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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.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Hawaii 2013

Aloha!  We just got back from a wonderful spring break in Oahu.  We had received some generous gifts from a couple of friends the Frazzinis and the Bartos, and basically all we knew to do was to retrace our steps and go back to Hawaii, where we'd been able to vacation with Hans two years ago and have such a wonderful vacation! Thanks, you guys.

It was good to go back, but of course, bittersweet to be there without our gorgeous boy, our water dog, Hansie bear. Kevin brought his bike and did a lot of great rides.  We all enjoyed the beach, some hikes, some great food, and some sight-seeing of one of our favorite shows, Lost, on-location settings.  We snorkeled and even did stand-up paddleboarding:) Coincidentally, we had some old friends from grad school also visiting the island at the same time, and we were able to get together with Crystal, Peg who were visitng their daughter Callley there off at college in Honolulu:)  Thanks FB for making that happen.

We are back now, grateful for the trip, and actually ready to get back into some kind of routine here.  Elle's Spring Break kicked off for us in Las Vegas for a soccer tournament, so it has been a real whirlwind!  Again, coincidentally we were able to hook up with our old college girlfriend Sarajane while we were both visiting Las Vegas.  Kind of amazing that we haven't seen any of these ladies in about 10 years and we hook up with all of them over this spring break:)

Thanks for checking up on us.

Oh, on another note - I'd like to share our friend Sam's song he wrote for Hans, Hans Song.
Sam wrote this song and played it at Hans' celebration.  It is very special and wonderful to us.  Thank you, Sammy!


Anonymous said...

I'm so happy you guys got a chance to revisit Hawaii! It looks like you guys had a wonderful trip. I'm sure Hansie was there with you, as always!
xo Shelley

Anonymous said...

Oh, delighted you could revisit Hawaii! I know Hans was swimming with joy along with you and the fish!
Thinking of all of you, each and every day with BIG love!

Aunt Susy