Thank you all for helping me out here. I did a littler more research and found that Cuisinart sells the MultiClad Pro set that others seem to like. There is nowhere within 100 miles that has a display of the stuff to show her. I guess it is basically is an internet item for the company. I'm not sure if I like the brushed SS on the outside anyways.
So I showed my wife yesterday what I was up to - no surprises here - I want her to get something she wants. In the end, she saw the AllClad and liked it. I asked her what sizes she would like of each pot/pan and it appears the 14 piece set is the one that will do the job better (most items larger in the set). Looks like I'll go that route. The 14 piece set over the 9 piece will be a surprise! Much, much more money then I wanted to spend - but she's worth it. Besides, we have five kids and they will have something to fight over when we're gone.
Thanks again to all for your input and have a great Christmas!