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.
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.
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