday season with memorable events like that one. It is important to slow down every now and then and remember the reason for the season...and enjoy the great family moments.
Hopefully, the rest of the season will be fairly quiet.  As I am sure you are aware, our community suffered yet another tragedy last week on the Virginia Tech campus. I was about to leave after the noon newscast, when we were all told to head back into the studio for special reports on the campus shooting.  It was surreal, the way it all began unfolding...and very similar to the way April 16th began. I am deeply sorry for the loss of Officer Deriek Crouse, and my heart goes out to his family and his fellow lawmen.  But I am grateful that there weren't even more victims. I suppose we will never know the motive, or get an answer to the question we all have, "Why?"
Monday, November 28
Good morning to you.  Hope you had the chance to check out our newly enhanced News 7 Mornin' today! We are happy to have our new co-anchor, Seth Kovar join our morning family. Seth is from Waco, Texas, and will be the fourth member of News 7 Mornin.  Please drop him an email at to officially welcome him to the Roanoke Valley!  We had our first dual anchor show this morning. And aside from a few minor technical glitches, I think all went well.  As always, let me know what you think at And while you're at it, head over to Twitter and follow me at KimberlyWDBJ for news updates!
One other thing... a little movie review from me.  Two BIG thumbs up for "The Muppets." I took my kids to see it last night, and it was fabulous.  And yes, I cried when Kermit and Miss Piggy sang "The Rainbow Connection."  I thought the movie was well done, and well cast, and the music was terrific!  As we were walking out of the theatre last night, my son asked if we could buy it when it comes out on DVD...Absolutely!!!!
Friday, November 25
Hello there, and thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Our Thanksgiving was great. We took the kids to my mom's house for a delicious lunch with family. Afterwards, we were all pretty stuffed, so we all ventured outside to throw the football and frisbee.  It was a little breezy, but the sun was shining and it was just beautiful.  I consider myself a thankful person, and I do have many blessings.  I try to remember those every day, not just on the holiday itself. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the little daily dramas at home and/or work.  But you just have to put things into perspective. Be grateful for what you have...after all, it could always be worse! Okay, enough of the sermon...just enjoy your weekend! 
Friday, November 11
It's been QUITE an eventful week in news. Election Day...the Penn State sex abuse scandal....missing Bedford teen Audrey McCombs' discovery in Kentucky.  I was thankful to hear that 16-year-old McCombs was found safe, and I hope she is able to emotionally recover from her ordeal.  I am sure there is a lot more to the story that we may never really know.

As for the Penn State story, the allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky are just unreal. Of course, my heart goes out first to the victims, and I also feel for the families of Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky, who will no doubt endure a lot in the coming weeks and months because of the scandal.  The fallout also casts a dark shadow on the university's students and staff, who had nothing to do with what happened.  We don't know all of the facts. Hopefully, the whole truth will come out, and justice will be served.  It's a tough story to handle for most anyone. But as a mom, hearing about things like this really gets to me.  It's just another example of how we can't be too careful when it comes to where and with whom our children spend their time.
Friday, November 4
Hi there, and welcome to November!  It's a rainy Friday morning, but Jay Webb says we're in for a sunny weekend. So, just hang in there for a few more hours.
Hope you and your family enjoyed Halloween. Somehow, we have ended up with SEVERAL bags/pumpkins full of candy. Both of my children scored big while out trick-or-treating. But that is almost an afterthoughtm after all of the Halloween parties, festivals, etc. that happen before the holiday.  And it is always hard to judge the exact number of trick-or-treaters coming to your home.  I think we ended up with about 50 or so. I apparently bought too much candy, and now have wall-to-wall sugar at my house! I will definitely donate a good chunk of it...will just have to figure out how to do it without the kids knowing!
And now that Halloween is a memory, what are some good holiday gift ideas?  If you have some suggestions for children and/or adults, send them my way. We're all thinking about our budgets these days. So if you have ideas on how to make Christmas wishes come true, without breaking the bank, email them to me at