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.
Alex is our littlest, our farewell to our own procreation. His mother was expecting him when we left France, and he was born in Santa Cruz early in 1998. Unlike all our other children, he has only ever had one home.
Like Charlie, the older children gelled around him and loved to play with him. Of course, that was a little more difficult for Nick and Tom at first, because the courts retained them in France until August 1999. They only saw him during irregular vacations until he was a year and a half old.
By the time this tapestry was completed, in 2008, the older children were less present in Alex's life. Nick was already 22 years old, Daphné 21 and Tom and Alban 19. All were more focused on their own lives, turning outward, of course, away from the family they were raised in, moving in and out of the house.
Charlie remains only two years older than Alex, and he stuck with his little bro., always loyal, as the older children dispersed and became young adults. And Alex continued to admire his big brother. Their friendship remained an anchor in both their lives.
On the left is our favorite recent photo of Alex, taken by Jim Hatfield for Happy Valley School in Santa Cruz in September 2005.
Way to go, Jim, you nailed it!
On the right, in what was his and Charlie's joint bedroom, 2004. It's now his very own!
There is a delicacy about Alex, about his features and his build.
But that's not all there is. These two photos give an idea of his range. They don't show you his will, which has been developing over the years.
He resists the violin more as he gets older, but can still produce some beautiful notes, plaintiff and fragile. More photos of Alex and his violin on the music page.
In soccer, he's a lot tougher than he looks. He's got vision to see what's happening around him, and a serious shot.
Plus, as is demonstrated on the right, he already has a good sense of what is important in life! (It was first time that he had seen such a bill, and he liked it!)
Alex was baptized in Brittany in 2004 at the church where his grandfather plays the organ.
Listing of Pages in the Site
. . . with Alban