Bye Bye Big Apple

Aaron and I are packing up as I type. Those of you who watched the webcast know the Emmy went to Bindi. It’s all good. Aaron and I had a blast and it was an incredible experience.

If you are ever in New York and need to get your hair done, go the The Red Door Salon They were great! The client right after me was also nominated for an Emmy. She does lighting on Oprah’s show. We ended up being seated close to the whole Oprah lighting team and cheered for them when they won.

We didn’t leave for the event until 5:15 and at that time it is tough to get a cab! As we stood on the sidewalk, people passing by kept commenting on my dress. I think I made the right choice.

Waiting for a Cab

I can’t really report on the food. I didn’t eat 🙂 I had a coke and a water.

At the banquet.

Cocktail PartyAaron and Rachel at Emmy Event

In Rose Hall.

Rachel in Rose Hall

We came back to the hotel to a “flower fruit basket” from everyone at Signing Time, they know I am on a health kick AND love chocolate covered strawberries… the best of both worlds. AND an adorable email message from Leah and Lucy.

“Mommy and Daddy, I am sorry about that… What were you thinking when Bindi won? I totally screamed NOOOOOOOOO. I 100% hope you will get nominated next year. I realized that since you didn’t win doesn’t mean that you didn’t win in other people hearts and opinion. Anyway you have already won my hearts first place, Daddy too.”

How sweet are they? I just love my girls.

We went out for dinner at Blue Fin, Aaron asked if I wanted to change first and I said, “No, it’s New York. We look fabulous!”

Running Around New York

I know I have the best fans and friends in the world. Yes, I would have signed my acceptance speech and other than thanking my family and production team I would have, and do, thank all of you for the honor of inviting Alex, Leah and me into your homes to teach your children.

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The opinions and late night musings published on this blog are Rachel de Azevedo Coleman's alone, and are not ever intended to represent the opinions and sentiments of any organization or product that Rachel is, was, or will be associated with. Rachel Coleman is the creator and Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, the children's American Sign Language vocabulary building series. She is also the creator and host of Baby Signing Time, Rachel & the TreeSchoolers, and Rachel & Me. Rachel now serves as the Executive Director of the American Society for Deaf Children, a 501c3 nonprofit established in 1967 by parents of deaf children. ASDC is the American Sign Language organization for families who are raising deaf children. Motivated by her child, Leah's deafness, Rachel has spent the last 18 years creating ASL products to help bridge the communication barrier between hearing and signing communities. In 2006 Rachel founded the Signing Time Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to putting communication in the hands of all children of all abilities. In 2014, the Signing Time Foundation launched a 50-Lesson online ASL curriculum called "Sign It: ASL Made Easy" that is available free-of-charge to families with deaf or hard of hearing children ages 36 months and under. Apply at For those who do not qualify to receive Sign It ASL for free, they can find it for purchase at very reasonable rates on Rachel and her husband, Aaron, live in Salt Lake City Utah. They are parents to Leah who was born profoundly deaf, and is now a senior in college at NTID/RIT in Rochester, NY. They are also parents to Lucy who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and recently graduated high school. In 2010 the Colemans were joyfully reunited with Rachel's daughter Laura. Rachel is proud to be Laura's birth mom. Laura was placed for adoption as an infant in 1992 when Rachel was 17 years-old.

19 thoughts on “Bye Bye Big Apple

  1. Rachel, you are right. That dress is AWESOME!!!! I am sorry that you didn’t win but, as your girls stated, you have already won so many people’s hearts over and changed lives! Your family, friends and fans love and adore you. Signing Time has helped hundreds, even thousands, of children’s and family’s lives. And that’s just in the US!! Not to mention Africa! Again, you look AWESOME in that dress. I am glad that you and Aaron had such a great time and focused on the positive! I am a Chicago Cubs fan and as us Cubbie fans know….”There’s always next year”!!!

  2. You look gorgeous!!! Aaron looks very GQ in his suit. Love the message from the girls. Did you get your cupcake last night? Yew, you do have the best fans in the world because of everything you’ve given us!

  3. The dress looks beautiful! You both look great! Sounds like you had a wonderful time even though you didn’t win the Emmy, you are and always will be a winner in our hearts for all you have given us! Thank you & God Bless.

  4. The dress is absolutely stunning — I love it! I’m so thrilled that you were nominated and got to have this experience, and you were still our winner!

