Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The first visit

We had a nice time visiting Akila last weekend, it was really good to see her.  The 30 day staffing meeting went well, and I felt really good about the team who is working with her.  Michael couldn't come due to "year end" closing stuff at work (that is come kind of nerdy accounting thing), but he was on the phone for the meeting.  

Akila wanted to have Chinese for dinner, but the options were very limited in this smaller town.  There is one Chinese buffet which people did not speak highly of, and a Japanese restaurant.  We went there, and it was really fun.  A little more than I wanted to pay, but worth it.  It was a Hibachi restaurant, so they cooked at our table and it was very entertaining, the kids loved it!  And the food was excellent.

We also saw a movie, and swam in the hotel.  Akila was well behaved, no raging.  I did not expect her to rage.  There were all of the little challenging things, her yelling at Zeke for chewing loudly, yelling at Zeke for him opening up a candy wrapper in the movie loudly, her freaking out at a store wanting me to buy fingernails, etc.  Same old same old.  But again, I can live with all of that stuff, just not the physical violence.

 We found a little sculpture garden and took some pictures
 Here we are at the Japanese restaurant, playing with swords.  Living on the edge.

So, it was a very successful visit.  Saturday was a rainy cold day which made it hard after we checked out of the hotel at 11:00.  We did drive around and explore some parks and things for future visits.  She is at a RTC called Wyalusing Academy in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  It is right on the Mississippi River on the Iowa border.  Beautiful area.

She did not freak out at all when we brought her back, which she did most of the time with the crisis home last fall.  I was very thankful for that.  I am now a smarter person as Michael and I splurged and got smart phones last week.  Wow, I love it.  It is going to simplify many things once I have it all figured out.  Akila enjoyed playing with it and only begged a little for a phone.

8 comments:

the johnson crew said...

so glad your visit went well. loved the pics. can't believe how big your kids are since i have seen you all last. praying for you, love you. janelle

NoMatterWhatMom said...

I'm so glad things went well. During our tough times, a good day is like a breath of fresh air. Having this good day makes it easier to keep missing your daughter--a much happier feeling than the ones I get when I'm at my wits' end trying to deal with unmanageable behavior.

Betsy said...

Praising the Lord for a good visit! I love the picture of the girls swinging, holding hands...very sweet.
I might have to talk to you about a smart phone :) We are still using our 3 year old our "dumb" phones.

Laurie said...

So thankful that all went well!!

jodilee0123 said...

yay! I'm so glad things went well. I wanted to let you know I have my own issues with people chewing loudly and wrappers....once at the orchestra someone was eating smarties and I couldn't take the crinkling anymore and I turned and said, really? At the opera? oye. It is not easy to not say something if you can't tolerate that! haha! You are awesome. really really awesome!

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