August 19, 2009

California Vacation - Part Two




Saturday was the big day………..The DANCE!


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The guys practiced all week and were filled with nervous excitement.


We started off the big night with a dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant, DiCicco's. Dad's Treat! Thanks, Daddy! They bake the world’s best bread and everything else is delicious too!


EVERYONE was there, even dad’s brother, Jerry (from Idaho) and sister, Ruby and husband, Lawrence (from Nevada). It was fun catching up on their news.

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Lawrence & Ruby



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Jerry, Ruby & Richard.........the 3 Gibbs siblings

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With their mother, Mable, in 1993




Jerry is only 6 years my senior and I have many fond memories of us playing together on Grandma and Grandpa Gibbs’ cotton farm. We would tunnel through trailor loads of freshly picked cotton, cover a tractor tire with plastic to make a nifty swimming pool, eat Grandma’s delicious fried apricot pies, and swim in the canal (don't let the crawdads get your toes, he would warn). Great memories.

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We feel more like brother and sister than uncle and niece.

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After dinner it was time to Rock & Roll with the Freeman Brothers


The band was in top form, sounding better than they did as teenagers. Maturity, lots of practice, and MUCH more expensive equipment has paid off!



FAVORITE SONGS of the night:
Evil Ways, Soul Sacrifice, La Grange, Sharp Dressed Man, Smoke on the Water, Spooky, I Feel Good



Top 5 HI-LIGHTS of the EVENING:

1 - My parents attended the dance and stayed until 10pm! It was so nice to have them there.


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2 - Steve’s lead and vocals on La Grange and Sharp Dressed Man
With ZZ Top beard & shades (thanks, Dave, for being the prop man)

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3 - Enough is Never Enough (Steve wrote it many years ago and has never performed it with a band. It sounded GREAT!

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4 – Ralph channeled James Brown, singing and dancing
“I Feel Good”

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5 The Blues Brothers dropped in and Rocked the House!

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Dave Cucuk & Walter Smith were the Blues Brothers




The Beach Boys set was lots of fun!

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Some things never change......

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1977

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2009


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Groupies - The Next Generation




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Linda & Sara






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Great job guys ! ! You sounded fantastic! ! Thanks for a wonderful evening!!


The Stake President LOVES the Freeman Brothers Band and has hired them to play for a Quad Stake New Years Eve Dance!


I can’t wait to do it all again on December 31st!




Since we moved to Texas, nearly 4 years ago, we have visited our family more than a dozen times. We have a tradition on the last day of the visit, and of course, it involves food.

We have a big country breakfast at the Rodeo Coffe Shop with our parents.

Then we say our goodbyes.

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Don’t ya just love the horse stable on the wall?



We are blessed with a wonderful family. We love their visits to San Antonio and are touched by their attendance at our special occasions.

They always give us lots of love to take home with us.

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Thanks for everything, everyone.

We Love You!

5 comments:

The Chrissy Herself said...

This post just made me wish I was there. I can't believe Dad performed his "Enough is Never Enough" with a band and I missed it!! I would have loved to hear that. And he rocked his handmade guitar. awesome.

I love all the pictures of everyone. Maybe I can come with you for the New Year's one?

Brittany said...

Wow that show looks so exciting, I'm sad to have missed such a fun time. I love the band poster, ZZ Top, the Blues Brothers, James Brown, you and Bo in 2009, and that's awesome about Grandpa's siblings! And that "Enough" song is dad's "Ferrari Testarossa" song isn't it?

Diane said...

That's right, Brit...."you can keep your morals, and I will keep the cash".

It would be so fun if you could come, Chrissy....Zach,Brit, Ili, Mike, Marci too!

Brittany said...

That is a great song and those lyrics sum up dad perfectly ;)

Jennifer Gibbs Kambourian said...

Thanks for the wonderful photos and stories! It made me wish I'd been there...what a great trip. (Maybe I can talk John into coming out for the NYE dance...that would be so fun!)
-Jenn

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