Beyblade

Hello! Welcome to Treyton’s 6th Beyblade Battles Birthday Bash!

Treyton is absolutely thrilled to celebrate his birthday party with all of his friends. He’s really into Beyblades (second to Legos) and really wanted to throw a Beyblade Tournament. And yes, Dad is more excited about this than Treyton.

Since this is a tournament where we welcome adults and children to battle, we ask that you RSVP the number of children and the number of adults who are interested in the tournament, so we can put your name on the bracket and get an idea of which/what battles people are interested in. 
A couple of days before the tournament date, we will email the bracket so you know who are you battling with. I recommend you bookmark this site and be sure to RSVP by Nov 17 by clicking this link so we can send you the final brackets to ensure that you are entered in the tournament.
We will hold Four Tournaments total with the final Grand Master Battle between the winning adult vs. the winning kid for the title Ultimate Beyblade Champion:

  • Kid vs. Kid Battle
  • Adult vs. Adult Battle
  • Kid and Adult Tag Team Battle
  • Grand Master Battle Kid vs. Adult
Questions? Email: djbackstrom@comcast.net or call 763.432.3716

*Rough Agenda for the the day — Saturday, November 19th
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STAY FOR THE ENTIRE DAY
If you could at least stay for Pizza, and sing Happy Birthday during Cake and Ice Cream, Treyton would love it!
11:30AM – 12:30PM Early Bird Tournament
12:30PM – 1:00PM Pizza is Served
1:00PM – 2:00PM Kid vs. Kid, Adult vs. Adult Tournaments
2:30PM – 3:00PM Cake and Ice Cream
3:00PM – 3:30PM Adult and Kid Tag Team Battles
3:30PM – 4:00PM Open (one or two) Presents
4:00PM – 5:00PM Grand Master Battle (Adults and Kids)


*Might change depending upon the # of people




The Biggest Agate

Well, not by world’s record, not even by Minnesota record, it’s by Treyton’s record. Considering the location (the dessert like below), we’d say he did fantastic, so fantastic, it made Jeff (a pro Agate hunter, to our family standard) a wee bit jealous. I bet it made Grandma Jean jealous too.

I have taken so many pictures of other families I have not had a chance to take pictures of my own family. My photo shoot was rescheduled that weekend so we decided to go for a ride up North, hoping to catch the leaves colors. I was unsuccessful, however I was still pleased with these shots.

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It was such a gorgeous day! The light, the temperature, the color, so nice and warm. I love the lens flare that came out of these pictures. All I did was asked Treyton to stand there and look around his surrounding.

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The prized Agate

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The horseys of Canal Park in Duluth

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When I did ask him to pose, this is what he came up with. I have a feeling the Hip Hop class has something to do with it.

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Awwww, this so sweet! All I asked was for him to sit on the rock so I could take his pictures. Is he conditioned for such request?

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I don’t know what I was thinking trying to snap this on a moving vehicle on a freeway going 75 miles an hour. Aside of clouds, I’m also a sucker for sun rays and sun flares.

Oui! Oui!

For those of you who know Jeff and I, we LOVE to cook together. So this year, I’ve decided to throw a French Party for the family where Jeff and I cooked a little French meal for the family to celebrate both our birthdays (our birthdays are on the same month). I know some of you think, why would you cook your own meal on your birthday? Well, quite simple, I really like cooking for others, it gives me joy and what gives me joy, and give other people joy will make turning older joyful. Happy birthday to me and Jeff!

This was the invitation. Designed by me.

This was the menu that was placed on each plate that was neatly tucked under the folded napkins like the picture below.
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Made these drink labels for everyone’s stem glasses
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The boss and the husband sent me flowers to work and I took them home, rearranged them into smaller bouquets and put on mugs instead of vases.
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For appetizers, I laid out assortments of French cheeses, such as Brie, Camembert and Port Salut
The second plate are slices of Saucisson Sec from Northern Waters Smokehouse in Duluth, Minn. A delicious salami! The bottom plate are baguettes made fresh daily from Chez Arnaud in Maple Grove, Minn. 

