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Kimberly McBroom's Blog

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:32:18 AM EST
Updated On: Dec 18 2014 09:53:45 AM EST
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December 18, 2014

Hello there, and thanks for stopping by!  I can't believe 2014 is almost over.  It's been a great year for me and my family. We've been blessed with good health, my husband accepted a wonderful new job and both kids are doing well in school and in their other activities.  I have the next two weeks off for winter break with my kids, and I am SO looking forward to it! Vacation always seems to fly by, but I'm going to do my best to savor every moment.  I'm not typically a "snow" person, but I wouldn't mind seeing a little snow over the next week or so...just as long as it melts by the time I head back to work! 

As for New Year's resolutions, I typically don't make them, just because it's often such a disappointment when I can't achieve them.  But for 2015, I've compiled a short list of goals:  work on paying down debt, be more giving of my time to others (as much as I can with having two kids) and try not to stress out over things that I shouldn't.  Yes, it's an ambitious list, but I'm going to try.   Oh, and one more...I'm going to try to blog more in 2015, too! You can check me on that one...LOL!

Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..See you in 2015!

November 10, 2014

Happy Monday to you! Hope you enjoyed your weekend.

Mine was pretty eventful. As I mentioned in last week's post, this was both my birthday weekend AND my 25th high school reunion. We had about 20 William Byrd Class of '89 members show up for the event. It wasn't a huge turnout, but those of us who were able to make it had a fabulous time catching up with each other. It's funny, no matter how old they are, I still see them as they were in high school. (Hopefully, they see me that way too...LOL) Time seems to stand still, when it comes to your peers.

I'm also glad that I got to enjoy part of the reunion weekend festivities with my kids. My husband and I brought them along to the William Byrd-Lord Botetourt football game Friday night. It was pretty chilly, but lots of fun. My nine-year-old son, Chris, kept trying to hang out with the students, especially when it came time to cheer and shoot silly string.  I kept having to bring him back to our seats. Then it struck me, he'll be a high school kid before I know it. But in true Kimberly fashion, he'll be frozen in time as the little boy he is now.  I guess that's a mommy thing.

Looking ahead to the week, everyone is counting down until the new Krispy Kreme opens in Roanoke Tuesday morning. WDBJ7 Mornin' will be there live, and I'm counting on our reporter, Alison Parker to bring us back a dozen glazed!

Have a wonderful day...

November 4, 2014
Happy Election Day! Hope you'll join us for complete Election 2014 coverage both on WDBJ7 and on our web site, wdbj7.com.

I haven't blogged for a while, and have missed it!

Let's see...it's been a busy few months. 2014 has been chock full of milestones for me. On September 9, I celebrated 20 years as a full-time employee for WDBJ7! I am very proud of that accomplishment, and have had the pleasure of working with literally DOZENS of fantastic journalists along the way who have befriended and inspired me. It's often a crazy business, but one I truly appreciate and enjoy!

This week, actually marks another biggie for me. On Saturday, which also happens to be my birthday, I will attend my 25th high school reunion. Yep, time really flies. I am looking forward to seeing my fellow William Byrd High School Class of '89 peeps. Of course, thanks to Facebook, we are able to keep pretty close tabs on each other and can forego the typical reunion questions like, "Are you married?" "Do you have kids?," etc.

As for my family, everyone's having a great school year so far. Christopher earned all A's and B's on his first nine weeks' report card for fourth grade. Caitlin is doing well in kindergarten, and loves her teachers. Reporting on family issues is my specialty, so anytime you have a story idea for me, or a topic that you feel needs more attention, please drop me an email at kmcbroom@wdbj7.com. I'd love to hear from you. And yes, you'll hear more from me on right here on my blog!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hello there, and thanks for stopping by! Hopefully, your 2014 is off to a great start.  I typically don't make any New Year's resolutions. Instead of resolving  I am PLANNING to be more organized this year. We'll see how it goes!

The weather has been brutally cold, so let's hope spring hurries up and gets here soon.  I am already dreaming of crashing waves and palm trees. Really looking forward to getting away some when it warms up. Even a weekend trip works wonders for the soul!

But back to the present...I hope you will tune into WDBJ7 at 6 on Monday for my special report, "Pay It Forward." You'll meet 8-year-old Evelyn Anderson, who asked for donations to Sabrina's Place in Roanoke instead of presents on her birthday. Plus, a Roanoke College professor weighs in on the benefits of paying it forward.

Have a great weekend, and stay warm!

Thursday, October 24

BRRRR!  It sure doesn't feel like fall out there today. I think winter has decided to drop in for an early visit!  Make sure you dress in layers over the next few days.

Just a reminder that WDBJ 7 is hosting the final gubernatorial debate at Virginia Tech between Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe tonight, from 7:00 until 8:00.  If you won't be near a television at that time, no worries. We will also live stream the debate at wdbj7.com.

