New Photo Gallery Up!

It's been a while since I posted my poll asking for comments on the photo gallery and when I was taking a look at the poll results I decided to look around and see what has happened in the photo gallery landscape.  I looked at all the galleries I could find like:


Yikes!  There were a lot of choices but after careful consideration finally picked RSGallery2.  It seemed easy to install, modify and had the flexibility I needed, not to mention the cool scrolling image tool on the right.  Many grandparents will be happy to know that you can download high-res versions (as available) from the gallery.

So to quench everyone's thirst for photos, I loaded up some 1000 of the most recent and am migrating all the photos from the variaous different systems I've tried over the years to this system.  Once complete, it will become the mother of all online family photo albums.  Bet you can't wait.

To take a look just click on the Photos button up top and be sure to vote on your favorite shots and leave comments.




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).


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.


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.



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!

Pictures from Sky Ranch

My dad finally got around to putting together a couple pages of the photos he and a few others took at Sky Ranch.  You can check them out by going to the iweb link up top.


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