Mitchell goes to Interlochen!

Hey Everyone!

Mitchell was accepted into Interlochen Arts Camp this summer and entered this contest last night.

You can vote by clicking here! You may need to log into Facebook and accept the contest app and then you should be all set!

If he wins (which is quite possible as there aren’t a lot of entries) Mitchell will receive a full scholarship which we are hoping for. ūüėČ

You’re allowed to vote every 24 hours starting today through April 13th! ¬†If he wins, we should know on April 16th!

Feel free to forward this to anyone who has a Facebook account because everyone can vote.

Mitchell needs all the help he can get!

ūüôā ¬†Cheryl

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

2008 has been a very exciting, yet crazy year! ¬†If you’re up for a good read, follow along as I take you through each member of our family’s fun-filled year!
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If you’ll remember, Mary was invited to China last December with The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) to tap dance at the Beijing International Dance Festival. ¬†It was an amazing experience! ¬†She even climbed to the top of The Great Wall! ¬†On another invitation, she danced in Stuttgart Germany in March! ¬†She definitely has been the world traveler! ¬†In addition, Mary tried out and was awarded the honor of “Lieutenant” for her dance team at Wakeland High School. ¬†So her Junior year started off with a bang only to be derailed by an injury. ¬†On October 3rd Mary tore her ACL during a pep rally. ¬†On October 30th she had surgery to replace the torn ACL. ¬†Unfortunately, this meant the temporary end to her dance career. ¬†She’ll be sidelined until April 30th, six months from the time of surgery. ¬†Although she’s miserable and complains a lot about not dancing, she’s doing amazingly well! ¬†I think getting her driver’s license has helped take her mind of it somewhat as well as keeping busy with theatre in school. ¬†Brian and I keep reminding her, “At least it didn’t happen your senior year!” ¬†Her boyfriend, Sean, keeps her busy too. ¬†At least they were able to go to Homecoming before she was injured!
 
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Mitchell (13) has kept just as busy! ¬†He’s in his last year of Middle School and doesn’t have a free moment in his schedule. ¬†He earned a spot for the second year in a row on both the Griffin Middle School football and basketball teams. ¬†He’s very excited! ¬†It was just icing on the cake after an amazing fall semester. ¬†Mitchell got the lead in the school musical playing Daddy Warbucks in ANNIE. ¬†In addition he made it to phase 2 of the All Region competition for saxophone. ¬†He was just one of 5 people in the entire band to make it this far. ¬†We were extremely proud! ¬†All this while he was playing football and making all A’s in school! ¬†Mitchell amazes us that he can manage to do so well at so many different things! ¬†And guess what else? ¬†He went to Homecoming this year too with a lovely girl named Becky! ¬†I guess he likes his women older just like his dad! ¬†Becky is a Freshman in High School. ¬†Mitchell won’t be in High School until next year! ¬†
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Madeline (12) started to follow in her sister’s footprints traveling with NCYTE to far off locations. ¬†In March Madeline went to Puebla Mexico for a dance festival. ¬†Brian joined her and they both had a great time! ¬†However, this fall Madeline decided that traveling back and forth to North Carolina wasn’t what she wanted to do anymore. ¬†She felt she was missing out on too much at home and at school. ¬†So she decided to say good bye to NCYTE and take dance classes closer to home. ¬†This has freed her up to get more involved in school. ¬†In fact, she joined her brother on stage in ANNIE playing the part of Lily St. Regis (Rooster’s crazy girlfriend). Madeline feels like the theatre is her second home and has decided this is her calling! ¬†You should have heard her Jersey accent!!! ¬†Even though she played a “ding bat” on stage, she continues to be smart as a whip at school taking all honor’s classes!
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Mason (10) is quite the smart and talented guy! ¬†He continues to play basketball, get all A’s, sing in the Honor Choir and All City Choir, and now he’s added dancing to his repertoir! ¬†After auditioning for the Frisco All-City Choir and making it, he decided he wanted to give hip hop dance a whirl! ¬†Well, after his first class, his teacher pulled me aside and said, “He’s REALLY good! ¬†In fact, it’s rare to see kids this young, especially boys, have this kind of rhythm. ¬†Mason is a natural, the best in my class!” ¬†I couldn’t believe it! ¬†Mason has never had a dance class in his life! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. ¬†He comes from a very talented family! ¬†In addition to all this, Mason just got back from his fifth grade camping trip. ¬†Lucky Brian! ¬†He got to accompany Mason as a chaperone. ¬†Three days at Camp Jolt! ¬†They had a great time trying out waders and riding the zip line, but ask Brian how glad he was to be home!
 