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Jeff discouraged me from making Bouef Bourguignon or Coq Au Vin. Instead we went with simple Filet Mignon which Chef Jeff made. I made the Haricot Verts tied with Orange Rind as well as the Boursin Mashed Red Potatoes. 
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For dessert, I intended to make mini Pumpkin Creme Brulee for the first time and half of them the sugar didn’t hardened as it should so some of them turned into a flan which was equally delicious!
It’s topped with Jeff’s incredible Fresh Cranberry Sauce. This sauce is the most versatile we’ve ever had. It goes on everything! Turkey, ice cream, pies, cakes, obviously this awesome Creme Brulee slash Flan.
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I also made this super velvety chocolate mousse, layered with Raspberries. Topped with vanilla rolled wafers.
We ended the session by taking these shots. The moustaches were made by my mother-in-law using felts.
It was a great party! This year France, next year we’ll visit Italy.
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Jeff’s mom and dad – Mike and Jean. My in-laws. The greatest in-laws ever! Jean is a cancer survivor. Doesn’t she look amazing?!
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Patty and Caye. Patty is Jean’s little sister.
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The Grandmas! Grandma Ginny (left-Mike’s mom) and Grandma Peggy (right-Jean’s mom)
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Grandma Peggy and her companion, Trapper.
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There’s that cute couple again
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Carol (Jean’s sister) and Matt, one of Treyton’s favorite uncle (Patty’s son)
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Patty’s daughter,  Nicole and her husband Mark with their only son (for now) Kian
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Treyton’s cousins: Kael (right) and Ethan (left), aren’t they adorable! Behind them is their mom Kristi (Nicole and Matt’s sister) as they’re leaving for church.
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My boys. Jeff put on a shirt that says “Canada, where grandma gets her drugs”. As close as French as he could come up with. I dressed up as a French Maid. I think it suits well for the occasion

Staircases and Treyton

I always love our landing in our house with the open staircases but never knew what to do with it to give it an oomph. Recently, I decked it out to make it look a little more interesting. Then, Treyton and I decided to have a fun photo shoot with this new look. I just love how not camera shy Treyton is, he’s conditioned to do so. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do.

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Here’s that handsome dude who is going to turn 6 in a couple of weeks. Yes, I advocate Fonzy’s up-collars look. I thinks it’s very classy.

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Therapy session with Ranger. “I just don’t understand it Ranger, what should I do?”
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a little observation I made about these hanging vines. I’m convinced that the ceiling fan blowing that simulate wind increases the growth of the vines rapidly than without the fan.

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Paintings by my friend Popita Ghozali

Bar Mitzvah Invitation Done Right!

It  all started with this. Heidi, a colleague of mine and Andrew’s mom, has a huge task this year. She is planning her son’s bar mitzvah next year in January. The guests are coming from all over the country. She had an idea of doing a stop-motion clip for the save-the-date invitation. That’s when I jumped in and said “Let me give it a shot!”

So we made a date for me to show up to do a photo shoot where I met Andrew. This handsome dude is one busy dude, he plays basketball, he plays baseball, he plays the piano, he was in a play, he studies Torah and many other extra curriculum activities he’s done.

I wanted to capture all these activities and I created this short clip for him.

Andrew’s Save The Date Stop Motion Clip
Andrew Geller-Save The Date Postcard- Bar Mitzvah
And then mom needed something to create a save-the-date postcard to be mailed out to guests. So I created this (above).
Last but not least, I offered to create a blog for guests to check out the site for information pertaining to Andrew’s bar mitzvah and here’s what I made:
We chose blue background because Andrew’s aspiration to attend Duke University
Click the image above or this link to view Andrew’s Bar Mitzvah’s blog.
This was such a fun project and mom also asked me to be the photographer for the event and I am VERY looking forward to it.