{The Daily Dime // August edition}

It's been a long while since I have joined in for The Daily Dime!! But, I thought it would be fun to recap a normal summer day before school starts back. But, I have to be honest and say that I did not remember about this link-up until around 11 am today {Tuesday}. Luckily, I am an obsessive picture taker and took photos of our morning anyhow!!


{Our weekend trip to Wimberley, TX}

Back at the end of June Nate's parents so graciously rented an amazing river house in Wimberley, TX for us all to enjoy. The whole Hall clan was able to go and it was a such a great time! When we are all together there are 10 of us now. I love our little growing family something fierce. We had a new addition to the family back in December, so it was so wonderful having a little babe around to love on any time we wanted. Wimberley, TX is such an adorable little town and stole a piece of our hearts.


{This Past Weekend // August // Pt 2}

When I sat down to write this post I had to think about what we did this weekend. It went by too fast and I'm sitting here wondering how it's already Sunday afternoon. Anyone else feel that way? I'm sure it felt super fast because the gray cloud that is school starting soon is looming overhead. And that wasn't the only cloud in the sky this weekend...it poured the majority of the weekend. I love rain, but on a weekday. Not the weekend when we're trying to live it up! Anyhow, here is a look at this past weekend...


{Little Letters // August}

A • U • G • U • S • T

Time for the Little Letters link-up with Kristin at Taz and Belly!! With my blogging hiatus, I missed a few months. But, I'm glad to be back. This is one of my favorite monthly link-ups that I always look forward to. And actually, every month I love this link-up a little more. Writing these Little Letters lets me free up some random things floating around my head. To read my past Little Letters click H E R E. Here are my letters for this month...

{Mason's 8th birthday}

Back in May, we celebrated Mason's EIGHTH birthday! I'm not sure how we got to eight so fast. It seems like it happens overnight, doesn't it? Excuse me while I go cry in a corner somewhere. But really, Mason is such a fun kid. Difficult to the core, but fun nonetheless. He always keeps us on our toes, makes us laugh with his witty sense of humor, and loves like no other. We are so blessed to call him ours!


{Memorial Day Trip to Mason, TX}

Another May event that I need to get on the blog...since this is our family scrapbook. Our annual Memorial Day trip to Mason, TX. One of our favorite trips of the entire year. We just love that part of the Texas Hill Country, the people and the relaxing fellowship! And the food too. It's just an all-around great long weekend we look forward to each year. This year did not disappoint. We had an amazing time.

{Prime Purchases // August 2018}

Two posts in one day! Who am I? I just learned about this link-up that Tanya hosts and had to join in. Amazon Prime is one of my favorite things ever and I love to see what others buy from there. Here's a look at my recent Prime purchases!



{TBB Asks // August ~ Party Edition}

I'm a day late, but I wanted to join in on this fun link-up with The Blended Blog. I always enjoy reading other bloggers answers as well as answering them myself.


{This past weekend // August 1.0 // CJ 7 work // back to school fair // movies}



Happy Monday! I'm not sure how we got to Monday so quick, but I don't like it. The weekend flew by too fast. This was the first weekend in a long time that we didn't have but one solid plan and it was kind of amazing. Here's a look at this past weekend...

{Five on Friday // August // pt 1}

Happy Friday! I have to say that surprisingly this week flew by! I thought it would be the longest week in history since it was my first time back to work in over 12 days. I'm glad it wasn't. I am ready for the weekend. We don't have a lot planned, but I am ready and excited all the same.

{Go Topless Weekend // Jeep Beach}

Today I am going to take it way back to the middle of May when Nathan and I went to Jeep Beach (Go Topless weekend) at Crystal Beach, TX. It was an adults weekend only and we had so much fun. Nathan and I don't do much without Mason, let alone a whole long weekend without him. It was weird, but we managed to have a great time. He was living it up at his Nana and Papas where I am certain he had ice cream for supper more often than not! Lucky kid!


{Currently // August}

Happy Wednesday! It's been a hot minute since I joined in a Currently post, so here we go! I'm busy catching up on all of our trips and what we've been up to, but wanted to join in on this link-up as well. Here is a look at what I am currently up to...


