Thursday, May 28, 2009

Grateful

Today I thought of something, the Christmas before my dad's original accident my family was all there together at home. My brother mentioned that my mom forced us all to be home, but it doesn't matter, she felt that it was important for us all to be together that particular Christmas, the Christmas before my dad changed and was no longer himself. Then this past Christmas again my family was all together again, the last Christmas that we could be all together before my dad passed away. I am grateful that someone in our family saw the need of my family being all together for these particular Christmas's, that we could these two significant opportunities to be together.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daddy


This was taken with the Chuy family right before they left, my mom said that my dad shut down very quickly after they left...she has been told that people are dying store energy for something that they feel is important and lose energy very quickly after that.

This weekend I will be going home to Oregon, I am going home to see my dad most likely the last time before be passes away. This past weekend he has stopped eating and drinking (if you have known my dad at all you know that, that means something), they say once someone stops eating they can live somewhere between 3 to 4 more weeks, though my Grandpa Williams lived only 13 more days. He has also stopped talking and acknowledging people, my mom said that he will mouth words once in awhile and if he hears a voice of someone that he knows talking to him he will stop being agitated and listen as they talk, we have been told that when someone is dying their hearing is the last sense that they lose. Yesterday my mom put the phone to my dad’s ear and he listened while she talked to him, at the end she said I Love You to him and he mouthed back I Love You too.
I am not looking forward to going home and seeing my dad at a stage in his life where he is not really there, this is the first experience of death that I have really had in my life and it is not something that I have wanted to have, but I think that it is something that is needed, both for me and for my dad. My feels that my dad needs to hear from me that it is ok that he passes away, when she told me that I realized that though I have been saying for awhile that I think that it would be better for him to pass away, to be free of the pain that he is in now and return to our Heavenly Father and to see his parents and brother again, I am not ready for him to go. On one hand I do know that it would be better for him, he does not really have any more life left for him, but he is my dad and I love him and I am not sure if I am ready to let him go.
My dad has always been one of my best friends, he used to sacrifice so much for me and my friends, I remember many times he would drive us to the movie theater in Lincoln City (an hour away) and sit in the parking lot reading a book while we went to the movie and then drive us home or during the summer before any of us could drive he would take us to the lake so that we could go swimming, again reading a book for hours at a time just so we could have fun. My dad was like my personal taxi, and he never complained. It was because of my dad that I originally wanted to be a teacher, he worked in a smaller town, where many of his students came from homes that were not always the best situations, he would often take the students that other teachers did not want, he loved them and would work so hard for them to bring them opportunities that they might not have gotten afterwards. All my life I have had people ask me if I was Mr. Mathews daughter and then they would tell me how they loved having him and all the cool things that they got to do in their class. I watched my dad lift these kids and because of him I wanted to do the same thing, I loved the time that my dad and I spent together, he would come home every night when piles of papers to grade and he would trust me and let me help him. My dad has taught me many lessons in my life, I think that sometimes I was a little slow to learn them but he was always there ready to teach and guide me over and over. One lesson that I will always remember is to serve others, not only would my dad make sacrifices for me but he would make them for everyone, if he saw a need he was there very quickly to help, many of my Saturday’s were spent helping one family move in or out of the ward, helping clean or weed gardens.
Another lesson that I have learned from my dad is love, despite that he stopped talking several days ago, he still continues to mouth to my mom that he loves her. Last week my sister and brother-in-law were visiting in Oregon, my brother-in-law Erick asked my dad if he were moving and could only take one thing what would it be, without hesitation he said “my wife,” my dad loves deeply and always. My parents have been married for over 35 years and will have eternity together, I know that from Heaven my dad will continue to love and watch over my mom and the rest of our family. I remember from growing up my dad would always do random little acts for my mom, every once in awhile he would come home for flowers for my mom, just because it was Tuesday, or because he was at the store and they reminded him of my mom.
My dad has not always shared his testimony of the gospel out loud but rather he would show it by his actions, I have always known that the gospel was important to my dad and that he believed it. Several years ago when my dad had his original accident he was trying to finish the Book of Mormon by the end of the year, he was so close, so my mom finished reading it to him while he was in a coma. Even as everything else in his brain was not as it should be he still wished to read the scriptures with my mom and say prayer with her.
I have heard many times that when girls are looking for their future spouses they often look for features that their dad’s have, as I look at my dad and his life and the many things that he has taught me, I would not mind having a man like him.
I love you Daddy and have been blessed to have you as my friend and father and to be with you in this lifetime, I know that it will be hard when you return to Heavenly Father, but I know that it is right. I look forward to spending eternity with you.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Disney Similarities

My roommate Andrea showed this to me last night, someone went through and found the different similarities between different Disney movies, it's quite interesting to see how many there are..something I found interesting though is how many of them are dancing scenes, I wonder if that means something?


There is sunshine..OUCH!

So what have I been up to? Well on Monday the Colony pool opened, my roommates and I were super excited, it was a beautiful sunshiny day so we all threw our swimsuits on and headed down to the pool. We sat out for awhile and then swam some, they left but I had talked to Leah and she was coming over, so I swam some more..she came over and got in the pool and we swam for awhile, then sat out for awhile, and then swim some more. All in all I was out there for 3 hours!...I didn't put any sunscreen on :( Monday evening I started to feel a little uncomfortable but didn't realize how bad it really was, now I look like this (but like 2-3x worse):

Because it is right on my shoulders and the upper part of my back I cannot put on certain important articles of clothing, so I have not gone out into public since Monday nor to work...I AM GOING INSANE! That is what I have been up to :D

Note to self: Do not forget sunscreen in future!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wax On, Wax Off

So Saturday afternoon I had the urge to make curry, but since I am still working on the making smaller quantities thing I had to invite a lot of people over. Before they left for a concert in Salt Lake my roommies had some dinner and then when they were done with school Leah and Brea came over for some food (Brea stopped and picked up Darrell on her way over). After we were done eating, the four of us were just sitting around talking when Brea decided that she wanted to wax Darrell's unibrow, and for some crazy reason Darrell agreed to let Leah do it. So we had a mini waxing party.

