Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A E I O U and sometimes Y?

Random thought...why is Y only sometimes a vowel?
I was driving last night and i saw a padiddle, a car with only one headlight. Out here in the east, if you see one, you say padiddle and hit the roof of the car. but while i was out in utah, whenever my roommate saw one, she would do this tapping ting on the windshield. You tap the name of the person you love. For consonants you tap the dashboard and for vowels you tap the windshield. I find this version fun. So when i came across a padiddle last night, i tapped out Patrick's name, dashboard, windshield, dash, dash, glass, dash, dash. Then i began to wonder...what would my name be...k-dash, e-glass, l-dash, l-dash, y...i dont know what to tap. Growing up, i learne that vowels are a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y. Why is y only a vowel sometimes? Why cant it always be a vowel? I know that when it is in the word why or cry it is a vowel because there are no other vowels, but what about my name? kellyn?

I found this website, www.phonicsontheweb.com it says this
"Sometimes, the letter y is a consonant, and other times it is a vowel. The rule for telling the two apart is simple: The letter y is a consonant when it is the first letter of a syllable that has more than one letter. If y is anywhere else in the syllable, it is a vowel.

Examples of Y as a Consonant
yes
yam
yell
yellow
yogurt
Examples of Y as a Vowel
gym
my
cycle
baby
hairy
sky"

i still think it should always be a vowel

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Will!!


Today is my little brother, Will's 16th birthday! I can't believe he is 16 already!. This means he can date now! And he will be able to begin drive, after he compltes his 6 hours of behind the wheel. I would like to dedicate this post to him.

I wasn't always a fan of Will. When he was born, he stole my room and my dressor and i was no longer the baby of the family. I would throw tantrums to get some attention. But as i have grown and matured, i have learned to love him! He is one of the most amazing people i know. He is a very strong person in all aspects. He has a very stong testimony. He is only one of three that go to early seminary everyday before school. The majority of the youth in our ward do home-study. He has neverbeen afraid to share the gospel with his friends. If he had his way, he would be out with the missionaries everyday.

He is a very hard worker too. He has no problem staying after school to have extra help with homework. He puts a lot of time into his studies to make sure he succeeds. He does yardwork for the bishop and his wife. When the blizzard hit, the man who plows the church parking lot plowed the snow into a large pile right infront of the building, Will came up with the idea of calling all the young men to shovel a path to the doors. He works hard and never complains. He is also the only member of the family to faithfully go to the gym. If he could drive himself, he would prolly be there everyday.

He is also an excellent reader. He used to be addicted to tv until my sister and i challenged him to go a week without tv. I was sure i would get the money we bet, but i was totally wrong. Will was very determined. Instead of tv, he began to read and he hasnt stopped. After the week, Will bet my mom that he could go a whole month with out TV for $50. He did that too. He is always up for a challenge.

Will loves dirtbike riding and surfing. He is one of the funniest kids i know and he doesnt even try. He is a great listener and a great friend. I love my brother Will sooooo much and i hope he has a great birthday!!!




Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Valetine's Day

As most of you probably know, Patrick and I are totally broke! But we still wanted to do something nice for Vday. I decided to make a pink and red dinner for us and his mom. It wasn’t easy to think of things to make. I decided to make my favorite drink, Shirley Temple, for our beverage. Since Patrick is a diabetic and can only have diet soda, I got sprite zero. That was the only sugar free thing in the meal. I made chocolate covered strawberries tuxedo style. I dipped the strawberries into white chocolate and then after they dried into milk chocolate. I put buttons on using a toothpick. But I totally failed when I tried to make bow ties. I did two and they just looked like total blobs, that I left the rest with just buttons.



I made a vanilla cake with vanilla icing dyed pink. I used the conversation sweethearts as a border around the top and bottom of the cake. It started to split on the drive from my mom's to grandma's, but it still tasted good :)


For the real meal, I make mashed potatoes with food coloring dying it pink. I was running low on ideas by now so I decided on doing a heart shaped pizza. I got Pillsbury pizza dough. Instead of shaping it as a heart making it so much smaller, I cut the pepperoni into heart shapes. It was cute and tasted sooo good. I was surprised cause you can never be sure with store bought dough and I hadn’t tried that kind before. It was a lot of fun for me to put together.



