Vacation with Grandparents

Flying into Kotzebue
A few weeks ago, during the height of the arctic summer, my parents flew all the way up from Alabama to Kotzebue, Alaska so they could spend their summer vacation with us. Anneliese was excited to spend time with her grandparents, and they were even more excited to see their grand-baby after being apart for several months. (We went down to Alabama for Thanksgiving last year.)
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Photo Tour of Kotzebue- Visiting Town (Part 2)

arctic tundra toddlerI finally got around to posting the second part of the tour around my small town. (Here is Part 1 if you missed it.) If you ever get a chance to visit this wonderful little community way out here in the arctic tundra, then you will probable stay at the Nullagvik Hotel or Bayside Inn.

The Nullagvik Hotel is the closest we have to fine dining and upscale-ish lodging in town. The restaurant has a beautiful view of Kotzebue Sound and the food is delicious.

Nullagvik Hotel Kotzebue
Nullagvik Hotel- the fanciest place in town.

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Photo Tour of Kotzebue – Moving to Town (Part 1)

arctic tundra cliff
Cliff overlooking Kotzebue Sound in the winter- it was a beautiful view.

Although we live in a small town with no roads going out, we still have government offices, businesses, schools, and churches. Everything is a little different up here, so I thought it would be fun to give everyone a tour of the town.

Alaska Commercial Center
This is the first place I went to when we first arrived in Kotzebue. The AC (Alaska Commercial Center) is the Alaskan bush version of a Wal-Mart store.

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Playing in a Winter Wonderland the Inupiat Way

beautiful arctic sky

toddler snow angelNow that the temperature has warmed up slightly, we are able to enjoy the snowy outdoors. Anneliese has always been an outdoorsy girl and, although it took some adjustment, she loves playing outside even in the arctic winter. Whenever we go out, she runs and plops down in the snow making snow angels.She also has had tons of fun sledding with mommy and daddy.
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Cabin Fever (and Our Toddler Playing on the Ice)

Winter time means cold weather and with that brings cabin fever. So far, we have been blessed with a very mild winter up here in the Alaskan arctic. One day we even had the temperature go above freezing! Whenever I chat with one of the local Inupiat natives, they say the weather feels like springtime.

Kotzebue Alaska apartment
Our apartment is on the right side, top two stories in this photo.

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