day 30- your favorite song

100 years- Five For Fighting

I don't know why but this has been my favorite song since forever. I heard it on a mastercard commercial way back when and fell in love! 

Let me know what YOU think.

Days 27-29

day 27- why are you doing this 30 day challenge
To prove to myself I CAN finish something. Even if it takes me 31 days....(or 35)
day 28- a picture of you from last year and now, how have you changed since then?
October 2009
This was actually taken at the car show in October of 2009
July 2010
Taken at SeaWorld this past summer
Last year around this time I was thinking I had less than two months left with my husband before he deployed to Afghanistan. I tried to prepare myself for the emotions that were to come, but nothing can prepare you for the time your husband walks down the turnpike towards the plane and you hold onto another military wife balling your eyes out as everyone looks on. To say I was prepared would be to lie, I wasn't prepared and I can't prepare. I know how to deal with those emotions better now. 
His deployment has shown me the strength that I have in myself. How I was able to live my life and keep trudging forward. It wasn't easy and at times, near impossible, but I did it.
I'm sorry but to those that say they can't ever be without their spouses and 'I don't know how you do it,'
you just DO! If you truly love that person the same you did when you said, 'I do' or 'I love you' than there is nothing stopping you from getting through a deployment. It's hard and it hurts, but ANYONE can do it. I promise.
day 29- in this past month, what have you learned
I've learned I am HORRIBLE about deadlines. I can't even do this everyday! BUT I am determined to finish it. Nobody ever said I wasn't a determined person. :)



day 26- what do you think about your friends
Well this is not an easy question. All of my friends are so different and unique, 
it's hard to explain what I think about them exactly. 
How about this, I could live without my friends. 
It's true, my real friendship lies within my family. 
But it's not family we are talking about now, is it? 
I love all of my friends dearly, they are all completely different people (duh). 
Each of them brings out a different side of me. 
For instance, Sarah brings out the goofy. 
Alyssa brings out the caring. 
Amelia brings out the fun. 
Sharla and Candace bring out the honest. 

My husband and family bring out all of me. 
They know me for who I am.
I have plenty of other friends, but it would be a longer list to mention them all. 



day 25- what I would find in your bag
Oh my messy gigantor of a purse. 
Well, we will find plenty, I'm sure. 

-My wallet
-Chapstick (4 tubes) -obsessed-
-Cuticle Cream
-Tampons (duh)
-Address book
-Current Grocery list
-Pretty sure I've lost my mind somewhere in there too-

Needless to say...I should probably clean it out...sometime.  

A little behind...

day 22- what makes you different from everyone else
I think God has made everyone different. Even twins. He has intertwined our most inner beings to be who we are. Therefore, I am not you, you are not me, I am who Christ has made me to be. And that's who I will ever be. :) 

day 23- something you crave for a lot
CHOCOLATE. I crave chocolate....A LOT.
day 24- a letter to your parents
Mom and Dad,
Thank you for making me to be the person I am today. Thank you for letting me 
making my own mistakes and pulling me out of the hole when I needed it. 
You both pushed me in the right direction and let me go. We may not always have agreed
but God had a plan for you and for me. We're apart now, but I'm still learning from you both.
Your direction has taught me to be the best person I am. Your faith in Christ has shown me 
to put my faith in Him too. 
I love you both very much,


Day 21: a picture of something that makes you happy. Latte art, babies, my husband and puppy dog and fast cars!



day 20- someone you see yourself marrying or being with in the future
This one is SUPER easy. :) 
My SUPER hot husband Josh!



day 19- nicknames you have and why you have them
Banana-Obvious. My name is Ana. 
Mom-In between my 'son' Jason and myself. :)
STICKY-My best friends and I are known as Icky, Sticky and Roy. 
Babe-I'm married. Term of endearment.

Thaaatttt's about it. 



day 18- plans/dreams/goals you have

1. Travel all SEVEN continents. 
1. Learn another language fluently.
1. Be the best wife I can be.
1. Trust myself to do something crazy (aka. skydive)
1. Live everyday like it's my last. 
1. Always wake up with a smile. 
1. Be in love with Christ and show it daily. 

I could probably add a few more, but I think these are my top. 


Day 17

day 17- someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why

That is a very good question. I might have to ponder this one for a while. 
Uhhhh....??? -scratches head-

Hilary Swank.

