{New Mexico Vacation // Days 6 & 7}


In efforts to finish up these New Mexico vacation posts {taking me forever} I am combining days 6 and 7. We packed so much into our week in New Mexico and I took too many pictures. Makes it hard to recap because it's overwhelming. Anyhow, on day 6 we visited the quaint little town of Lincoln and on day 7 we made our way around Ruidoso. Both were pretty enjoyable days.

{The Daily Dime // A Day In the Life // August 2017}


Time for another round of The Daily Dime - A Day in the Life. I really enjoyed writing this post last month and the month before and think these posts will be fun to look back on at a later time. It's amazing how much a day in our lives can change depending on the season or time of year. Here is a look at a day in our life...

{Prayers for the new school year}

Prayers for Back to School - Hall Around Texas

As the new school year approaches I often find myself praying over Mason, his teachers and his school. I pray that he loves his new teacher, that he is able to get his lunchbox off of his backpack, that he easily makes new friends, that he adjusts well to the new schedule and routine, etc. There are so many worries and anxieties that come along with a new school year and I just want to hand those all over to God through prayer. Today I am sharing 10 of those prayers with you.

{New Mexico Vacation // Day 5}


Day five in New Mexico was a busy, but fun one. We packed a lot into this day. But not before enjoying an awesome breakfast at camp and a sweet little hummingbird that kept visiting.

{Little Letters // Vol. 8}


It's the 2nd Friday of the month which means it's time to link up with Kristin at Taz and Belly for Little Letters!! 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...

{Back to School // A Link-up}


How is it already August and only 13 days until school starts? If I am being honest, we have been in a bit of denial. And we still kind of are. I've barely bought any school uniforms and not all of his supplies are bought...because again...denial! I love summer time and not having to share my sweet boy with school. But, I need to suck it up and start getting excited for my boy. The first day of school will be here before we know it. Even if I am not excited about school starting I am excited to join some of my sweet blog friends for the Back to School - First Day of School - a Link-up. I mean, what is cuter than all of those back to school pictures?

{10 on the 10th // 10 back to school must haves}




This month's theme for the 10 on the 10th link-up party is 10 Back to School Must Haves. When I was younger I used to love back to school shopping and now I love to do it for Mason. Mason wears uniforms to school so shopping for clothes isn't so exciting. However, he can where whatever shoes he wants as well as any backpack or lunchbox. I let him pick those out on his own.

{The Kids Behind the Blog // August}


Time for the August edition of The Kids Behind the Blog. If you're new to the blog and not really sure what this link-up is all about you can read all about it here. Basically we provide you with 5-7 questions to ask your kid(s) each month. Then you blog about it and come back here to link-up. My co-hosts and I love to hear the things that kids say and that's why this link-up was born! Here are Mason's answers for this month...

{Month in numbers & One Sentence a Day // July}


I've never really considered myself a numbers kind of person, but man do I love tracking our months in numbers! It's a fun way to look at all the things you did throughout the month. Here is a look at our July in numbers...we were on vacation for the first 7 days of the month.

{TBB Asks // August}


The sweet ladies at The Blended Blog have created another round of this or that questions and I thought it would be fun to join in. I missed the last one, so I was excited to get to do this one. Here are my answers..

{New Mexico Vacation // Day 4}


One of the best parts about recapping a vacation is going through all of the photos and reliving all of the moments! We made so many awesome memories in New Mexico and packed so much into those 7 days that we were there. Vacations are good for the soul. Today I am recapping day 4 of our vacation. It was easily one of my favorite days of our trip!

{New Mexico Vacation // Day 3}


Day three of our New Mexico vacation gets is own post because I took so many pictures! It was a busy, but really good day for us. We were blessed with the opportunity to watch horse races at Ruidoso Downs in the Jockey Club. Nate's mom's friend's dad works in the Jockey Club and he got all 12 of us in for the day. The horse races was not something we had planned on doing, but we were excited for the opportunity.

{What we're Reading // Vol. 8}


We're back for our eighth edition of "What We're Reading"! Thank you to all you that have linked up with us thus far. It's been fun to see what everyone else is reading each month. My book list is now never ending and I love it. I've recently rekindled my love for reading. I thought I loved a good paperback book, but it's proving easier to read on the Kindle app on my phone. Here is a look at what we are reading this month.

