Cast Blog: #RHOC

Great Sadness

Vicki shares how hard it was to watch this season and her disappointment over the party drama.

Well here we are at the end of the season of The Real Housewives of Orange County. When I look back and reflect on this season, it brings me great sadness. Starting this season’s filming in August of 2010, I had no idea what would unfold in my personal life. I guess that’s why they call it reality TV.

I was so pleased with how my backyard turned out for the fall party. I had planned it a few months before and really couldn’t cancel it due to my personal issues, so I decided to go ahead with it anyway. I had no idea how difficult it was going to be for me when the day actually came without Donn being there. I had never hosted a party without Donn, and it made me very sad. When my makeup artist was trying to put my makeup on, it became almost comical, because every time she would get my eyes finished, I started crying again and she had to keep fixing it.

It was nice that the girls came up to the bathroom to rally me downstairs to see everyone. I don’t know if I could have gone down on my own without some nudging. Tamra definitely knows how emotional it is to go through a separation, and she’s been a great friend to me through all of this. Thank you, Tamra, I love you!

My brother Billy flew in from Chicago to support me and be there, which was a huge thing for me. The support of my family and close friends has been great, and any of you that are or have gone through a divorce knows how important it is.

Only a short time into the party, I heard some commotion in the middle of my backyard and realized it was Tamra and Jeana arguing. I knew ahead of time that Tamra was going to serve Jeana with a cease and desist letter to tell her to stop talking to the press and newspapers, but I didn’t know when it was going to happen. There has been a lot of tension between Jeana and Tamra this year, because Jeana got in the middle of Tamra and Simon’s personal issues. Tamra had asked Jeana on several occasions to stop talking about her, and she wouldn’t, so Tamra really had no other choice.

When I heard Tamra screaming at Jeana I immediately went over to them to see if I could help, and that’s when the pushing and wine throwing started. I think I counted five glasses of wine thrown…unbelievable. Here I’m thinking we are going to have a nice, quiet party, and the next thing I know it was anything but that! You couldn’t script all of that to happen even if you tried.

Well the dust has settled since that party, we have all resumed our non TV camera lives, which is always good. Trying to juggle filming, my business, and my family is always a challenge each year. There are times when I just don’t know how much longer I can do it.

We filmed the reunion show two weeks ago, and I have to say watch out New Jersey, this is going to be a good one. Let’s put it this way, every one of us cried including, Jeana Keough, which never happens.

I wish all of you a healthy, happy and wonderful summer. Keep me in mind if you are in the need of any life insurance, 401K/IRA rollover planning, or if you want a good book to read this summer called More Than a Housewife.

I challenge all of you to love one another more, apologize more, spend less, save more, and plan to save for your retirement now! It will be here before you know it. If you have had a job change or need a safe place to invest your money, please visit my website for more information. I’d be happy to help you with your retirement investment goals and planning needs.

Many blessings to all of you, and thank you so much for your support during this past season. All of your messages to me about your marriages and your relationships have been very good for me to read to know that I’m not alone during this transition in my life.


Vicki Gunvalson

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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