Personally, she is my favorite actor out there currently. 
I absolutely love her. Now I'm not enthralled with 'hollywood' 
or anything, but I think it would be interesting to live her life for a day. 
See what it's like to have casting calls, be wanted for a movie...oh and be able 
to afford Dior! I'm not completely materialistic, but I am curious. PLUS! 
then I'd know and probably never want to do it again. I know, I should
have said something like Christ or someone saintly, buuut I am 
human. Therefore, I would switch lives with Ms. Swank 
for a day. End of story. :) 


Day 16

day 16- another picture of yourself

I like penguins....a lot. SeaWorld Summer 2010


Day 14/15

I failed again! Sorry...for the millionth time. I'm STILL sick. Hopefully starting to kicking this thing to the curb now though. 
Went to the E.R. on monday night and found out I have a sinus/ear infection..
See! My excuses were legit! 
Anyways...ON with the show! 

day 14- a picture of you and your family
Sorry for the bad quality and squinty eyes! iPhone photo.
day 15- put you ipod on shuffle: first 10 songs that play

1. The Killers-All these things I've done
2. Trans-Siberian Orchestra-Embers

3. Colbie Caillat-Capri
4. Jack Johnson-Banana Pancakes

5. Nickelback-Side of a bullet
6. The Beatles-She Loves You

7. Coldplay-A whisper
8. Cascada-Everytime we touch

9. Coldplay- X & Y
10. Dave Matthews Band-Spoon


Day 13

day 13- a letter to someone who has hurt you recently
This is a toughie! I don't really have anyone who has hurt me recently. 

Dear Rude Starbucks Customers,
It is safe to safe to say you haven't deeply hurt me, but you have been rude to either 
myself or my coworkers. I feel as if this issue should be addressed. 
First off, we wake up at 3am for YOU. For you to throw your money down 
on the counter and look at your watches for the 8th time while we turn around
and grab your grande cup of drip coffee, which only takes a few seconds anyway
and then have you scoff for taking 'so long,' is in fact, rude. 
I feel as if your mother should have raised you better and if she did, shame on you. 
Now, for those customers that can't seem to keep their scones in their orifice while 
they are eating in our lobby at the table, clean up after yourself! We aren't your maidservants, 
there to run after every drop or morsel fails to reach your mouth. As for those which leave 
napkins, cups, plates and bags on the table...didn't your mother teach you how to throw away your
As I have stated, we deserve to be treated with the same courtesy as we treat 
you with at five in the morning. I'm sure if you think for a bit, you'll realize it's not 
THAT hard. 


Day 11/12

I'm sorry for not posting yesterday. Second time I've failed at this 30 day challenge. 
This time I have a good excuse, got home from my eight hour shift at work and slept. 
I didn't wake up until 4pm and then I was in bed for the rest of the time.
I fell asleep again at 5:30pm and didn't wake up until 6:30pm. Hubby got home around 7:30pm. 
Shower and went to bed and fell asleep around 9pm. 
Yeahhhhh......Needless to say my body needed the rest desperately. I even fell 
asleep at work on my 30min break! I hate the flu. Ugh. 
BUT! I am feeling MUCH better now. :)

So onto day 11/12...
day 11- another picture of you and your friends
I know it said 'picture' singular. BUT, I couldn't pick which one. So.....enjoy.
Sarah and myself helping keep our beautiful earth pretty!

Picture taken in 2007. I love Amelia so much.

Yes these are my siblings. But they are also some of my best friends.

I LOVE this girl! She is definitely a VERY good/best friend. Love you Alyssa.

day 12- how you found out about blogger and why you have one
I've known about blogger for a while, but I didn't start having an interesting in 
starting one until I started reading Cecelia's blog, 'sincerely, cecelia'. She is the 
sister of one of my husbands best friends. Needless to say, I LOVE her design style. 
I fell in LOVE. 
I started my blog to keep me preoccupied with things while Josh was deployed
in Afghanistan. Nothing is more frustrating than twiddling your thumbs
for seven months. Soooo this was my 'escape' so to speak. I wrote about 
EVERYTHING. My feelings, our relationship, how proud I am of him....
literally everything. It's been really good to me. :-)


Day 10

This will probably be a pretty basic post as I am sick with the flu 
currently...bleh. I am the most miserable/worst sick-y EVER. 
To set the records straight....

day 10- songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad

Happy: 'Pocketful of Sunshine'-Natasha Bedingfield

Sad: 'Piano Man'-Billy Joel (Always puts me in a good mood)

