Monday, December 20, 2010

Family Christmas Gathering

With the weekend before Christmas also comes our Ritzmann family get together.  All of my siblings and nieces and nephews, along with my parents, gather either in Indianapolis or Lawrenceburg.  This year the extravaganza took place in Indy. 

It's always fun to have everyone together, hanging out, having fun, eating and drinking like kings and queens, and watching the kids enjoying spending time together. 

This year's gathering lived up to the hype.  The first stop was Saturday morning at my sister Emily's house.  She put together quite a brunch while  Lleyton served as the morning entertainment for his cousins.

The afternoon activity planned was for the whole family to be in attendance as the Stanford Cardinal faced off with the Butler Bulldogs at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.  What better way to excited for the big game than by watching Hoosiers.

After Jimmy Chitwood knocked down the game winner, we jumped in the cars and made our way down to Hinkle.  Everyone had a great time, but we certainly missed Addy and Sara who made the trip up to Kokomo on Saturday afternoon to visit with her mom and grandma. 

Lleyton enjoyed leading the cheers, unless those cheers became a bit too loud of course.  He also enjoyed posing for a few pictures outside of the house Sara lived in during her time at Butler.  Parker was on the edge of his seat while he watched the end of Hoosiers with Uncle Andy.

Thank goodness for family friendly venues like Hinkle, where they allow kids onto the floor after the game.  As you can probably tell, the kids had a blast running around the court, posing with the mascot and heaving up a couple of shots. 

Following the game we all made our way to my sister Megan's house for a delicious dinner and a evening full of good times, including the first annual Ritzmann Family Christmas White Elephant Gift Exchange.

Jason was more than willing to take charge of making sure the White Elephant rules were crystal clear.

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