arctic life: january

Winter wonderland takes on a whole new meaning come January in Alaska. It’s been a fairly warm winter and pretty snowless. It’s currently a land of ice. Everything sparkles and glistens, so even though it’s 4 degrees outside, it’s beautiful and a sight to see.

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During the course of the last few months, we’ve only gotten 1 or 2 big snowfalls. Then it got warm. Like really warm. 45 degrees for days in a row, which is basically a tropical heat wave for Alaska. So most of it melted, and then it rained, and froze. Ew. It’s now a crunch fest.

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The next picture makes me so happy though. Frozen still green grass. It makes me think of summer and the smell of fresh cut lawn and I imagine my littles playing outside while Andy barbecues and I drink a margarita. Oh heaven…

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There are some parts of the state that literally get no sun for a month. Like at all. Um, no thank you! While we don’t experience that, we have a period of time on which the sun never really rises. I’m sure there is an actual term for it which I could google, but I’m lazy. So this is what it looked like at 11, about an hour after sunrise.

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Aaand about an hour and a half later. The sun is still in the tree line, where it will stay until sunset, around 4.

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So what do you do when you can’t be out building snowmen because “UGH! It’s to CRUNCHY!” ??

You play with tiny ponies and dinosaurs.

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We try really hard to reach that blue elephant.

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Plus wait patiently for our homemade english muffins to finish baking.

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Our days will continue to be filled with toys, baking and staying warm inside until spring makes it’s long awaited appearance. And I don’t have a whole of complaints about that.

One thought on “arctic life: january

  1. I love English muffins! Yes, I am aware that your post was not about English muffins, but I can’t help that they stood out. I once again forgot my lunch at home, so as I am reading your blogs and responding to them, I see all these food pictures and I seriously can’t wait to get home and make dinner. I love to cook and try new things, so I may have to add homemade English muffins to my breakfast for dinner menu this week! Tonight is apple chicken sausage vegetable pasta drizzled with Chili spiced olive oil and I only have to wait 4 hours. 🙂

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