On Sunday morning Chris was mowing the grass when Brad, Sarah, Eli and Henry pulled into the driveway, and this set off a series of events that culminated when Chris and Melissa got to observe Everett when he spontaneously decided to read (without assistance) about the Neurosciences Center at Chris’ work.

A few years ago Melissa and Everett got to know Sarah and Eli during story time at the downtown library. Since then Chris and Brad became friends, and Henry was born last year, and all of us try to get together when we can even though they moved to Miami several years ago. For the past two summers they have been housesitting in Milwaukee and this allowed us to spend a fair amount of time together. This summer the closest they could manage was Chicago for a couple weeks, and we are thankful that we could all get together for a day. Their arrival on Sunday morning provided Chris with an excuse to quit mowing and start relaxing. The group of us stayed at the house for a while and talked while the boys performed dental surgery using Play-Doh.
Then we went outside and made bubbles, then chatted some more and had lunch, and finally decided that we should head to the pool. This was one of the first really hot days we have had this summer (though according to our friends this was borderline cold weather by Miami standards). The pool was at capacity and we got in just before a long line formed at the gate.

They stayed until about 3:45pm, which left us 15 minutes to go to Henry Marx’s graduation party and congratulate him. Afterward, Chris and Melissa got ready for a fundraising dinner for Chris’ work while Everett stayed at the Marx’s house and played with neighborhood kids the rest of the evening.

On Monday Chris came home around midday to eat and finish mowing the lawn. During lunch Everett picked up a magnet that we received at dinner the night before and spontaneously decided to start reading.
This is the first time this has ever happened, and we were both very proud and excited, especially considering the subject matter! We will try to keep encouraging this over the summer, along with learning to ride a bike and swim.

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