last weekend, dallas experienced quite the ice storm.
first of all, i gotta say- there were lots of haters on "the facebook"
talking about how texans are such babies and can't handle a little cold weather.
well let me explain to any non texan readers what actually went down:
this wasn't a little snow or a few patches of ice. this was like solid ice.
blocks. streets frozen completely from one end to the other.
3 inches of sleet and freezing rain.
hundreds of trees uprooted and like half the city was without power for days.
people died.
so enough of the hate, it was a big deal.
the end!

moving on.
i was in dallas all week, so i didn't have to do any major traveling on the ice.
andrew flew in on thursday and just missed it.
the rest of our brave austin friends chose to tackle the roads, ice and all!
friday morning we awoke to a winter wonderland.
i foolishly took zero pictures of said wonderland.
(i'm the worst wannabe blogger ever)
the kanye concert was friday night, so midday we checked into our room at the W hotel.
this was our view from the room-
look at all the snowy icy rooftops!
a few of us met at the hotel before the show. we were going to walk over together once the entire group was assembled. hah! foolish thinking by us.
haley and i were midway through getting ready when- zooomp!
the power went out at the hotel.
luckily there were emergency lights and a large mirror in the hallway.

it was nearing time for the show to begin, and despite still having half our party stuck on the roads,
we headed over to american airlines center.

kendrick lamar was opening for kanye.
he was meant to go on at 8:00.
this photo was taken at 8:03:
 that may give you some indication of what the roads were like...

but we didn't care!
we got the party started anyway!
girl pic:
about half an hour late, kendrick got started.
it was AWESOME!!
 he closed his set by walking away and promising the crowd,
"i'll be back, dallas,
i'll be back, houston,
i'll be back, austin,
i'll be back san antonio."
we're holding you to that, kendrick.
right after kendrick came on, stu and valerie walked in!
so we took a revised girl pic after the set was over.
jon still hadn't arrived.
he left austin at 3, reached the dallas city limits at 6, and arrived at the concert at 9:30.
the good news? he made it in time for kanye!!
it was unreal amazing.
and we all got tshirts. (duh)
i can't even explain.
ps- they didn't let us bring cameras in so these are all phone photos.
this was a failed attempt at a panoramic, but i liked it.
all my best homies were there!

we took a group photo on the way out, and for some reason half of us have meatballs in our hands.
we skated back to the hotel
and all the peppers fell asleep.
the milks lasted quite a bit longer, but (thankfully) the photos stopped.
we split a bottle of warm dom perignon,
tucked the sleepy ones into bed,
got a handful of noise complaints from the W,
and somehow everyone made it home alive.

hours later i awoke to the worst hangover i've had since new years,
but that story is best left untold.

thank you kanye for putting together the most amazing show of all time!

thanksgiving 2013 | champagne, cigars, and turkey

let me give you the rundown of how turkey day goes at my house.
we are awakened early by the sound of my father blasting music over the big speakers.
we get up and join him by the smoker where he is building a roaring fire.
once the fire is optimal, in go the birds.
out come the cigars...
and, soon after, the champagne.
then we all get real pumped about having cigars and champagne at like 8 in the morning,
and we take tons of photos. no halbert event goes undocumented.
here's all the boys:
and the sibs!
the doggies were there, smelling turkey smells.
everyone looks cooler when they're smoking cigars.
except for heather and i...
"i don't know how to hold it!"
instagramming happens...
coolness happens....
it's really just so fun.

 this year was pretty chilly. toby had to take a time out in andrew's jacket.
 this is the aftermath:
but more importantly, this:
after smoking cigars and turkeys,
we went and got a little cleaned up.
last year, at our wedding, andrew and i planted a tree.
as long as the little guy doesn't die,
we intend to take a photo every year with him.
this is year one:
plus a few extra, because heather takes the best photos.

then a couple of the girls!

and finally, it's food time.
this is alex's plate. he is slightly famous for plates like these.
the dogs all did a very good job begging and by the time our plates were clean,
their tummies were quite full.
toby was regretting all his bites.
so he took a snooze through the cowboy game.
tanq and copper didn't fair much better.
 every year, my inlaws cook turkey pot pies with all the leftover turkey
(and they're delicious).
dad started chopping up turkey, and the dogs got a second wind.
the next day we went and took christmas card photos.
this year we went with tacky sweaters.
here's a sneak peek!

and so concludes yet another halbert/gill thanksgiving!
it was so fun, but i'll definitely be paying for it in the gym well into 2014...
hope your thanksgiving was lovely!

**all the good photos were taken by heather; all the bad ones by me**