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Titus’ 5th Birthday

We celebrated Titus’ 5th birthday today, although it the real party isn’t until tomorrow. This was the first time that Titus had school on his birthday so I felt like it was just a little weird that we kind of had to wait until he was out today before we could celebrate. We were all up this morning and we got to tell him happy birthday, but then we were quickly out the door to get him to school. Afterward we enjoyed opening up some of the many presents that were sent to our family from our friends in California and delivered by our friends, Steve and Judy. So, in a sense, it was like a party for all of us! Boxes of Kraft Mac-N-Cheese, brown sugar, yellow mustard, books, toys, chocolate almonds, etc. were all inside this jam packed suitcase! Thank you to our friends who blessed us in this way. You are awesome! Some families even sent individual packages which Titus loved opening. Here’s a few photos from that.

Titus' 5th Birthday (4/24/15)

Titus' 5th Birthday (4/24/15)

Titus' 5th Birthday (4/24/15)

Then we went outside to play some baseball and bubbles in the yard, as well as take a little tour of our landlord’s garden which is blooming a lot right now. I was too busy playing with the kids and hanging with Steve and Judy to capture any photos, but I think it was worth it. We all ended up napping in the afternoon and walked to dinner at a local place we really like. Titus wanted to have pizza on his birthday so he was able to get a big pepperoni pizza at the restaurant which he enjoyed. Afterwards we came home and had birthday cake dessert and opened a few more presents. I did manage to get some photos of that. Here you go!

Titus' 5th Birthday (4/24/15)

Titus' 5th Birthday (4/24/15)

Titus' 5th Birthday (4/24/15)

Titus' 5th Birthday (4/24/15)

Titus' 5th Birthday (4/24/15)

Titus' 5th Birthday (4/24/15)

Along with some imported whiffle balls, Titus scored a ton of Legos! I spent a lot of time this afternoon helping him build the little cars and trucks he got and I’m considering building another set he got while he’s asleep because hey, who doesn’t love Legos!? During the day we just enjoyed spending time together and talking with Steve and Judy who are here until Wednesday. They are such a blessing to us and I just appreciate their heart to come here and be an encouragement. We’ve really enjoyed their company and look forward to a few more days together. They’ll be joining us tomorrow at the zoo and hoping it will be a lot of fun for everyone.

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June $5 Albums from AmazonMP3

Alright, they’re up! Here are my top 5 picks from this month’s $5 albums for the month of June from AmazonMP3:

Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys

Death Cab For Cutie - Codes and Keys
Brand new Death Cab For Cutie album that just came out yesterday. Haven’t had a chance to listen, but I’ve never been let down by these guys.

Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Can't really go wrong with the Foo Fighters on this one. It's just a fun rock and roll album.

Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
It's like dance rock. I don't really have a good way of describing it, but I find myself coming back to this album.

Anberlin – New Surrender

Anberlin - New Surrender
Another rock album. Probably not their best album, but these guys bring the goods.

Buddy Holly – Greatest Hits

Buddy Holly - Greatest Hits
Just reminds me of summer time and listening to K-EARTH 101FM


Best $5 Albums on AmazonMP3 (April)

No, this is not an April fool’s joke. Every month I try to pick the five best albums on AmazonMP3’s 100 $5 albums. This month has definitely got some winners, and here they are. I’ve put my short thoughts below each album:

Augustana – Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt

This rock album is one I come back to often. Augustana has got the goods–no doubt about it.

Leeland – Opposite Way

Good worship record. Leeland usually has solid lyrics and I’m always challenged by his writing.

Owl City – Ocean Eyes

Say what you want about this digital pop, but it’s catchy, and it’s good. I just listened to this album yesterday.

Sigur Ros – Takk…

Icelandic rock music with classical elements. Confused yet? Just listen to them.

Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It

One word: classic. This is your mom’s music and your music rolled in to one.