{Ten things I am bad & good at}


My friend Dara at Not in Jersey recently posted about 10 things she was good at and 10 things she was not good at. I thought it would be fun to join in with her. I have to say, it was much easier coming up with the things I am bad at than it was the things I am good at! The last three things on my good list took me forever to come up with. ha! It's true that we are always our own worst critic, huh? Anyhow, here is my list...

{New Mexico Vacation // Days 1 and 2}


Hey hey hey! I am finally starting to document our New Mexico vacation! A trip to the mountains was just what my soul needed. We had so much fun. Although we packed so much into the trip we really did have a relaxing time. I think the mountains just do that to you. And it's a much slower pace of living. And maybe the fact that we could actually be outside without feeling like we were melting or suffocating! I think I was most looking forward to the lower temps and the lower humidity, and well, NM did not disappoint. When it was 20 % humidity in NM it was like 88% in Texas. Such a major difference. Coming home was like a big slap in the face. Anyhow, here are days 1 and two of our New Mexico vacation.

{Five on Friday // Bible, Farmluck, Snow Cones, Dieting}


Happy Friday! It has been almost a month since I have written a Five on Friday post. Y'all...it has been so dang busy around these parts! First was vacation {gone for 10 days}, then I came back to the Photobucket fiasco {I've already updated 136 blog posts and counting}, trying to catch up on Bible studies {personal, study with my girlfriends, Wednesday nights at church, and Sunday school}, going through the 1400+ photos I took while on vacation, trying to get the house back in order, etc. And then this week Nate's Step Grandfather was taken by ambulance to the hospital for low oxygen levels, Nathan had jury duty all week, my sister lost her father in law, and a family friend's 11 year old was diagnosed with the mumps. His family went on vacation with us and the kid and Mason played together a lot. I had to contact Mason's doctor to see if she wanted him to come in. But, he's fully vaccinated and the incubation period would have been towards the end of our vacay {and the kid left 2 days before us} so we should be in the clear. Whew! Other than all  of that, life has been pretty dang grand over here. Nathan and I have had a bunch of unexpected date nights {Praise Jesus, Hallelujah} and we've had a ton of family time. We are trying to soak up every last drop of summer and making so many memories. We hope to squeeze in a few more little adventures before school starts back. One of these days I will be able to answer emails and  I will blog about our vacation and all of the other little things we have done! But for today it's a Five on Friday...a little bit of what we've been up to this week.

{The Guys Behind the Blog // July}


Time for the Guys Behind the Blog - July edition!! We are still focusing on summertime questions this month. I love getting to feature Nate on the blog each month and always look forward to his answers! Most of the time I can predict exactly how he would answer them and sometimes he totally surprises me. Here are his answers for July's edition of The Guys Behind the Blog.

{Sweet Summertime 2017 // Vol. 3}


Time for another summer 2017 photo dump! I hope you are having the most incredible summer ever. We are counting down days until vacation, but enjoying those days in between something fierce.

{2017 Summer Bucketlist // Update #1}


Ohhhh sweet summertime! Time for an update to the 2017 Summer Bucketlist! We've already crossed 14 things off of our list and can't wait to do more! It's been such a great summer so far with so much more to live. I can't wait to see what other adventures we can get into! Today I am sharing 5 things off our bucket list {so this post doesn't get super long}.

{Never made the blog // Volume 1 // Bday, Well Check, Cops & Kids, Father's Day, Child Dedication}

My friend Sarah has been doing these posts on "things that never made it to the blog" and I have loved reading them. Life gets away from you so quick and then blog posts keep piling up. I have so many things that never made it to the blog, but I want them to. So, I thought this would be the best way to catch up. Here is a bunch of random things that never made this blog...

{Month in numbers & One Sentence a Day // June}


I am super late posting about our June in Numbers {and everything else, thanks Photobucket!}, but better late than never, right? It has been a while since I have wrote a month in numbers post. While there is room for improvement, I did a decent job of documenting things this month. Here is a look at our month of June {2017} in numbers as well as one sentence a day for the month...

{A Re-introduction of Hall Around Texas}


Many moons ago I saw this type of post on a friend's blog and wanted to post one here. I have made so many new blog friends since I have done any kind of 'about me' post. So, a re-introduction of me and my blog was in order. Just some random tid-bits about me and this blog....

{Little Letters // Vol. 7}


It's the 2nd Friday of the month which means it's time to link up with Kristin at Taz and Belly for Little Letters!! 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...

