It was an exciting morning today as I crawled out of bed around 0700. I had my window cover open slightly and I could see the light from the blue sky pouring onto my bed spread. I smiled to myself knowing what this was to mean. The brightest time of the day here is just before noon so if this was anything to get excited about, I couldn't wait until lunch time!

I ran for an hour or so this morning and then went and had lunch. I gathered my winter gear and, armed with my camera, I headed outside. The sight was so beautiful it made me feel like I was thrust into a post card. Shades of pink and peach dancing along the outline of the mountains smoothly fading into the lightest of blues.

Over the past 3 months I have really learned to appreciate the small beauties in this frozen land and my goodness, it was so stunning today it almost brought tears to my eyes. I was truly wishing I could share this moment with those who mean the most to me this morning, the pictures - although lovely- are an understatement. The world sparkled and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. The sun will rise in just over a weeks time and is about 4 degrees below the horizon right now, fyi.

I had a relaxing weekend and really took the time to reflect on all the things I am thankful for. However, with the coming of the sun, it brings many count downs for me. Eight days until I see a quarter of the suns disk, nine days until the official sunrise (which is 1/2 of the suns disk), twenty odd days until my replacement gets here and just over a month until my break from the Arctic begins. I'm feeling excited, hopeful and very blessed to have been able to enjoy the feeling of the light today shine upon my icy skin and know that the sun hasn't forgotten about me.

Happy weekend xo

*note I didn't take these photos of the arctic hare, I just thought I would include them as they were taken on this very day, one year ago!