Pop-Pop’s Life Lessons and Advice – a video

Pop Pop DubbleMy Pop-Pop, Clyde Dubble, has been an amazing role model through out my life. He has always been present. During my childhood he attended almost every concert, band competition, or theater event I was in. He has been apart of every holiday, birthday, graduation, family vacation or other special occasion.

Like a third parent he has offered me unconditional love, support, and wisdom. Some of my best memories include scream singing “I’m Proud to be an American” in his pick up truck, eating crackers on his boat in Avalon, long walks on the beach, sleepovers at his house, and that time I ran his riding lawn mower into his truck and he didn’t tell on me.

He is the most friendliest man you will ever meet. Wherever we go he seems to run into someone he knows. If not, he makes a point of asking people “and where are you from?”. He grew up on a farm in Lancaster and built a successful life for himself and his family.  He has so many friends and is full of so much positivity and love. He makes me so happy and I’m so lucky to be able to document some of his life memories.

I think we all can learn a little something from Pop-Pop.

Last week he turned 88. I decided to interview him about his experiences, life lessons and advice:

Do you have a grandparent who has played a special role in your life? xoxo katie

Weekend Wrap Up – 90’s party in DC

Hello hello hello!

I’m having an exhausted Monday morning after a fun-filled weekend. Friday night started off with a celebration for my Pop Pop’s 88th Birthday. I joined him for dinner and a nice one on one visit. Then the rest of the family and some friends came over for cake and ice cream. At 88, Pop Pop is still as vibrant and full of love as ever. I spent some time interviewing him. Stay tuned later this week for a fun video of wisdom from Pop Pop!

pop pop birthday

While visiting him at his lovely retirement communty, I learned that Emma Stone’s (girl crush alert!) grandmother is also a resident. In fact, Emma Stone visits frequently and showed my love for Lancaster in this nice article in the community’s magazine:

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Fun, right?!

On Saturday, Ryan and I went to Washington DC to visit my best friend and college roommate Laura! Of course we couldn’t visit any museums to due to government shut down, but we had fun enjoying the beautiful 85 degree weather! I love Laura’s cute neighborhood and all the colorful row homes.  We had a front stoop BBQ with some Old Fashioneds.

Katie and Laura

Emily, Laura, and Ryan

We then go ready for a 90’s Party!!! Kel (from Kennan and Kel, All That, Good Burger fame) was hosting a awesome and tacky 90’s party at the most frat boyish bar ever. And we just HAD to be there. There is nothing more that Laura and I enjoy more than a good costume party!

So we got all jazzed up in our best 90’s gear and did our hair in the best Spice Girls’ style. FYI – my hair crimper from 1989 still works!

90's party

90's party

ryan and katie 90's party

You can bet we got some good stares on our 30 minute walk to the bar.

Once we arrived, we imbibed in some Pop Rocks cocktails and rocked out to some good 90’s jams. Too bad most of the people there were like 5 in the 90’s and most of their outfits were not even close to being 90’s themed. Nice try, kids. Like for instance — Heath Ledger’s 2008 joker showed up — um what about Jack Nicholson joker instead?

joker

No! Not from the nineties!

Kel finally showed up. He was so sweaty and gross.  I should have asked him if he’s heard from Amanda Bynes lately…

kel

Ah what a night!!

Sunday we had a nice little brunch and walked around the city before driving home.

brunch in dc

After a full month of weekend travels Ryan and I are both ready for a quiet weekend at home. I love getting around and visiting friends but boy am I ready to do things around the house and explore our own lovely city.

xoxo katie