Gretchen Rossi

Gretchen talks about planning her parents' anniversary and shares her thoughts on plastic surgery.

on Apr 3, 2011

Hi guys,

I want to preface this week by asking you to please remember when reading our blogs that this show is about having opinions, and every week we are asked to blog about our "opinions" of each other and what is happening in the episode, so that is why I discuss what I do.

This week's episode was really fun for me to watch, because it is about me preparing for my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. I had been planning this special event for them for close to six months. Unfortunately, the show can't show everything that it took to prepare for this event and all the fun things that went into creating this weekend for my parents due to time and some locations not allowing cameras.

I had a huge checklist of things I had to get done in order to make the event come together, and one of those things included stealing a dress from my mom's house in order to make her a custom wedding dress for the weekend. It was successful, although very funny at times! Now you can see why Shawna and I are such good friends, and why the dynamic of having her work for me was a hard transition. I'm so glad my mom didn't come home, because I honestly didn't want any part of the surprise weekend to be ruined.

They didn't show the footage, but my father and I went into Newport Jewelers together to pick out the ring for my mom. The ring was from my father, however I just pushed him a little to make it happen, and trading in my old diamonds from my ex-husband Chris definitely helped dad financially. It was a little sentimental for me to take my first wedding ring in, however it was so worth it once I saw how beautiful my mom's new ring had turned out, and I knew how happy it would make her and dad! It was very meaningful to take something that no longer was a part of my life and turn it into something special and wonderful for someone else! (And don't worry, I talked to Chris about it before I did it, and he was happy I was doing that.)

Slade and I planned two jammed packed days full of surprises and events for my parents, and it was probably one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences celebrating my parents! They mean everything to me, and it was so much fun to plan this for them, despite how much time and energy it took away from everything else I had going on in my life at the time. Can't wait for you guys to see what happens next week.