11 January, 2011


So yes as the post says, im ALMOST DONE with all of my training. When it is all said and done it will have been about 6 1/2 months of training all together! Geeze time has flown by and I am so glad it did because I am pretty sure id kill myself if I had to stay here one more minute than I am scheduled to. I cant wait to leave Sheppard and I feel for all the people that are stationed here and have to stay for a long time, my hats off to you, I couldn't do it. So yes I graduate tomorrow. My final graduation average is an 88, it's good but that was without hardly any studying. Looking back now I wish I would have studied and pushed myself to see what my full potential could have achieved but it's over now and their is no going back. I'm proud of myself and I know my baby is so im happy. I cant wait till tomorrow morning when I get to FINALLY suit up in my blues and graduate! My day has finally come. Thank you God.

So the next AND final step in this training is going to be at Little Rock, Arkansas. I have 2 weeks there and then I am totally done with training and I will be in the operational Air Force. I can't wait to get to Little Rock because a good friend of mine is actually there right now as well that I went through BMT with. So at least I will have somebody to hang out with. At Little Rock we do HOT training, Hand On Training. Basically we do the same thing we did here but with active C-130's.

So lets move to the future. It looks very very bright! I have about four months until I marry the greatest woman in this entire universe! Oh I can't wait to make Lauren Novatka Mrs. Lauren Volheim. That will truly be the greatest day of my life! Everything is setting up perfect for the wedding I hear, sorry I can't help to much right now Lauren but I swear I will when I get home! You are truly incredible and perfect, everything from your dorky sense of humor to your perfect bright smile, it's all I could have ever asked for and more. Thank you for sticking by my side through all of these hard times, I promise it will only get easier from here. Thank you.

I just wanted to give a quick thank you to the few friends that have also stuck through this with me, you guys are true friends for life. Thank you for all of your support and all that you have done, I greatly appreciate it. I will be home soon guys, soon.

To my mom, brother, and sister, thank you so much too. You 3 are a big part of the reason I have made it this far. Things have been very hard lately but I promise things will also get easier in this aspect of life as well, hang in there. I am very sorry I havent been able to be home and step up and be the family leader that I should have been but duty has called and I have had to answer that call. I promise though everything will get a lot easier, God is on our side. Be strong you 3, i'll be home soon.

Ok well im going to go set out my blues for tomorrow and get my room cleaned and start packing for Little Rock. Thank you once again to all of my friends and family. And a huge thank you to my wonderful fiance who I couldn't have done any of this without. You are my life, my world, and my better half. Thank you baby, stay strong, i'll be home soon.

-A1C Stephen "Goofy" Volheim

10 January, 2011

Holiday pictures!

Again, I always forget the post in reverse order! Oooops!--

My birthday!! 22 :( Downtown to check out the new bar, Play
Christmas morning! 12/25/2010 :) I made us take a bunch of pictures before opening presents hehe

Natty on Christmas morning, in his santa suit with his HUGE bone! (He's still working on that one, a new record for him!)

At Olive Garden the night he surprised me! 12/22/2010-- Merry Christmas to me!! :)
What a wonderful holiday season this year! Could NOT have been better!!!

Merry Christma.. Er, Happy New Year??

Oh my goodness, it has been awhile! Last semester ended beautifully and not a moment too soon! (A, 3 Bs, and a C!)- not perfect but i'll sure take it! Then it was time to get ready for Christmas! Thanks to my wonderful mommy we drug a live Christmas tree up the stairs to our third floor apartment. I did the balcony lights myself and i'm pretty sure you could see them from space! It was a wonderful year! I did miss decorating with Stephen because it's always more fun that way, but it was special to have him come home to a pretty house!

Speaking of him coming home.. December 22nd, Stephen came home for the first time since June 29th! Almost 6 whole months! :) He susprised me too, because he had me convinced he wasn't going to be home until the following day! His brother and sister were in on his little surprise and invited me to go to Olive Garden with them for dinner, while we were waiting for the bill he snuck behind me with flowers! Merry Christmas to me!!

It was a great 10 days having him home! We didn't do too much. I made a big lasagna dinner and had both our families over on the 23rd, that was a very nice time! Christmas eve we went to dinner with my family and to the midnight Christmas eve service and then enjoyed a very relaxing Christmas day.. well until I got the stomach flu! Not so much.. and unfortunatley I passed it on to Stephen the day after my birthday. So we ended up doing a lot of laying around and being lazy to recover! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed just laying around watching tv with him though! :)

New years eve was also pretty quiet for us. We watched our Noles win the Chik-fil-a bowl at my parents house then went to Mugs and met our good friends, Ryan & Whitney Seal for a midnight drink! :) (sadly, we were home and asleep by 12:30- we're growing up! lol) We got to visit The Seals' in Biloxi before Stephen left, too. We sure do love baby Annisten!!!

Having to say goodbye this time seemed extra hard. I cried more than normal. I had gotten so used to having our regular life together while he was home. I can smile now knowing we're pushing through and on the downhill slide, he'll be home the first week of February!! I have plenty to do to keep me busy in the mean time!

I'm back to school, for *GASP* my very last semester of undergrad EVER!! :) I will graduate April 30th with my PR degree! I LOVE my classes this semester, i'm more and more sure I picked the right major for me! Even more exciting is my internship I was so blessed to get! I'm the Public Relations Intern for the Fiesta of Five Flags office. I absolutely love it! I look forward to going! I love my job at the doctor's office too. Between school, internship, work at both Dr. Major's office and the Civic Center, my schedule stays busy. Thankfully I don't work nights anymore, so I get to enjoy dinner with my parents now or more time at the gym.(And for a few more weeks it's nice to have time to Skype with Stephen every night now too!) :) Wedding planning has picked up substantially too considering we're only about 4 months out, but thanks to my incredible Mom, we've gotten a lot done and I don't think we'll get too stressed! She is amazing at these things!!

I'm so blessed! I wake up smiling every single day. No, I'm not happy all day, everyday, but i'm definitley happy at some point every single day! I love my life and the people in it. I seriously could not ask for more. I truly am blessed for all the opportunities and all the love and support from Stephen, my parents, Lindsay and the whole family, and all my great friends! Happy 2011, it's going to be quite a year!! :D Hope everyone has a wonderful one!