Lauri Peterson

Lauri Peterson shares what life has been like for her and her family after taking leave from The Real Housewives of OC.

on Jan 7, 20090

Sophie still plays the violin. I just bought her a new full size violin to accommodate her new size. Sophie and Bria are both growing at a rapid pace and morphing into beautiful young women before our eyes! Although Bria is one year older, Sophie is too competitive to let Bria pass her up in height. They both measure in at 5'2"! Where did our little girls go?

Danyka, George's 15 year old, is as beautiful as ever and working on obtaining her drivers permit. Don't worry everyone - I will give a public warning when she gets it! Danyka reminds us of a little filly with these crazy long legs and bundles of energy. She has officially caught up with my height and is now 5'8 and a half inches tall! We are working on building some kind of "boy guard" for the property to keep the boys away!

McKenzie, nearing 20 years old, has flown the coop and is all grown up! She is serious about her college studies and has put in several applications to transfer to a University to further her studies. If you watch MTV, you can't miss seeing her in a music video or two. She is as gorgeous as always and currently a brunette.

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OhBlondie66
OhBlondie66

Lauri PetersonBrain Candy

Lauri Peterson shares what life has been like for her and her family after taking leave from The Real Housewives of OC.

Jan 7, 2009 Of course I've been watching the series - I'm addicted! The Havasu episode left me nauseous though. I got a knot in my stomach watching it. The series seems to be drifting away from documenting the individual housewives' lives and instead is more focused on bringing the housewives together to see who will fight who. I run from this type of drama. I feel life is complicated enough without adding drummed up drama. Also large groups of drunken people make me nervous. Thank God that my alcohol allergies limit me to one drink. 

As far as Gretchen is concerned, where do I start? I do agree with her comment to not judge unless you have been through the same situation. I think giving advice without first hand experience is dangerous. You never know how you will react unless it happens to you.

Whatever Gretchen's relationship was with Jeff is between them. I hope that the rumors that I have heard about her turn out to be untrue. I never had the chance to meet Jeff so I can't form an opinion. Obviously, he wanted to be with her and she wanted to be with him for whatever reasons. He was a mature man and quite capable of making his own decisions. I personally have never been attracted to older men and think that a big age difference would present challenges that would be difficult for me based upon my personality. For example, I have a lot of energy and even George, who is only eight months older than me, has a hard time keeping up with me. (Are you reading this George?) I am way faster than him. Just ask him about his pulled hamstring muscle some day! WOW how 4 years can involve so much Bull, Shame Shame on you ~ 

angmoore
angmoore

Lauri you are a good mother to both your kids and George's. It is easy to tell that you love them all and that you are not trying to be their 'friend' too much - when you said that you were going to make that change, you really did it! Those kids have a mom who doesn't sweat the small stuff, who supports them emotionally and intellectually in all they do, who is proud of them, who is far from overbearing and who they can trust will hear what they have to say unconditionally. They will always repect you for these traits. Not only were you lucky to find George, but he was very lucky to find you. You both bring way more than money to the table.That is all that matters in the real world.

Jen W.
Jen W.

I have been watching the show everyday and just realized that they are from 2007. I am so sad you left! I don't know if I can watch the new season without you on it. You have heart. You are the best one on the show!

Sad in San Diego
Sad in San Diego

Laurie, Watching a re-run of Housewives, I find myself identifying with your struggles with your son. I have been through it all with my just turned 18 year old over the last few years. We've sent her to two separate behavior modification schools, she's been in Juvenile Hall, on probation, ran away for months at a time. Tough love has never seemed to work because not only is she enabled by extended family, but is a trust fund baby who doesn't have to take accountability. I wonder if you blog about how you've gotten through the struggles with your children and how Josh in particular is now. I'm reaching out from frustration and sadness. Thank you.

Kim D
Kim D

I miss you being on the show. You were always so nice and not back biting like some of the other wives. You and Vicki are the only ones with real class out of all the wives.

Suzanna Doreen
Suzanna Doreen

Lauri, Hope all is well with you and your family. Your turly missed. God Bless

Mele
Mele

The show is not the same with out you. I use to enjoy watching the desperte house wives of orange county because of you. and I even watch the re-runs but with out you on it, the show is not worth watching. You are a really nice person and so happy that you found your dream husband. Please come back to the show.

Viviane
Viviane

hi friend, I'm from Brazil and the program is here, but it is 2008, just wanted to tell you are a blessed person and I admire you. abraços.Vivi

francheska Van'Es
francheska Van'Es

lauri, i think your such a beautiful warmhearted mother and wife! you deserve the world and i give you the best of luck with your family! i hope your son does well in life and gets it together! as much as i hated that you left the show i think it was a good idea for you! you need to just live your life and be the best mom and wife that you are with no drama from the housewives.. i hope your doing well! with love xoxoxoxo

non viewer
non viewer

How is life treating you? And can I say that I missed you so much on the show but we all gotta do what we gotta do or am I wrong? How is your family coming along?

