Joining the cast for Season 11 has been quite an adventure. We all have our unique stories and the composite makes for lots of laughs, tears and sometimes, tense drama.
I have known Meghan for a while and she has been a good friend throughout. I am thankful that she introduced me to her circus of friends.
As Meghan mentioned, I can relate to her fertility challenges. Like Meghan, Michael and I conceived Jolie through IVF (In vitro fertilization). While the process is, in some ways, painful and difficult, it's the best thing we ever did. It's well worth the pain. Our smart, beautiful, talented Jolie is living proof of the wonders of IVF. Meghan announced her pregnancy this past Monday. I'm so happy for her and Jimmy. Congratulations!!!
Living at the Beach in Corona del Mar is like being on vacation every day. As great as it is living here, the thing that matters most to me is my family. Michael and I have been together 12 years. While we have had some very rocky times, our commitment to family, faith and forgiveness keeps us our love strong. Sharing our home with my Mother, Bobbi, and my brother, Eric can be trying at times, but we all love each other and make each other laugh. Our house is always a hub of activity with friends dropping by to share the sunset and a few glasses of wine.
It was very nice of Heather to invite us to her party on the yacht. Heather is a gracious hostess and made us feel welcomed from the start. Everything about the evening, the decorations, food, drinks, service, etc. was first class. She definitely knows how to throw a party.
It didn't take long for me to sense the chemistry I have with each of the ladies. My brash mouth and sarcastic, sophomoric humor isn't for everyone. Tamra, Vicki and Meghan laughed at my "Kellyisms". Shannon not so much. Actually, not at all. Oh well. Hopefully, she'll lighten up.
I really related to Heather's concern about Terry's echo-cardio scare. We've had a similar experience with Michael. His family has a history of ARVC (Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy), which is a genetic condition where the heart tissue hardens and becomes fibrous. Michael's older brother, Peter, had a heart transplant a couple of years ago, so Michael goes through regular screenings, including echocardiograms and MRIs of his heart. Every time he goes through it we worry about the findings, just as Heather did.
When Vicki entered the party, the tension was palpable. It didn't seem to upset Vicki too much though. She handled herself with grace and dignity. Vicki and I hit it off immediately. She is sweet, considerate and funny. This is going to be a great friendship.
Season 11 is off to a great start. I'm looking forward to sharing our experiences with you. At times you may find yourself cheering, jeering, laughing, caring, but you definitely won't be bored.