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  • 2009 Sports

    In prior years, most of our sports have been soccer, or football as they call it in England. We’re still doing a lot of soccer, but 2009 included other sports, involving varying degrees of…

  • The American Dream

    Unlike RVs, cars are not a big deal for this household, except to those of driving age who for whatever reason do not yet have one. Then cars are a very big deal!…

  • Stamping

    During the course of our lives together, Marie-Hélène finally began to have some real time for herself as the older children became more self-sufficient. She had been the only taxi driver for all the…

  • Skiing

    We can’t really say that skiing is a family hobby, although Marie-Hélène’s and my first date was a ski weekend in Megève in early 1994. That weekend could have been the start of something great.…

  • Music to our ears . . .

    Music is one of those rare activities that both the parents and the children in our whirlwind of energy get into. The parents came first, of course. I inflicted what they now call…

  • Legal eagle!

    Okay, we can’t argue with the obvious: being a corporate lawyer is not very sexy, and being a lawyer often evokes a certain disdain. Just in case I had not noticed this regrettable…

  • Alban’s Hobby

    One of the later hobbies to make an appearance, and not a long one at that, was Alban‘s alone. During the spring of 2004, he graduated from soccer and skateboarding to mountain biking. Well, he…

  • Trains

    My grandfather, great grandfather, great-uncle, great great-uncles and great great grandfather all worked for the Great Western Railway, or GWR, in England, as did the widow of one of them, for a total of…

  • Home in 2003

    Marie-Hélène chose May 2003 to put together a library of photos of our home. My guess is that her doing so indicates that she was satisfied with where it was by then…

  • Homework

    Okay, so homework was never really a hobby, not like soccer, swimming pools, Disney, Halloween or other real childhood pleasures. It was an institutionally required activity. As such, it was unlikely to…

  • Swimming Pools

    Here’s Alban at Disneyland. Is this boy happy, or what!! By the way, Alban does not want to convey the impression that he cannot swim. He can now. When this photo was taken, in…