Tuesday, July 08, 2014


These pictures are WAY overdue, but I did manage to make part of the kids' easter outfits this year. I actually love how these turned out - Naomi's skirt is very adorable and Judah really loves these shorts. The seersucker is super soft and he wants to wear these a lot. He calls them his "soft shorts".
 For Judah's shorts, I used this tutorial from the blog Made. I was able to whip these up in maybe an hour, which included some time to re-sew the side seams when I decided they were too wide.
 Naomi's skirt was also made from another tutorial from the same blog. Seersucker really is the perfect fabric for this project. I loved not having to hem each layer and just using my serger. This was a slightly more involved project, but still fairly fast.

Of course, no photo shoot would be complete without someone crying for no particular reason. I'm really not sure why Judah was so bummed out here.
 I don't think I've sewn anything since I made this stuff, but seeing these pics again is a little motivation to get the sewing machine back out.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Slow start

Trying to slowly get back into this blogging thing. Here are just a few highlights of our summer trip to SC:

Hanging out with these cuties:
Watching my little brother graduate from medical school. I am so incredibly proud of him and excited about his future.
All the Doctors Rampey (plus the one Dr. Tell)
Beach time with the cousins:

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Dry Spell

And once again I'm here, wondering how nearly a month can go by without updating the blog. We had some vacation (Yay!!), saw my younger brother graduate from medical school (double yay!!), and then came back here and had to get immediately in the swing of things (boo!). I'm not sure I've completely recovered from all that yet. Hopefully I can get some photos downloaded from the camera and do some photo posting, which seems to be about all I have the energy for these days. Even just working part time and having two kids - that is some serious business.

In other news, the resident I was supposed to work with today was in a little car wreck (he's fine) and so today I was back rounding by myself. I had almost forgotten how to dictate a discharge summary.  I had forgotten how nice it is when you have a resident around to do all the paperwork and write all the prescriptions. I wasn't quite able to make all the phone calls I needed to today, and I also think the SC hospitalist Dr. Tell would have managed to get one more discharge today, but I did the best I could.

I also seem to be having a dry spell in the dinner making department. If anyone has any easy and delicious favorites, shoot me a comment. I should probably attempt to resume some meal planning, since lately my plan has been to stare into the fridge starting about 4:30 and try to conjure something up from what I can find.  I think I need some ideas to get my excited about dinner.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Birthday Party!

I am finally getting caught up with the photos on my camera. We had a small party for Judah's birthday with a few friends from church at our favorite park. Here are some highlights:

Rock Climbing.



More rock climbing.

Playing with friends!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Free LA: The Griffith Observatory

I know I've mentioned the Observatory before, but this is a great LA sight that is free, educational, and beautiful. It's located in Griffith Park, a huge park with tons of hiking trails, a golf course, the zoo, and various other fun things, which all probably deserve their own post.

The Observatory is a great destination all by itself, even if you don't have time for any of the other park activities.Firstly, you get great views both of the Hollywood Sign and downtown LA:


The inside has tons of cool astronomy exhibits about eclipses, tides, planets, and this very cool Tesla Coil, which they fire up every few minutes.
 Judah's favorite part is this huge pendulum that knocks over these little sticks to tell the time.
Although it's not open all the time, frequently they have huge telescope set up to look at something cool. When we went last summer, we got to see Venus.

Check it out!

Friday, May 09, 2014

A few things.

1. We have a tradition of all saying what we are thankful for before we pray for our dinner. A few days ago, Jeff told Judah he was thankful for his dinner. Judah's response: "Dad, you have to be thankful for something real. No one's thankful for dinnner."

I'm guessing he is not impressed with my cooking.

2. Although Naomi is nearly weaned, we still nurse about once a day, just before bed, although I can tell my supply is nearly gone. The word Naomi uses for "milk" sounds exactly like the word she uses for "moo." So when she wants to nurse, she will tug at my shirt and moo. As if I needed to feel more like a cow.

3. We leave in less than a week to head back to SC for my little brother's graduation. I'm so excited about seeing my family and hanging out at the beach I can hardly wait.

4. I have a ton of photos I need to take off the camera. Maybe when I do I can post a few here.

5. Last week I got to do another delivery (Yay!) and today I did a circumcision. It's good to be feeling more like a family doctor again.

Friday, April 25, 2014


The biggest news at the Tell House lately is that we finally closed on our SC house.

This is a huge answer to prayer, obviously, since paying both the mortgage on our house and our rent here in CA is no fun, and has made for some added stress.

And yet, I found myself a little sad. I loved that house. Our first house - the house where we brought home our babies, and lived through 6 years of the joys and sorrows of residency and married life. I think, too, that part of me had this thought that if things didn't work out here, we had this safety net of a home to go back to.

And now that's gone. And even though I know God has called us here, the thought of not really having something to fall back on is a little terrifying.

Goodbye, Oak Ridge Drive. We'll miss you.
I guess now I really need to make a new blog title.