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Mark (9) continues to be the “good” boy! ¬†He is so sweet! ¬†He always tries his best and follows all the rules. ¬†And if he doesn’t? ¬†Well, then he tells on himself or gives himself a time-out! ¬†He cracks us up! ¬†Never ask Mark how you look unless you¬†really¬†want to know the truth! ¬†I can promise you this, he won’t lie!!! ¬†His teacher adores him and so do we! ¬†On his first report card he got all “A’s” and one “B” and the only thing he could focus on was the one “B”. ¬†Crazy kid! ¬†We were so very proud of him!! ¬†He decided to give soccer a shot this year and absolutely loved it! ¬†He wasn’t very aggressive at first, but by the end of the season, he was really getting in there with the best of them. Once soccer ended, Mark started another season of basketball. ¬†He really seems to enjoy sports! ¬†I guess he’s taking after his older brothers. ¬†
 
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Matthew (6) is still his little crazy self! ¬†Everyone adores him because he’s such a crack up! ¬†He definitely marches to the beat of his own drum. ¬†For his Thanksgiving play at school, guess what part he got? ¬†The turkey! ¬†Imagine that? ¬†He was perfect for the part! ¬†The funniest turkey ever! ¬†In addition to his outgoing personality, ¬†he’s super smart too! ¬†He’s reading like crazy and he’s a whiz at spelling. ¬†It’s rare that he doesn’t come home with the “challenge” spelling list because he gets 100% on his pretest. ¬†He’s reading at a beginning 2nd grade level! ¬† It’s hard to believe our little baby boy is growing up! ¬†Oh…and one important update…Matthew just got glasses!
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Maisie (4) is growing up! ¬†She’s going to preschool all day now! ¬†She decided she was missing out on way too much going home at 11:45. ¬†She kept begging me to bring her lunch and stay all day. ¬†So now she does! ¬†I miss her though. ¬†We used to have lunch together and then cozy up and take a nap together. ¬†No more of that! ¬†I’ve been replaced! ¬†But I’m happy for her. ¬†She loves school! ¬†She’s not the youngest in her class, but she’s definitely the smallest. ¬†No one believes that she’s 4! ¬†There are kids in her class that just turned 3 that tower over her. ¬†Since she’s in Montessori, her class is comprised of 3-5 year olds. ¬†So she’s smack in the middle as far as age goes. ¬†Maisie started tap and ballet this fall and she absolutely loves every minute of it! ¬†She asks me everyday, “Is today dance day?” ¬†She’s always so disappointed when I say “No, not until Tuesday.”

Brian just started a new job in August at Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) where he is their first Vice President of IT. ¬†He seems pretty happy and looks forward to going to work every day. ¬†Of course, there’s always too much to do and not enough time to do it all. ¬†But that’s always the way, isn’t it? ¬†And when he comes home at the end of each day, I send him running here and there. ¬†He doesn’t ask too many questions. ¬†I tell him where he needs to go or what he needs to do, and he gets it done! (like taking pictures at middle school dances, building websites for Mary’s dance team, working at Pizza Hut Park… -ed) ¬†What a great husband and father! ¬†We’re so lucky!¬† ¬†{rokzoom album=|Christmas 2008|}images/stories/08xmas/22.jpg{/rokzoom}
 
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This summer we told him “Drive to MI” and he drove. ūüôā ¬†Well, actually I did most of the driving! ¬†But I had a great time at my surprise 40th birthday party! ¬†Everyone loved seeing all our old friends and family. ¬†We saw a lot of people in our seven days and the kids even got to ride in a Combine when we visited Brian’s Aunt Shirley and Grandma Kuehn on the farm!
¬†{rokzoom album=|Christmas 2008|}images/stories/08xmas/7.jpg{/rokzoom} ¬†This year I added to the fun of having a big family by flying to¬†Pennsylvania¬†to pick up my new kitty cat for Mother’s Day. ¬†She is a Korat and I named her Willow. ¬†The kids and I love to play with her. ¬† She fits right in! ¬†In fact, I’m trying to talk Brian into letting me get one more!
I’m still doing well as the mother of seven yet I’m busier than ever! ¬† You’d think having “big” kids would be helpful right? ¬†Not so much! ¬†I’m driving around constantly (no, I won’t let Mary drive her siblings around just yet) and I’m forever forgetting something. ¬†At least it’s a some“thing”¬†and not a some“one”¬†right? ¬†And then there’s homework….I thought I was done with that when I graduated college! ¬†Boy was I wrong! ¬†I have more homework now! ¬†Not only do I have things I need to read, sign, date, and send back (times 7), but then I’m tutor extraordinaire! ¬†And when it’s too hard for me, I send the kids to Brian and hope he can help. ¬†Sometimes neither one of us has a clue! ¬†Brian and I are up every night until at least 11 or 12 doing homework or laundry! ¬†It’s crazy, but we love it (most of the time) and wouldn’t change a thing.
We hope your year has been as blessed as ours has been! ¬†And we hope 2009 proves to bring more blessings to us all! ¬†Hopefully, we’ll see a stronger economy soon! ¬†Even as we worry about the uncertainties of the future, let us take a moment out of our hectic lives to remember all that we have to be grateful for. ¬†Remember, we’ve all been given the ultimate gift in our Lord Jesus Christ!
Merry Christmas!
Love, Cheryl (Brian, and gang!)