{Summer update}

Wow...another month (plus) has passed since I posted last. I thought I was going to be able to keep up on this blog, but then life happened. We've been on several more trips and just haven't had the time to dedicate to this space. I do miss it, so I am going to try to get back into the blogging world. Try, being the keyword here. So, what have we been up to?


{2018 Summer Bucktlist}

Sweet summertime! Oh, how I live for these days. Now that Mason is in school these summer days have grown to mean a lot more to me. I saw a meme the other day that said we really only have 18 summers with our littles and it made me so weepy! EIGHTEEN. That's not a lot at all. But, instead of harping on that I choose to live out these summer days the best way I know how. Here is our 2018 summer bucketlist...


"The road to freedom is bordered with sunflowers." - Martin Firrell

One of our favorite things to do as a family is to hop in the Jeep and drive some backroads. We chase the sunset and watch it fall over a field, creek, pond or lake. We usually have no agenda when backroading, but yesterday I was adamant to find a sunflower field. Normally they are pretty abundant around here this time of year, but it’s all about the corn this year. We finally landed upon a field of sunflowers somewhere in Ennis, TX. And, it was well worth the miles we covered.




{Catch-up Post}

Mercy, it's been a minute since I've visited this space. Life has been busy! I know that's so cliche, but seriously, it's the only explanation I have. I didn't plan on quitting this blog, a hiatus just happened. So, what have we been up to since I last blogged on April 25th?  Let's see...


{Mason's 2nd grade field trip}

A couple of weeks ago I got to take off work and go along with Mason and his 2nd-grade field trip. We went to a place called Yesterland Farms in Canton. They have rides, gem mining, a petting zoo, a park, tractor/train rides, etc.


{Ranger Game // Opening Day 2018}

A few weeks ago we went to the Texas Ranger's opening day! We took Mason out of school for this since they're not recognizing this as a holiday yet. I mean, it totally should be. It is in our family, at least. So yeah, Mason got to miss school and hang out with his parents and a bunch of other adults all day.


{Easter // 2018}

Easter has easily become one of my favorite holidays. The meaning of the holiday is so important to our family. While we keep our focus on Jesus during the Easter season, we do celebrate with family as well.


{Soccer // Spring 2018}

Sports! Oh, how I've missed watching Mason play sports. We wrapped up Basketball and jumped straight into soccer! I forgot how much I enjoy watching Mason play soccer. He wanted to play baseball but told us a couple weeks after signups had ended. So, we are doing soccer instead.


{Currently // April}

Joining Anne in Residence for another"currently" post. I really enjoy these prompted currently posts, but I am way late in posting for April. I have so much blogging to catch up on and hope to get it all drafted this week. Anyhow, this month we are sharing what we are currently showering, cultivating, expecting, buying and cooking.

{Happy FIRST birthday, Lexi}

Today is a very special day in the Hall household! It's our sweet girl, Lexi's FIRST birthday. Even though we've only had her for a little over 10.5 short months it feels like she has been a part of our family forever. She just fits in so well with us and truly is the sweetest girl. We are so thankful for this precious pup!!


{Easter Scripture}

Over the years Easter has become one of my favorite holidays. I love the spiritual meaning of the holiday and sharing that with my sweet family. Every year I try to make sure that we keep our focus on Jesus and not on egg hunts, candy and the Easter bunny. Although those things are fun, these are not the reason we celebrate Easter. One of the ways we keep a Christ centered Easter is by reading scripture on the life, death and resurreciton of our savior. Today I am sharing some of my favorite Easter scriptures. I made these at cards that you can print out, if you wanted.


{5 Things bringing me joy right now // March 2018}

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
- John 15:11 (ESV)

It's time for one of my favorite link-ups...Five Things Bringing Me Joy Right Now! We absolutely loved reading all of the posts last month and sharing in the simple joys of life with you. Life can get so busy yet mundane and it's always good to find the joy in the day to day. We all have something bringing us joy, right? We would love for you to join us in sharing your joy.


{2018 Spring Bucketlist}

Happy spring 2018!! Oh, I can't even tell you how happy I am to usher in spring and all of its goodness {minus storms, of course}. We took a Sunday stroll through the country the other day and it brought my heart so much joy to see bluebonnets popping up everywhere. A sure sign that spring is on its way!