What is your child dressing up as for Halloween this year? Send me your costume ideas to kmcbroom@wdbj7.com.  My son is dressing as a zombie motorcycle guy and my daughter will be a Barbie cheerleader. I've always loved Halloween, but sharing it with my kids makes it even more fun!

Next Thursday on Early Years, we get some tips on Halloween safety with Roanoke Fire-EMS spokesperson Tiffany Bradbury. Got to keep all the little ghosts and goblins safe out there!

Monday, September 30

Hello there and thanks for stopping by my blog!  I can't believe October is already almost here.  I love this time of year...full of clear, blue skies and crisp, cool  mornings!  There are literally dozens of fall festivals to enjoy, too. We will be taking the kids to one of the pumpkin patches in our area in the next couple of weeks...can't wait!

I have a special report airing later this week on WDBJ 7 at 6. It's on the growing trend of grandparents raising their grandchildren. You'll meet a Roanoke couple who has full custody of their 10- year- old granddaughter, because her mother is in jail.  Another grandmother is raising her grandson, with the added challenge of cerebral palsy. It's a real labor of love for both families. Plus, we'll have the details of an upcoming conference in Salem designed to offer guidance and resources to other grandparents in this situation.  You won't want to miss my report, "Second Time Around" airing Thursday at 6 on WDBJ 7.

Friday, September 6

Hello!  I'm back to blogging on our new and improved web site.  Now that summer is winding down, we're finally seeing some gorgeous weather! 

My son, Chris is in the 3rd grade now. My daughter, Caitlin has one more  year until she can start kindergarten. It's amazing how much kids learn and grow right before our eyes. She's already writing her name on her own, and has neater handwriting than I do..LOL!

Hope you have outdoor plans this weekend. The forecast looks fantastic!  After Chris' soccer practice tomorrow, I'm hoping for another Saturday at the pool.

Of course, now that September is here, the kids are trying to decide on Halloween costumes. My daughter's torn between Smurfette and a Barbie cheerleader. Chris is trying to convince us to let him be the Grim Reaper. I'm thinking no...

Anyway, hope you have have a wonderful weekend, whatever you decide to do. And don't forget to check out FFE tonight after the games!

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Tuesday, May 28

Hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! Of course, having yesterday off makes today feel like a Monday... We had perfect weather for all of the Memorial Day remembrance events. It's so important to take a moment and honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Memorial Day is also the unofficial start to the summer season, and Leo says it's finally going to feel like it with temperatures hitting 90 degrees several days this week.

Time to hit the pool and the lake! We took our kids to Bridgewater Plaza at Smith Mountain Lake on Sunday for lunch and a fun round of putt putt. SML is one of my favorite local getaway spots. It always makes me feel like I'm on vacation whenever I head down there!

What are some of your favorite local getaways? Email me your favorites at kmcbroom@wdbj7.com.

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Tuesday, May 7

I truly hope you were able to catch "Susan's Story," either last night at 6 or today on WDBJ 7 Mornin'. Susan Bahorich bravely shared her personal struggle with ovarian cancer. I am so proud of her for being open and honest with what she is going through. She is a wonderful inspiration to us all, and I look forward to seeing her continue her journey to good health!

It's been a busy week in the newsroom, with weather coverage as well. Our area is under a flood watch, so please be careful out on the roads today. If you see any high water, please let us know where it is. Drop us an email at news@wdbj7.com.

Also, I am doing a special report airing Thursday at 6 called "Bully Boot Camp." It's in Salem, and it's run by a self defense instructor. Tom Ramsey teaches kids non-violent conflict resolution skills, as they learn to stand up to bullies. Hope you will watch!

Enjoy your Tuesday, and stay safe in this rainy weather!

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Friday, April 19

Just like me, I'm sure you've been monitoring this week's events in Boston. It's just always amazing to me that with all of the surveillance and smart phone technology, that anyone would dare to commit such brazen, violent crimes. I suppose some people don't care if they get caught.

As you know, one of the Boston marathon suspects is dead, the other is still at large. The city is on lockdown and people there are on edge. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one one of them. I hope that once the authorities do capture the individual responsible, that we can get some answers as to why he took part in all of this. We probably still won't be able to come anywhere close to understanding. Along with the dozens and dozens of victims, I keep thinking of that little eight year old boy who died. He had such a promising life ahead of him...such a tragedy.

As you've heard, WDBJ 7 is doing extensive, live coverage of tomorrow's Blue Ridge Marathon here in Roanoke. I'm sure those runners will be thinking of the victims in Boston, and will run in their honor. Hope you will come out and support these athletes and cheer them on. We can't let fear stop us from celebrating the spirit of competition and the American spirit.

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Friday, March 29

Hello! Spring break is next week for my son, Chris, along with all of the other students in Roanoke County. I am also taking next week off, and looking forward to doing some fun things with the kids! We're kicking it off this afternoon with an Easter egg hunt at my daugher's pre-school and another one here at the station for employees' children. I gave up desserts for Lent, and am craving peanut butter eggs big time!

Hope you have a wonderful Easter!