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  • 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…

  • 12 days in Florida . . .

    This summer vacation in 2000 started with a flight from San Francisco to Memphis, and on to Orlando. It was no ordinary flight . . . . We all want to thank Northwest Airlines, and…

  • Disney Rides

    It’s true. We realize that four Disney pages is a lot in a family photo album. But nothing that you can buy gave this family more pleasure during our early years together than The…

  • Residents of Disneyland . . .

    Check out the sweater! When our older children were regular visitors at the Paris Disneyland, they each had Disney sweaters, and wore them if we could arrange that. I had one too,…

  • Moving House

    Sounds easy doesn’t it? But it took more than three years for our furniture to move from La Bellanderie to Santa Cruz. Why?   First and most importantly, Tison S.A. the furniture moving company based in Coignières…

  • Young Tom (1989-94)

    Tom was born in Paris in the same week in 1989 that the Loma Prieta earthquake shook the Bay Area. The World Series was in progress, with the players on the ball…

  • Young Nick (1986-1994)

    Nick is a Leo with Leo rising. There you have it! Although he was born in Manhattan, he was moved to Paris when only six months old in February 1987. This was his…

  • Young Daphné (1987-97)

    Daphné was born in August 1987 in Malestroit, Brittany, during Marie-Hélène’s summer vacation at La Grée. Maman loved to get away from the hustle and bustle of Paris. La Grée is located near where…

  • Young Alban (1989-1996)

    Several of the photos on this page were taken before our family blended, when Alban and Daphné lived in Paris with Maman and Pierre Brun, their dad. I found them in Marie-Hélène’s own collection…

  • Young Charles (1995-9)

    Charles was born in August 1995 in Malestroit (the nearest town to La Grée) at the end of our summer vacation that year in Brittany near Brocéliande. Our little world gelled around Charlie from his…

  • Young Alexander

    Né en janvier 1998 à Santa Cruz, Californie (toujours le bébé!) Toujours le coquin aussi ! On dit “toujours le bébé” parce que maman a annoncé la fermeture de l’usine, un fait déploré mais…

  • Alex arrives in 1998

    First things first: Alexander Marc Edward Stock was born in January 1998 at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. His arrival was a bit of a shock for Charlie.  One moment Alex wasn’t…

  • Our first years in Santa Cruz . . .

    Occasionally, magazines or web media like Yahoo will list sources of possible stress in a person’s lifetime, and attempt to compare them or rank them. There are terrible life-changing occurrences on these…

  • La Bellanderie (1996-7)

    “Le bonheur grande nature. Une seule année aura suffi pour nous faire regretter cette maison à deux pas du Paris-Brest dans les Yvelines. Au rez-de-chaussée, les pièces communes, petit salon, grand salon, bibliothèque et…

  • Grandma Stock

    My mother left us all on July 24, 1996, but not before giving our entire new family a rousing welcome and wonderful support. Grandma took my new blended family to heart, all of…