Tom 2000-07


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(born October 1989 in Paris)



Tom was born in Paris the same week as the Loma Prieta earthquake that so shook up Santa Cruz County in 1989.  He lived in Paris with Ian and his mother until he was almost four, September 1993, and then in the Yvelines to the southwest of Paris, first at Le Tahu and then La Bellanderie

In June 1997, when the rest of this blended family moved to the USA, the blended country, Tom and Nick remained in France and moved back to Paris. (See history) Earlier photos of Tom can be found here.

Tom finally moved back in with us in Santa Cruz in August 1999, and here he is stuck! Well, at least until Christmas 2007, when he moved back to Paris, initially for a few weeks. He never returned home during 2008!

As our four older offspring get older, they become increasingly difficult to photograph, at least for the parents. So more recent photos come increasingly from their friends. This one on the left was taken at Pizza My Heart, on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz in early 2007. It's one of the first photos that we have of Tom since his orthodontist work was completed late in 2006.



Tom took up playing the guitar after his birthday in 2004, and has applied himself diligently to his lessons, practicing, and learning songs like The Beatles' "Blackbird" and even some Jimi Hendrix classics. Way to go, Tom! He turned seventeen in October 2006.

After graduating from High School, Tom spent a semester at Cabrillo, the local community college, and played on the street in downtown Santa Cruz with other budding musicians. Then at the end of December 2007 he went on vacation to visit his mom in Paris. From his MySpace site, we found this picture, taken during a visit to Oxford with his friend Adji.

Tom is a tough cookie. That's the first thing that you notice about him. He played rugby in Paris when he was only seven and eight, and is the only one of our boys who has actually played American football.  They won't let boys of seven or eight even play rugby in our little corner of the US: it's considered too rough here. Tom was disappointed: he really liked his rugby.

After American football and wrestling, he finally settled into the sport that unites this household, soccer, "the beautiful game," England's principal contribution to team sports (for those cricket and rugby fans out there, you're entitled to your opinions, however wrong they may be!) On the left above is a portrait taken for the team he played for with Alban in 2000. In the 2005-6 winter season, he played for the Harbor High School Junior Varsity team (photo here).

All of which has little to do with this photo by the camp fire, which simply demonstrates how photogenic he is.  It was taken during a camping trip at Big Sur in May 2001


On the right, in Carnaby Street in London, where we found a Santa Cruz icon during our summer vacation in 2001 in the presence of an O'Neill's Surf Shop, complete with the West Cliff surfer statue.  Alex is upside down, and the little arm with a plaster cast belongs to Charles.  Tom delights in playing with Alex and Charles

The photo below is his choice, because he looks smart in it. It was taken at his Uncle Antony's wedding to his Aunt Courtney in La Jolla, California in November 2003. Needless to say, Tom does not wear a tie every day!  Here's another of him at that wedding.



Tom also has great engineering instincts, although he has not been putting them to much use yet. Here is the car that he built as a junior high school project, with just a little help.

He needed some help from Nick to build the model below, in April 1999 when he had not yet turned ten, but it really was an extraordinary piece of work.  If you can't see what the model is, it's an enormous roller coaster in K'nex.


As The King of Hearts, in Happy Valley School's production of Alice in Wonderland, May 2001





On the roof of our house in Santa Cruz in early 2000. Not for any particular reason, but he sure liked it up there! Here is another one of him on the roof: it's one of his things!



Here are a few photos of Tom when he was younger. Here is Tom fooling around, as ever.


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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!