Leah-the waxer

Me- the innocent bystander (this would have been a pretty cute picture if not for the sunlight streaming through the blinds)

Brea and Darrell-the engaged couple. I think that this is a super cute picture, it would have been 100x better if they didn't both have wax between their eyes.

Leah putting the wax on Brea..this picture just looks really awkward to me, I am not sure why.

Leah's Birthday Celebration

Leah's 21st Birthday (ahhh) was on the 13th of May, she was going to be out of town so we decided to have the celebration a little early. Leah decided that she wanted Red Robin for dinner, so when she was done with school we picked up Amanda (Leah's old roommate and friend) and headed over there, Brea met us there. We had some super delicious/yummy food and then Leah, Amanda, and I headed back to my place where Leah started her laundry (I wish that I had taken a picture of it, she brought a basket and 4 garbage sacks full of dirty clothes to wash). Krystle also stopped by for awhile and had some cupcakes with us (which I found out later that Leah had stollen? one while I was taking a nap) before leaving to go Salsa dancing with some friends.

Krystle with her super cute hair and Leah, the artist/birthday girl!

So I was a little jealous of Krystle going Salsa dancing later (she had asked if we wanted to go but Leah said no..she had too much laundry to do :D) so I did my own version of salsa dancing!
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Krystle with her finished hair! (She was going Salsa dancing later)

"Oh NO" Brea's finger is poking Leah in the eye! (and this is how you know that we are too good of friends :D)

Another "Leah" face

Brea's yummy drink...raspberry lemonade I think?

We try to get pictures from all angles, but some don't come out so good :D

Leah and Amanda, you know that when Leah takes the camera you are bound to get some funny pictures.

Leah, the BIRTHDAY GIRL!

Brea and I were on the other side of the table.

We told our waitor that it was Leah's birthday and asked if they did anything special, he told us that he might be able to arrange something and brought her out this amazing chocolate ice cream cake, there was so much...we all had some and we still didn't finish it all.

Leah and Amanda again, I say that this picture is a lot better (that would be because I took it, of course :D)

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

After not having internet for 7 stinkin' days! we finally do again and I can get started on catching up on my life, sadly this was one part that I missed the most while not having internet, not being able to blog. Don't worry though, in the next few days I will have much to blog about.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Gel Toes

Sarah and I decided that we wanted to go to Dallas Roberts and get something done, originally we had planned on getting scalp treatments (which if you have never done..DEFINITELY SHOULD!), but Sarah had her extensions in so she didn't really want to have anything done with her hair, but when I told her that they do glitter/gel toes she got really excited and decided that, that was what we were going to do. She got gold glitter and I got a strawberry-red glitter, super cute..and of course it was made so much more fun because Leah and Brea did them for us!

*Note...these are going to be backwards because I am too lazy to move them all around :D*
The end result of our beautiful toes!
white flip flop: Brea,
grey flip flop: Sarah,
white shoe: Leah (Brea did Leah's toes)
black flip flop: ME!


Leah stole me camera and decided to take my picture.

Leah gets a little silly sometimes (like this picture), she decided to model the glitter that we used and then my completed toe.

I was looking at something and Leah was like "Beth I'm modeling for you!"

After she noticed that I was taking her picture she had to do a nice one where she was just smiling.

When she first noticed that I was taking pictures.


Pretty Sarah


My toes are being embossed, haha!

Jessica hung out with us while she was waiting for a friend to come.


Brea and Sarah

I am not sure if Brea was being funny or she wasn't happy with me taking the picture, who knows.

Libbey and Erick's 30th Bash

Jacob loves the happy birthday song, he was singing it all weekend long. Sunday night Libbey had lit all of these candles and Jacob wanted to blow them out, we sang happy birthday and then he blew them out. :D

Sunday afternoon Libbey, Jacob and I were outside when we looked up and saw two beautiful rainbows, I tried to take some good pictures of them. One of them was really cool because it went red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, green, blue, purple- it was almost like there were two rainbows over laying each other.

The birthday cake (carrot from Costco, what else would you expect with the Chuy familia?)

A cute picture of Libbey (where she knew I was taking the picture :D)

Kyle.."I will stare into your eyes.."


I believe current Bishop and his wife with the last Bishop of Libbey and Erick's ward.


Katrina found a bone in her meat and needed a little help from Aunt Sallee.

Ben digging in on the yummy food (it was so delicious, I can't wait till they make more!)


The "Mathews" table.






Libbey was awesome and made Italian sodas for everyone the whole time...strawberry was my favorite!



We were all excited because Becky was in town and she stopped by, so we got to see her and we all got to finally meet Aubrey!

There were many people there with kids and several of them noticed that their children were disappearing, with a little investigation we found them all in Jacob's room with Sonia.

This past month both Libbey and Erick turned 30! and so they decided to have a huge bash, it was so much fun with tons of yummy of food. Before the party began we were worried about rain but by the time the party started it was clear skies and it was gorgeous, so many people came to celebrate. Sadly I didn't get any pictures of the dancing after the dinner, my camera died :(