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.
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.