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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Toddlerhood: Surviving with a 2 Year Old

cute toddlerLife with a toddler is so crazy. I am amazed by all that she is learning and stressed by her temperamental outbursts. It is both scary and sweet when she starts copying everything that I do. Life is getting more complicated as we decide about preschool and playdates, while trying to break our own bad habits so she doesn’t pick them up. At the same time, we have to take her toddler tantrums and extreme energy one day at a time. It is exhausting but this time is precious.
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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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Celebrating Christmas in the Arctic

Family Crhistmas
Family members all gathered at my parents’ house to have a Christmas celebration with us before we left Alabama to come back to Kotzebue.

This was the first year I have ever been away from my family during Christmas. We went down south for Thanksgiving and spent two weeks visiting everybody, because that was the only time we could arrange to be with some of our extended family. So, we decided our Christmas would be here in the arctic.
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Fall Berry Picking

wild arctic blueberriesHere in Alaska, early fall is berry-picking time! We missed the season for cloud/salmon berries, which was at the end of summer. But we made up for it with tons of wild arctic blueberries. The road out to the tundra where we pick berries has some of the most beautiful views too.
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