Monday, August 18, 2014

Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes! Meet 21 month old Bryce!

Bryce Nowakowski and his family are from Chicago.  His grandparents are Mike and Debbie Aniol from Aniol's Hardware in Hegewisch. It's nice to be able to help one of our own.  

Like any child, Bryce deserves a happy and healthy life.  He was a success story of a little guy born with a rare congenital heart defect (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) who had already completed two of the three needed surgeries to reconstruct his heart. He was happy.  His family was happy… and extremely proud to say the least.
However, on April 5th, things drastically changed.  With only signs of a stomach bug, he was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital for an assessment.  Upon review, the team found a very large clot in his heart, which over the next few weeks proved too large to dissolve. He experienced multiple heart attacks with resuscitations during this time and on April 18th our little “Superman” was officially listed for transplant.  There have been many ups and downs, and with other complications there has been some injury to his brain in addition to irreversible damage to his arm and hands.
This has been a journey that no parent should have to experience but Jeannine and Brian have been by Bryce’s side every step of the way… never leaving... waiting... hoping... praying for some good news.       
He has shown us all what bravery, tenacity and strength truly is – and he is our own little superhero. 

Update: On July 30, 2014 Bryce received his new heart!  He has a long road ahead of him, but as his family says,  "at least now we are on the road".

To read more about Bryce, his story, and how you can help, click here

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Meet the Pawolly's!

(Due to technical difficulties on our website, August's Moose of the Month will make its debut here on The Moose Room blog.)

Pawolly (pronounced "puh-wolly") is a fun word to say  -Not only that, it is also our name!  We are the Pawolly family.  The oldest in the family is Molly Wolly Pawolly and then we have the twins Dolly and Golly Pawolly.  Go know you want to try saying that all together...Molly Wolly, Dolly, Golly, Powolly!  WOW, that's fun!

Chris Mas Moose with Molly Wolly Pawolly!

Molly has been here with Chris at The Moose Room for years, but Dolly and Golly decided to stay in their hometown of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. After all this time, Dolly and Golly decided living off the land wasn't all that it's cracked up to be, and they remembered that Molly was heading to the mid-west.  They decided to head that way themselves.  So you could imagine Molly's surprise when just last month while running errands in Indiana Molly saw Dolly and Golly out shopping.  Believe it or not, they were in Harry and David's buying themselves some Moose Munch. Go figure.  
But what luck to be together again! 

To celebrate, the Pawolly's took a trip Great America!  They had lunch at the Moose Burger Lodge, saw the Looney Tunes Parade, and went on a couple of rides.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There was NO actual moose meat used in the making of the moose burgers!  There are just the size of a moose! 

They got to hang out with one of their favorites - Tweety Bird! They even joined her on her float in the Looney Tunes Parade!

 The Pawolly's then went on a water ride and luckily it was a warm day so their fur dried nice and fluffy in the sunshine!

You might think that the upside-down roller coaster ride might not have been the best idea especially after those moose-size burgers, but it actually stimulated the Pawolly's appetite for dinner! 

What did the Pawolly's do after Great America?  Well, they went back home to The Moose Room and ordered their favorite meal...DELIVERY!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Great read for children!

Hiding Carly by Ann Eisenstein
I did not know this when I posted my review here, but Hiding Carly is FREE August 1st and 2nd on  Amazon's Kindle.  
Here's the link:

Sean is dealing with the death of his dad, a former FBI agent, and when the word on the street is that Sean's dad was dirty, he just couldn't accept that. Not his dad.  His dad always played by the rules and "followed the evidence". When Sean sees his dad's former partner at school for the Junior Special Agent Program he is not very forthcoming with answers.  Is the information classified, or is something more sinister going on?  On top of this, 11 year old Sean has to deal with Andy his classroom nemesis and Carly the new girl who infatuates him.  Sean definitely takes after his dad and will stop short of nothing to follow the evidence leading to the truth and the realization that people aren't always what they seem.

As a teacher, I know children in the middle grades will enjoy this book!

The moose and I give this book 4 out of 5 hooves!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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