Gather we did, at my brother Hank's home in Chehalis. When we arrived about 10:15 Saturday morning, the worker bees were well at it.
The guys were working the cider press and the kids were preparing the apples. Isaac and Irene got right to work, joining their cousins.
I did too.
Hank and Cindy had coffee, cocoa and doughnuts ready to go. Some people started with the eating.
Hank uses his day off on school workshop Friday to go to Yakima to get orchard apples.
Cindy supervises the bottling of the freshly squeezed cider.
My cousins, Kris and Dan, and friend Charlie arrived to join in the fun.
Between the younger cousins and the older cousins, the conversations took many forms, including a lot of hot air. .
Jill hurried right over when Steffany arrived with her little Jack and shy Violet.
Ilene with her granddaughter and great grandson.
The old guys, Tom and Arnold.
And the work went on, as people traded jobs and tried different parts of the process.
Violet and Jill found some fun toys.
Girls can squeeze apples too.
Of course there was eating too. We had seen on Facebook that morning that it was National Dessert Day. Well, we were ready for it!
The hosts provided pulled pork sandwiches and corn on the cob and the rest of us brought salads and desserts.
There was lots of eating and talking, but I threw out most of the eating pics because nobody looks good chewing.
After the eating, the kids dispersed to play and the adults convened our cabin meeting. We mixed a little business with our fun, reviewing the finances and projects for the Rockaway Cabin Family Trust.
Thank you to brother Hank and sister-in-law Cindy for hosting another great Norquist Family Cider Bee.