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