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

What is your child dressing up as for Halloween this year? Send me your costume ideas to  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!


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


Tuesday, May 7