Sunday, May 25

Congratulations Candra!!!!

We would like to wish a congratulations to one of our talented class instructors Candra George. She has been asked to join the Prima team as new Prima Instructor. We are so excited for her!!! We will keep you all updated on the exciting details.

Thursday, May 22

Sutherland Twins: 4 months old!!!

Hello Family and Friends,

Today marks 4 months of life for our beautiful girls. We are in the midst
of sleep training them so that we will get some sleep soon. It is one
constant loss-of-sleep party, but we love having them home with us.

There aren't many changes to report from last month - milestones will be
slower than they were with Trinity. The doctor tells me that they will
"catch up" to full-term kids by about age 2.

Enjoy the photos - # 1 is Felicity, #2 F is left and C is right and #3 is
Charity. Aren't they gorgeous??

Big sister continues to adjust. She asks me about once each week, "Mommy,
why did you make two babies?" Hmm, I am wondering the same thing...

We are in awe of God's grace as we look back on how far they have come.
Thank you to those who have prayed, those who have provided meals and to
those who have come help us. We are forever indebted to you during this
huge transition and we thank God for you.


Tuesday, May 20

Simply Scrapbooks First Ever Scrapbook Field Trip!!!

Don't miss out on all the fun! There is still plenty of room on our bus for you and your friends! Reserve your seat now by online or in the store.

Call your friends and get on board for this all-day scrapbook shopping extravaganza. This is one event you do not want to miss! An entire day of scrapping, shopping, laughing and learning.
June 7th we will depart from Simply Scrapbooks at 9:00am and travel by coach bus to Scrapbook Safari in Woodland Hills, CA. Here you will be greeted by muffins and juice to energize you for a day of make-n-takes and of course, shop time!! Lunch will provided. Following lunch your party will be bussed back to Simply Scrapbooks for another fabulous make-n-take. You should arrive back in Bakersfield around 5pm.
Price of trip is $55.00 Don't miss your chance to be chauffeured around with your girlfriends for a day of fun and relaxation!! Sign ups begin March 15th.

***A crop with a fabulous dinner including dessert will be available following the bus trip. Crop is limited to the first 28 sign ups for a fee of $20.00

Check out where we are going!!! Scrapbook Safari in Woodland Hills, CA:

Tuesday, May 6

Mother's Day Crop

Go ahead and take the evening off. This time you don't even need an excuse. Put your feet up and crop the night away leaving dinner to us. We'll bring in a fabulous homemade meal right to your table. Brookside Market will be providing you with your own hand-made chicken pot pies bubbling hot, and served with a fresh garden salad and dinner rolls. Sweet Surrender will also be providing us with there fabulous Red Velvet cake for dessert. Don't miss your guilt free night out. This will be a true treat!

Saturday, May 10th

Sutherland Twins: Felicity's Surgery

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for your phone calls and emails about Felicity’s surgery. We went to LA 2 weeks ago and she definitely needs surgery. The surgeon said it is very common for premies and the chances are likely that Charity will need it as well.

The laparoscopic surgery is scheduled for this Tuesday, 5/6 at noon. We will drive to LA that morning and will spend the night with Felicity in the hospital on Tuesday night. She will have to be back on all monitors for 24 hours post-op to make sure she is breathing well.

We really liked the surgeon and the hospital has been very organized. We are encouraged that this is moving forward quickly and grateful that Bo’s parents are here to care for the other two girls.

If you think of us, please pray for travel to LA on Tuesday am, safe and complete surgery and full recovery for our little girl.

On another note, these teenie tiny girls are growing like weeds! Felicity is now 7lbs., 5 ounces and Charity is 6lbs., 15 ounces. They are the size of “real” babies – praise God! (that’s Felicity on the right in the photo and yes they both fit in one bouncy seat)

Thank you for your prayers!



Thursday, May 1

National Scrapbook Day is Saturday, May 3rd!!!

25% off entire store from 10:00am to 11:00pm Saturday, May 3rd
in honor of National Scrapbook Day!!!

As a special bonus we will have Theron from Quickutz here from 5:00 - 7:00 pm doing a great Make-n-Take with lots of prizes and giveaways! As an added bonus, while Theron is here, you will receive an additional 10% off all previously released Quickutz dies and the first 50 people in line for the Quickutz event will receive a special goody bag chock full of great product!

Additionally, Saturday morning at our monthly Phi Beta Scrappa Club, we will be releasing 4 limited edition alphabets and the new 12" platform for the Revolution. Be one of the first 30 people to reserve and purchase the extended platform and receive a 12" vine die FREE! You can certainly pre-order and pay for the platform before Saturday, so that it'll be waiting for you when you arrive for our special event. For those of you who've attended a Quickutz event before, you know they're lots of fun with great techniques and awesome prizes, so we look forward to seeing you there!

Our exciting new Photography Class!!!

Photography in a Snap; Sessions 1-4
Interested in learning how to take better photos? Tired of not knowing how to use your camera? This is what you've been waiting for! In this four class series; Candra will walk you through everything from how to take beautiful photos, to learning about lighting, angles and more. It is also a "hands-on" series, so be sure to bring your camera! This class in four session increments:

Session 1: Seeing through new eyes! Tips and tricks to better family photos (and looking better in them yourselves.)

