What fun activities are Alex and Leah up to this summer?

The Best Summer of My Life

by Leah Coleman

When school got out I felt like screaming! I had not felt like this in a long time, not since last summer. The older kids on my bus broke into a chorus of “Happy Birthday” like they did on every half day. ANNOYING. When I finally got off the bus I ran home, but I don’t remember what I did after that.Leah's Summer

Let’s just fast forward to Cancun, Mexico! Everybody was packing for Cancun, a bunch of my cousins, my Grandma Linda, and Grandpa. Eighteen of us were going for a week! On the plane, Maddie (my cousin) and I were listening to my I-pod and signing along and I mean it, not singing, but we were signing along. It was so funny because we would sometimes mess up and break into a chorus of giggles. When we finally arrived it was hot and humid, we caught a bus to the hotel, on the way Alex and I were playing hand games. When we got to the hotel, we all checked in. Alex and I were chasing each other around the lobby until my mom stopped us. Can’t we kids have some fun?

We all swam every day. I got a bad sunburn. Alex and I played ping-pong, pool ball tag, and had a lot of fun. My dad, my cousins, uncles and aunts and I went to a fun place called Xcaret. It was so fun!!!! We went swimming with dolphins, swam in an underground cave, my 5 year-old cousin Owen thought sharks were coming to get him so he screamed for the first part. We went to a butterfly cove and there were so many butterflies there. I went on a 60 foot long rope bridge, but this bridge was not an ordinary bridge there were only 2 ropes and 2 small logs. The logs were holding the ropes, one above the other. The bottom one was for your feet and the top one for your hands, and you climb along on it and scoot your way to the other side, but be aware cuz’ the water under you has alligators in it! Just kidding!! I tried it, but the first side was tricky and I fell in the water. I tried again on the other side and made it! My armpits were so tired and sore. The rest of the week was fun too.

Finally bye-bye Cancun, Mexico and hello Utah, U.S. When we got home, we realized a few of us might have gotten parasites. I was miserable. My mom and I went to the chiropractor, ate healthy food, yogurt, and medicine then we got better!

My family went to Park City, Utah for Lucy’s Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida Reunion. Lucy had a special surgery when she was a tiny baby, still inside my mom! Each year we get together with other families who had the same surgery. While we were in Park City, my mom and I started talking about getting a bunny for a pet and once we got home we did! But we got two!! Lucy owns Snowball, 11 month old, lop eared bunny and I own Wyatt, a 9 week old, baby lionhead bunny!!! For years I have asked for a pet and my mom says, “You can have any pet you want when you are 18 and move out!” I am glad I didn’t have to wait that long!

Then my family and I went to Flaming Gorge for 3 days and 2 nights. My deaf friend Skye and her family came too and brought a boat and tubes!! On the 2nd day Skye’s dad took us tubing and Skye and I both wanted the same side so when the time came and her dad untied the tube I jumped in a bit too early and fell off the tube into the water, but luckily I still got that side! Skye’s dad drove like crazy and flipped us over after a crazy ride!!! I was screaming like a girly girl!! But it was a blast!

What a summer! And it’s not even over yet!

Summer is my Favorite Time of the Year

by Alex BrownAlex's Summer

Summer is my favorite time of the year. This summer I have been at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird- a resort up in the mountains, Disneyland, and Cancun Mexico. I have been reading some of my favorite book series like Septimus Heap Book four and The Great Brain Book four. I need to catch up on The Hardy Boys, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and I can’t wait until the next Magic Tree House Book comes out. I have played a lot of video games lately. I’m in the middle of Mario Kart Wii.

I have piano and guitar lessons and need to practice everyday. My brother Zak and I have a Chinese class once a week. I also have swimming lessons and chores to do. I love to swim and play with friends and cousins. I hope you are having a great summer too.

9 thoughts on “What fun activities are Alex and Leah up to this summer?”

  1. Sounds like you all are having a fabulous summer Leah! Kennedy is spending her time in the hospital right now, but your DVDs are keeping her company! Enjoy the rest of your summer, school is starting so soon… at least here in Tennessee! God bless!
    Renee, Kassidy, Kameron, Kennedy & Keeghan

  2. Yeah Alex and Leah summer is so much fun we love Mexico and the beach! Haveing cousins and family are the BEST. Alex keep up the practice it always pays off! ps great job on the chores by little girl 2 1/2 cleans up “just like alex and leah” thanks for the great example

  3. I just have to tell you both that our 4 and a half year old, Katie, who’s been watching you since she was 10 months old doesn’t understand why she can’t visit you in Utah on her summer vacation — her face lights up whenever she hears the word Utah! Thanks for having such a great impact on our family!

  4. So Happy to hear that your Summer has been a blast Alex and Leah.
    It’s always good to take time off from your busy schedule. I hope you both enjoy the remaining part of your Summer.
    Just want you all to know how Signing Time has been apart of lives. We have learned so much from watching you everyday. Hayden my son has been learning so much and using sign more and more each day. May God Bless you and your entire family for opening the door for communication for my precious son. If you ever visit Phoenix, Arizona we would be honored to have you visit our State. Hayden would love to meet you all…
    All our Love, Zulema, Danny, Joshua, Hayden and Kyle

  5. Hi Rachel, Alex and Leah- We are so happy you are all having a great summer!!! I must say my little boy Mitchell who has Downsyndrome and is hearing impaired (he is almost 6 this August) wakes up every morning and want me to put in one of his favorite dvd’s from signing time. I think he would love to star in one of your videos along with you both =). Your videos have opened up a whole new world to him and loves to be able to comuunicate with his family and friends. I am constantly referring your dvd collection to friends and clients of mine who have small children with communication issues and are looking to learn sign language themselves. Thank you for bringing signing time to the small screen!! You have saved my life and sanity with my son and I because your dvd’s are fun to watch and easy to learn from. Keep them coming because we all want to keep on learning!!! You are all true lifesavers and heroes in our family!!

    With love- Maureen, Jim, Gina and Mitchell Baker

  6. Hi Leah and Alex,

    Have a great wonderful terrific rest of the summer. You both deserve it with all the hard work you do. We love you and your whole family. God Bless All of You!

    We have been having a good summer too! My son Devon who is 5 1/2 and my husband and I spent a week at the New Jersey shore with some other family members. It was fun. We have a favorite bakery, and restaurants and favorite ice cream places (one of them puts on a show for you while you have your ice cream)!
    We went on rides and had fun at the beach.

    Of course we always take along some signing time DVDS for my son and the rest of my family young and old to watch and enjoy!


    Eileen and Devon

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  8. Leah and Alex,

    I have 21 chickens, 2ducks, 2 turkeys, 2 dogs and a cat. The turkeys are for Thanksgiving.

    I like to go swimming, camping, art, play games, play with animals and signing.

    We are going to Park City this weekend. I’ve never been to Park City before.
    Sometimes we go motorcycle riding. I kind of like riding motorcycles.

    I go to School with Donovon, (your friend).

    I want to start reading Diary of a Wimpy kid. It looks funny.

  9. hi,
    my mom wonted to say hi she said you probely do not now how we are. well rachel use to be in are ward in studio city. my moms name lauralee leo she says leah and i use to play alex to.

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