For my gift, Patrick spent an hour and a half shoveling a parking spot for me. The snow was piled up two feet high and five feet from the curb. Most of it had turned to ice too. It was a lot of work and I appreciate it a lot.
I had also brought over a bunch of romantic movies for us to pick from to watch after dinner. We ended up watching The Pacifer with Vin Disiel that was on ABC Family. Not exactly romantic Valentine’s day movie, but I love that movie so much. Its so funny. It was a great valentines day 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snow Snow Snow

This has been totally crazy!!!! We have had sooooo much snow these past few weeks! Its been nonstop! I feel like I am back in Utah! The first storm hit Jan 30. We got enough then that church was cancelled the next day. Then the next Friday we got hit by the BIG one. It started Friday evening (Feb 5th) and went well into Saturday. We got about 14-16 inches. Church was cancelled for a second week in a row! Something I can never remember happening in my entire life. My grandmother and I lost power for four hours on Saturday. I was a little worried when I realized that the majority of my food needed to be either cooked on the stove or heated up in the microwave. I ate cheez-its and liquorish for lunch cause that is all I had. To pass the time I read The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. (Great book, totally recommend it!!!)
One of the hardest parts of the storm was knowing that I was not allowed to shovel. I have an ovarian cyst and my doc is worried about it twisting cutting off blood flow and possibly losing the ovary. So me and my grandmother were totally snowed in. If all that snow wasn’t enough, more hit the next Tuesday (the 9th)!! We got a break for a little bit. We were able to go to church this Sunday. But this morning I looked out the window and what do I see? Not popcorn popping on the apricot tree, MORE SNOW!!! I am soooooo ready for spring and summer to come!!!!
Here are some pics

The path I blaized onmy walk to Patrick's cause my car was snowed in


I thought these boots would be tall enough, i was wrong, the snow went up to my knees in some spots

Will and Paul playing while dad is hard at work shoveling
The rest of these photos I stole from my brother's facebook


The snow piled on the picnic table behind the house

Will and Paul playing in the snow

What happened to the top half of your body Paul?





The trees covered in snow, I think snow on trees are my favorite thing about snow sooo pretty!! But because we got so much, a lot of trees broke from the weight of all of it

My parent's home snow covered
Another downside of all this snow...a crack in my grandmother's roof. I came home one night to find this



We have a flat roof and part of it is starting to dip and cracks are forming around it. The water from the melting snow was dripping into the upstairs apartment kitchen and then down into our kitchen. We had a guy come to fix it. He put on a patch over the cracks but couldn't do much more until the snow melts and who knows when that will be...The leaking has stopped for now though

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Teen Mom

I have been living with my grandmother and the tv in my room only has 14 channels. They are all news channels and then there is MTV, VH1 and BET. None of which are channels i normally choose to watch, but now i dont have much of a choice. One afternoon, MTV had a show called Teen Mom on. I started watching and got sucked in. Its about these four different girls who got pregnant when they were in high school and their stories of how they are dealing with it. One of the couples decided to give thier daughter up for adoption. It wsa really hard for them and they thought about her all the time. They were very excitied whenever they got pictures of her. It started me thinking.
As most of you know, i have a little brother, Paul, who was adopted from Souh Korea. I remember they day he arrived in our family. It was a very exciting day for all of us. he is turning 11 on thursday. I cant believe he is so big and old now. After watching teen mom, i have been thinking more about his adoption and his birth mom. He has been apart of our family for so long, i forget he is adopted sometimes. I realize now, after watching this show, how hard it must have been for his birth mom to give him up to a family on the otherside of the world knowing she will most likely never see him again.
I am so glad for her sacrifice. She knew she was too young to give him the life he deserved. Its hard for me to imagine how life would be if she had decided to keep him. I cat imagine a life without Paul as my brother. I love him very much and i am so glad that he is part of our family. He is a very lovable and spirited boy.