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