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.
Bud in his element, regaling people with his jokes and stories.
Mom enjoyed seeing lots of old friends.
Bud and his brood.
Mom was excited to get Madison’s text wishes to Dad.
Bud’s Crew (L-R: Donald, Vicki, Jane, Donna, Jeremy, Dan)
Me and my siblings (Terry, me, Jody, Tim)
Those of our crew who could make it.
The Sibs (L-R) Tim, Terry, Jody, Tom
The Vander Well clan
My folks. Dean and Jeanne Vander Well
Brothers Dean and Bud (Herman) Vander Well
My family (L-R) me, Tim, Dad, Mom, Terry, Jody
Dad showing mom Madison’s text message with birthday wishes.
Brothers, Dean and Bud (Herman) Vander Well
Dean and Bud Vander Well
You don’t have to be crazy to be a Vander Well, but it helps.
Dean and Jeanne Vander Well
Wendy and Cousin Vicki
This party’s this way.
When these two get together there is always laughter.
Love this lady
Birthday cake from Jaarsma Bakery in Pella!
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.