Meet a Small Fry : Anthony

This month’s meet a Small Fry is dedicated to Diabetes Awareness, which begins the month of November. We heard about this little trooper Anthony who has Type 1 Diabetes and wanted to share his story! T1D is an autoimmune disease where the body’s pancreas produces little to no insulin. This is the kind that isn’t triggered by diet, age, or lifestyle. Only 5% of Diabetetics are Type 1, and some are young children just like our own boys. Anthony was diagnosed with T1D at a mere 18 months and since then as had 250+ injections and 6,500 finger pokes to test his blood sugar, Anthony is now three years old, and we’re proud to introduce him to you!

Meet a Small Fry

What is your name?

Anthony

How old are you?

Fwee (3)

Who is your mom?

Becky

What does your mom do?

She do da dishes

Who is your dad?

Garrett

What does your dad do?

My dad play wid me alot of time

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A missionary!

What is your favorite food?

um…. (pause) salad

What food do you not like?

I don’t like milk or any else

What is your favorite animal?

A monkey and a gorilla

Where do you want to live when you grow up?

Um, California

Who do you want to marry?

Aunt Dawn (Garrett’s sister)

What is your favorite song?

Dis song (Call Me Maybe is playing in the background)

What is your favorite movie?

Lightning McQueen

What is your favorite book?

What was I scared of? (by Dr. Seuss)

What would you buy with a million dollars?

Toys, only race cars

What do you dream about?

I dweam about… I dweam about… sharks

What are you scared of?

I’m scared of sharks

How would the world be different if animals could talk?

Just call me maybe

If you could give a gift to every child in the world, what would it be?

A racecar

What is your favorite place in the world?

Disneyland and Sea World

What is this? (Continuous Glucose Monitor)

It’s my CGM, my super CGM

What do we use your CGM for?

For we don’t get sick anymore

Meet a Small Fry

And because behind every child living with this type of day-to-day battle, is a mother praying every moment for their healthy and safety, here is what Becky has to say:

“Anthony is the greatest little boy I know. He is everything you expect a boy to be – passionate, high energy, and a lover of cars, puddles, dinosaurs, and balls. I melt when I am with him and love the way he snuggles next to me, greets me with a big hug and kiss on the lips, and whispers sweet nothings into my ear such as “you are so soft mama” and “I just love you so.” I call him my little hunk. Being Anthony’s mother has taught me perseverance, discipline, and unconditional love. Anthony was diagnosed with T1D when he was 19 months old. He is dependent on an outsource of insulin just to stay alive. Our world revolves around managing his blood sugar and trying to keep it in a healthy range. It is a responsibility you can never take a break from or never be too busy to care after. A year and a half into managing his diabetes l I feel like we have a good handle on things. But, I will never know what it feels like to experience the high’s and low’s of each day. That part breaks me. Anthony is still the happiest boy with the smiliest of eyes. He doesn’t flinch when we do his finger pokes and courageously says “Ok mommy, I weady” as I place his insulin pump site into his body and distract him with a game of Angry Birds. Day in and day out, he amazes me. I try to never stop him from doing anything he wants to just because of his diabetes. I want for him to know that he can do anything he sets his mind to do. I want for him to dream BIG because he can, and should. Although diabetes is a part of Anthony, I want for him to know that it does not define him. He inspires me daily, and is a tremendous source of happiness and strength for our family. I hope Anthony knows that I love every last ounce of him. I hope he knows that I wouldn’t change a single thing about him. I hope he knows that I am his #1 fan, and that I am so proud to be his mama.”

We are proud to know Anthony too! His family is part of the Triangle 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes, you can join their team or even just donate to their cause. We wish we could walk along side Anthony, but are so inspired by Becky and we hope you will join us to help them anyway you can! Happy Diabetes Awareness Month!

Images credits: Belize Meri Photography

Wren’s Nest giveaway [closed]

Congratulations to Ashley for winning this giveaway!

Today we have an awesome giveaway from handmade shoe maker, Wren’s Nest! Wren’s Nest just had their one year anniversary and to celebrate are gifting one reader $100 credit to the shop! That’s oodles of darling handmade shoes for your favorite baby, your baby shower gift stockpile, Christmas gifts, and more!

wrens nest baby shoes

Wren’s Nest founder Lindsay left her job of art teaching at the collegiate level to have her first baby, and then a few months later out of necessity for some simple shoes for her baby, Wren’s Nest was formed! Lindsay prides in making shoes with those brand new baby feet in mind. These soft fabric shoes will cause no discomfort; no tight fasteners, elastics, or hard soles necessary.

Wren's Nest

Here are some of our favorites from the shop:

wrens nest baby shoes

 Ready to win the $100 credit?

Leave a comment telling us which lucky baby will be rocking this line if you win. Not into contests? Wren’s Nest is offering 10% on their Etsy shop, just enter the code “SMALLFRY” at checkout!

For additional entries:

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We’ll announce the winner November 5th, good luck!

3D Halloween Balloons

Only a few more days until Halloween, finally! It feels like it’s in full swing over here, and we have one last DIY before it’s trick-or-treat time. These fun 3D balloons are perfect for a party, tied up a walk-way, or even to add a little extra something to a costume! Here’s how we did it:
3d halloween balloons

1. Wicked Witch: Grab a green balloon and lightweight paper for this one. Cardstock will weigh the balloon down too much! Make a simple “O” shape for the brim, taping it slightly off to the side of the crown of the balloon. Create cone shape piece, and then glue it on top!

2. Black Bat: Cut out the symmetrical wing shape and then fold down a 1/2 inch tab at the bases so you can secure it to the balloon’s sides.

3d halloween balloons3. Jack-O-Lantern: We liked the idea of using a yellow face instead of the traditional black, to give it the illusion that it’s glowing. Triangle eyes, a rectangle stem, and a toothy grin, and you’re done!

4. Frankenstein’s Monster: Once the balloon is filled, using a permanent marker, draw the stitches on the forehead. Then add the neck screws (using the 1/2 inch tab method again) to complete the look!

See more of our Halloween posts here! Like a party playlist, a healthy, but spooky Halloween lunch, and printable pumpkin carving templates!

FRYday : Nicole

The most wonderful time of the year in my world in this: the Fall! It is one of the reasons I love the state of Utah so much. The fall is simply magical to me. We all describe the air as crisp, because there is no better way to say it. More than any other season, the Fall weather beckons my family and I to get out and explore the earth. And we do as often as we possibly can. Driving to the tip top of the mountains, hopping out of the car to take a deep breath of that healthy Fall air, nothing does my heart more good.FRYday : Nicole
Come visit Utah, EVERYONE! And come fast! This season ends quickly, and a year is too long to wait for it to come around again. Happy FRyday, go on an adventure!! If you are on instagram tag us and show us! There is nothing we love to see more.

 xo Nicole