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