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