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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,, are linked here:,,,




The hardest pictures to get are ones of all eight of us together. And it's getting harder for the simple reason that our four adolescents have better things to do than hang out with the parents!

During the nine years that we have been eight, since Alex was born, we have had four taken successfully. We did this one in 1999 after a late fall's Sunday morning surfing (or to be more honest boogie boarding) on Capitola Beach. Nick and Tom had been living with us for only two months after the end of their judicially enforced two-year separation. I tried to fix the red lips on this one, but to no avail!

Of the other three of the eight of us, one is on the Home page and the others below. 

Needless to say, as the four older children grow older (we hesitate to say "mature" as a general rule: it is a little early for that!), we spend less time all together.  It used to be that every weekend we'd eat dinner out all together at least once, and every weeknight we'd all sit down to dine together. Not any more.  We still try to keep that special contact that comes from breaking bread with people, even when those people drive you crazy much of the time (we recognize that this feeling is mutual between the parents and the older children at this point), but the occasions are fewer and far apart: birthdays and the like.

On the right is a typical illustration of the problems that we had obtaining photographs of all of us. The six people in that 1994 photo comprised the entire household at the time, but only the faces of four of us are visible. There was so much movement, so much excitement, that the amateur photographer who could keep us all in line was almost impossible to find. We see Nick is yelling, Tom jumping around, Alban looking at the other wall and Daphné doing we don't know what!

For Ian's birthday in December 2002, below, all of the children agreed to defer their pressing social obligations and visit the local mall photographer together. Alban, on the far right, is wearing a soccer T-shirt, which fits. We're one of the local soccer families, with several matches a weekend each fall and spring, not to speak of the mid-week and mid-season training! 

Which leaves us looking forward to the time when we've all moved over this hump and can look forward again to being together as a goal in and of itself.  Our friends tell us that the hump won't last forever. We believe, because we parents remember how it was for each of us with our respective families.




Around December 1994, when they were only four.  Charles, our first joint effort, arrived in August 1995, and Alexander in January 1998.



All eight skiing at Alpine meadows in Lake Tahoe in April 2002.  It was 60 degrees in the sun, and the snow was still deep!!  Charlie and Alex both sulked for this picture, which made no sense because they both had the time of their lives skiing.  What can we do?


Six of us at La Grée with Grand-père modelling T-shirts that Tante Lucette had kindly sent us from Provence.  Daphné and Alban were with their father during this part of the 2001 summer vacation.


Ian's birthday in 1999.  The young woman in front is Amélie, who lived with us for the 1999-2000 school year and helped with the kids' homework, etc. before moving on, first to complete her college work in UC Berkeley and then back to France to do graduate work. She is missed in Santa Cruz.  Here's another shot of her with her copine Camille.



This was taken on Tom's birthday in 2004, but if you look carefully you'll notice that Nick was replaced here by his friend Valentin from Paris. Nick was touring in Europe for six months, and Valentin lived in his room for a few months.


It's Ian's birthday in late 2005, and the heathen throngs gather for a now rare dinner at home together. Tom is messing around with his glass of milk (there's always someone acting up!).

Both photos on the bottom row were taken in our breakfast nook at home, adorned with grand-père's photos of Bretagne.


The other family groups have a stronger lien still: the four older children all still dote on Alex and Charles, as can be seen here, here, here, and here.


Listing of Pages in the Site

. . . with Alban
. . . with Daphne
. . . with Nicholas
. . . with Thomas
2008 Diary
2008 Special Days
2009 Daphne Alban
2009 Diary
2009 Sports
2009: Tom in IOW
2009: Tom Visits
Alban 1997-2007
Alban Petit 1989-96
Alban with friends
Alex & Charlie's Friends
Alex 1998-2002
Alex Arrives
Alexander 2002-07
Big kids with . .
Breakers '05
Charles & Alex 2
Charles & Alex 3
Charles 1995-9
Charles 2000-07
Charlie's Here
Childrens' parties
Courtney & Antony's Wedding
Daphné 1997-2007
Daphné Petite 87-97
Death Valley
Diary to 2007
Dirty babies
Disney Decor
Disney Residents
Disney Rides
Disneyland 2011
Down the Coast
Faby & Jean
Family Groups
Fooling around
Graduations 2007
Graduations I
Happy Valley
Her Family
Her Friends
His Family 1
His Family 2
Historical Themes
Ian in England
Ian's 50th Birthday
Ian's friends
Ian's Work
Journal from 2008
La Bellanderie
La Grée
La Radinerie des Berhauts
Laura & Damian
Law School Reunion
Le Tahu
Little little guys
Maman Fille
Man Utd v. Barca
Missing You
Mountain Biking
Moving House
Moving Out
New York
Nick 1999-2007
Nick younger
Our Cars
Our Cats
Our Homes
Our House!
Pacific Grove
Papa Ian
Peace Train
Photo Albums
Pools I (1998-2001)
Pools II (2004)
Portraits 2008
Risky Flight
Road Trip!
Santa Cruz
Soccer in 2003
Soccer in 2008
Soccer: hobby #1!
Special Days
St. Malo
Surfing USA
Tahoe Weekend
Thanksgiving 2005
The Hanlons
Thorpe Park
To Santa Cruz
Tom 2000-07
Tom in Paris in 2008
Tom younger
West Cliff
Xmas 1994 -2001
Xmas 2002-2007
Zinzins in California!