Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
We were soooo happy to get a mini tour of the warehouses and system that the White Doves of Martin County uses for their distribution process.
Each and every toy is cataloged in an excel spreadsheet...I love it! It's so organized!
John likes his prime rib rare to med-rare. This one turned out med-rare.
Here's the second load of toys that I took to the fairgrounds this weekend for the kids at Toys For Tots.
Here's the bus that showed up last Friday when the rain made our lights turn off. It really was a rare sight to see a huge bus in our little neighborhood. We scrambled to turn on all the lights, but 4 of 6 boxes would not work. The visitors still came inside to check out the inside and the garage, so I think they were happy anyway :)
Standing Rib Roast (Prime Rib)
5 lb roast (bone in, not tied)
4 packs baby portabella mushrooms
1 cup low sodium beef broth
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Allow roast to rest at room temp for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 500. Add broth and shrooms to deep baking dish. Generously season all sides of roast with seasoning. Cook roast 60 mins then turn oven off and keep door closed. Allow roast to remain in oven for 5 mins per pound (5x5=25).
Next time I make this roast, I am going to trust my internal thermometer. I will do 45 mins instead of 60 mins and I will take the roast out of the oven when the internal temp is 120...which may be less than the calculated 5 mins per pound.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
So, then I was interested in recent international website hits...so I pulled up google analytics...
In the past 30 days, www.CopelandChristmas.com visitors ranked as follows:
1500 visits from USA
100 visits from Canada
8 visits from UK, Canada, Germany
6 visits from Australia
4 visits from New Zealand
...1 from Bahrain
...1 from Vietnam
The list goes on, but these are the highlights. Pretty cool.
We have entered the final 24 hours of Toys for Tots collection. More toys were just dropped off. I get drop offs at all hours of the day...it's pretty cool. Here'a video of the Toys for Tots tree. I'm sure there are hundreds of toys but it's hard to tell from the video. More photos to come tomorrow...that's when I do my final shopping. So excited.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Here's Robin, me, and Mark in front of the Toys For Tots tree. The toys are covering the floor below.
THE CUT OFF FOR TOY DROP OFF IS THIS THURSDAY.
Distribution begins Saturday, so if you have last minnute toys to drop off on Friday, bring them to the Martin County Fairgrounds.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
|From Copeland Christmas Blog|
I don't know where the scene would go, but the little Annalee gingerbread guys could hang from lights like they did in the 07 display shown here.
The gingerbread is hanging from a blue icicle light in this photo...it's just hard to see. Maybe I could do a giant candy themed tree and have the gingerbread village under it and the large styrofoam pieces on the wall. Or...I can make oversized candy pieces for the tree!!!...this sounds good. Large swirl candies wrapped in cellofane...large gingerbread cookies carved from styro...gum drops dusted in pastel glitter and strung over LED lights...strands of popcorn. I just have to find a source for good thick styrofoam.
This generous family (The Cirels sp?) brought in bags upon bags of toys for the Toys For Tots toy drive. The kids had fun arranging the toys under the tree and the parents had fun watching the kids. I think it was a pretty cool experience for everyone.
I'd like to say hello to the folks from Italy...I was told by Kimberly that her family in Milan, Abruzzi, and Florence would all know about our house by morning. Chow!
I'd also like to say hello to all our friends from Monarch and Harbor Ridge again. And hello to the family from Australia and New Zealand!
Lastly, thanks to Mr Ridgely for the pizza!
Friday, December 11, 2009
2009 video from the local news
2008 video from the local news
2007 video from the local news
2006 video amateur recording
Here's a video from two years ago (2007) of the display
Last year, John replaced 1000 roof lights during the season. This year we haven't had to replace any! Here and there a few mini lights were replaced this year and a couple spot lights...can't complain at all!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Here is a screen shot of the software that controls all the outdoor lights and the FM transmittter.
The 2009 show features 7 songs and lasts 20.7 minutes (a bit long in my opinion).
Tonight, we will have the following changes incporporated into our display:
- new intro script
- added the song Wizards in Winter by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- added two short intermission voiceovers
- added Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas is You
- added a wrap up sequence that includes That's all folks by Porky Pig
The song Wizards in Winter was sequenced a few years ago by a homeowner for his Christmas lights. He posted a video on youtube and it went viral. Miller Lite used it in one of their commercials and this year, it's popping up again on commercials.
We have been reluctant to program this song for our house because of a few reasons...but this year, we decided to do it anyway. It really turned out great!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Here's the pink trees...the big one is decorated with Princesses and the small ones are gingerbread.
Here are the Tinsel snowmen and the new penguin from John's parents!
I'll take photos of the other half of the porch and post them tonight.
We want to send a big shout out to Gunner (I'm calling u to help next yr), Jagger, Sean, and Thomas from Palm City. I want to say HI to the O'Donnel and Thiel families from PSL who also do Light-O-Rama light animation. Hello to the visitors from Hawaii, Vermont, NC, NJ, Lockport, Long Island, Princeton, Trinity, and Cheshire England! I've had the opportunity to meet all of you this year and I love hearing about where you are from!
Also, I want to say happy holidays to all our awesome FOX RUN neighbors. I've had sooooo many visitors gush about Fox Run and how wonderful the whole neighborhood has decorated their homes. Way to go! Here (above) are a few shots from this week. I'm headed out tonight to take more photos, so turn on those lights! Here's Fox Run photos from last year...flickr fox run site
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Christmas Light Show preview from Shawn Thiel on Vimeo.
They have a website which is http://www.thielchristmas.com/ and they have directions and a map posted. One cool thing about their house is that it's a corner lot, so all their lights whip around the house and seem to travel from one street to the other. They are great people, support good charities, and get both of their kids involved in programming, development, and set-up.
We are open today, Sunday! No rain is gonna keep us closed tonight!
Here's a short video I took of the WPTV van outside the house. It was a fun night and I was tired, so when I finally sat down for a moment, I took a video from my vantage point, right in front of the garage.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Sassy and Missy just dropped off two awesome toys for Toys For Tots!!! At least this rain won't keep the kids from getting their toys this year. Here's a shot of our tree...this is where all the toys are kept until we bring them to the donation center. See you another night!
I'm off to record a radio blurb mentioning that the weather has put a damper on the lights tonight!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I think tonight I'll take a walk over to big Danielle's house to photograph their lights. They even have homemade 8 ft candy canes in their yard!
- Thanks to John for allowing, orchestrating, and executing this huge project
- Thanks to the Roberts for support, hand-on-help, cool Christmas stuff
- Thanks to the Copeland's for support, hands-on-help, cool Christmas stuff, and great ideas
- Thanks to neighbors for hands-on-help, patience, and merry cheer (see below)
I want to thank the following kids for helping with so much of the decorations:
Amanda Stevens Matthew Roberts
Mackenzie Stevens Allie Ridgely
Andrew Ridgely Danielle Dodge