Matthew’s 3rd Birthday

Matthew wanted to go to Chuck E. Cheese’s for his birthday, which kicks off a month in which we have 3 birthdays in 4 weeks. We had a good time and you can check out the photos in the media gallery.

But while we’re on the subject of Chuck E. Cheese, I have to rant a bit…

I have to say that Chuck E. Cheese is not what it used to be when I was a kid. While they still have the animatronic stage show, games, play area and pizza, its all pretty lame in comparison to the late 70’s.

Back then it was mostly an arcade with food, with emphasis on the arcade. The place was dark and there were dozens and dozens of games everywhere. I loved playing football , asteroids and of course space invaders . At one I went to when I was probably 7, there was even a mini ferris wheel you could ride on.

In comparison, today’s Chuck E. Cheese is bright and cheery (okay…that might a bit better when I’m trying to track down my kids) and there are only about 15 games to play. Most of them for very small children. I think that their target market has dropped from teen and tweenagers, down to 2-9 and that has driven the shift in what games they have.

Its a bummer because I think a few better games would keep adults there a bit longer with their kids and drive more token/pizza sales. But then again, once you’ve had the pizza maybe not. I wish cardboard came to mind as that would have been better. Maybe its always been like that and if it has, thank you Dad for suffering through it for me! I’m definitely going to try and talk Mason out of it if he wants to go to Chuck E. Cheese for his birthday


Posted: Wed – April 13, 2005 at 11:07 AM

Dino Dance

Once upon a time, the dinosaurs were doing tap dancing.
Some of the dinosaurs got pinched on the trees.
A blue Stegosaurus came to help them off the trees.

He gave each one a Band-Aid? and then they all started to dance again.

-Mark Doerr

Busy time at the Doerrstop Inn

Well as you can tell from the previous posts, we had Cheryl’s brother in for a few nights last week…and the day he left, my parents flew in from MI for the weekend.  They came down to see Mary’s tap show at the Carolina Theatre and to catch up with the kids.  We had a great time and here is a quick shot we took of all the kids with Grandma and Grandpa before they hit the tarmac.


If you want to make a reservation at the Doerrstop Inn just give us a call.  We can always make room.


New Site Design for

While my Dad was here I talked him into buying a domain for his church. I spoke with my good friend Gobie over at Kolusu Networks in Toronto and he hooked us up, hosting our DNS and the website. If you need a great host check him out. Mention me and he might give you a good deal…or a swift kick in the pants. 🙂

I then set my Dad loose with iBlog and helped him setup and design his site. Now he has a great looking site that is simple to maintain. If you have a Mac with OS X, it doesn’t get any easier.

Check it out and let us know what you thought.

If you are interested in having me design your site, send me a note by clicking on the feedback button below.


Early Birthday from Grandma and Grandpa

Over spring break my Grandparents came to visit and they brought me an early birthday present. They got me a gift card to Toys R Us . They just left today and we went to Toys R Us this afternoon and I got Pokemon  cards, a Pokemon movie and new batteries for my video game. Here is a picture of me and my presents.   


Uncle Rob Came to Town Riding in a Minivan

My uncle Rob came on Tuesday during spring break. His children came too and their names are Alex and Nicholas.

Alex is eight and in third grade just like I am but he is 4 weeks older than me. Nicholas is 5 years old and in Kindergarten. We had a wonderful time with them.

First we went to Durham and had lunch with my Dad at Rudino’s near his work . Then we went to The Musem of Life and Science and rode the train and played in the bubbles.

The next day we went downtown on the bus and ate lunch. After that we stopped by the UNC lacrosse field to see if they were playing. We found out that they were playing in one hour. Uncle Rob wanted to see the game so we let him stay till the game started. We tried to get on one bus home but we think the bus came early so we went to a bulding close by and got some water and a bus route map. Then we went and caught a bus and rode home. That was such a fun day!

We said good bye before we went to bed because they were going early the next morning at six o’clock and woke up at five o’clock. That was the end of my adventure!


New Evolution Video

Just a quick note tonight to tell you I have another new Evolution
video up movie section of the media gallery called 05 Dry Bones. This one is a quick montage set of Ezekiel 37 1-8 by Tal
from our congregation. This is the first part of a passage many refer to as the
Dry Bones passage. In it, we hear from Ezekiel of God’s power to breathe the
breath of life back into a valley of dry bones, speaking to the hope God gives
to the lost.
Let me know what you