Bored: 'Respect'-Aretha Franklin

Hyped: 'Take me as I am'-Wycleaf Jean

Mad: 'Numb/Encore'-Linkin Park/Jay-Z (I have a bad addiction to hard rock)


Day 9

day 9- something you're proud of in the past few days
Hmmm that's a toughie! 
I would have to say I'm proud of sticking to my rules for designing that
spare room into an office. It is not easy! Let me tell you, I've seen some 
pretty impressive pieces of furniture lately in stores I was DEFINITELY
tempted to buy, but I refrained. 
I am striving to be more creative and that's what I'm going to do! 
I will. I Will. I WILL. 



What do you aspire to be?  
I don't know why but this question popped in my head. 
I don't think I'll be able to fully answer the question until I figure that out for myself, but 
I do know what my aspirations for the future for myself are.

Firstly, I want to be a lover. I would love to not judge and just love on humanity,
people, animals. Nobody or anything deserves anything less. Plus it's been proven,
the more loved the child the better adult of a functioning society they are. 

Secondly, I would like to not second guess God. I know it's bad, forgive me 
I'm not perfect. But do you ever wonder why? Why anything. 
Why can people be so cruel when all your doing is serving them. 
Why do children get hurt from bad people? 
I know I should never second guess Christ, but it still makes me wonder. 
If there is anything in this world that upsets me the most is children 
being abused, hurt, even lied to by adults. There is NO excuse.

Lastly, I aspire to be gentle. 
I know it sounds odd, but it's the best way I can word it. 
I want to calm down on the sarcasm I tend to give out and be gentle on people.
I guess it kind of goes hand in hand with being a lover, but it's different. 
I want to care on people like Mother Theresa did. She was selfless. Never choosing
anything for herself. She was amazing. 

Luke 1:37
'For with God, NOTHING is impossible'
One of our engagement phtos.
Taken almost two years ago now. :)

day 8

day 8- short term goals for this month and why
That's pretty simple! 

Find a desk for the office.
Refinish the little table I found.
 Make it a working/usable space for myself.  


Day 7

day 7: picture of someone/thing that has had a big impact on your life. 
When I saw this question a few people/events popped in my head, but after little thought, who better than the man who Afghanistan for me?
My husband is extremely hardworking, willing to do anything and the most loving, caring
and generous person I know. I love him incredibly. 


Office Make-over

So here is the bedroom I am going to redo based off of craigslist and thrift stores. My rules are all furniture and most decorations have to be from either of those (garage sales count too). I say most because I have yet to find a good set of curtains for how tall the window is from a thrift store,
so I am hitting up places like Ross, TJ MAXX and Marshalls for that stuff. :)
Entering bedroom.

Right side.
First find! $5.00 at the thrift store!!
Apparently it had a giraffe theme at some point. I feel like $5.00 for a table that was $485 at one point is a VERY good find!

Day 5/6

I'm sorry for neglecting day 5! To say the least we returned from camping and I was exhausted, took a nice long nap....and then we went to see the Blue Man Group at the Venetian hotel.  I know, there really is no excuse...but that's what I'm using right now.
day 5- a picture of somewhere you've been to
Photo from our honeymoon in Cancun last year
(I would upload a camping picture, but I don't have those on my computer yet.)
day 6- favorite super hero and why
 because he can fly and he rescues all those damsels in distress! 
Wish I could fly! Traveling would be SO much cheaper!


Off camping today! See you tomorrow. We are taking the mutt and ourselves to camp under the stars. :-)

Day 4

day 4- a habit that you wish you didn’t have
 Hmmm.....That's a good question. I think the best way to answer it would be 
I have MANY habits I wish I didn't have.
One being biting my nails. I am a HORRIBLE nail biter. 
I'm trying to be better about it, it's been two months since I stopped. 
But it's hard, every time I watch a nervous scene during a movie 
or honestly get deep in thought...my finger goes in my mouth and 
I start biting. 

Secondly, definitely get rid of my OCD. 
If I get on a cleaning rampage it has to be perfect. 
According to my standards. It's a problem.
Same with folding towels and clothing. 
Don't worry, I don't freak out if somebody messes something up...
I just clean it up AFTER they leave. ...Ahem.



day 3- a picture of you and your friends

This was taken last year at my wedding. Last time all of us were together.