Session 2: Get off Auto!! Moving past auto setting on your camera. Includes an in store photo shoot with model.

Session 3: Let there be Light! Setting your camera for specific lighting.

Session 4: Get your hands dirty!!! Field Trip to Hart Park and photo shoot with multiple models included.

To Sign up vist our website under crops and classes!

National Scrapbook Weekend 2008 Memories!

Just the Girls!!!

Laurie, Melissa, Donnette, Cori, & Becky...good friends, good times!

Kerri, Sioux, & Kristi sporting their favorite store!

Cortney's Adventures in China/ My 7 kids...

Family and Friends-

Hello! I know it has been a very long time since I have written anything. For the past 3 weeks we haven't gone anywhere, we have just been teaching and hanging out in our city. It has been the longest 3 weeks ever.Nothing particularly exciting. The other night for our friend Susannah's Birthday we went to a Kareoke was fun. After that we all split up and Aleksi and I met this really cute group of girls. Some of the girls could speak and understand english very well so it was really fun to talk with them. We ended up hanging out with them for awhile. They got our information and we are planning on hanging out after we get back from our next vacation. A lot of people have been asking me about teaching and if the kids still make me want to jump out the window. Honestly, some days I still do, but most days I enjoy it. Now that we are more then half way done with our semester we all kind of the hang of things and understand the teaching method a little better. The kids are adorable and soooo funny. We all rotate 4 groups of 8-9 kids, but we all have a home room that we have twice. Those kids are the kids I spend most of my time with. There is Josh who is so cute and wears glasses. He is so sweet and so clever. Sometimes he forgets to bring his glasses to class and he has to squint his eyes and it looks like he is mad, but he's not. Sam- Sam is so much fun and he LOVES to be teachers helper. If ever I need someone to write on the board for me he is the first to raise his hand. He is very shy and gets picked on a little for his size. Sam is a little chunk, which is hard to come by in china. All the teachers love sam because he is so tender hearted. Little John- Oh my goodnes I love this kid. He, like Josh is very, very clever. He is very well behaved except for the days where he's not. haha..he loves to race me on the playground, but ALWAYS cheats. He has the cutest smile. Jake- Jake is I think the littlest of them all. Not personality wise though. Jake is very smart and very well behaved. you never have to ask him more then once. He is the only one that laughs at my dumb jokes...which I love. Sometimes he wears this fancy silver jacket and I call him Michael Jackson. He is one of the few children I teach that I can tell comes from a good/loving family. Melissa- Out of 36 children there are 5 girls. Melissa is very tiny and very quiet. However, in my class full of boys she can hold her own. She is a smart girl, but has her moments. She tattles so much on the boys and it drives me crazy. She gets in these moods where she doesn't want anyone to even be touching her chair. when she gets like that I usually just send her to the back.Melissa is a good student and never gets strikes. Bryan- this boy is not so well-behaved and unlike melissa...ALWAYS gets strikes. Bryan is sweet and would never mean to hurt anyone, but he gets distracted easily. He is very shy and soft spoken. I think he has selective hearing. He is one of the only students though that isn't a dramatic baby about random stuff. If he gets a strike he doesn't cry and throw a fit like most of the kids we teach. If he gets 3 strikes and isn't allowed candy or prizes that day he doesn't care...he will be better tomorrow.He loves to draw on the board and I have to pick him up and carry him out of the classroom sometimes because he doesn't want to leave. Aidan- is one of my favorites! He is sooo not the brightest but he is so adorable. Aidan marches to the beat of a different drum. He is ALWAYS in a different world. We will see all the kids lined up and marching to dinner and then there is Aidan two car lengths behind everyone looking at the sky or whatever. We play with the kids on the playground sometimes after dinner and the poor kid is always by himself. One day I looked over and saw Aidan and it looked like he was trying to catch a butterfly in the air or something...but minus the butterfly. haha..seriously so weird. He acually reminds me of myself. I am the youngest of 4 and I would always just find ways to entertain myself. To this day I still really enjoy being by myself. Aidan is one of the only kids that you don't have to chase down and tackle to give or get a kiss from. He accepts hugs and kisses at anytime. I will pick him up and say "ohh...teacher loves Aidan." he responds with " Aidan loves teacha..." So cute. I really have grown to love these children. I am going to miss them so much when I leave. They are so funny and so smart. Everyday I am surprised at what they have learned and what they know. I really do feel so blessed to be here and have the opportunity to teach and get to know these kids.

Anyway, tomorrow is the day we ALL have been counting down the days till. Tomorrow evening we will hop on a sleeper train and head north for Beijing. I am so excited. What awaits us in Beijing?? well...the forbidden city, tiananmen square, the new olympic stadium they built, cool shows, western style food, and GREAT shopping! I am staying with my cousins in Beijing which I am extremely excited about. On Friday I plan on going to the great wall and zip lining off of it. Ahhh! I am so scared but so excited. Not many people can say they have done that. I love you all and look forward to hearing from you. -Cortney