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 …

7 thoughts on “Shutterbug Gone Wild

  1. Happy Belated Birthday to your sweet daughter!That cake looks awesome….think I might try it…we used those candles too..I thought they were fun!Love your pictures! You and i_was_there_and_back_again  inspire me so much with your beautiful pictures!  You have a great weekend!

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  2. Great post Laura, I really enjoyed it all.  Cute photos of daughter and hubby, yes he is handsome!  Our kiddo is 7 next week and has asked for chocolate cake. Hmmmmm I’m thinking I might have to give that recipe a try!  I loved the beach photos and I am such a sucker for barns. I blame that on my time spent in New Hampshire!
    Have a great weekend

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  3. @MTnesting – Thanks so much!  I picked up a new book on my  camera and am hoping that my pictures do nothing but improve!  You’ll be seeing some here and there.  And if you’d like to see my albums on Flickr, let me know and I’ll send you an invite (I have them restricted to Friends and Family only, because of the flakes in the world …)

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  4. @Gill_L – Thanks, Gill!  The cake is super easy and very delicious.  I don’t think you can go wrong!  This coming Sunday, our photography class is going on a photo shoot on Galveston Island, so I’m sure there will be more beach pictures coming.  

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  5. Yes, he is very handsome. I like the beard, but then I’m partial to them!
    I love the pictures. The barn shot looks like some my family owns. And the storm shot….awesome! I love storms. About the beachhouses….have you seen the humongous things on Galveston Island lately? I haven’t been down there in more than a year, but there were some private homes almost as big as hotels, and right on the beach.
    And for that chocolate icing (there’s no such thing as too much chocolate!) it does well melting it in the microwave and it’s faster. I make one recipe of fudge that way.

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