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Monday, June 30, 2014

A Day in the 'Burg

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Not Pittsburgh...

Not Harrisburg...

MILLERSBURG!

Millersburg is the town I grew up in. It is about 40 minutes North of Harrisburg. It is a very small town. I lived there my whole life and my parents still live in the house I grew up in. Paul and I decided to head up to Millersburg on Tuesday. 

(Instead of giving you the normal Weekend Wrap Up today, I'm going to tell you about our day in Millersburg!)


Our first stop was to visit my grandma.

Grandma just moved into an assisted living facility. It was the first time Paul was there, so Grandma had fun showing him her room and all of her pictures. Paul got a kick out of seeing my family members as youngin's. Paul also got to see pictures of my grandpa, who he never got to meet because Grandpa passed away a few years before I even met Paul.

I asked Grandma how she met Grandpa because I had never heard the full story. You see, my Grandma's first husband died in a car accident when he was only 24 years old. She found herself a single mother with 3 young kids. She told me that she had already known my grandpa and knew he was a nice man because her first husband used go boating with him.

After her first husband died, Grandma would take her children on walks around Millersburg. She would see Grandpa sitting on the steps of the hotel and they would always say hi to each other. Several months later, Grandpa showed up at my Grandma's house to give her kids Christmas presents! He got my uncle a toy gun. A few days later, the toy broke. Grandma mentioned it to Grandpa, and Grandpa went right out and got my uncle a new one. That's just how Grandpa was. They ended up getting married and had one child together- my dad!

Me and Grandma on Tuesday

Grandpa and I on my 9th b-day in 1991
That's a New Kids on the Block Doll- Jordan Knight!!!



Our second stop was the Colonnade.

The Colonnade was an old movie theater just 4 blocks from my house. Meeting your friends for a Friday night movie was quite the popular thing to do when I was in middle school and high school. Movies I remember seeing at the Colonnade: The Lion King, Scream, Titanic... just to name a few! The theater was really run down and ended up closing.

But the NEW Colonnade just opened! The building and everything in it is brand new. It stands right at the same spot the old Colonnade stood. Boy did it take me on a trip back memory lane. The new building is so much bigger and cleaner.

Old Colonnade

New Colonnade

Guess what movie we got to see on Tuesday afternoon... THE GOONIES! I loved this movie growing up and probably saw it 100 times! I haven't seen it in 20 years, so it seemed fresh and new. Paul and I laughed so hard. I finally got some of the jokes I never understood when I was a kid. Isn't it funny how that works? Best part: I got the whole theater clapping when Sloth threw Mama Fratelli off the plank!


Also, I need this shirt.

All in all, it was a great day in my hometown!
Do you know how your grandparents met?
Do you ever go back to your hometown?
Please tell me you have seen The Goonies and please tell me you LOVE IT!

23 comments:

  1. I'm sure Grandma had a great time with you guys!

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    1. She did, she loved showing us her pics!

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  2. Don't hate me but I have never seen the Goonies! Wow, what a transformation to that old theater!

    Is Millersburg where they have the ferry?

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    1. Yup, the ferry. YOU HAVE TO SEE THE GOONIES!!!!

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  3. Grandparents are soooooo special! I am happy that you were able to visit with your grandma and walk down memory lane!
    It looks like you had a great trip!
    I also have not seen The Goonies - I know!!! I was sheltered as a child!

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    1. YOU HAVE TO SEE THE GOONIES!!!! You will like it as an adult, I promise!

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  4. What a sweet story about your grandparents. Your grandpa sounds like a world class guy and your grandma is beautiful!

    I've never seen the goonies, but I do remember seeing the movies you mentioned in the theater!! I saw Titanic in the theater 14 times.... My first cat's name was Leo. You'll never guess who he was named after ;-)

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    1. My grandpa was AWESOME. YOU HAVE TO SEE THE GOONIES!!!! Haha I had such a crush on Leo and prob would have named my cat that too if I had a cat :)

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  5. Arla and Dick right??? I remember them! Arla looks great!

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  6. Your hometown looks even smaller than mine! I try to avoid going back to mine as much as possible - it helps when it's a 23 hour plane ride away ;)

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    1. Yes, small! My graduating class had 45 students.

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  7. Your grandma is the cutest! Guess where part of the Goonies was filmed? Here in my home town. Yep! I have a slight love for that movie.

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    1. YEAH I KNOW! Astoria and I think Cannon Beach too???

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  8. Grandparents have the best stories! I don't think I know how mine met but I have heard plenty of other stories. Also, I definitely thought "Pittsburgh" when I saw the title of this.

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  9. So cool that you got to take your husband on a tour of your hometown!
    I do know the story of how my grandparents met - it was a 2nd marriage for both! Even though both are no longer here, I feel fortunate that my husband met them and knew them both and my kids knew their great grandparents!!

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    1. That is very special to have all of your loved ones meet them and know how wonderful and important they were!

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  10. I love the pic of you with your grandma :) Pretty ladies! That's so sweet how they became an item and had your dad...what a fun day!

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    1. I know, such a different time back then :)

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  11. That is a super sweet story about your Grandparents. She must have loved spending time with you. I have watched the Goonies many times as a kid, and each and every time it scared the living daylights out of me, lol.

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  12. i'm never sure what my hometown is. i only lived in the place where i was born for 2 months. then i moved somewhere til i was 8, and then from 10-just recently my parents lived in kansas city....

    i love visiting my grandmas, but more often they come to visit us. they are just so fun to be with!

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