{Five Things bringing me joy right now}


Time for another round of five things that are bringing me joy right now. I wrote a post like this a few months ago {H E R E} and I decided I want to do this every couple of months. Life often gets busy or mundane and so I want to focus on the happy. A heart check, if you will.

{The Daily Dime // A Day in the Life Summer 2017}


Time for another round of The Daily Dime - A Day in the Life. I really enjoyed writing this post last month and think these posts will be fun to look back on at a later time. It's amazing how much a day in our lives can change depending on the season or time of year. Here is a look at a day in our life...

{The Kids Behind the Blog // July edition}


Time for the July edition of The Kids Behind the Blog. If you're new to the blog and not really sure what this link-up is all about you can read all about it here. Basically we provide you with 5-7 questions to ask your kid(s) each month. Then you blog about it and come back here to link-up. My co-hosts and I love to hear the things that kids say and that's why this link-up was born! I love the fun questions for this month. Here are Mason's answers for July's The Kids Behind the Blog...

{Getting Outdoors with your kids}


Nathan and I are always looking for ways that we can spend time outdoors with Mason. The more we are outside the less he is inside playing games or watching Netflix on the iPad. Below are some ways to get outdoors with your children.

{10 on the 10th // Daily Habits}


Linking up with Erin at Perfectly Port for this month's 10 on the 10th Link-up Party. This month's prompt is 10 daily habits. This post was fun to ponder on and write. I never really realized these daily habits before. Here are ten of my daily habits...

{He said what??}


It's been a while since I have done a 'he said what' post. Mason is one of the most witty kids I have ever met and he keeps us on our toes. I love to document the adorable and the hilarious {at least to me} things that Mason says on the blog so that I can read them when he's grown! I keep a note going on my phone so that I can compile them into one big blog post every so often. This one goes back all the way to September of last year.

{What We're Reading // Vol. 7}


We're back for our seventh edition of "What We're Reading"! Thank you to all you that have linked up with us thus far. It's been fun to see what everyone else is reading each month. My book list is now never ending and I love it. I've recently rekindled my love for reading. I thought I loved a good paperback book, but it's proving easier to read on the Kindle app on my phone. Here is a look at what we are reading this month.

{Happy Independence Day}

{Sweet Summertime 2017 // Vol. 2}


Back with another photo dump of some pictures from summer 2017 so far! Most of these are just from hanging out at home, but I am soaking up every minute of this sweet summer with my loves. Summer...please slow down!

{Five on Friday // VBS, Lexi, 4th of July, Vacation, Amevie Sunglasses}


It has been a long while since I've wrote a Five on Friday post! It was back at the beginning of May to be exact. May and June have been our busiest months so far this year and I don't see it slowing down any time soon. Here is a little bit of what we have been up to this week...

{Guys Behind the Blog // June}


Time for the Guys Behind the Blog - June edition!! I love getting to feature Nate on the blog each month and always look forward to his answers! Most of the time I can predict exactly how he would answer them and sometimes he totally surprises me. Here are his answers for June's edition of The Guys Behind the Blog.

{Taking Stock}

{12 handy apps for Camping}

Hall Around Texas - 12 handy apps to have for camping

Ultimately when we are camping we like to disconnect from social media and forget about our cell phones for a while. But, there are times when we do use them and when they come handy. Not only do we use them for taking pictures on the go, but also for so many great camping/outdoor apps we have found. Below I am sharing 12 handy apps to have while camping.

{Memorial Day weekend trip // Mason, TX}


Way back in May we checked 'travel to the Texas Hill Country for our annual Memorial Day camping trip in Mason, TX' off of our Summer Bucketlist. We camp here every Memorial & Labor Day weekend and I don't think we could love it more. Every year it's pretty much the same group of people...somewhere between 10-18 campers...and it's a time of good food, good adventures and great fellowship! It's two of our favorite weekends of the year!!

{Guys Behind the Blog // A Link-up Reminder}


Just a reminder of the Guys Behind the Blog Link-up that goes live next Thursday! The month of May was a blur for me and I didn't get to post my May edition on time. So, I wanted to make sure to share the questions so that you all have them for June and July. It's so fun to be able to feature the guys on the blog once a month! We hope that you will join us!

{Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas}



This is an old post that has been sitting in my drafts for the longest. However, I saw that today's "I'll show you" prompt was 'around my hometown' and it kind of fit. Just a little bit about the oh so charming place that I call home.

