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.
Although Nick was born in Manhattan, he was moved to Paris when he was only six months old in February 1987. There he stayed for over twelve years, until moving with Tom to California to rejoin the rest of us in 1999. The rest of us had moved here in 1997, but Nick and Tom were held up by the French courts until 1999 (see History). By now, he has graduated High School.
But this page is devoted to the early years. Here he is on the left at age four at Aquaboulevard de Paris, a water park that was kind enough to open on the southern outskirts of the city while we lived there. Our children all adore swimming pools.
On the right is one taken around the time that Tom arrived, when Nick was a little over three, with Banane, our little tortoiseshell cat. Nick named her Banane because when we were given her and asked him to name her, "banane" was the only word that he spoke. Guess what he ate an awful lot of!!
On the left, and jumping around in time, with his dad at Disneyland in Paris. Needless to say, the hat was his father's.
Paris had the advantage of being relatively close to his paternal grandma, who lived just west of London. Here she is (on the right below) in early 1990, in the kitchen of her home in Marlow, with Nick aged three and a half and Tom just a baby.
Under the tea cozy there was certainly a pot of tea. Grandma loved her cup of tea. Nick was very sad when she passed away in July 1996.
By an unfortunate coincidence, she was buried on his birthday. So after the funeral we went to Cadburyland, England's real live chocolate factory amusement park, not ten miles from the grave. Cadburyland is always there now when we visit the grave, which has all kinds of good consequences.
On the left, he has always been an adventurer. Here, in Yosemite, during our 1998 summer vacation he jumped into the Merced river. Cold! Tom and his dad were in a raft floating around the bridge, and took the picture from the raft.
On the right, a little later, early 1999, in Disneyland.
Below right, here he is taking care of his first little brother, Tom, at the local park in Paris when he was four and Tom was one and a half. The relationship between the two goes up and down, and can be extremely loud, but the roots were good and should win the day in time.
And he's always been a bit of a clown, quite a convincing little clown. The photo below left was taken at 4, rue Ernest Cresson in Paris, probably in 1991.
Listing of Pages in the Site
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