Nick 1999-2007


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Nicholas, born in New York City in July 1986

Nick (1999 - 2007)



We should have a picture of Nick alone for the top of his page, but rarely seem to have the opportunity to photograph him alone these days. For one thing, he spent the six months from July 2004 to January 2005 in Europe, based with his mother in Paris but wandering around from country to country and job to job. He spent a second six months in Paris with his mom, this time from January to June 2007.

Even when he is in Santa Cruz he's been pretty busy. He started at Cabrillo, the local junior college, in January 2005, and has been programming for a living since June 2005. First, he was employed by a company in Scotts Valley, full time in the summer and part time during the school year, and then working independently for a web applications company. 

We also see him less because he moved out of the family home in July 2005, becoming our first to leave the nest. It's a sad feeling as the children start to spread their wings, but a teenager needs to find his or her own way in the world. And woe betide anyone who questions that prerogative! He does come back to stay with us from time to time, when things go wrong in the outside world, but only for as long as he can stand it. 

So we tend to see him mostly on special occasions, like Thanksgiving. This photo of him helping Alex to some grapes was taken at the Hanlons on Thanksgiving 2005. We also spent Thanksgiving 2004 with the Hanlons (although none of the older children elected to accompany us on that occasion) in Death Valley.


Here he is with Gael, a friend from his years in France (much younger, he is in at least two of the photos here) who came to visit during the summer of 2005. We went on a trip to Yosemite, where this was taken. Nick dragged Gael all the way up Half Dome and back in about 8 hours and 20 minutes, which we are told is a very good pace, even for an athlete!





Here's an interesting profile, a still from a short film that Nick made while staying in Paris in late 2004.




2004 was a particularly tough year for Nick, and in some sense for the rest of us. 2003 and 2005 brought their issues, as does adolescence generally. But 2004 was very unlucky and troubled. However much we try as parents, things can and do go wrong. They did for Nick that year. The state of his car was the least of his problems, the least of our problems. We're all doing what we can to work through them.

This is about the time when parental anxieties begin to peak.  What was fooling around a few years before can become much too serious as a child ages.

As Charlie says, Nicholas is the "plus grand enfant", the biggest child, but is one of five "ainés" (older children) in this blended family: Marie-Hélène and Ian  were each the older in the Berhaut and Stock families of their respective childhoods, Daphné was the older relative to Alban in the her mother's and father's family, Nick was the older relative to Tom in his mother's and father's family, and Charles is the older relative to Alex in the Stock-Berhaut-Brun family. 

You may find all this complicated (although we do try to explain on this page), but they have no trouble with it at all.  Each has the simple rule that he or she is the boss no matter what anyone else may say! Much of the time, it's a barely restrained anarchy. On ne s'appel pas des zinzins pour rien !

On the right is one of the last pre-teen photos of Nick, taken at Disneyland in March 1999, when he was still 12.  "Ch-ch-ch-changes!"  Through nobody's fault adolescence arrived, and the parents had barely adjusted to childhood! The other half of this photo, and the reason why it appears here in two halves, can be found here


Celebrating Alban's 18th birthday at Rosie McCann's in downtown Santa Cruz. September 2007.


Here's one of him dressed up for his cousin Antony and Courtney's wedding, a beautiful show that the bride's and groom's families put on in La Jolla in November 2003. The invitation said semi-formal, and Nick was duly offered his first suit.  He's letting it all hang out at the reception, held at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. There's nothing like a little rock and roll and an attractive dance partner to make you feel good!




Here he is after moving back in with us in the summer of 1999 (see history), with his birthday eMachines computer.  (We would like to thank eMachines and AOL for enabling us to afford a computer for a 13th birthday!) 



Still at it in December 2007! Now he hooks up his own Dell notebook with Charles' eMachines so that he can work on two screens. He works as a programmer, part-time or full-time as the spirit moves him.

  Here's another recent picture, this time with Alex on the deck at home. It was father's day.




Here's a great but rare recent photo of Nick with Alban and Daphné, taken at Thanksgiving 2005. Tom went to Thanksgiving dinner at his grandfather's in Palo Alto, and the rest of us dined with the Hanlons.



Graduating from Branciforte Junior High, June 2000. he had been in the US for one year, eighth grade. Here is his graduation from Scotts Valley High School four years later.




As the license plate says, . . .


Here is a great one of Nick on a water ride in England, and here he is doing one of the things that he still does best, playing with Charlie and Alex.  He likes soccer, surfing, and going to La Grée. He likes swimming, halloween and Christmas. He loves his work as a computer programmer. Finally, here are a few earlier pictures of Nicholas, when he was a small boy in Paris.


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. . . with Alban
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. . . 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!