Haylee was born on Friday the 13th.
Haylee was Homecoming Princess at the high school her mommy taught at, in 2005.
She loved to eat sour pickles, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken nuggets, broccoli beef chinese food, ceasar salads, watermelon, plums, strawberries with whipped cream, and peaches.
Haylee loved cheerleading and wanted to be a cheerleader.
Her favorite TV show was Dragon Tales. Her favorite movie was The Land Before Time.
She loved school.
She loved books and had learned to read a little shortly before she died.
She loved going to the mall.
Her favorite drink was orange drink.
She had 2 favorite dolls - a little Indian doll "Pocahontas" & "NuNu" (a baby doll from MeMaw - Shelby had a twin doll named "Sippy Cup")
Haylee had 2 ducks - she named them herself - "Spirit" & "Ducken"
She loved to dance. Each new dress she got, she'd test it out to see if it was a "dancing dress" (if the skirt part would billow out when she'd twirl)
Haylee was born at 2:05 p.m.
Haylee's favorite songs were "You Are My Sunshine" & "Jesus Loves Me"
Her first word was "Mama" when she was 5 1/2 months old.
Haylee walked at 11 months old.
Haylee's Great Great Grandmother was a Cherokee Indian princess (Princess Little Flower) Her father was chief of the tribe. MeMaw always told Haylee her Indian name was "Princess Crooked Finger" because Haylee was double-jointed in one of her pointer fingers & whenever she would point, her finger looked crooked. Haylee would just giggle and giggle about it.
Haylee's memorial service was attended by more than 2,000 people.
Haylee is Italian from her father's side of the family, and Irish & Indian from her mother's side of the family.
Haylee was given her first dill pickle at age 6 months by her Uncle Robbie. Ever since that night, she loved sour foods - pickles, sweet tarts, anything sour! Uncle Robbie also gave her her first taste of chewing gum. It was sugarless gum that he called "kid's gum." He gave it to her the night after her first dance recital. Her Mommy was so afraid she'd swallow it but Uncle Robbie told her to give it to him when she was done, and she did! Every time she saw Uncle Robbie after that, she asked, "Do you have any kids' gum?" so he always tried to have some in his pocket for her.
Haylee was very well-behaved. At school in Pre-K, each child had an apple next to his or her name on a board. When a child misbehaved, the teacher would move the apple. Haylee was so proud every day when she'd go to visit MeMaw after school. She'd run up saying, "I didn't move my apple today!" In a whole year of school, not once was Haylee's apple moved. The children who had behaved each day got to choose a tiny toy from a bowl on the teacher's desk. They could choose from an assortment, amongst which were little plastic dinosaurs. Haylee always chose a dinosaur.
Correction to this story: Just found out that actually, Haylee's apple was moved just one time. She was turning the light off and on in class one day, so the teacher had to move her apple. Haylee was so upset she just laid her head down on her desk & said "my stomach hurts so bad; I think I need my Mommy." Her wonderful teacher let her spend the rest of the day in her Mommy's classroom. After school when she made her daily visit to MeMaw, MeMaw answered the door to find Haylee crying & crying. When MeMaw asked what was wrong, Haylee wouldn't tell her; she just ran past her into the house. Sonya told MeMaw what had happened. MeMaw still appreciates how kind Haylee's teacher was to her.