Friday, December 10, 2010

4 Years!

Today, Stefan and I celebrate our four year anniversary.
We eloped four years ago today in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Little White Wedding Chapel. Most of our family was well.... sad.... shocked.... lol. We were in love, and are still in love today :)
Now, two wonderful kids and several moves later, here we are, back in California!
Cecelia is a happy three year old, starting pre school in the fall. She's very smart, loving to read books, color, paint, jump rope, and of course, giving kisses to her baby brother!
Johannes is very alert and active, and is trying to crawl (yes, i know) and he loves to talk and is such a great baby. He sleeps through the night, and is hardly ever fussy. We love our little boy :))
We love our kids, and we can't wait until the Lord blesses us with more. Here are a few of the new photos we had taken last week!! Hope you all enjoy them!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

- Jen

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Welcome to the Planet, Johannes

Johannes (yo-hawn-ess) Van Ray aka "Jack" was born Thursday, September 16th, 2010 at 6:16 p.m.
Weighing in at 6 pounds and 13.6 ounces, and 20 inches long, our sweet sweet little boy is healthy as can be. Even though the labor was 17 hours, he never had a faultering heart tone, and was super anxious to come out and meet his family. He was a natural birth at a birthing center in Laguna Hills, California.
As you guys know, we didn't find out the sex of the baby, we wanted it to be a surprise. So, when he was born they immediately placed him on my stomach and I asked Stefan (who is behind me, holding me, helping me push)"What is it?" and he goes "It's a baby!" and I said "NO what is it?!" and we lifted his leg and I was like "It's a boy!!!" And thats when the water works kicked in.
He was very alert, he scored a 10 on his APGAR test, and he was very responsive, and fed fairly quickly, having no problems latching.
We got to go home that night, and we made it home around one a.m.. After being up for 24 hours, we were more than ready to get some sleep. Johannes slept the whole night and only got up twice to feed, which was very very nice for mommy and daddy.
Cecelia is a proud big sister, she says she "loves him so much" and that "he makes her heart happy." She loves calling him "baby Jack."
Cecelia wasn't very weary about coming near him when we got home, she was trying to crawl into his carseat telling me she wanted to see baby Jack! She loves her new baby brother, and she doesn't even seem to care that she didn't get the baby sister she wanted lol!!!
Johannes is the swedish name for John, we named him after John the Baptist. We know our son is going to be a mighty man of God, and when we came to this name we just knew it was meant for our wonderful son.
Mommy is doing great, feeling amazing and loving every second of having her son here (FINALLY!) and daddy is just smitten, he is so engrossed in Johannes. He is one proud Daddy!!!
Thank you all for your prayers :) Much love and God Bless!!!

- Jen

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Waiting Waiting Waiting!!

9 months is closing in on us! We're super anxious to meet our new little baby here very soon.

Johannes "Jack" Van/Lucia Linnea needs to come out and meet his/her sweet family :)

We will keep everyone updated!! Any day now!!

- Jen

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summertime has been awesome so far for the Ray Family!
Stefan's busy filming his television series (ABC Family Monday Nights!!!!!), and Cece and Mommy are busy doing just about.. everything (or anything, really)!! We all hope you are enjoying your wonderful Summer :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Coming to Television Near You!

Okay, It's time to let everyone know!
Stefan is going to be on TV!
Stefan plays "Trent" in the new ABC Family series "Huge" debuting Monday, June 28th on ABC Family!
Stefan's character, however, does not enter the series until the second episode, Monday, July 5th.

Stefan has been LOVING his cast, making friends and learning so much about the business.

So please tune into the series and watch our STAR! :D We are so very proud of him, and can't wait to see what else he can do!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Our Recent Adventures!

Cecelia loves to play around with her doggy Bonita. As in this picture, lol. She loves to decorate her and put a lot of random things on her, like clothes and towels and dirty rags....Call it what you will, but I call it super cute. Bonita doesn't seem to feel the same. Haha!

And here it is! My very first crocheted baby blanket; made for the new baby in the belly. It took a little under 3 months to make (I was slacking off....) but it was worth it, I love it!! I'm making another one for Cecelia :)

Cece loves the beach. She also loves her dada. And her Dada loves her.... :) I just love this picture, so I posted it. lol.

Cecelia also got to go to Santa Barbara and see her Aunt Anna, Uncle Eric, and cousins Margot and Reed!! She was sooo excited to see Great Grammy's new house, and play with her blocks (we couldn't get her to leave them alone, she was not happy with us when we made her leave). She also got to go to Butterfly Beach with them and have a little fun in the sun!

