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