Cast Blog: #RHOC

Lucky Sevens

Lauri Waring explains why sevens are lucky for her and her fiance, George.

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As early as my first date with George, I actually entertained the thought of marriage again. We connected on every level very quickly. It was really no surprise to me that we were engaged just four months later. During our engagement neither of us put pressure on each other in setting a date. We felt it would fall in place when it was meant to be. We were engaged on 7/7/06 and thought it would be fun to be married one year later on 7/7/07-- lucky sevens! We eventually agreed to 9/8/07 simply due to timing and schedules. I think having that year of engagement was crucial. George and I experienced every trial and tribulation that you could possibly imagine during that time, and it gave us the chance to see how each other reacts under pressure. Apparently, we both passed the test!

George loves first class. I mean, really, who doesn't? However, I wanted to do things a little different this summer as far as our family vacation. Sometimes the best of nature can't be experienced behind the confines of a 5-star hotel. Some of my very best memories growing up were our family camping experiences in Yellowstone National Park. We traveled the park -- all five of us -- in a Ford pickup truck pulling a 12-foot travel trailer. It was one of those multi-purpose trailers where the dining table turned into a sleeper for my sister and me. It contained a master bed, which was slightly larger than a twin bed for my lucky parents, and it featured a sling cot that hung over my parents' bed that housed my brother. Cozy to say the very least!

I don't know maybe I'm weird, but we had so much fun -- simple, innocent, cheap fun -- like seeing who had collected the most interesting piece of driftwood, practicing our Tarzan call to other campers camping on the other side of Yellowstone Lake, and the biggest adventure was the challenge of outrunning the abundance of bears to use the outhouse. Sorry, but you just can't get the thrill of fighting for your life at the Four Seasons! Perhaps it was a bit selfish of me to want to bring back memories, but I thought it would be good for George's daughters to experience nature in somewhat of a primitive form.

Back to the wedding. Wedding dress shopping with Austin Scarlett was a highlight for me. Meeting Austin Scarlet was so exciting He is larger than life! I totally outweighed him and his make-up was pro. When I initially met him, I don't even remember what I said because I was so fascinated with the perfection of his eyeliner! He was so sweet and kind to us. He truly was interested in finding the perfect dress for me. He is so talented, and his dresses are amazing. He completely "gets" the female form. I just recently ran into him at the Runway fashion show in New York and showed him pictures of the wedding. I think he was impressed with his work! All of Austin's dresses were beautiful and truly amazing!

Price wasn't an issue. I wanted the perfect dress -- it had to fit like a glove, and I wanted to look like Cinderella! I wanted a dress that was timeless, so that in 10 or 20 years when I look back at the photos, I won't be saying, "What was I thinking?" The dress I chose was Ashley's favorite. After watching the last episode, I know that I chose the perfect dress for me.

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Speaking of Ashley, I'm very proud of Ashley getting her real estate license. She is taking steps to secure her future which means she is growing up! She seems to be more responsible these days. When she asked me if she could be my maid of honor, it caught me off guard. I have an older sister who I am very close with. I always go to her for advice, and I naturally thought of her being my maid of honor. However I quickly realized how important it was for Ashley and how much it would mean to her. I knew my sister would understand and not think twice about it. I ended up having Ashley as my maid of honor and my sister as my matron of honor. Ashley held my bouquet, and my sister Linda carried the Kleenex! It all worked out perfectly in the end.

As for the new Housewife, I haven't had much of a chance to get to know Quinn yet. I think I've spent all of about two hours in a limo with her to date, so I don't have much of an opinion. She seemed a little shy, but after watching the last episode, I guess not! You go girl!

Shannon Settles the Score

If Andy's asking "What's the score, Shannon Beador?" Shannon thinks she's definitely won.

This is Blog #20, my last Blog for the season! The past year was been a wild ride for both me and for my family. I have come to many realizations about myself, made lifelong friends, experienced some tough moments, and embarked on a path to a more peaceful self. So to use Andy’s phrase, “What's the score, Shannon Beador?” I would say without a doubt that I have definitely won.

I am happy that the viewers got a little glimpse into my sometimes unconventional ways! For me, it's all about good energy. I love that Vicki’s business has clearly benefited from trying feng shui with Elaine Wright. If you can't get hurt, there is no reason to try anything holistic. If you actually benefit, why wouldn't anyone want to go the natural way? If my children tend to feel better after seeing Dr. Moon and not have to take antibiotics, then I am a happy mom. It's all about creating a healthy balance!

I am an open book and am often criticized for it, but I am who I am. I don't know many couples married for 13 years that have a perfect relationship. Everyone has ups and downs, and although it may be difficult and require effort, it is possible to move through it and make things better. I have said it many times in the season that divorce is not an option. I will always fight for my marriage and my family. It truly touches my heart that so many fans have been and continue to root for David and I. I am so appreciative and grateful for all of your positive comments! Thank you!

Do Tamra and Heather truly want to move forward and potentially develop a friendship with me? Only time will tell. But for now, I have amazing friends surrounding me, including Vicki Gunvalson and Lizzie Rovsek. And most importantly, I have been blessed with the most incredible family anyone could ask for. That is where all of my energy is focused.

I will never forget this entire year, both the good and the bad, because each moment took me on the journey to where I am today. And today, I am in a phenomenal and happy place. Thank you for taking this journey with me!

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