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:
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.
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.
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.
Listing of Pages in the Site
. . . with Alban