January, January

January started off nicely enough, with all of us still taking a few days of vacation before hitting the crazy streets again on the 5th.  Well, if not on vacation exactly, working remotely. 

Very remotely.

Apparently delaying our return to the city was good for us. Bad for the fish of Possom Kingdom Lake, however.

Apparently delaying our return to the city was good for us. Bad for the fish of Possom Kingdom Lake, however.

Room on the sofas is at a premium.

Room on the sofas is at a premium.

Trust a 14-year old girl to understand the importance of holding a pose until the shutter clicks.

Trust a 14-year old girl to understand the importance of holding a pose until the shutter clicks.

When in the suburbs, do as the suburbanites do.  The kids love this place.

When in the suburbs, do as the suburbanites do.  The kids love this place.

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Basketball (soccer, baseball, et. al.) season is upon us. 

Basketball (soccer, baseball, et. al.) season is upon us. 

With one day to spare, we caught the Impressionist Masters: Portraits exhibit at the Kimball before it was all shipped to it's next location. 

With one day to spare, we caught the Impressionist Masters: Portraits exhibit at the Kimball before it was all shipped to it's next location. 

Our reward for good behavior at the museum was lunch down in Fort Worth. 

Our reward for good behavior at the museum was lunch down in Fort Worth. 

When you can't decide which Halloween costume to reprise on a Sunday morning.

When you can't decide which Halloween costume to reprise on a Sunday morning.

What I failed to capture here is that the cake had big candles in declaring "53" on Amy's cake. It was pretty funny.

What I failed to capture here is that the cake had big candles in declaring "53" on Amy's cake. It was pretty funny.

This bear came out of a claw machine in the downtown Decatur Taco Mac and is his most prized possession.  It's the only thing allowed in his bed at night and I live in daily fear of what happens when it disintegrates for good or gets misplaced.

This bear came out of a claw machine in the downtown Decatur Taco Mac and is his most prized possession.  It's the only thing allowed in his bed at night and I live in daily fear of what happens when it disintegrates for good or gets misplaced.

Something tells me this guy's had practice posing.

Something tells me this guy's had practice posing.

Thank goodness for plate glass.  That is a big ass crocodile. 

Thank goodness for plate glass.  That is a big ass crocodile. 

Some things never get old.

Some things never get old.

I had a brilliant idea to let the kids play with some leftover modeling clay I bought.  Then, naturally, they needed to paint their creations.  When you give a mouse a cookie...

I had a brilliant idea to let the kids play with some leftover modeling clay I bought.  Then, naturally, they needed to paint their creations. 

When you give a mouse a cookie...

We finished out a fun month with another birthday...cake!!

We finished out a fun month with another birthday...cake!!