Category Archives: Family

Old Man Evie

I took an early mark from work and attended a Father’s Day event at Evie’s C&K kindergarten earlier in the year, which was a lot of fun. There were a whole heap of Dad’s there which was great to see, playing with their kids, doing activities and eating sausages on bread with sauce! One of the Fathers’ Day gifts that Evie gave me was a photo of her dressed up as a Daddy, gorgeous and completely hilarious at the same time – I was pretty chuffed with it as a present!

Evie Lattimore Dressed Up As A Daddy For Father's Day 2014

Hugo Helped Wotif

Claire, Hugo, Evie and I are sitting down at the table eating dinner when a discussion takes place that goes a little something like:

Hugo: What did you do at work today Dad?
Al: I was trying to fix a website today mate, it was broken.
Hugo: Ohh, okay.

A few minutes lapses.

Hugo: Dad, I know what is wrong with the websites!
Al: Really, what is wrong with them?
Hugo: Did you check that the power is plugged in and turned on?
Al: No, I didn’t think of that – I’ll tell my boss Shaden about it tomorrow.

A few minutes lapses.

Hugo: I’ll write your boss Shaden a letter so she doesn’t forget.

Hugo's letter to Shaden

Later that week I was on the phone to Shaden and I though she’d enjoy getting a glimpse into the mind of a five year old boy, so I scanned and emailed it to her the next day. Shaden thought it was super cute and so did a few of her collegues in Sydney.

I told Shaden that if she wanted to make Hugo’s day, that she should write and post a letter back to Hugo. Hugo loves keeping special little things and I knew that he’d think this was the best thing since sliced bread and it’d go straight to the pool room.

The following week I kept an eye out in the post for a letter from Shaden and it arrived, however instead of a plain old letter – it was a small parcel in a bubble wrapped postage bag which contained:

  • a letter
  • a pair of Wotif sunglasses
  • a small bottle of Wotif SPF30+ sunscreen

Shaden's reply to Hugo's letter

It’s a small thing but I love that Shaden took a couple minutes out of her day to reply to Hugo, he absolutely loved it. What I think might be even more awesome is that she signed it off with “Daddy’s Boss” which I mentioned to Shaden on the phone because that is how Hugo and Evie often refer to Shaden.

As a thank you, I sent Shaden a photo of Hugo sporting his new gear:

Hugo Wearing Wotif Sunglasses

Pretty sure I have one of the most awesome bosses in the world.

Singing Frogs

Hugo was having a shower recently and I popped my head in to ask him to rinse the soap off as it was time to hop out and get dressed into his pajamas. When I came back to the bathroom a few minutes later to check if he was ready, I found him singing an improvised song repeatedly about “rinsing the soap off” and couldn’t resist but to capture it on video given he was wearing his frog shower cap!

Hugo Performs Vanishing Coin Magic Trick

Recently Hugo walked up to me with a single gold coin in his hand and told me that he could perform a magic trick! Intrigued by the prospect of a five year old performing magic, I grabbed my phone to capture it on video and I was amazed at how well he did.

I’m not sure what is going on with the background of the video being all bendy but it definitely adds a whole new psychedelic aspect to the performance!