Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Equinox...a celestial event!

Today is the start of a new season.  
An opportunity to renew.
A time to discover which parts of yourself you'd
like to embrace and expand upon.
And, which parts to put behind you.

Today was a beautiful day in Chicago.
I captured this photo on my jog to the lake this morning.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  
It is one of nature's most beautiful seasons, in my opinion.

I hope we all welcome it with open arms.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fierce a magical place

Have you ever been somewhere and it just felt magical?
Like a were with all of your favorite people...
and you were smiling...laughing...feeling 
happy and wonderful...

I was at that magical place this past weekend.
It all happened in my sister's backyard.
It was heaven on earth.
It really was.

My niece Ashley married her longtime beau, Mark. was a beautiful sight to see.

I asked a wedding photographer once...what's the shot? 
You know, the one you want...
She said to me...everyone is going to be all eyes on the bride as she makes her entrance...
but that's when you turn to look at the groom...
And, that is what I do at every wedding.
When she makes her appearance...
I turn and look at him...
He was crying...

and she took my breath away...
my beautiful niece!

My family!

I posted an album on Facebook with pictures detailing 
the event... 
I hope you will go check it out.

It was an amazing weekend.
Filled with family, friends, love, laughter and MAGIC.

Ashley and Mark

The Pryzbyla's begin...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ya'll evah been to Nashville?

This past weekend, I attended my friend Matt Banks wedding in Nashville, TN.

He married THE MOST ADORABLE girl, Mandy!  

The nuptials took place at the beautiful Scarritt Bennett Center Wightman Chapel.

Katie and I after the service.

Be warned:
This dress is making a repeat appearance next weekend. 

We had so much fun together!

Introducing, Matt and Mandy Banks!!

This reminded me of Carrie getting stuffed in the limo on Sex and the City!
She looked stunning!


Isn't this beautiful?
Down to the details!

I loved the draped linens and the band was amazing!

The reception was held at
Marathon Music Works.
I loved it!

Best photo bomb picture ever!  

Sparklers to send them off!

I love this picture of Katie!  
She has the best spirit!  
Can't you see it?

Nashville is a cool town...there was definitely more to our 
event-filled weekend...
I'll share with you later.

I'm on the wedding my friend Cindy said.

Vanessa and Amanda fly in tomorrow and we are off to Elkhart
to celebrate 
Ashley and Marc.

More to come!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wedding DIY

My Niece, Ashley, is one of the most creative people I know.

She made these wooden boxes, stained them,
 stenciled sayings and stuffed them with flowers.
I love the burlap sunflower!

So kewl!

YOU nique...I just love it!

Laugh Out Loud...we did a lot of that!


If you haven't been to Ashley's amazing motivational site

you should.

You can also find her on Facebook - 

I look forward to sharing the wedding with you and how it all came together!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

While back in Indiana....

Marc and Ashley
Tying the knot 
September 7, 2013

Portraying 'American Gothic' painting by Grant Wood.

We like to remain creative while doing yard work.

You heard that right...
I went back to Elkhart this past weekend to help work in the yard...
where the upcoming nuptials will take place.

We have a little joke in our family with Lucinda...
most 'events' that take place at her house...
 we end up doing yard work...
literally, up until guests arrive...
so, I was waiting for it...
the call...
or how she would slide in the ask...

I can't even remember how it went down...
I think she started with something like,
'hey, whatcha doin next weekend?'
and there it was...

and here I am...

We had a big laugh over it...
and we really did have a good time!

Look!  Ash is even smiling!

Unfortunately, mulching wasn't the only chore on Lucinda's punch list.

WEEDING and more mulching....

Apparently, the TIKI BAR needed some attention.

Those are all weeds...

We got it done.

We had fun.


I am looking forward to the celebration!  

My mom is making the journey from Georgia...
Amanda is coming in from Florida...
 and Vee is making the trek in from Utah.

I can't wait!

Monday, August 19, 2013

MiG28s over the Indian Ocean?

Not quite.
But, who couldn't help think of the movie Top Gun this weekend in Chicago?
I made my way to North Avenue Beach to check out the 
55th annual Air and Water Show along Chicago's lakefront.
Although it did not disappoint...
it was missing some of that Top Gun trickery without the military headliners...
no Thunderbirds or Blue Angels this weekend.

The news reported that 1.7 million people showed up over the weekend along Chicago's lakefront.
I will say that at times...
it felt almost that crowded.

The weather was perfect.

I don't know how the pilots do it.  
Cutting the engines, free falling, turning, tumbling...
Seriously, I was praying for them.  

All eyes to the skies.

No shortage of stunts.

Bunch of badasses.

Looker lower right...

The only real disappointment for me was there was no Val Kilmer playing volleyball 
on the beach...I checked.  

Maybe next year?

Monday, August 12, 2013

She said farewell to her single days...

My Niece, Ashley, is getting married on September 7th.  

And, with any wedding...comes a bachelorette party! 

A night out in Chicago started with settling into the Four Seasons....what a view.  

L to R:
Vee, Lucinda and Mel

Ashley's awesome friend, Alex, planned the entire night!  
We started at Cafe Ba-ba Reeba in Lincoln Park. 
Spanish tapas!  

The Bridesmaids L to R:
Stacy, Amy, Alex and Cortney

Ash, Vee and Mel

We were all so glad Vee flew in from Utah to celebrate!

We jumped in the limo after dinner and drank champagne!

We were off to The Fairmont to see Jim Belushi!

We ended the night in a bar called,
Howl at the Moon

This guy has moves...
all night he danced around the place...

Ash and her sister Katie

We had a blast!

My dearest Ashley, wishing you the happiest days to come!

 I think it true to say when someone you care so much for finds true love, it brings you joy.
I can't wait to share in your special day and welcome Marc into the family...officially!