8.31.2009

Mountain Tops & Monster Trucks

Last Saturday, Aug 22nd, Nick & I woke up pretty early, 6 am, to hike Mount Helena. It took us about a little over an hour to get to the top. And about 30 mins to get down. Here are some pics of the excursion.

Here we are at the top of Mt Helena.

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Video of the city of Helena from Nick.

The survey spike on the top of the mountain.

That night Nick & I met up with some friends and their two adorable boys at the Monster Truck Rally! Nick & I have never been to one before and it was a lot of fun. Here are some pics!

video video These two videos the monster truck flipped & Nick caught it on video! All in all we had a great Saturday that we spent together. We haven't done it in a while.

8.22.2009

August...so far

I can't believe I am finally caught up on my blog. Woohooo!

Nick's Birthday was on the 5th. I took off a 1/2 day without telling him so I could frost his cake I baked the night before, and take it to his work. Well low and behold he was home when I got home. So no cake for him at work. Oh well. I wanted to take him to the golf range and let him hit a bucket of balls but it was raining! We didn't see any movies at the theatre that we thought was worth seeing. So off to the bowling alley. We played two games. It was a lot of fun. I don't remember the last time the two of us went bowling. Too bad I didn't take my camera. We went home and I made him his favorite for dinner, that being lasagna w/french bread. While eating dinner we watched a movie that we picked up on the way home, Obessed-with Beyonce Knowles. It was ok.

On the 6th, I had to go in and get some more work done on my mouth. They put in a sort of "screw" where my baby tooth used to be. It actually didn't hurt as bad as I thought it would. They did give me some Ativan before to calm my nerves. That stuff works really good. And I only had to take Ibprofen & Tylenol. Nick was nice and took care of me the rest of the night.

On the 7th we went down to Idaho Falls, ID and visited my grandparents. I was lucky enough to get to see my Aunt Nicole & her adorable daughter Olivia. That night we went to Jason & SueAnne & Rachael's in Rexburg. I love that we are able to see them often. It so funny to see what Rachael is doing and what she's learning. On Saturday the 8th we went to the Idaho Falls temple, Rexburg temple was closed for cleaning. The session was packed. I had never seen so many people in one session. I know there were 2 or 3 missionaries & 1 or 2 family sealings. Think of all the work that got done that day! It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. After the temple we met up the Jason, SueAnne & Rachael on the River walk on the Snake River. They were having some festivities that day and thought we'd join in on the fun. After ice cream at Shari's restaraunt, SueAnne & I left the boys and went material shopping. I have some baby gifts that I need to work on and I knew that JoAnn's was having a sale that weekend! I got 8 yards of fabric for about $21. I saved about $20 or so because of the sale. Once we got back to Rexburg we went and got some dinner at Grengo's-I don't think I spelled that right. Went back to the house and crashed for the night. Sunday we went to church and when we got home noticed that our tire on our car was totally flat. Nick changed the tire and saw that there was a screw or nail in it. So in to Idaho Falls to Walmart, because all of the tire shops in Rexburg were closed. Got the tire fixed and got on with our day. SueAnne & Jason made a great Sunday dinner. Even with homemade rolls! To finish off our visit to Rexburg we went on a bike ride. It was fun and good to get some exercise.

On the 10th it was mustache Monday at the Helena Brewers. Nick has been growing his for about 2 mos. I actually helped Nick cut his beard/mustache Sunday night. Here are some pics of his award winning beard & stache. He even got a "Brewy" award. It is now sitting on a shelf in our apartment.

So that is what the Montana Joyner's have been up to so far in August.

July

First there is the Fourth of July! We went boating with some friends! It was a blast. It doesn't seem like we get together as often as we used to but when we do we are guaranteed a good time! Thanks Seth & Kristin for letting us come with you and use your awesome boat! That night we went out to a members house in our ward who puts on their own firework show. This is the fourth year we went and we have never been disappointed.

Then of course is our Anniversary on July 19th, which is also Nick's dad's Birthday! We were able to go to Billings, MT for 2 nights. On Friday night we went to a baseball game. It was Billings Mustangs against Orem Owls.

Saturday We were able to go do a session at the temple. For the past three years now we have been able to go to the temple on or around our anniversary!

That night we went to HuHot for our anniversary dinner. It is a all you can eat Mongolian grill. It was really good!

