At the bottom on the left is an alphabetical list of the pages in this web site, to help you navigate if you feel so inclined.
A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.
A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.
A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.
The most recent pages of the album, copies of posts from my WordPress family blog, http://ianstock.wordpress.com/, are linked here:
http://www.zinzins.net/disneyland_weekend_2011.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/peace_train.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/manutd_v_barca.htm, http://www.zinzins.net/xmas_&_alex_birthday.htm.
We spent Christmas 1994 with the Berhaut family at Le Tahu, semi-formal suits and cocktail dresses around a candlelit dining table on Christmas Eve. It was warm and cozy and charming.
Then we spent the New Year at a hotel in Marble Arch in London's West End as a guest of Grandma.
This was the year that the grandparents stepped up. We seemed to be visiting or visited by one or the other constantly during the year, and it was all very reassuring.
We were staying with Grand-père at La Grée at the end of August when Charlie arrived at La Clinique des Augustines in Malestroit.
The nuns' Mother Superior during World War 2 was honored by Général de Gaulle for her services to the Resistance, in particular for sheltering British airmen. She was doing this before the American presence in the war was really felt, and thus before the Liberation of France could be realistically perceived. This is the kind of courage in religion that makes it easy to have faith!
De Gaulle also honored all of Brittany for its peoples' efforts on behalf of the Resistance, in a very practical way. He promised them that they would never have to pay to use the new turnpikes that France was building in Brittany. So now when you arrive in Brittany from the rest of France, the paying autoroute turns into a free autoroute at the border. Too few know why.
We took the children back home to the Forest of Rambouillet in time for school, and daily life continued. The school was a quaint little village school, which meant that the Principal, Madame Vidal, was very important. She indeed put a lot of effort into garnishing her own coming retirement.
We did the weekly shopping about twice a week at Carrefour, the local hypermarket, where for some reason we always seemed to have lots of fun. Lunch on those shopping days was at Flunch, French fast food with an anglicized name.
The children's athletic interest was judo or bicycling, with weekly classes and occasional competitions in the former. They went to parties and held parties and made friendships that in some cases have lasted through years of living on different continents.
Ian continued working from home, and the advantages of the portable computer which he had first acquired when he hung out his own shingle in August 1992 were becoming clearer. With a fax program installed, not only were his professional faxes available wherever he was with his PC, he could even convert them into text and work on them. So draft contracts could be converted and modified without typing the whole thing. Now that was a labor-saving device for a two-finger typist!
Our regular visits to Disneyland Paris continued throughout the year. The divorces were wending their slow way through the legal system and the children's lives. Disneyland was where they could always be children, and they were. Charlie's first visit was when he was 16 days old, just to get him juiced in it. In the photo, one of the children, we think Thomas, is holding his mini sleeping bag open.
Here is our carousel of time, and here are the other annual updates: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Listing of Pages in the Site
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