Cecelia loved coloring/hiding/finding/talking about Easter this year. We had two little mini easters this year, we had a small one with the Ray's (pictured above) and then we went on a trip to Utah, where we spent the holiday with Jen's family.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cecelia's Sharpie Adventure

As the joy of having a two year old continues...we find ourselves at yet another Cecelia first. Sure, she's colored with everything from color markers to pens, but this takes the cake and then some.
After waking up bright and early this lovely Saturday morning, Cece stumbled upon the coolest pen ever. A sharpie.
After she somehow got the lid off....she doodled on everything from bedding to furniture to.....herself! Thankfully she didn't get us....
So, enjoy, and laugh, at my morning wake up call :D

Gotta love kids!!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

You Know You're In Trouble When...

.... your own computer challenged father tells you to update your blog :/!
So here's an update! (Just for you daddy!)

As was said in the previous post, we are expecting our second child! We though he/she was going to be born in mid-October, but we came to find that we're actually due September 17th, 2010!
Today, I am currently 12 weeks along, and next week I will be in my second Trimester! So far it's been a fun ride!
Cecelia now is potty training! She poops and pees in the potty now all the time, and doesn't like to wear diapers anymore, she constantly asks in the car if she can take her diaper off so she can go potty in her toilet! She took to it quickly, though we had some pretty gnarly experiences... Every parent right now is chuckling :)
Cece also got to take her first trip to the Library yesterday! She got to check out her first book, which was a princess book that she picked out! But, we also rented a disc of blue's clues, so the reading is kind of obsolete right now.... haha!

Our next big trip to Utah will be in just a few short weeks! We're waiting for our tax return, which is going to give us a much deserved vacation! I'm pretty much counting down the days.....!!!

Here are a few new pictures of the little beauty Cecelia! Hope you enjoy them, we are hoping to post a family picture soon!

Well, we hope everyone is doing well, and please feel free to keep in touch via email/facebook/phone! We love you guys and God Bless!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


We just found out we're pregnant with our second child (due october 2010!) I'm super excited (and only a little sick!)
We found out on January 13th after many crazy days....
We've already picked out our names! If it's a girl, her name will be LUCIA "LUCY" LINNEA RAY and if it's a boy his name will be JACK VAN RAY. So excited! I'll post some new pictures up soon! Yay!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

DAD, the Omelet King; a poem


Once upon a warm winter night
There was a man named The Omelet King
And the kitchen was in sight
And all in the house began to sing

Because he, the omelet king
Makes the most amazing omeletes
You've ever tasted or seen
Leaving you with no regrets

So after toiling endlessly
for hours on end
He unleashed his majesty
Upon the land

From Ham to Avacados to Olives
He cooked and he slaved
And then he called us
And the day was saved

With thanks and mild mercy
Because even though it was worth it
In a food coma, I am slipping......


Some fun Photos

Just wanted to share some new photos with you :) Hope you like em
Just a quick update: Stefan's movie went well, today is the last day of filming. If you have a facebook, make sure to join the fan page for "Ship in a Bottle" so you can see photos and updates!
Cece has been really explorative lately. The family walks the property every day, and she loves to go and be the ring leader! If anyone even puts a toe off the path, she'll go "HEY! NO! GET BACK HERE!" Its really sweet of her. She loves to go with the whole family.
We got to make a homemade gingerbread house the other day, and even though the walls did NOT wanna stay...we eventually got them to. (And when I say we, I mean mom. Thank you mommy!)
We're looking forward to going to Utah/Colorado soon. We'll keep you posted on all ray family updates! Hope you're all enjoying the New Year!
God Bless!


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hooray for 2010!

Warm greetings from us to you this New Year! We hope you have had a great start so far, and many blessings to those trying to keep up with a resolution this year!
Lets start off with our biggest news: Stefan and I are getting married! Well....again. This time we're actually just renewing our vows, but we are also going to have a big ceremony in Utah (that way the Colorado folk can come out too.)
As most of you already know, Stefan and I eloped December 10th, 2006. Well, reserve the day Friday, December 10th 2010 for our "wedding"!! We are super excited, and really hope that you will be able to come out.

Next: Cecelia!
Cecelia had an amazing Christmas. We got to go to San Diego the week before Christmas and celebrate with the Ray family. She got a new Dora bike (which she LOVES) and she got some clothes and a few little toys. She loves to talk and to sing! She loves the CD her cousins Sarah and Chris sent this year, she constantly is asking for "Grinch," as the grinch songs are the first and last on the album. :)
We also got to celebrate Christmas day in Utah this year with my family. I was super happy to be there, even with the snow! We had a full family photo done, which hasn't happened since I lost my two front teeth (yikes.)
Cecelia is a very happy, healthy 2 year old. She's very into exploring, both the world and her boundries (haha) and she loves to try new things. She loves berries, walks, and coloring. And taking care of her baby doll.
New Years Resolutions: I have decided to work out for 30 minutes each day and run as often as possible, and read the entire bible. So far, I've kept up very well with my resolutions! I'm very excited about it and can't wait to see what 2010 brings us.
Stefan also got a roll in an indie film, which, unfortunatly, I can't discuss....but please pray for him for continued blessings. We love him!!
God Bless!
Hope you enjoy the update and photos. Lots and lots of love,