{Pickle Parade // Jeep Club}

This past Saturday we joined two of our Jeep clubs for the annual St. Patty's Day/Pickle Parade. It was a complete blast and we can't wait for the next parade. We had heard how crazy this parade gets (over 35,000 in attendance last year) but didn't realize how crazy until we actually saw it. There were massive amounts of people every direction we looked. We heard our names being called several times, but it was hard to tell where it was coming from. Later by way of Facebook, we found out who many of the yells were from. It was such a fun day!


{ Spring Break // Family Fun Day}

We had such an amazing week and weekend! It was filled with fun and adventure, so I'm going to break it down into a couple of posts. Otherwise, the post would be so long and picture heavy. Last week was spring break for Mason. We tried to do something fun with him every day since we both had to work. I'm just thankful I work at home and was still able to spend time with him. Monday we went down to the pond after work, Tuesday we went to his favorite place, Farmluck Soda Fountain, for ice cream and nostalgia candies, later Nate played basketball with him outside and then we took him to the park, Wednesday we went to the snowcone stand, Thursday was soccer practice and then we went to a Jeep meet at a really fun restaurant. Some friends of ours went so Mason got to play with his buddies the whole time.

{Little Letters // March}

Hall Around Texas Little Letters
M • A • R • C • H
Time for the Little Letters link-up with Kristin at Taz and Belly!! I'm a bit late, but that's the story of my life lately when it comes to blogging. This is one of my favorite monthly link-ups that I always look forward to. And actually, every month I love this link-up a little more. Writing these Little Letters lets me free up some random things floating around my head. To read my past Little Letters click H E R E. It feels so good to get these random little thoughts out of my mind each month! Here are my letters for this month...

{TBB Asks // March // Beauty}

I'm just a tad bit late on posting this. ha! I always enjoy these TBB asks posts, so better late than never, right? Here are my answers to this month's questions...


{This Past Weekend // March}

It's been a while since I've recapped our weekend! Mainly because I can't get my stuff together on Monday morning and by Tuesday I am over it. ha! But, I'm trying to be better about blogging things we've been up to...even if that means it being late. We had a really great weekend and if it weren't for this week being spring break I would be wishing for just one more Sunday (or two, or three!). Here's a look at...

{Currently // March}


Joining Anne in Residence for another"currently" post. I enjoy these prompted currently posts. This month we are sharing what we are currently planning, seeing, making, pretending and wearing.

{Five on Friday // DIY, Basketball, Soccer, Read Across America}

Happy Friday! It's been two weeks since I have touched this space. The Lord was really tugging at me to put aside something in order to spend more time with Him and in the word. So, I slowed down on my blogging and social media scrolling and did just that. It has been so refreshing and something I needed more than I even knew. I'm going to jump back into blogging (and what better way than with a random Five on Friday post?), but will still be intentional about carving out time for God and His word. Here's a bit of what we've been up to lately...

o n e | Our Wednesday night chuch Bible study started a new book a couple of weeks ago. We are studying the book of Hebrews and I am enjoying it so much. I've read Hebrews before, at least my Bible tells me so by the highlights and notes I've made, but I'm seeing it in a whole new way. I've learned so much more that I missed before and it's been awesome! Isn't it amazing how you can read something once and then read it again later down the road and get something totally different out of it? Hebrews ties the old testament history & practices to the life and history of Jesus. Jesus is the fulfillment of the law.

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the tjoy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 
- Hebrews 12:2 (ESV)



t w o | It has been so rainy and gloomy here lately! I'm quite over it and my soul is crying out for some sunshine. Since we can't really get out and play I've been crafting. I made a few new shirts to wear to Jeep meets and events! And I've made some new earrings. I am loving these faux leather DIY earrings. I can't wait to find more material to make more. 





t h r e e | This weekend we have our end of the season basketball tournament and then basketball is over. We are pretty sad about that. We have really enjoyed watching Mason play basketball and we had such a great team! We can't wait until next season. For now, we will be going straight into soccer. Well, if the rain ever clears up. 


f o u r | This week was read across america week so Mason got to have fun dress up days all week. It's a nice change in pace for our uniform-wearing kiddos! Monday was crazy socks (Fox in Socks), Tuesday was hat day (Cat in the Hat), Wednesday was orange shirt day (Lorax), Thursday was green shirt day (Green Eggs and Ham) and today was crazy hair day (Daisy-Head Mazie). I only took a picture today because it was the first day we weren't blanketed in grey skies and rain. But, today just happened to be Mason's favorite day anyhow. We colored his hair blue!


f i v e | Friends, Nathan and I have entered a contest and need your help. If you could so kindly click on T H I S post and like our picture, we would appreciate it so much. The contest ends at noon today! We'd really love to win this contest. That link may not take you directly to our post, but it should get you close. The picture is the one below. All you have to do is like our picture. 


