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.
Cars are not a big deal for this household, except to those of driving age who for whatever reason do not yet have one. Then cars are a very big deal!
RVs are also sort of a big deal, but that's another story! Our first car in California, the Mazda that Sue and Derek, our in-laws, sold us for $1,000 soon after we arrived in 1997, can also be seen on that page.
This Solara on the left had a few moments of glory, because the top came off! Here are Charlie and Brigette, his best buddy from Kindergarten at Happy Valley School, going cruisin' in the convertible in spring 2001! But the thrill of the convertible top wore off before the monthly payments reduced, and we sold it early.
Here on the right is one of our workhorses, the Suburban, which filled that role from 1999, when Nick and Tom rejoined us in Santa Cruz, to 2003. Not a particularly pretty car, and environmentally very unsound, but it did carry all of us in relative comfort with a lot of luggage.
We're a bit of a workhorse family when it comes to cars. They do a job. Our first collective car was our first workhorse, a Ford Aerostar that was ours from 1994 through leaving France in 1997 that appears on this page. Next are two other Aerostar photos.
For some reason, Nick here adorns the Mercedes that Ian leased from 2003 to 2006. It was a better deal than the Solara (thank you Robert Hammer), and with its excellent sound system and 200 hp, was a lot of fun to drive. Daphné's Focus is in the background. It was July of 2004, she had yet to turn 17, and she already had a car!
Below right is another of the Focus. Alex and Daphné were washing, and perhaps Charlie was there too but out of the photo.
And below left here is the Volvo getting a wash, this time from Alban, Charlie and Alex. The Volvo replaced the Suburban in 2003 as the older children spent less time with the rest of us. It carried six with the rear-facing seat in the trunk, and used about 2/3 the gas. These photos of the children washing the car should not mislead you into thinking that it was a regular event. Rather, on the rare occasions when it happened, out came the camera!
We have not been very successful in other vehicles. Ian offered Marie-Hélène the beautiful Virago on the left for her birthday in 1999, something that she had mentioned that she had always wanted. But with all the family responsibilities and the switchback in our driveway, she was not able to ride it enough.
Then Nick had the moped below for running around town, and it was stolen from in front of the local cinema on Pacific Avenue.
On the left is the "vanity" plate that has adorned Ian's Altima hybrid starting in 2007.
We like license plates with a message, even if we need to add letters to get the message across!
Changing the subject, below left is dashboard perfection, caught in 2005 by Marie-Hélène in what was then her Volvo.
We were out for dinner, knowing that the 111,111 miles was coming up, and she had already synchronized the trip odometer to give us 111.1 simultaneously. We were ready for a great collection of ones.
But it got better when, after dinner, she though to see what the temperature was in Celsius: in Fahrenheit, there were no ones in view. At the restaurant it was 9C. At home a little later it was 6C. But in downtown Santa Cruz, where she parked to marvel at this extraordinary sight and preserve it for posterity, it was 11C.
Okay, so we did wind the clock on so that we did not have to sit in the center of town for an hour and a half. But how many times have you seen anything close to those numbers!
Here are some of the things that we care more about than cars: swimming, soccer, diving, surfing, homework, more soccer, trains, funfairs, screens, mountain biking, stamping, more soccer.
Listing of Pages in the Site
. . . with Alban