Thursday, October 26, 2006

47 Gallons

That's right. 47 gallons of apple cider were made this past weekend. Forrest and I went down on Friday night to Nate and Ramie's house in Salem with a carload full of apples. Our car was so weighed down that I could barely make it up Nate and Ramie's steep hill. Then on Saturday morning, the four of us went to Nate's uncle's rental property and picked more apples so that we would have more than one variety. Justin Birch and his dog Barkley came over, and we made lots of cider on an old Mennonite press. As soon as I upload my pictures I will add them. Forrest and I took home 17 gallons of cider. It's a good thing that Frank and Lona have an extra freezer otherwise they would have gone bad. Making cider was a lot of fun, and we all wished that the other people who were invited could have made it. I will refrain from posting the silly names we called them. However, everyone should be getting prepared for next year because Birch plans on making 100 gallons.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The man from what??

This week I went to Walmart to buy Forrest an early birthday present. While I was there I saw both the Man from Snowy River and Return to Snowy River for 7.50 each on DVD. I LOVE both of these movies. I was so excited that I bought both of them and raced home to tell Forrest. Forrest has never heard of these movies. WHAT?? How do you not know about the Man from Snowy River? I thought everyone our age had grown up watching these movies. And, Forrest doesn't want to watch them. I think this is very sad, and I think I will have a talk with my inlaws (once they return from Hawaii) about depriving their family by not watching these classics.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Apples continued...

Just in case anyone was wondering how many apples we actually picked this weekend... here you go. My niece is surrounded by apples. She actually got upset shortly after this picture because she couldn't get out of the apples. Forrest and I are going down to Oregon this weekend to turn these apples into apple cider. My only question is... if we filled the back of a suburban with these apples, how are they going to fit in my car? And if they fit in my car... are we going to fit?

Monday, October 16, 2006

Apples, Apples!

This weekend, Forrest, Colleen, Elisa, Michelle, and Ryan and I headed over to Yakima to celebrate the life of my Uncle Rex, who recently passed away, with the rest of the Forbes Family. There was a wonderful memorial service on Saturday, with lots of memories shared about my fantastic uncle.

On Sunday, the four Forbes (and Forrest and Elisa) spent time with our cousin Dennis, his wife Mindy and their two kids, Jacob and Joelle.

After lunch, the six of us went up to my Uncle Jerry and Aunt Fay's house. They took us to my dad's junior high principal's orchard to pick some apples. We had a great time.
Uncle Jerry told us stories about how my grandma
picked 287 boxes of apples in a day when she was 8 months pregnant with my dad. I also learned that a tree yields about 15 boxes, and he used to get paid 10 cents a box. Uncle Jerry was the fastest picker, but we all had a lot of fun. Forrest and I had rented a suburban, and we filled the entire back of the car with apples. Uncle Jerry told us to lay out the apples when we got home, so that they could dry out since we picked them in the rain. We filled most of our downstairs room with apples. Now our house smells really yummy!


Thursday was my 28th birthday. I think I have been mentally preparing for this day for months. For some reason, in my mind 28 seems A LOT older than 27. And way closer to the infamous 30. But although I turned "old", I had

a lot of fun. Forrest woke me up in the morning with presents - a hot pink ipod and an itunes gift card that had a permanent marker with it. Forrest explained that the marker was to throw me off in case I was snooping. My sister Colleen and my niece Elisa flew in on Thursday afternoon. Elisa is a lot of fun, and she was a great birthday present. Forrest came home and we made sushi for dinner and had molten lava cake for dessert. Then, Michelle and Ryan came up from Newberg to spend the night. It was a pretty fun birthday for being so "old." :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A new sink

It all began on Saturday when I was cleaning my kitchen. I noticed a leak underneath my kitchen sink. Forrest took the old faucet apart to find the leak, and took the sink out to see if there were any problems with it. We discovered that the faucet was the culprit, but decided that if we were going to buy a new faucet that we should buy a new sink too... especially since I didn't really like the old one.

That decision led us to five hardware stores on Sunday, and a countertop full of dirty dishes. My mom suggested that I do the dishes in the bathtub, but I wasn't feeling that desparate. Anyway, Forrest has been working like crazy on installing the new sink and faucet since Sunday (and he has found new leaks in our house in the process) but tonight we have a new sink! I think Forrest did a great job, and I can't wait to use it!