{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.




{What's Up Wednesday // January}

Joining in for the first time ever for What's Up Wednesday! And I'm writing this on the day of! Better late than never, right? I've been so tired lately and blogging has been put on the back burner. I'm wide awake at night and can't sleep, and then so tired the next day. I'm so ready for this to be a thing of the past. Anyhow, here's a look at What's Up Wednesday...


{Five Things bringing me Joy // 2018 // vol. 1}


Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
- Romans 12:12 (NIV)

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.

{The Daily Dime // Jan}

Linking up with Kristin at Taz and Belly for The Daily Dime in which we take 10 pictures throughout our day and document the happenings of that day. I remembered to take these pictures (back on 1/8/2018) and document our day, but it has taken me forever to get this blog post written. I don't know why I keep forgetting! I'm glad she keeps this link-up open for a while. Anyhow, here is a look at a day in our life, The Daily Dime.

{10 Apps to use for Instagram & Instagram Stories}

10 Apps for Instagram - Hall Around Texas

I've received a lot of questions lately about which apps I use on Instagram, for editing, and for Instagram stories. So, I thought I would do a blog post to share my favorite apps to use! I know there are tons of apps out there and everyone has their preference, but these are the ones I use the most. Also, I want to note that each of these apps have so much more to offer, I'm just sharing what I specifically use each one for.

{Three things // January}

My sweet new blog friend Britt posted a 'Three Things' post recently and it reminded me that it's been a long while since I have written a three things post! It's such a fun way to catch up on some randomness going on over here! So, here are our three things right now...

{This Past Weekend // Birthday, Basketball and Bible Study}


Happy Monday! Is it just me, or did Monday come entirely too fast? Our weekend wasn't even busy and it flew by. I had an awful migraine the majority of the weekend, but thankfully had a lot of time to rest. I tried working on Friday, but the computer made me feel worse. So, I took some personal time off. Anyhow, here's a recap of our weekend. I'm starting this one on Thursday because it was my birthday. And my sweet family made it so special for me. Here's a look at This Past Weekend...

{The Grinch // Palestine, TX}


I've been in such a "New Years" fog that I completely forgot I have Christmas posts to catch up on! Or maybe I have just been putting them off because I know everyone is pretty much over "Christmas" at this point. But, alas, I want these posts on the blog! If you remember...way back in November we made a trip to Palestine +  Rusk Texas to kick off our Christmas season with a trip to the Polar Express and to visit our most favorite Grinch! It's hands-down one of our favorite weekends of the entire year.

{Snow Day // Jan 16, 2018}


On Tuesday of this week we got to enjoy a nice snow day at home! Monday was a holiday, so it ended up being a super extended weekend. They were quick to call school around 9:30 the night before. We laughed and were thinking how they would never do that when we were kids. We had to wait until like 7:00 - 7:30 the next morning to find out. They would wait until the very last minute, so you had to get ready just in case they didn't call it. It also makes us laugh how quick Texas shuts down on snow days! But, an extra day at home? We'll take it!

{Our Newest Adventure // Basketball}

Way back in the middle of 2017 Mason told us he would like to play Basketball. He plays often in the gym at our church on Wednesdays and Sunday mornings before Sunday school. So, we waited until the next time we could sign him up and did so. We went with the league in the town where he goes to school and church. That way he could play with and against all of his friends. We thought he would enjoy it more knowing kids on his team. He was lucky enough to get on a team with several of his best friends!!

{DIY Faux Leather Earrings // Cricut project}

DIY Faux Leather Earrings - Hall Around Texas

I don't know about you, but I have seen these earrings popping up at boutiques everywhere! And I see ads for them on Facebook almost every single day. I started brainstorming and thought I could probably make these with my Cricut. So, I googled and found several tutorials on how to do this. And everything I needed I could get at Hobby Lobby! Today I wanted to share 10 easy steps to creating your own DIY Faux Leather earrings using a Cricut.

{$10 to Target // Jan}

I'm so glad this link-up is continuing in 2018 because who doesn't love Target?? I will take any opportunity that I can + some to peruse the aisles of Target. Let's take a look at what I found this go round...did I beat the $10 Target challenge?

{This Past weekend // Jan // vol. 1}


I used to recap our weekends here on the blog and somewhere a long the line I got away from doing that! I miss posting about this because our weekends are usually filled with adventures and fun! And because I think I would enjoy looking back on these one day. This weekend was a 3 day weekend for my boys, but not for me. I am working today. But, I am so thankful that I get to work from home. I couldn't imagine having to drive into an office while my boys were at home. And, the weather is supposed to get icy and bad here today or tonight. SO grateful I don't have to drive in this mess. Anyhow, here's a look at this past weekend...

{Little Letters // January}

J • A • N • 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. 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...