currently: april in alaska

april in alaska

Helllllooooooo, my friends! (Cue Mrs. Doubtfire voice). Guys. It’s been a minute. I say this every single time, I know, but life has been a bit chaotic over here in the heart of interior Alaska lately. Ryan left this weekend for another five weeks, so I’m solo-momming whilst my kids continue to ping-pong the same cold back and forth between each other over and over again. We’re here though. We’re trucking along. We’re gaining daylight, and we’re staying (somewhat) sane. It’s time for Currently: April in Alaska, in which we’re sharing five things we’re currently doing.

Currently: April in Alaska

Loving // I am absolutely loving these warmer days! My definition of “warm” is greatly skewed since moving here to Alaska, but when it’s over 35F these days, we’re outside with bells on. Not literally, of course, but we’re spending every second we can soaking up the near-warmth that we’re experiencing as our third maybe-spring hits in earnest.

Looking Forward to // The boys have their spring jiujitsu tournament in Anchorage next weekend, and I’m excited to see their progress on the mat. You might remember they competed for this first time at the no-gi grappling competition in Anchorage last October, but this next competition is in gi, there’s a proper competition team, and they’ve been putting in the work. I’m less stoked to do the 8-hour drive solo with the kids, but what do you do?

april in alaska

april in alaska

Buying // We’re not buying a ton lately, but what we are buying is to equip us for a summer of adventures. We’re gaining six minutes of daylight every day now, and in three Fridays, the sun will set after 10 PM, and it won’t set before 10 PM again until September. It’s such a weird and extreme shift from darkness to full daylight, but everything we’re buying (like black trash bags to cover the windows) is to prepare us for that!

Prepping // Spencer and Mieke had their passport appointments the last week of March, so we’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of those! I always forget that the kids’ passports are only valid for five years, and it sort of crept up on us this time. We got the kids SOFA passports in 2021, so that was at the forefront of my brain. Their last personal passports, however, were in 2019, so it was time. Could we be prepping for a trip soon?! We’ll see…

april in alaska

april in alaska

april in alaska

Cleaning // There’s a lot of spring cleaning going on over here now. Houses in Alaska are so extremely well-insulated that when spring rolls around and you finally crack the windows, all the dust that’s accumulated throughout the winter appears in full force. There’s something refreshing about cleaning it all though and, in the process, we’re cleaning out old kids’ gear, bikes, strollers, etc., that we have zero desire to PCS with again. It feels good!

It’s been a long, long, long, long, longgggg winter, and we are so ready for warmer days and summer nights ahead – and all the adventures we’ve yet to have whilst here in the interior. So, cheers to April in Alaska and setting the pace for a beautiful spring and summer ahead!

Tell me – what are you loving, looking forward to, buying, prepping, and cleaning this month?

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