What’s up in Frisco?

Well, It's been a while since my last post and a ton of things have happened around the Doerr household.   First of all we closed on our house at the end of January.  That is not to say that we've been done with the builders.  Oh no, they have been trying to fix a leak in our front facade that drains onto the floor in our foyer since we moved in.  They've pulled the foyer walls down twice and we now think they have it fixed.  We're almost done with that nightmare. 

Then in February Brian's company announced that they were going private.  A bit scary as there would be more pressure on the team but overall not a bad thing.  Just when the deal was about to be finalized, another company, CHS, came in and offered $500 million more than the private equity group.  Suddenly we went from going private to being bought by a smaller company who used investors and our own money to buy us. 

The deal is set to close at the end of July and at that point I'll be working for CHS for a bit until I am severed in October.  I'm talking with people around the country now about the next step in my career and have a few firms and some ideas in the works.  I may also work on a contract basis with CHS if they need me past the sever date.  We'll see.

Those are the two biggest reasons I haven't been posting.  If I would have started writing at the time these things were going on, I would have said things I shouldn't have…you know what I mean. Sealed

Things at home are bit crazy as well.  We planned on putting in a pool this spring but with the uncertainty around how long we'd be staying, we decided to hold off and that has made the summer interesting for Cheryl and the kids.  We've gone to Six Flags twice and to the neighborhood pools a few times and luckily all the rain has kept it cooler than normal around here.  Although the cesspool that sits next to my house when it rains is not too much fun.

That's pretty much what's up around here.  I'm going to try and be better about posting (and getting the family to post).

-Brian

Caper 2006

You probably thought that we were skipping 2006 with everything going on. But the fact of the matter is that we were too busy having a great time around Texas to get it finished. (we’ll have some new pictures up regarding that shortly!) But it’s here in all its’ glory.

I also haven’t had time to figure out a new photo/video manager so I’ve created a new video site. You can use the Movies button up top or click here. Until I have it figured out I’ll use these and store all of the old stuff under the archive section.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

-Brian

We’re Back!

We were having a bit of trouble with the site so I wiped it clean yesterday and reloaded the entire thing.  I'll be checking out everything over the next few days but it is looking good so far.  Please let me know if you see something's not working.


-Brian

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House Update

We're makin progress.  The brick is all on, the wood floors are all in and the cabinets, tile and counters are all just about finished.  They will tell us by the end of next when they expect for the house to be finished but we expect that it will be around christmas time.  

We're all getting real excited and we all went over to the house to see how it is coming and check out things.  The kids really liked the fireplace so I took a picture of most of them sitting on the hearth.
So if you havent made plans for your winter break trip, call us up and let us know when you'll be stoppin in.  We'll be ready!
-Brian



Photo update

I'm still going to wait on input but I'm thinking that iWeb will be the tool of choice.  People seem to like it best,  its simply too easy to set up and it integrates well with iPhoto.  In fact it's so easy, I should be able to realod all the old photos from the old doerrstop.com that have been languishing on my hard drive since the 9.0 upgrade.

-Brian 

Want more photos…I need your help

I’m trying to decide what to do with the photo section. I have the current photo gallery that needs some work and has always been a bit buggy, and I have two alternatives, Expose and iWeb.  I’d like everyone to take a look at each of them (there are temporary links to each in the menu bar above) and then vote for your favorite on the survey. 

I’ll wait a few weeks and see which one people think is best and go from there.

Thanks for your help!

-Brian

Well skin me a toad in the hot sunlight!

Yup!  You guessed it.  Its Hot!  I mean Hot!  Real Hot!  Its hotter than the hinges of hades out there and we're busy tryin' to stay cool!  We have averaged over 100 for I can't remember how long.  Its so hot our Chevy Venture's temp guage now reads random temps in the 70s and 80s…wishful thinking on the cars part I bet.

In other TX related news, our kids started school this week and everything seems to be going very well.  Everyone but Maisie is in school five days a week with Matthew now heading off to Frisco Montessori each day.  The only trouble is that Cheryl spends about 3-4 hours per day getting kids to and from school.  Yikes! All aboard!  Well so far Maisie has been handling being carted around every day pretty well and we hope the drivee-time will get shorter as everyone figures out the school schedules and pickup situations.

Our house is coming along too, although we have had some issues with the builder not following the plans too closely and we've been meeting with them weekly to discuss issues.  The problems mostly stem from the fact that the house we bought was planned for someone else and when they backed out, we jumped in.  Well, the first buyer had made quite a few random changes which we reversed to the original spec.  We also made additional modifications as needed.  We met with all involved and documented the final plans.  You would think this would set everything straight…think again.

Since doing all of this, we have found numerus problems which were either items the first buyer wanted that we wanted removed but are still being built into our house, items we added but are not being built into the house, or things that were not on any plan we are aware of, but are still being built into our house.  Items like doors missing, windows missing, closets missing, gas outside fixtures being added, sink plumbing added, a wood burning fireplace rather than gas fireplace, ceiling variations, floor plugs on the opposite side of the room and shower pans poured into the foundation in the wrong places.

In addition we pointed out some structual problems we see with the roofing of the house and are concerned about.  To that end, we sent them photos of the issues and have contacted a structual engineering company to advise us on the integrity of the structure.

The builder has stated that they will fix all of these things and has fixed some of them at this point.  Its just driving Cheryl crazy that all of these problems keep coming up and are not addressed quickly.  We are meeting with the builder and rep Monday evening again to discuss our concerns and see what we can do to get things straightened out.  At this point I told Cheryl that if she wants to, with all of the documentation around the problems and things not being addressed, I think we could easily get out of this deal if she wants to.  We'll see what happens next week and keep you all informed.

Well,  I'd better get to bed.  It's getting late and I need my beauty sleep.  I know I've been bad about getting new photos up so I'll try to get some photos of the kids going off to school and our house up in the next few days.

Take Care!

-Brian