Alina09
Alina09

Lauri you are my favorite of all the housewives! You seem down to earth, you don't like drama, you're sweet and genuinely a nice person. The other ladies need to learn a lot from you. Thank you for sharing your personal story with us, it just makes you real. I too have a son that had problems with drug addiction and nearly died, thankfully he is recovered and seems on the right track. Listening to your trials and tribulations just makes me realize I am not the only one. God bless you and your family!

Donnasmt
Donnasmt

Missing:Lauri I hope you and your family are doing well. You and George make a great couple. Maybe Josh can meet someone who brings out the best in him. Guys usually grow up after 26 or so, he has time, and I have faith in him! Good luck! I am glad your family is not in the mix right now. Your children and George need your sweet devoted smile!!!

Elsie22
Elsie22

Lauri,

The most sensible housewife in OC. And I can relate...most my friends in OC were at some time or another in drug rehab.

Catherine
Catherine

Lauri: I love you! I think that you are the most loving,caring real person that was on the show. I miss you, the show is not the same with out you. You married a good man! You have such class and you are better off without the show. I know that you will have such a good life, I wish you the best.

Viewer
Viewer

Laurie

I love you. You are so real and have shown that your family is like many others out there. I hope everything with your family is good and I hope return to the series because you show such a real side of life. You are one of the only few housewives that I actually enjoy watching.

MelissaB
MelissaB

People can say all they want about you, you are the one that had the most heart on this show. & thats what I like about you

Viewer
Viewer

Lauri,

You are a class act and in my opinion, more of the real thing. You are so beautiful but one can't get jealous because you are just too darn sweet! I keep Josh in my prayers.....and you and George are so fortunate to have found each other. Thank you for gracing my T.V.!

mark
mark

Lauri,

You are my all time favorite on the show..i have watched the show from day one and I'm very happy for you and your new hubby...he is truly the bomb. I hope things are going better for you in regards to your son. I hope you come back to the show soon! Stay sweet,beautiful and genuine. Hope all is well for you and your family!

Mark

Viewer
Viewer

dear laurie, i have watched every episode of OC! i love you and really miss seeing you!! i thought it was awesome that you made it to the reunion show!!! i have to ask how josh is doing and how your family is doing? my mom was addicted to drugs i wish you the best and understand why you left the show. i am only 24 and know what the struggle is like to have someone you love go threw that spiral of emotions. your a tough woman and i only hope you the best. i really hope to see you on next season but understand if your not on.

Lori
Lori

Lauri -

It was very sad when you lef the show. You are still by far my favorite. You are true to yourself and your husband and family. You are honest and very loving. You put other people first and not yourself. And you and George are HAPPY!! I was glad when you married him.

I am in my second marriage and together we have 6 kids. 4 are mine and 2 are my husbands. We do things centered around the kids first. But he and I always make time for each other too. We have 1 date night a week and we try to get away a couple of times each year. When I see you and George and how you both live your lives it reminds me of my life. Of course I do not have all the wonderful things that you do, but the one thing that we have in common is lots of love.

I love ya Lauri! You are awesome!

MrsSmith
MrsSmith

Interesting comment from Samantha about Josh. Lauri, I know we only see some parts of your lives. I have a 19 yr old son who just done some jail time for stealing an IPod from his place of employment. My son is such a good kid, graduating with honors and scholarships, I just couldn't believe this was happening to us. He has a father that has never had anything to do with him, a step father that turned his back on him, and then there is me. I often wonder is my son is lost. I told him that once he done is 9 days in jail (which is behind us now) that we no longer talk about it. It is a bad memory from our past and from here we move forward. Troubled sons with troubled lives...How do we help them find their way? Besides my differences of you and Josh, you are a genuine person. What you see is what you get, there are very few people in this world I can say that about. Your temperament stays even, your not up and down and all over the place causing havoc one day and then being super sweet the next. That is what I like so much about you.

mele
mele

Lauri was the reason I watched every single show. I wish she was still on the show but I can totally understand her reason for leaving. The show is not the same without her. I really don't like the new show without her. I caught a few of it and its so annoying!!! Lauri and Jeanna are my only favorite housewives.

Viewer
Viewer

Hope you return to the show..Good luck to Josh!

