Saturday, December 13, 2008

Merry Christmas Chimps and Penguins!

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.



TiredMamaRunning said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! My husband and I are actually K-State grads, and I'm running the marathon in Abilene in April.

Sounds like your family was living a similar existence to our family's Saturday, too....our kids a final Christmas program rehearsal this a.m., along with squeezing in my run and typical weekend errands. Glad you got in a nice run!

Melanie said...

looks like a great day at the zoo, and amazing job on your run! Go for the 1/2, you can do it!

RunToFinish said...

I was seriously afraid the wind would knock me over yesterday!! And this weather is nuts, 61 this morning and now below 20.

The zoo looks like fun, I had no idea they did that

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Nice job with the run. It sounds like you and the family had a good time.

TiredMamaRunning said...

Oz Runner, regarding your question, I graduated in December 96, and my husband in May 97.

I guess we'll have to wait and see on Coach Snyder! I feel bad about Prince getting the boot, but fact of the matter was that he couldn't recruit. (Wow, I'm a poet and didn't know it. :P )

Frayed Laces said...

That is so cool that the zoo does that!