That's all I've got so far! What do you have planned this weekend. We have sunshine today and my soul is soooooo happy!

Have a great Friday and a Great weekend!!

{FIVE THINGS BRINGING ME JOY // 2018 // VOL. 2}


These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
- John 15:11 (ESV)

It's time for one of my favorite link-ups...Five Things Bringing Me Joy Right Now! We absolutely loved reading all of the posts last month and sharing in the simple joys of life with you. Life can get so busy yet mundane and it's always good to find the joy in the day to day. We all have something bringing us joy, right? We would love for you to join us in sharing your joy.

{#14daysoflovephoto2018 // IG Photo Challenge}

For the first half of the month of February I joined the ladies of Caffeinated Moments in hosting a fun love themed Instagram Photo Challenge. While the month started out rough for me due to health issues, I joined in when I could. More often than not, I posted each day way late and even skipped a picture. But? I almost completed it. All but the last picture. I missed it on Valentine's Day and didn't want to post a "Valentine" picture way after the fact. I think it's okay, though, because everyone knows who my forever Valetine's are. Here's a look at the pictures I posted for #14daysoflovephoto2018...


{These are the days // January}


Hi, my name is Crystal and I AM A PICTURE HOARDER (and also very behind on blogging)! Seriously! I take so many pictures and many of them never leave my phone. In efforts to change that I am going to start posting random pictures here on the blog every month! These truly are the days. All of these little moments that bring my heart so much joy! I've been blessed with this sweet life and I am forever grateful!

{Little Letters // February}

F • E • B • R • U • A • R • Y
Time for the Little Letters link-up with Kristin at Taz and Belly!!  This is one of my favorite monthly link-ups that I always look forward to. And actually, every month I love this link-up a little more. Writing these Little Letters lets me free up some random things floating around my head. To read my past Little Letters click H E R E. It feels so good to get these random little thoughts out of my mind each month! Here are my letters for this month...

{TBB Asks // Love edition}

I love these TBB asks posts and prompts! This month is all about love. While we don't really celebrate Valentine's (too commercial of a holiday) around here,  we do celebrate love. And, I do love the month of February. So, here are my answer's to the TBB Asks Love Edition...


{CURRENTLY // FEB 2018}


Last month I joined Anne in Residence for "currently" and decided I would like to do these each month! I enjoy a good link-up with fun prompts. Here is what is currently going on around here...

{Our month in numbers // January}

Last year I documented many of our months by numbers and enjoyed doing so! It's a neat way to take a look back on the previous month. I am going to continue that trend this year. Here is a look at our month in numbers...


{Five on Friday // Youth night, Harry Potter, New dot com, YouTube}

Happy Friday!! I finally got my act together and finished out the week strong with blogging! I don't know why I have been so sleepy lately. I just can't seem to wind down at night to get some good rest. Maybe it was that super cool huge moon that happened this week? Who knows! I'm just ready for some rest. I mentioned (several times) in my What's Up Wednesday post that we have a full weekend ahead with basketball, bible study, more basketball, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, church and Superbowl festivities, so, I am not sure how much resting will be done. But, I am looking forward to the weekend nonetheless. But for now, a little Five on Friday...


{Our first win // Basketball}

Mason's basketball team got their first win of the season last weekend! 15-2!!!! And man, it was an exciting game. That's one of the highest scoring games I have seen so far this year. Ever since that first basketball game Mason has done well. He practices well and he is there for the games. We didn't think he had a competitive bone in his body...UNTIL this game! That boy came out of his shell and surprised all of us. He was all over that ball and we couldn't have been more excited. He said he had a blast and is pretty much obsessed with all things basketball right now! Oh what a joy it is to be his mama.