This morning Lisa had the final rehearsal for the childrens Christmas program she is directing for our church, so I took the boys to the zoo. Today is the day when they give Christmas presents to the chimpanzees and orangutans, and it is a lot of fun seeing them rip open the packages and play with all the stuff. The orangutans weren't really into it too much, but the chimps were like 4 year old children tearing into everything. It was fun. Among some of the presents they got: a plastic shovel, a basketball, windchimes, socks, boxes of cereal, marshmellows, legos, frisbees, and much more.
This chimp seems happy with his frisbee and cereal presents.
The boys playing with the penguins.
We spent some time at the zoo and then met up with Lisa for lunch. From there we went to see the movie "Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas," which my company puts on as a free family event every year for the community. It is always fun, and there were a ton of kids this year. Santa was there, free popcorn and drinks, prizes, giveaways, etc, etc. And that movie is a classic. It's an old muppet movie that has been digitally re-mastered. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out. The kids really enjoyed it.
We came home and it was so beautiful out that I went for a nice run. 7 miles at a 9 min pace. It was very windy (this is Kansas after all, so it's pretty much windy all the time), and going out I had the wind at my back which was nice, but coming back I was running straight into a strong steady wind, which made it rough. I felt great and ran the whole way with no walk breaks, which is a good accomplishment for me. I felt like I could have kept going pretty easily, which makes me think that maybe a half marathon isn't out of the question with a few more months training.