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Bakersfield, CA, United States
Hans was a busy, happy, sweet and fearless three year old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. He fought his disease like a "gladiator" for nearly 6 years. Hans was an animal lover to his core. He was 'guarded' at home by his three cats, Black, Orange and Cotton. He also had his Golden Retriever, Honey, to keep him company. Hans enjoyed swimming, biking, gardening, grilling (he had his very own grill!), horseback riding, playing video games, building Legos, and flipping between Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Animal Planet. Hans loved all members of his family and he was a loyal friend. He had to go through a lot of treatment in his life. But Hans powered through it. His attitude was let's get this done! His motivation was always to get back home, to his family, pets, favorite foods and pool.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pinch me...

Hans and Zach, sporting their backpacks on the first day of Kinder and 3rd Grade, Aug 24, 2009

Elle, first day of Fifth Grade, Aug 24, 2009

I'm feeling a little like Macaulay Culkin...I'm Home Alone! Hans is proudly sitting in his Kinder classroom, and Elle is in with her new "Learning Community/LC" at Wilkerson Intermediate. I'm listening to the morning news and drinking coffee!

Hans' first day success is largely due to Elle, and our neighbor Zach. For some reason, Hans is choosing not to respond to most of my enthusiastic pronouncements that Kindergarten is going to be so cool. I finally realized I needed to recruit help from the next generation. Kevin was already out the door to work early this morning for a staff meeting, so, Elle got Hans cheerfully dressed, I tried to feed him a hearty breakfast. Then, Zach, our 8 year old neighbor from across the street, volunteered his morning to be Hans' special buddy. He ensured Hans took all his meds, brushed his teeth and they were out the door. Getting all of these steps done with Hans by 7:40 am has been freaking me out all summer! Zach rolled in as the little miracle we needed. How sweet. Zach told me he figured he would make himself available for at least the next few weeks. The boys told silly fart jokes all the way to school, which I joyfully ignored, and Zach and Elle marched Hans right into his classroom. I hung back in the hall, lest Hans get one look at me and think better of it all.

So, school, Day One, is going okay, so far, so good! Thank Goodness, and thank you for sending Hans all the cool school vibes. Keep 'em coming for a few weeks. I am hoping this is not all too good to be true!!!

Oh, on the soccer front, we made it through our first tournament. The girls didn't chalk up a win, but they look like a great group, and I think all they need is a chance to work together for a few weeks and things will come together for them. We had a teammate break her arm, and the little trooper came back out to the field to cheer the rest of us on for game two. At least our losses allowed us to head home early Sunday. We were able to do some lunch shopping, and I had time to cook a real meal:)

Love, Lara

I am thinking so much about all the "angel" moms I know. These big milestone days have got to be tough to face with our their gorgeous little one to dote over. I'm sending my love...Vickie, Charon, Theresa, Joyce, Michele, Leigh Ann, Leah, Paige, Kerri, Bernie, Becky, Shelly, and all of you who have lost a child and might be having tough moments today.


Anonymous said...

The kid's look so cute. I'm sure it boosted Hans up to have Zach as a school buddy. And Elle is one terrific big sister! Can't wait to here how the first day went for everyone. We hope Hans has so much fun at school and do all the 'kid things' he so deserves.

Love G. Kathy, G. Dale xoxo

Anonymous said...

Wow Lara the kids look great! Zach sounds like such a wonderful friend to Hans....awesome!!! I hope that the rest of the week goes well. You must be thrilled to have Hans back in school & growing up :) Hope to see you sometime soon, Shannon
P.S. Michael started 1st grade today & Sean starts his pre-k class in a few weeks

Anonymous said...

I am so glad Hans had a great first day! Sounds like you all make a great team! Have a great week, Claire

Anonymous said...

LOVE the photos! Hans couldn't be more of a little stud, and Elle is beautiful as always! Greta still has 2 weeks of summer, but is excited about going back to see all her friends. Glad the first day went so well!!

xo Shelley

Blair said...

What a beautiful day, to see little curly-headed Hans heading off to Kindergarten. Prayers have been answered! May God continue to grant him health and happiness...

suzanne said...

Hope Hans has continued to enjoy Kindergarten. Thank goodness for friends!

Getting the meds done adds that extra something to getting out the door!

Anonymous said...

OH, MY....WHAT GREAT FIRST DAY PHOTOS!!!! Hans looks ready to take on the learning establishment!

Zach is one special guy, right up there with Elle!

Can't wait to hear first day reports!!!

My class is the GREATEST...all 22 of them!

Love and hugs,
Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

How great that Elle and Zach are so awesome with Hans. How lucky for Hans (and you) to have them around!

Love the pictures - thanks for sharing :)

Love Aunt Holly and Uncle Michael