Monday, August 29, 2016

{Tips for fishing with kids}

Hall Around Texas - Tips for fishing with kids

We introduced Mason to fishing earlier this year and have been having such a blast with it. Now that we have several months of it under our belts I thought I would share some tried and true tips for fishing with kids.

1.) Choose a kid friendly location. 
When searching for a lake, pond or creek choose one that is large and safe enough for kids to explore. Also, find a location that is well stocked so that kids have a better chance of catching fish. This helps keep their interest and makes them want to come back. We like to take Mason to our little pond because it's stocked with Bluegill and Sunfish, which are perfect for small kids.

2.) Go prepared.
Have plenty of water, snacks, and bug spray/sunscreen available. Even if you're there for 30 minutes it is inevitable that your child will be hungry or thirsty. Also, have plenty of bait and ready to fish poles. Backlash may happen and kids usually don't have the patience to wait while you fix said backlash. Just swap out the poles and you're good to go! 

3.) Use a bobber.
This will help kids (and you) know when they have a bite. 

4.) Keep it short and simple, be patient, have fun and know when to stop.
Start off by going in short spurts so that if you're not catching anything fishing doesn't lose its appeal! You can build up to longer trips as the child gets older and their attention span gets bigger. Keep it simple and to the basics...there is plenty of time for teaching the details later. If you're constantly critiquing right off the bat it may not be as fun and the child may lose interest! 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

{Panama City Beach FL Bucketlist Update}

Now that I finally have the Panama City Beach FL portion of our trip blogged {here, here and here} I wanted to see how we did with our PCB bucketlist! We did okay with this one.

Did //
Snorkel - just on our own. Not with a tour or anything.
Go fishing
Visit Captain Anderson's Marina
Build sandcastles
Ride the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise
Eat at Pineapple Willy's
Watch a sunset over the ocean

Kind of did //
We found so many awesome shells, just not at Shell Island. We did see it while on our Pirate Cruise, though!
Pier Park - we went there, but didn't do any shopping

Did not do //
Swim with the dolphins - couldn't work this one out
Go to Shipwreck Water Par
Go parasailing
Go to Gulf World Marine Park

We had a complete blast at Panama City Beach! I think we'll go back at some point and maybe we can tackle those things we didn't get to do this trip!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

{10 sweet years of marriage!!}

Today my sweet man and I celebrate 10 years of marriage! TEN! I know that is a huge milestone, but what blows my mind is that in November we will be celebrating twenty whole years together!! TWENTY!!! I have been loving this man for more than half of my life and what a blessing that has been. He truly is my best friend, my soulmate and more often than not - my better half! I couldn't imagine doing life with anyone else. He's my favorite person {besides Mason, of course} in the history of ever! And he loves me so well.

I have found the one whom my soul loves.
Song of Solomon 3:4

10 sweet years of marriage from Crystal Hall on Vimeo.

{I added a few pictures later and forgot to change the timing on them and the transitions! Oops! Just ignore those! ha}

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