Here’s my guy and our girl right before the Father Daughter Dance last Friday. I am so incredibly grateful that he is such a great dad and she is such an awesome little girl. Look at the grins on their faces. They absolutely adore each other, although sometimes they act like kids the way they pick on each other. LOL
Sunday afternoon we had a birthday party to mark the momentous occasion of our girl turning 12 years old. She actually turned 12 on Friday, but the Dance was much more important than cake and ice cream! This is a chocolate bundt cake recipe that I found on All Recipes.com … Too Much Chocolate Cake
… don’t you think that’s a ridiculous name for a chocolate cake? Me, too. The glaze on the cake is super easy. Heat one can of sweetened condensed milk with 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips over low heat until the chips are melted and blended with the milk. (Do not let it bubble.) Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla. There you go! When it begins to cool, it sets up a bit, making it perfect for a glaze. It also works kind of like Magic Shell on ice cream, but tastes MUCH better. We kept the leftovers in the fridge and warmed them in the micro for ice cream topping over the next few days.
I found these super tall candles at Target and thought they were just too cute. So is the kid blowing them out.
My girl (with the bow on her head) and a few of her friends.
On Monday, my guy and I went to measure some windows in the training center of a chemical plant down our way. Afterwards we stopped at this little burger place on the beach. Actually, it’s more of a bar than a burger place, but we were hungry so we went for it. I have to say, for a place that has yet to print menus, the cheeseburger and fries I ordered were great. The $1.75 I ended up paying for a 12 oz. canned Diet Coke was a little bit annoying, though …
My guy … isn’t he handsome? (Male readers need not respond.)
After we finished eating, we drove down Beach Drive in Surfside and I took a few photos. This has been the site of some controversy the last few years in that Texas law requires public access to all beaches. As you can see from this photo, erosion (from the effects of the Houston Ship Channel and the rock groins, if I understand correctly) has taken a good bit of the beach with it over the years. A number of little beach shacks on the front row were tied up in legal battles because while they once were set back from the shoreline, they now actually stood on the public beaches. Several of them have been moved or torn down, but there are still a few like this one still standing. As you can see, these houses are not safe any longer since so much of the sand has washed away from under their foundations. While I am sympathetic to the individuals having to relocate, I can’t feel too sorry for them. These are things that you have to consider when choosing to live someplace like this.
I particularly like this shot … a storm was blowing in.
This old barn is on C.R. 457 between Bay City and Sargent. I was driving home from measuring some windows for a possible client and spotted this beauty on the side of the road. I am really trying to keep my camera with me at all times …