(Above: HuHot restaurant, Nick playing with the gong, us at dinner, Nick checking out the bill!)

July 24th our stake did a dinner and had pioneer kid games. It was fun. Afterword we went to the county fair, to say that we've been. Nothing too exciting. There was a rodeo that I wanted to go to but tickets were extremely expensive for the level of rodeo that it was.

On July 30th, my parents & my lil brother, Ben, came up to visit for the weekend. They haven't been up in the summer and wanted to do the things that are closed in October, when they usually come up. On the 30th we were able to see the last part of the baseball game, after we got some good Papa Murphy's pizza!

On Friday the 31st, I had to work unfortunately, but my family was able to go up to Glacier NP. They even got to see a big horn sheep. I was so jealous. That night was relay for life. I signed up for the 9-10 time slot. My family met me there and walked with me. Nick joined us after he was done at work and walked with us. We walked till about 10:30pm. I think all together we walked a total of 33 laps, that's just for 5 people!

Saturday we went to Gates of the Mountain! That's one thing my mom really wanted to do. It was fun & warm. We even got a little sunburned! Afterward we went to lunch at L & D's Chinese buffet. Nick met us there. It was delicious. That night the fam helped me do Nick's b-day shopping & then we headed of to the baseball game! It was a good game except that we lost.

On Sunday we didn't do a whole lot. Went to church. Ben was able to reunite with a senior missionary he knew from his mission. They live in my ward how crazy is that? We had Bro. Martin over for dinner. It was good to get to know him a little better and to hear their mission stories. That night we went for a drive & then played games! What would a Sunday be without games?

Monday the fun had to come to an end, after Ben, Nick & Bro. Martin hiked Mount Helena!

So there you have it! The happenings of July!

June

Oh my goodness! June was two months ago and I am trying to remember what I did. I think the only thing I actually did was go to Utah to see my sister for her Birthday. I went by myself because Nick had to work. The drive was not very fun. But it was nice to get to my parents house!

I went and saw my sister, Jenny, the following day. It was really funny because as I was getting closer to her house I called her to see how she was doing and to make sure she was going to be home without asking her. When I got to her house I rang the doorbell when I was still on the phone. She asked me to hold on for a minute because someone was at the door. She opened the door and said, "Oh my gosh! What the heck are you doing here?" She looked at her phone then looked and me and figured she could hang up the phone. Her reaction was priceless! That day we had a lot of fun. Especially her car breaking down on us and sweating! It sounds bad but it gave us a chance to talk & catch up. That night Jenny & Brett took me out to a really good Indian restraunt in Bountiful, UT. Then we went up to Ogden for the highlight of the night! Jenny did IFLY! It was awesome! Unfortunately my batteries on my camera died and I was unable to take pics. But if any of you know Jenny you should ask her if you can watch the DVD.

Friday night I spent the night at their house. Worked on a project for Nick for Father's Day. The next day I found out that my co-worker, Jen, had her baby! She wasn't due for another month! My parents came down the Jenny's house w/one of my mom's friends from school and her two daughters. We all went out to lunch at Ethel & ? in Lehi. It was really good. Be careful of the shakes. They are huge!!! After lunch my parents and I ran over to Jenny's surprise party at her in-laws! She had no idea. Good job Brett!! After the party I took my brother, Ben, back to my sister, Jessica, house so he could go to work. On the way he took my past the new Oquirh Mt. temple. It was beautiful. We even saw a little bit of black on the angel Moroni from when it was struck by lightning. Stopped at the huge distribution center in SLC. Then dropped Ben of at Jessica's house.

Went back to my parents house played a little WII fit. Hung out with the parents. My brother, David, & his wife, Ashley, came over. It was good to see them! Jessica, Ivan & Jacob were there too! I got to see all of my siblings except for Cami who was stuck in Ephraim.

Was able to spend a great Father's Day with my dad! I think the last time I spend Father's Day with my dad was about 6 or so years ago. Unfortunately I wasn't able to spend the time with Nick.

I came back home on Monday the 22nd. The opening day for baseball was the 23rd and I really wanted to be there for Nick since I wasn't at opening day the year before, due to a family reunion in UT. So since June 23rd I haven't seen a lot of my awesome husband. But when we do see each other we try to have as much fun as we can!

So there are the happening for June!