Samantha
Samantha

Hey Laurie,

I love u on the show, you seem like one of the few ladies that tries to avoid acting catty and immature and talking negatively about others behind their backs and congrats for that. However I've noticed on a lot of the shows that Josh seemed to be reaching out to you and hinting to you that he needs more support from you, that he feels left out and isn't sure of his place and you seemed to ignore his calls for help or you just brushed them off. I feel that if you had paid more attention to him, things might have ended up differently.

qttpie2002
qttpie2002

I miss u on the show! I'm glad to see u happy, with your true love

Rosemary
Rosemary

Lauri, You are a great Mom. Especially to Josh. Thanks for your honesty. I admire you for airing your family difficulties. You're an inspiration to all Mom's who have a troubled child. Thank you!

Stacey NC
Stacey NC

Lauri,

Come back. You are missed immensely. But it is incredibly admirable the way you're putting your family first. Kudos. You're so grounded and real. You've been with money and without. But money doesn't make a person who they are. A few blogs up someone said that you're a selfish person because you haven't done charity work, or sponsored a family, or "given back". Don't let people like that get you down. It's not your responsibility to save every less fortunate person you meet. And i'm sure if you have "given back", you don't advertise the fact that you have. Truly generous people don't want recognition for their good deeds. Everyone always bitches on reunion shows because they don't like how they were portrayed in one episode or another, and they blame editing on why they looked like a jackass. You can't be portrayed like a jackass if you don't act like one. You were always shown in a good light for a reason, you're a wonderful person who appreciates what she has. Lots of people take what they have for granted. I've never seen that side of you, I believe, because it doesn't exist. Keep the faith, keep the smile, and enjoy the riches that God has bestowed on you.

Barbara
Barbara

Hi Lauri

Really miss you on the show. You brought so much class, to the show. How is Josh? I hope to see you and your family on the next season Help Josh all you can and I know you are, From one mother to another...God Bless..

Linda
Linda

Lauri-I use to think you were the nicest of the housewives until you sat with Tamara and made fun of Gretchen crying over the loss of her love. You said she probably should be given an Oscar. It is funny for you to judge as we have seen you cry over your son time and time again and no one said anything so mean about you. Your son has chosen his path and your crying could certainly be taken as an Oscar moment because that is all you ever whine about. What about the good things that have so generously fallen into your lap? I would hope you would be a little kinder to those going through rough times in their lives as you should be able to relate. Shame on you and Miss Tamara

Jane
Jane

Lauri, I really liked you when you were on OC Housewives, but I've got to say, that scene of you & Tamra trashing Gretchen, WTF?? I hate to say it but you're such a hypocrite. Don't go around trying to act like you're a good Christian, then bash someone that's going through a heart-wrenching experience. I was very disappointed & surprised that you sunk to Tamra's level. I just read on Tamra's blog that you accidentally sprayed tanning spray on Gretchen's outfit; now I'm guessing that was probably an intentional "accident."

All that aside, I hope your son is doing well. I'm also a recovering heroin addict and now have over 23 years clean. Don't ever give up hope on him.

I hope in the future you'll just be yourself. I don't believe you've got a mean heart, I think you got caught up in Tamra's gossip. Remember, your kids are now, or one day will, watch OC Housewives; don't do anything you wouldn't want them to emulate.

Best to you & yours

A Viewer
A Viewer

Hi Lauri....miss you on the show. The little bit I get to see of you on tv really inspires me to be more...so thank you. I have no clue who you really are or what life you have really lived, but I think it is irrelevant. There is no reason why you wouldn't desereve health, wealth and happiness! I have had small moments with money, many more without and I think you're absolutely right...it's easier with it!! So enjoy!

Linda Mamalis
Linda Mamalis

hey Laurie, this is Linda from melbourne australia, love your show but as l'm sure you've been told not the same without you, this is what brings me to this site. I was reading one of the comments from a viewer named victoria, l dont know if you've read it but basically she sounds miserable because you have money and she doesn't, yeah you know what l dont have money either like her and l have three beautiful kids and times are really tough especially now since my husband has lost his main source of income but it's your show and seeing how you and the girls live that helps me escape my problems and yeah even fantasize about what it would be like if l had money and a black amex card, so you know what enjoy it l suppose you do deserve it dont we all, hope to seeyou and family back on air regars Linda from Australia

Christine from Ct.
Christine from Ct.

Hi Lauri, you always struck me as the most down to earth, "real" housewife. Just by your comments above and your actinos on the show, I can see you don't like the limelight, the brahsness, the scene that the others cause. I am so happy for you that you married George, he seems like a nice, respectable, chill guy who seems to really love you. I really wish you much luck with your son, I have battled some of it myself and know its a long rocky road but if he does get better, there is a good chance he will stay sober, with a loving family support system behind him. I wish you much luck and thanks for showing us that not all OC housewives are the same (take note Tamra, you could learn A LOT from Lauri)

Kristy
Kristy

I live in the LA area and would like to know where your daughters get there extensions done. They look the best I have ever seen and would hate to waste my time and money going to another salon and not getting good results.

