We had a lot of fun yesterday as my siblings gathered to host an open house for our dad who celebrates his 80th birthday this coming Tuesday. Dad’s brother, Bud, traveled to Des Moines with his entire brood. Friends past and present joined us in the community room at the folk’s apartment to enjoy a bite of cake and share in celebrating our dad. Thanks to everyone for coming out and making it a special day.
Me and my siblings (Terry, me, Jody, Tim)
Wendy and Cousin Vicki
Those of our crew who could make it.
The Sibs (L-R) Tim, Terry, Jody, Tom
This party’s this way.
Mom was excited to get Madison’s text wishes to Dad.
Bud’s Crew (L-R: Donald, Vicki, Jane, Donna, Jeremy, Dan)
Birthday cake from Jaarsma Bakery in Pella!
You don’t have to be crazy to be a Vander Well, but it helps.
My family (L-R) me, Tim, Dad, Mom, Terry, Jody
My folks. Dean and Jeanne Vander Well
Love this lady
Dad showing mom Madison’s text message with birthday wishes.
Dean and Bud Vander Well
The Vander Well clan
Dean and Jeanne Vander Well
Bud in his element, regaling people with his jokes and stories.
Mom enjoyed seeing lots of old friends.
Brothers Dean and Bud (Herman) Vander Well
Bud and his brood.
Brothers, Dean and Bud (Herman) Vander Well
When these two get together there is always laughter.
When the open house was over the family headed to Noah’s Ark Restaurant, an old family favorite, to share some time together. Happy Birthday, Deano.