    And we love Signing Time, and you’re always welcome in our home for dinner too! 🙂

  5. Rachel: Kudos on the dress, hair, makeup, and jewelry choices they were FABULOUS! You look very beautiful, and have a handsome husband right by your side. I’m glad you got a touching email from your girls. They knew exactly what to say to fill your heart with love. It sure was great to see you and Signing Time, as a sign language show, recognized in the Entertainment World (wasn’t that the first ASL show to be nominated for an Emmy?) Watching the Emmys last night, I noticed some awkward moments of silence when the presenters waited to communicate with the award recipients. I smiled as I thought how you, your sister Emilie, and the Signing Time Family, have given the gift of eliminating awkward moments of silence in communication between the deaf and hearing communities. You girls Rock!!! I think the only silence last night was hands raised in signing applause from your many adoring fans. Did you “hear” it?

  6. You look gorgeous (although don’t need the dress for that!). I am glad you enjoyed the trip to NYC. Now you get to relax and enjoy your family time. Thank YOU for coming into our homes, I can’t imagine where all of your fans(friends) would be without you, Alex,and Leah!

  7. First you look AMAZING!, second thanks up Bloging on your trip!I have checked a few times a day! We are so proud of you, to be in a group with Elmo and Jack Hanna, wow Gionni(2 1/2) said “Rachel has a Beautiful Dress just like Cinderella” I told her you are even better, Rachel is not a fairy tale, she is a REAL life dream for girls and women to look up to. Thank you for taking the time to share your life with us!

  8. You looked beautiful!!! We were praying for you and wishing you the best. I guess we have something to look forward to for next year. Thank you for the beautiful gift you are in our lives! I agree. Rachel Coleman is ten times better than Cinderella!

  9. Rachel you look beautiful! The dress is perfect. I’m so sorry that you didn’t win. But like your e-mail from the girls said- you’re a winner in the hearts of so many people. I’m so glad to know you, know your tv show and that my son has a second language thanks to Signing Time.

  10. I love your dress, and you look amazing – you were definitely the coolest nominee in any category!

    Being nominated for an Emmy is more than almost anyone can say in their lifetime. Emmy or no, I hope you realize how much of a difference your show makes to kids like mine, and to parents like me, who tune in every week, and endure nearly non-stop renditions of the opening sequence of “SIGNING TIME ALEX LEAH HOPPIN!” (which is how my 20-month old sings it). Thanks for such a great show!

  11. Ughhhhh, bummer. But what is clearly more important than that tiny gold statue is that you looked H-O-T at the banquet. Now that’s a night to remember! That and the fact that you allow us to engage with our children. Can you imagine a better life’s work? I cannot thank you enough for giving me the ability to understand my 2 year old daughter when the chemo began robbing her of her hearing. Those moments are priceless to me and it’s all because of you. Now, let’s hear/see that acceptance speech!

  12. I have never felt so personally invested in a silly award ceremony in my life — I am amazed at how disappointed I am, just an avid fan from a distant state. Congratulations on the nomination, and you are a winner in so many people’s hearts and minds. And glad you got some fabulous out on the town time in New York City out of the deal! It is so amazing how your lives are shaped by Signing Times and how much you have in turn shaped others’ lives.

  13. You looked beautiful. I am sorry you didn’t win, but as it has been mentioned you are a winner to so many people. I don’t want to think about what it would be like here if we hadn’t found Signing Time! and ASL. We are happy to watch you, Alex and Leah all the time, and look forward to next year when you will be nominated and win. 🙂

  14. Rachel, [I also sent this e-mail to Two Hands]

    Wow! Do I feel dumb now!! Thank you so much for posting on our family blog [] and I apologize for not really thinking it was you. With our crazy, busy, big-empire-business-based world today, I naturally figured it was an assistant or intern sending a general response. I was SO EXCITED to get the first comment and even MORE EXCITED to see it was really you. I must tell you — You made my day and that personal touch is an amazing show of your generosity!

    As I stated, we LOVE the show and are so grateful for all the work you and your team do to make it possible. Whenever my son is signing, I always attribute his knowledge to Signing Time and recommend it to any new parent I meet. I have a friend from California and family in Southern Utah who now love it too! I have both grandmas sold on the concepts and they watch it to see what our son is learning next.

    We were excited to see you were here in Las Vegas in May. Unfortunately, we had some conflicting activities and were unable to make it to the show. We will look forward to future visits — and might have to apologize in person!

    Thank you for the personal touch & the effort that you put in everyday to bring these concepts to real life. You have truly been blessed with an amazing talent — thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!

    Thanks again,


  15. You both looked great. I am sure you had loads of fun. NYC is awesome. I am sure you will be nominated next year. What you do is great for families.
    Take care

  16. Honestly, I don’t really pay attention to the award shows, but knowing that you did not win brings me down a little. However, just knowing that those big wigs are recognizing you and your work makes me feel good. I only discovered Signing Time within the last year (as a Deaf Studies minor, I wanted to see what a show called ‘Signing Time’ was all about) and have been completely impressed the whole time. I am 27 and enjoy watching your shows as much as my kids do. Congratulations on the nomination and keep up your wonderful work.

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