{Summertime Photo Checklist}


 Last year I created a summer photo checklist of all of the photos that I thought would capture summertime perfectly. I wanted to challenge myself to this photo checklist again this summer so I updated my list. I changed out some specific things with some more general items. Below is a list of 50 things I hope to capture in a photograph this summer.

{$10 to Target}


Time for one of my favorite link-ups...$10 Target Challenge! Basically, you go to Target and try to spend $10 or less and then link-up what you bought! Target is one of my favorite stores and I love to see what people find & buy there. It's also fun to get to peek inside Target stores in other places. I have noticed that my Target looks so much different than everyone else's. #smalltowntexas But, I went yesterday and they are renovating our store! It's starting to look so much more like all of the stores I see in other posts and it's so nice!! I am excited to see it when it's complete. Anyhow, here is a look at what I got this month.

{Sweet Summertime 2017 // Vol. 1}


Hi, my name is Crystal and I am a picture hoarder. As of last week I had over 5,000 pictures in my phone. I decided to back them up to my external harddrive and iTunes last week so that I could clear some off my phone. It took me hours! And once I was done I just knew I had taken about 3/4 of the photos off my phone...but nope...I still had over 3,500 photos on there. And that's when I knew that I truly am a photo hoarder. So many of my pictures never even leave my phone {except to back-up}. I am always waiting for that 'perfect time' to post the picture and then it gets way too long after it was taken to share it. Does anyone else do that? Well, today I am going to break that cycle a bit and share some photos here on the blog. These are all from summer so far this year. Oh sweet summertime!!!!

{The Daily Dime // A Day in the Life}


If you search my blog for "A Day in the Life" you will find exactly zero posts. I've always wanted to do this, but seem to forget to start documenting until too late in the day. When I saw that this was becoming a link-up it gave me that extra push {and reminder} to document a day in our lives. Here's a look at a day in my life...

{The Kids Behind the Blog // June Edition}


Time for the June edition of The Kids Behind the Blog. If you're new to the blog and not really sure what this link-up is all about you can read all about it here. Basically we provide you with 5-7 questions to ask your kid(s) each month. Then you blog about it and come back here to link-up. My co-hosts and I love to hear the things that kids say and that's why this link-up was born! I love the fun questions for this month. Here are Mason's answers for June's The Kids Behind the Blog...

{2017 Summer Bucket List}


Ohhhh sweet summertime! How I love you so. As an adult summers really didn't excite me like they did when I was a kid. And then I had a kid and that all changed. Even though I work most of the summer I work from home {biggest blessing} and we do take a lot of weekend trips and one big trip. And now that Mason is in school I love summers even more. I really hate sharing him with school. Ugh. I am always counting down until the summer when I get to have him home with me almost every day. Mason and I are attached at the hip and love hanging out. I mean, just today he asked me if he, his wife and two kids can live with us when he's older. Of course my sweet boy, of course you can! Anyhow, here is list of things we hope to do before summer kicks the bucket.

{This Past Weekend}

Happy Monday!! What a weekend it was. It was filled with time at home, family, friends, and church. So much good this weekend and do you know how many pictures I took? Next to none. Here is a look at this past weekend...

{Little Letters // Vol. 6}


It's the second Friday of the month so that means it's time for Little Letters! This is one of my favorite link-ups and is hosted by Kristin at Taz and Belly. I love this link-up because it's fun to break free from the serious for a day and write these fun little letters. And, I love reading other blogger's Little Letters as much as I love to write them. Here are my Little Letters for this month...

{10 on the 10th // 10 things I've always wanted to do}


Note - this link-up actually goes live on the 9th, but I am posting today due to scheduling. 

This month's 10 on the 10th theme is 10 things you have always wanted to do/try. I love this topic because while I have a bucket list inside my brain I've never really put it out there anywhere. Maybe this can keep me accountable and give me that extra push to chase those dreams!! And if not, it's still fun to dream. Right? Here are my 10 things I've always wanted to do...

{What we're reading // Vol. 6}


We're back for our sixth edition of "What We're Reading"! Thank you to all you that have linked up with us thus far. It's been fun to see what everyone else is reading each month. My book list is now never ending and I love it. I've recently rekindled my love for reading. I thought I loved a good paperback book, but it's proving easier to read on the Kindle app on my phone. Here is a look at what we are reading this month.

{Free fonts for Summer time}