Willow

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For Mother’s Day I got a new little kitten I named Willow.  It wasn’t much of a surprise since I picked it out and actually flew to Pittsburgh Friday night to get it.  

She is a Korat which comes from Thailand and is hypoallergenic, which will be good for Mitchell.  

The kids bought me some kitten play toys for her and we’ve had a lot of fun introducing her to TX and our family.

Brian put up a few pictures from our first day with Willow.

More soon.

-Cheryl

Transformation

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OK…so Cheryl won’t write this article but I need to.  Over the past 4 months, Cheryl has been busting her tail in a workout boot-camp program at a local gym called The Ultimate Body Studio here in Frisco.

It‘s a pretty intense 1 hour a day, 5-day a week workout.  In addition to the workout, they put you through an intense detox and eating regiment.  Cheryl stuck with the program and followed the guidelines to a "T"…

The results were pretty amazing to say the least.  Over the 20 weeks, Cheryl lost over 25 pound and reduced her percent body fat from 29% down to 18%.  The results were good enough to get her inducted into the Gym’s Ultimate Fit Club, which is reserved for people who make a "Complete Body Transformation" during the first 20 weeks. 

The Gym’s owner was so impressed that he asked Cheryl if she would mind if they used her picture in marketing material and advertisements.

To the left is her after picture and if you want to see her before picture and her ad, you can do so here.

Like I said, she won’t write about it, the rest of us are very proud of her efforts and her success and thought yo might like to know. 

Cheryl’s 20 year reunion

Hey Everybody! Brian and I flew into Detroit for my 20 year high school reunion Saturday October 28th. It was a whirlwind trip but very fun! We got into Detroit Saturday morning around 1:30 A.M.!! We slept in until almost noon (which we totally needed). We ate a late breakfast/early lunch and then started getting ready for the festivities which started at 5:30. It takes a few hours to get the mother of 7 beautiful!! My friend Amy and I got our hair and makeup done! It was fun pampering ourselves. How often do we get to do that?! We partied until 2:30 A.M. and then had to be up and at 'em by 8:00 A.M. Sunday morning to be to the airport by 10:00 (we had a 12:00 flight). Yikes! All that squished into a little more than 24 hours! We wanted to be back early Sunday so we could celebrate Mary's 14th birthday with her. Plus it's hard to find someone to watch 7 kids for much longer than one day!

As you can tell by the pictures in the iWeb section, we had an awesome time!! Everybody looked amazing! Well, almost everybody. The girls definitely aged better than the boys! A few people I didn't recognize, but most of them I did. Brian was a real trooper being the "trophy" husband that he was!

Enjoy the photos!

Love, Cheryl

Merry Christmas 2005

Merry Christmas from the Doerrs!

Another year has flown by and Brian and I have found ourselves wondering where the time has gone and whose big idea it was to have 7 children?!  2005 has been a good year, albeit extremely hectic.  We love our large family, but find ourselves getting bogged down with family activities and an exorbitant amount of homework!

Mary starts high school next fall, and her homework load has picked up considerably.  In addition to school, she dances, has a lead role in the school play, and played field hockey this past fall. Mitchell and Mason are both playing basketball and have joined in the tap craze.  Madeline just earned a spot as a member of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) along with her big sis Mary. Mark started kindergarten this year and Matthew goes to preschool three days a week and then hangs out with Maisie and me at home the other two days.  Speaking of Maisie, she’s almost walking!  She’s 14 months old now and weighs a whopping 14 pounds 12 ounces!

Brian is still working for Duke and volunteering at church doing AV work and building our church website (christmethodist.org). I’ve continued my job as house manager and tutor extraordinaire in addition to directing the church Christmas Pageant and leading Madeline’s Girl Scout Troop.  Nothing new there!  

So that’s our life in a postcard.  Please drop in when you’re in town.  God bless you and your family this Christmas season.  Make sure you take time out of your busy schedule to remember the miracle of Christ’s birth.

Love, Cheryl

Easter Picture

We were in a church production of The Last Supper last night and so we broke out
the kids Easter outfits early and took a few pictures of the whole crew before
we went in. Here’s one of the better
shots:

We
had a great time in the performance. We were modern day disciples and were cast
as the butt of the "What a big family" joke (so big that they only put, "The
Doerr Family" in the program instead of all of our names, and the "What a cute
little baby" heart tug. The best part is that we just had to walk across the
stage and then sit down on stage for a few minutes. Mark, Matthew and Maisie
get taken off the stage by three of the "original"
disciples.

We had a great time and
Matthew especially LOVED it. Guess they take after their Uncle
Mark
.

Now we just have to
keep those outfits clean until next weekend…yeah
right!