Tuesday, May 20, 2008

How to lower your property taxes

I normally would not use our family blog to do this, but I get asked all the time how people can lower their property taxes. If you own a home and feel that your home has decreased in value more than you purchased it for, then please go to:


Print the form out and fill it out. If you need comps to support the decline in value, please e-mail me @ nazar@homesbynazar.com your: Name and address.

I will try my best to get the comps to you asap.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mother's Day

I had a wonderful Mother's Day this year. Nazar got up with the kids in the morning, so I think I might have had 8 hours of continuous sleep. (a miracle in my life!) Then Nazar and the boys made me breakfast in bed! I had french toast, my favorite!! Justin gave me this precious gift that he had made

I love that this sweet gift captures him, so that I can always remember what he looks like this mother's day.

Nazar brought this home for me

I love this! I think this is an ingenious idea. Instead of flowers, which are beautiful, they have fruit flower arrangements which are both beautiful and delicious! Plus it has chocolate covered stawberries, and that makes it perfect! Nazar got major brownie points for this one!

After church, we had my family over for dinner so that we could celebrate with my mom. Nazar cooked and it was awesome. After all that, he cleaned up, and put the kids to bed. More brownie points!! All in all it was a perfect day. I felt so appreciated by Nazar and my boys and grateful to spend time with my mom. Every year I realize that more and more I am becoming like her in so many ways. I'm thankful that she has always been such an amazing role model for me.

Thursday, May 8, 2008


I've been looking back over past blog entries and realized that in typical middle child fashion, Dawson has been getting jipped of facetime on our blog lately. So this post is all about him.

Wow, what can I say about Dawson?! If I had to describe him in one word, it would be spunky. This little guy has more spunk that I know what to do with. Dawson is such a free spirit, and cannot stand anyone messing up his plans. He is way too familiar with the word 'no' and doesn't hesitate to use it in any situation. Most of the time he really wants to say yes, but since it wasn't his idea to begin with, the answer has to be no. Dawson is a button pusher. He knows exactly what buttons to push with each family member to get a reaction. He also knows how to turn on the charm. I hear "mommy, I love you." about 10 times a day, and it never stops melting my heart. Although he just turned 2 in January, Dawson has been talking for ages, and can communicate his thoughts and wants very well. Last night we took him to get ice cream, and after finishing his own ice cream, he reaches over and takes my ice cream. When I reach for it back, he looks me in the eye and says, "Mommy, don't think about it."

I love this kid. He adds so much flavor to our family. Plus I think I can give him most of the credit for me being able to lose my pregnancy weight so quickly! Thanks for keeping me on my toes Dawson.

Monday, May 5, 2008


I didn't really realize the effect that Justin has on my life until he left. He's been gone for 4 days now, and I can honestly say, I feel a little bit lost without him. I've been so lazy since he's been gone. Without Justin around there is no one calling me on my mothering skills. It's common for me to hear Justin say "well you're the mom, so you do it", when I ask him to do too much for me, or "You're the mom, so it's your job to play with me" if I'm not spending enough time with him. Well now that he's not here, I'm getting away with a lot more. Dawson doesn't care so much what I do during the day, as long as his needs are met. (having his diaper changed, being fed plenty of snacks, and having free reign of the house, including Justin's room.) I have to say that it's been so much quieter without the arguing between Justin and Dawson (and between me and Justin!) Now as I reread this, it sounds like it should be a nice vacation for me having Justin gone, and it has been at times, but I actually feel unmotivated and unsure of how to spend my time! It's weird for me to realize that Justin is a huge motivating presence in my life. He challenges me, and that makes me grow. Without him here, I've been wasting a lot of time. I'm still in my pj's and it's almost noon, the house is a mess, and I don't think I've done laundry since he left! Thank goodness he gets home this afternoon or it could get really chaotic around here! I'm so thankful for the unique personalities each of my boys have. I'm thankful for Justin for challenging me and helping me to be a better person. I'm thankful for Dawson for letting me relax a little and just be silly when I get tired of trying to be supermom. I'm thankful for Chase for just being so darn cute and loveable, and most of all I'm thankful for a wonderful husband who does all of those 3 things for me, and more importantly who puts up with all of my craziness, and loves me in spite of it!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I'm leaving on a jet plane

This morning Justin left to go to Idaho with
my parents. As I was helping him get dressed, he asked me

J: “Mommy, you know that thing
at the airport that they stick your
stuff through?”
Me: “You mean the metal
J: “Yeah, what does that thing do?”
Me: “Well it’s to make sure that nobody
brings weapons onto the plane. You know
like guns and knifes”
J: “Oh.”

So that was the end of the conversation. 20 minutes later we go downstairs and he sees his backpack and I tell him that I’ve put a couple of new surprises inside for him to open on the plane. Of course he is super excited about this. He walks off to wash his hands, and gets halfway across the room before turning to me and saying, “ there’s no guns in there right?”

I love this precious little boy. I am sad and proud that he is mature enough to go on this trip without me. He’s growing up way too fast. I am thankful for moments like this when I realize how innocent he is that he thinks that all guns are plastic toys for little boys. I know that he won’t be like this for long, and I treasure these special moments. I love you Justin. Have a wonderful time, and know that I'm missing you every second.

Just Me And The Boys

With the addition of our second son Dawson to our family last year, I'm completely outnumbered. At times it seem like life is just one big noisy, dirty, wrestling match! But really I couldn't be more happy! Justin and Dawson are so much fun (most of the time!) It's been so fun to watch them grow and develop. In an attempt to share our stories and pictures with those of you who are interested, I'm starting my first blog. My plan is to keep you updated on what's going on in our lives, but I reserve the right to slack off every now and then! After all I do have a 3 year old and a 1 year old!