Viewer
Viewer

Lauri. I applaud Tamara for standing up to Gretchen and was going to post again to say what you said you all have everything why put it on TV. You all should be so Thankfull for the fortunate lives you have and beautifull families

vanessa
vanessa

Lauri, I'm happy for you and your new life, but I never liked how you messed around with Slade behind Jo's back. Your no better than Tamera or Vicki when it comes to jealousy over young and natural beautiful women. At the party you still seemed jealous of Jo. Good luck with your son Josh.

Viewer
Viewer

Lauri, Love the show! I'm a huge fan and have been following since season one. I just wanted to wish you best of luck with your new husband. You both seem extremely happy together. Also don't give up hope with Josh, my family went through a very similar situation and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Keep the faith!

Shiobhan
Shiobhan

Lauri, I just saw George's look-a-like on the Country Music Channel. His name is Bryce Pallister and he is the spitting image of your husband. You'll be shocked!!!

Brazilian
Brazilian

I don't even know if you still read this, but just wanted to say that I hope Josh can find the right path, and take good care of him self, giving you lots of pride and happines. I admire the love and care you have for your kids. It's awsome to see a mom who does every thing possible and impossible sometimes to help her kids get to the right direction.... Good luck, and never forget that God does not abandon us!!!

Idaho Girl
Idaho Girl

Lauri-

I am a born and raised Idaho girl and am proud of those roots and I think it is great that you formly and Idaho girl has done so well for yourself. I would love to know what town you are from in Idaho. I just would like to say that I could see the first time we got to see you and George together I knew he was the one for you, he loved you regardless of your hardships and took you for what you were and did not ask for more. I am still looking for my prince charming and am so happy you have found yours. I guess maybe he is still out there and I just need to be patient. Again I thank you for sharing all of your good, bad and everything else experiences in your life with us. Josh has to choose his path all you can do is be there to encourage him when he is headed down the right path. We control our own destiny. Best of luck to you, George and your children.

Trisha
Trisha

Miss you on the show, you are so sweet. Best of luck with Josh Keep the faith

Viewer
Viewer

I am a late bloomer of the series and only just finished the first season, but I am thrilled that you have found a wonderful man and I wish you and your family all the best. You are a beautiful woman and a wonderful mother and I know everything will work out for Josh.

Jax from Florida
Jax from Florida

Hey Lauri,

You have always been my favorite housewife. When you said you were taking a little break from the show I really considered not watching it anymore. You have such a kind spirit and always try to look in the good in everyone and everything. I really hope you come back and hope everything has only gotten better for you!

former Ca Lady
former Ca Lady

I too missed you on the rest of this last season. The show turned more like the other two housewives with a lot of bitchy acting and attitudes. The women and there families were much more likable and fun to watch before. As many have written you were and your family were my favorites. I also liked Jeana and could relate to some of her issues. Family is most important and I hope to see you and yours next year. Our finances aren't in good shape and one of my children with four children has a husband out of work over a year. Yet, I don't resent your happiness and good fortune. God bless you and your family. In my family we have dealt with several alcoholics, so I can relate to the addiction pain. Also, looking at Ca is fun. I miss a lot of it (not the earthquakes or fires). O.K., I wish I had money to look better, nothing major and no boobs, but better. Enjoy life.

Viewer
Viewer

Lauri, The show is not the same without you!! I do respect that you needed to take time for you and your family....but please hurry back.

stephanie
stephanie

Lauri, you are so full of character and wisdom. Everyone can see that. You truly love your husband, but more importantly, you love your children. I miss you on the show, but all your fans are proud of you for making the better decision. Keep on doing what you're doing!

Viewer
Viewer

Lauri, i miss you so much on the show - you are such an inspiration to young girls like me. youre so classy and intelligent, but youre fun. youre the most gorgeous housewife and i cant wait to hear how things are going :)

Its only me Beth
Its only me Beth

I cannot believe how judgemental some of you are! I think that NO ONE is the "perfect parent". I think that it is really easy for people to pick at the sliver in your eye when the have a beam in there own! You keep just loving on the kids that are in your home! I think that you are a very beautiful person. I also feel that this world likes to pick on others to make them selves feel better. We should all be lucky to have had the pleasure to view a portion of all of your lives. I hope all works out. Expect nothing of people and you will never be disapointed! God Bless

DeAnn
DeAnn

Lauri, I love you and your family. Please come back, we need a touch of grace and class in the show. Your life has issues and problems to face just like most of us do. You showed us how to live and get past our problems with such determination. Hope to see you next season!