Welp, the kid was up and at em' this morning. 5:02 is early, but closer to my normal up time than Shannon's, so I volunteered for the early shift.

This is A Dad's Tale

A story.
#dadlife #fatherdaughter #husbands #luckyman Image
She was up for an hour playing games on her own and it was obvious she wasn't going back to sleep; but she also was pretty absorbed, so I ducked in the next room for the 30 minute version of my workout. Image
It was really the best thing. Shook me awake and tuned me into happy dad instead of grumpy dad.

After looking out the window for a while and talking about the outside, Es said she wanted to go for a walk. So we grabbed the stroller and were off!
What she didn't know was that I had a secret agenda: the playground (and subsecret).

She was pleased. Image
Typical stuff. We were limited without the mom upgrade due to safety concerns. But, that's the domain of the subsecret: ImageImageImage
The seemingly neverending space of empty tennis courts. And I brought balls. ImageImageImageImage
This lasted some time. Before leaving, we ate a snack like the 1930s. Image
The kid loves apples. ImageImage
It was a grand time. Several moments are mine to keep. Walk and playtime of 90 minutes all over the neighborhood and she was a doll. We've been working on her temper and following instructions. Image
We got home and her one tiny rebellion was she was not ready to go in. So she had a vegetable pouch, staring at me the whole time, and I finished my coffee.

I brokered going back inside with the promise of needing her assistance to make French toast (French cakes). ImageImage
Assistance delivered.
Just as the toast was going to fire, she announced she was done helping and disappeared into the living room where I found her a few minutes later.

I have won. I wore HER out.

First time in a long time. Image
Then I finished the morning on the husband side of things with the French toast, bacon, and eggs for @KitchenBitz, finished just as she got up (after I told her to stay in bed).

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