Sunday, May 2, 2010

T.O.F.U.N Bowling

It has been pretty busy here in our household lately with a lot going on, but I wanted to share with you one of the highlights we had this last week.

We attended our local JDRF T.O.F.U.N Bowling event...This was sooooooooo fun!!!! T.O.F.U.N stands for Type One Families United Network, this is an outreach program for families who are living with type 1 diabetes to get together and have fun in a social setting. A few months back I started to volunteer by helping plan the TOFUN events, this was exactly what I needed to fill me up with a whole lot of warm, fuzzy feelings :) I had been wanting to do more volunteer work for a long time and when this opportunity came my way I was all over it! We have participated in the JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes for the last two years but I have been wanting to do more with them and this was a great way to do that. Basically I help plan the events and then show up and have fun, this is a perfect way for me to volunteer because I am able to do everything on-line and through phone conversations...perfect for a stay-at-home momma with no babysitters!

We had about 80 people show up, this was such a wonderful turnout! We also had an Omnipod representative there which was so cool, I finally got to see a pod in person. Miss E has been terrified of going on the pump but after seeing the pod and talking with the rep. she left there wanting a pump!!! I couldn't believe it, for two years she has said "NO WAY" and now she keeps asking me when she will get to go on a pump. I am still unsure of what pump we will get for her when the time comes, but now that I know she is interested I will be doing some more research on the different options available to us.

Now, back to the bowling...I was AWFUL!!! But that's okay because I had a blast, I was pretty much throwing gutter balls the whole time...with the exception of one strike :) Woo Hoo!!! The most important thing though was that Miss E and Lil Miss C had the best time ever. Miss E was literally doing victory dances each time she threw her ball down that lane, it was the cutest thing ever!!! And Lil Miss C, who is all of 2 years old, kept giving high five's EVERY time she would bowl. It really was a great day AND we won two free games of bowling and a bowling towel so we will be heading back there real soon to use those up.

All in all, it turned out to be a great event and I am already looking forward to our next one. We had an opportunity to meet a lot of great families, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to become involved with the TOFUN events. Diabetes was also very good to us that day, we only had one low blood sugar before lunch and no crazy numbers happened after all of the excitement and activity of the day.

Yeah for good numbers :)


  1. YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love hearing about super fun events :) So happy you guys had a great time, even if it was D that brought everyone together.

    Insulet will let you wear a pod as a can get one and the kiddos too -- just to see how you like it. I wore one a few years ago when the Omnipod first came out :)

    Anyway, Addy wears the Animas PING and we're loving it. Keep us posted on your journey!

  2. Connie that sounds awesome and I am laughing b/c your 'bowling skills' sound about as good as mine. I.SUCK. I always throw gutter balls with an intermixed "strike". I get soooo excited with the strike.

    Joe turned 7 last week and he chose to go your kids...mine were high-fiving, fist pumping, complimenting each other after each turn. There is something about bowling that brings out the best in people.

    BTW awesome job volunteering for this event...I wish we had something like that in VT. Maybe after we move (we are moving to a larger house in a month) I will try to get more involved in organizing events like this for the type 1 families in the area.

    You are an inspiration.

    Happy Monday!!!

    PS Good luck on Pump Hunting...we too, like Wendy and Addy are on the Ping (AND LOVE IT)!!!

  3. What an awsome night! Bowling, high fives and a child who is interested in a pump? Can it get any better???

    So glad you are meeting other families in your area. It really is a blessing. :)

  4. Sounds like a dreamy time. Your girls sound so darn cute!

  5. I have warm fuzzies just reading your post!!! :)

  6. Gutter balls and a STRIKE!? Sounds like there's no in-between for you! :-)

    Glad to hear that the kiddos had a good time, and that there was such a good turnout. Fantastic!

  7. Sounds like a great organization. I live in such a small town that I don't have to many opportunities for things like that.
    Thank you for the comment you left on my post. I am glad you could relate. I have two children, but only one is diabetic. I realize that my son could be diagnosed and I check his blood sugar a lot. I'm sure it is tough having two kids with diabetes, but I imagine as they grow older they will be a tremendous support to one another.
    I'm glad you contacted me and I look forward to gettting to know you as well.