April 20, 2015

illustration rejects

I have FINISHED editing my very last book--hooray!!! There were, I swear, a hundred outtakes for each book and lots of illustrations were sadly cut. But I've kept them all and am posting a few of the rejects here. To see more illustrations, head over to my website, ashleyevanson.com.

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March 30, 2015

what's a mummsie to do

^^ When your husband goes out of town for a week, you beg your mom to come stay with you, even though she was just here a month ago. And what does she do? She flies all the way out to San Francisco to play and keep you company because she's the best mom in the world. Thank you, Mummsie, for the Japanese Tea Garden, Zazie's, walks to the Bridge, and for staying up all night with me watching Netflix. We miss you already! ^^

March 27, 2015

bermuda buttercups

^^ I do love these Bermuda Buttercups that are making the city happy, and Munchkin loved making a ladybug friend. I feel like we're living in Primavera or some setting of a Grimm fairy tale. ^^

March 26, 2015

so many things to do!

Every day I try to take the girls on an outing because there are so many things to do in this city I don't think we've even scratched the surface. I need to narrow down a bucket list--any suggestions?

March 22, 2015

what motherhood is REALLY like

Tis time for another round of these beauties.

^^ Munchkin started coughing like she might pass out so I ran into the kitchen to find her inhaling powdered Nesquik from a straw. Props to her inventiveness, not so much on chocolate-coated lungs. ^^

^^ Must we really be so obsessed with the selfie? ^^

^^ I know every mom has to erase these from her phone every day, right? ^^

^^ These two are reeeeeally enjoying this walking tour. (Photo cred: Amy Favero) ^^

^^ Helping to uproot our friend's garden bed of calla lilies (which I really do apologize for. Not cool.) ^^

^^ I had to write a talk for church so I gave the girls some paper, scissors, and glue and told them to "LEAVE. ME. ALONE." ^^


March 18, 2015

free city tours

^^ I feel like there's a huge untapped resource of entertainment called SF City Guides. These are free walking tours of all the hidden and not-so-hidden gems of the city. I recently went on one called Public Spaces of the Financial District, which was a tour of rooftop gardens and "secret" atriums downtown. Very cool. ^^

^^ We also went on a tour of the Ferry Building, which was then followed by walking around in circles trying to decide which overpriced sandwich we were going to buy from the farmer's market. The answer was none of them. My kids would never appreciate a $14 piece of bread and cheese. ^^

^^ Johnny's made a new tradition of taking me on a surprise adventure to somewhere new every week after church. I loved our little trip to the Moraga--or the Mosaic--Stairs. And just in case you were wondering, there are 163 steps (I have a weird habit of counting stairs. There are 32 up to my apartment, 186 on the "stairs of death" at BYU...) ^^

^^ This photo makes my blood boil. Munchkin took a dance class for nine weeks that parents were not allowed to watch. The very last week we were able to go inside the dance room and watch the girls perform for an hour. And this little turd sat on the floor and pouted (no smiles like above) before she was escorted off the floor by her instructor for "being rude to the other dancers." I went straight to the car and cried "woe-is-me tears"--not our finest moment. ^^

March 3, 2015

is this the real life? is this just fantasy?

^^ Can it be true?! Are these books really on Amazon for pre-order?! My HELLO, WORLD book series will be released October 20 from Penguin and I'm having an out-of-body experience over here. They're releasing four books in one season: Paris, London, San Francisco, and New York, and in the words of my agent Michelle, "The crashing noise you just heard was Ashley collapsing from exhaustion." Haha it's slightly true, but I wouldn't trade it for the world! 

P.S. A big thanks to Johnny, my momma, and my babies for being so forgiving while I work. I hope their early memories of me are of us reading these books together and not me hunched over a computer in my smelly sweats with dirty dishes piled up around me. (It's a very glamorous lifestyle.) ^^

February 23, 2015

tide pools and stinson beach

When last weekend started out with Munchkin learning to wink and cook breakfast, we knew it was going to be a good one. We ventured up north to the Muir Beach tide pools to poke poor unsuspecting sponges, and shove our pockets full of beach glass, broken mussels, and rocks, which are obviously treasures. 

We then drove up to Stinson Beach to build sand castles and bask in the sun. I feel like after 20 years of Utah winters, these sunny February are too good to be true. Sorry if you're reading this from Boston. 

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