As I was going through school, one of my classes I had to do observations. I was going to school to be a special education and of course I had to do alot of observations.. but this one was different. I had to observe a student outside of school. It is one thing to work with students in school, but it is another thing to see how life in the real world works. I was lucky enough to begin working with the Hiners. The Hiners allowed me into their homes and lives. I met Kylie when she was 8 (at least.. I think she was 8.. I could be off) That semester was the BEST semester.. I mean how can you not love hanging out with an amazing family! After the semester..I was able to still hang out with them and Kylie and I began making plans. Even after I moved to Dallas we had plans at least 2 times a year (okay.. so I usually scheduled with her before I scheduled with my own family)
So, enjoy the photos and memories (of course.. these are only a few!) Lauren, Mary, and Mark I am forever grateful for you opening your home and heart to me.. and making me a better teacher and person!
One of my first (and one of my FAVORITE memories) was taking the girls to the museum. As we walked through the museum, we were able to touch all the hands on exhibits. However, Kylie had to be reminded several times not to touch the walls. She would walk by a wall and say I want this one and this one. We finally got to the 3rd floor where she asked to buy a vowel.
Going to the library was one of our favorite places to be. It always amazed me that even though we got together about every 6 months she was able to greet the people at the library by name. I LOVED when she read to me! She was super interactive and would ask questions while reading. Now, Kylie had a great memory.. so often times she wouldn't even be looking at the book as she read, but could read it word for word.
As Kylie grew older our adventures grew too. We began to go out to eat, go shopping, swimming and so much more!
When we first started planning lunches, Wendy's was usually our go to place. I learned quickly that Kylie LOVED french fries (okay.. so she usually stole a few of mine.. I started ordering larger fries.. sorry Mary it was twice a year) Kylie began to outgrow Wendy's and Mexican food became the go to place. Sometimes... I would get to choose and I would choose Wendy's. Misty and I visited one year and on the way to Canyon we had Mexican food for dinner, for breakfast the next morning we had breakfast burritos, and for lunch we had Mexican food. We had plans for dinner with Kylie that night.. and I just KNEW we could convince her to grab Wendy's or something different (Misty and I were tired of Mexican food!) The convincing didn't work.. and we got seated at Pepito's. We shared chips and salsa.. and Kylie ordered chicken strips :) I LOVED that girl!
|Thanksgiving lunch at school with Kylie and Misty|
|You know I never pass up the option of a selfie. Kylie had already left us :)|
Kylie was beautiful inside and out. These are only a few of my stories. As I have posted in many of my blogs.. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people and families. I would not be the educator I am today without families like the Hiners. Kylie might be gone, but I know that smile will last forever. Thank you Mary, Mark and Lauren for allowing me to be a part of your lives.. and I hope that you know that you are still stuck with me! I am thankful for your friendship and love.. and I am so thankful that Kylie was my friend.