As if the anticipation for the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Orange County wasn't already killing us, we're starting to get a clearer picture of which ladies will be returning for some more fun — and drama — in the California sun. In addition to the news that last season's newbie, Kelly Dodd, will be returning to the show, Season 12 of RHOC is about to get a blast from the past.
Lydia was last seen on RHOC as part of the Season 8 cast where viewers got to know the then-mother of two and wife and her dedication to her family and faith. Since Season 8, Lydia has kept very busy, giving sons Stirling and Maverick a brother with the birth of son Roman in November 2014, penning the book Beyond Orange County: A Housewives Guide to Faith and Happiness, and starting her own lifestyle blog OC Lydia.
The RHOC mom and her husband Doug McLaughlin are still going strong, celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversary in April 2016 with a vow renewal ceremony in Laguna Beach, California. Lydia and Doug also launched the men's lifestyle magazine NOBLEMAN last October.
One of Lydia's previous RHOC castmates, Heather Dubrow, revealed in January that she would not be appearing in the upcoming season. Andy Cohen teased to The Daily Dish what else we can expect from this season of RHOC. "The new season is, it's shifting alliances. I think you're gonna be surprised by Kelly Dodd this season," he told The Daily Dish at the NBCUniversal Upfront earlier this month. "And some old Housewives [are] returning and it's really good."
We can already tell this is going to be an epic season.
Get to know Lydia all over again by checking out these vintage pics, below.