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Briana, Ryan, and I Are Fine

Vicki clears up Briana's living situation, Ryan's security cameras, and her relationship with Brooks.

Seeing the episode tonight of Tamra's gym party, it makes me sad how crazy it got. It was never my intention to bring Alexis to cause drama -- it was only because I was trying to help the situation and mend fences. Tamra knew that my intentions were pure and to see her say differently in my interviews was sad. Oh well, it's in the past and we've moved on from it now. It just stinks to see it being replayed when it happened so long ago.

I didn't know what was being talked about when I went out to see Alexis, and to see Gretchen's smart comments and clapping her hands when she left was just rude. I sure hope that never happens to her, because its very hurtful. I think Alexis was genuinely coming from a good place by showing up, and it's too bad the other girls couldn't see that.

It was awesome having my family come in to town to see Troy and to spend time with me. My mother is always the life of the party and always has some funny story, hence the road rage. Can you believe she got so mad at a motorcyclist for yelling at her and flipping her off that she confronted him? I would never agree or think that she would key his bike or ever condone that. She said she just tapped it.

I love my brother Billy as he always has been the peacekeeper in the family.  Like I, he does not like conflict and I think he handled the situation well with Ryan. He just wants the best for me, and since my father has died Billy has kind of taken over as the leader in our family. He doesn't like some of the things that have been said about Brooks, and he knows I will make the right decision one way or the other.

I felt it is time to clarify some things about why Briana and Ryan are living in my house. Briana and Ryan were about to purchase a home, and unfortunately the deal did not go through. While they were looking around for another one to bid on, Ryan was notified that he was going to be deployed again. Their lease was up on their condo, so I offered them to move in to my home for a while to be able to be there to help with the baby once it was born. It actually worked out perfect, as the upstairs of the home has its own area with a Jack-and-Jill bedroom that connects with the babies room. It's on the other side of the house, and with my travels and workload -- it was nice to have them be able to enjoy the space and pretty much be there all to themselves.

We know that it is only temporary and when Ryan returns from his deployment they will be getting their own place. I feel fortunate that Briana and I have had this time together, and it's been amazing to be able to see Troy daily versus just every now and then. It's all good -- so for those of you that want to judge or say mean comments to Briana or I, please refrain. You don't know our family and you don't know their situation, and if it works for us -- then it should work for you. Briana and I have never been closer and I cherish these times we have together.

I misspoke when I said Ryan is "watching me all the time" or that I feel like I have lost control of my home. The fact is, I feel safer than I ever have, because of the security cameras. I thank Ryan for thinking so much of us, that our protection while he is gone was his priority. I agreed for him to research and find the right company, and paid I for it so I obviously agreed to it. Fortunately, the cameras give Briana and I peace of mind knowing that we have them in place especially now that Ryan no longer lives there.

When I agreed to have Briana and Ryan move in, at that time I also agreed not to have Brooks over. Briana is concerned of introducing the baby to not only Brooks, but any other man that I would date because during this time we wanted to show Troy consistency. It is not a big deal to me, however it appears to be a much bigger deal than what it really is. I am perfectly fine and more than OK with this compromise at this time of my life. It keeps Briana, Troy, and Ryan happy and truly we don't have any conflicts at all. This was worth it for me to do to avoid fighting and it is a benefit to them being there than not.

Keep in mind that although we have all gone through some significant changes, we are a family and we love each other more than anything. All this negativity in the world and this negative energy with the show has caused me to take a step back a little.

I am redirecting my energies to build my business, and to concentrate on things that bring me joy and happiness. I hope all of you do the same.

In closing, there have been once again some damaging things said about Brooks in this week's episode. I know his character and I know who he is more than anyone and he's not the guy that Ryan thinks he is. Although I appreciate my kids being protective over me, there is a fine line about going overboard. That's all I'm going to comment on that.

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Vicki
xoxo

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Lizzie: Tamra Doesn't Fight Fair

Lizzie thinks Tamra's comments about her children were meant to deflect from her own problems.

Happy Labor Day!!! I am going to make this blog short and sweet. It’s a holiday and I am going to be spending the day with family in Newport wearing a Sun Kitten and a smile. I hope you all are having a great holiday weekend.

To be honest, the second half of the Reunion was hard to watch. I think it got too ugly. I am not going to insult any of your intelligence in explaining this episode. We all know that misery loves company, and "projection" is as easy to spot as a $2 dollar bill. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that everything miserable that comes out of Tamra's mouth is a direct reflection of what is going on in her life. In my opinion, children are off limits. It's quite apparent that Tamra does not fight fair and when all else fails she will throw your kids, marriage, and even your body under the bus in an attempt to hurt you. We filmed the reunion for over 10 hours and after listening to so much ugliness my heart just couldn't take it anymore.

I do not regret telling Shannon all the things that Tamra said about her. Everything I shared with Shannon was something that happened and was said on camera. I didn't take anything and create unnecessary drama. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I would think my friends would do the same for me. I simply did not know the truth about Tamra. Danielle told me all the things Tamra said about me. That is why after my birthday I was so hurt by her. It's hard for viewers to understand because these things weren't in the show. She could have called me and said she wasn't coming. I called her after sitting on the bus for over an hour. The next day she made fun of me to Danielle, in addition to asking plenty of questions looking for negative details regarding my party.

On that one-year free membership to Cut Fitness: Let's delve into this shall we? I was the one that contacted Tamra days after my party. She did not contact me to give me present. I had invited Tamra, Eddie, Danielle, Joe, Heather, and Terry to the Kentucky Derby and Tamra was the only person that had not sent in the RSVP. It was past the deadline and it was getting borderline rude at this point. Tamra, in fact, was making fun of the Kentucky Derby and the charity event that would be hosting us to Danielle. So, I reached out to Tamra regarding the Kentucky Derby and she texted me back saying, "I want to give you a free membership to CUT for your birthday." Tamra knows I am already a member to a sports club and that was the last I heard of this "free membership." I never received any kind of certificate or card for membership. I suppose she thought I would have the gall to show up and say, "I got a text message from Tamra for a free membership!" It's almost laughable. Needless to say, I don't go to her gym and she didn't attend the Kentucky Derby with me.

There is nothing else to say regarding the Shag, Marry, Kill game that I haven't already discussed in great length in any of my previous blogs. I said the word "marry" and that's that. Tamra even glared at me on the way out of the Valentine's Party and repeated it. "Marry you?" Tamra has said multiple times she couldn't even remember because she drank too much and there are even text messages where she says it too. Her story changes continually, like the words that come out both sides of her mouth.

During the Reunion, Tamra said many more hurtful things that you didn't see. She went on to talk about my son Preston and my marriage. We all remember the episode in the park where Preston hit me on the head with his elephant. He was asleep in the car and he had a mini temper tantrum. He was three -- it happens. I would assume most mothers have had it happen at some point. In addition, my husband and I got in a fight on my birthday. I feel awful about it, yet it made us closer. I just wanted what every woman wants -- to feel special because of her man. I am a big time believer in learning from your mistakes and that won't ever happen again. However none of those incidents had anything to do with Tamra. But on her quest to hurt everyone, she managed to drag in some irrelevant topics. I know it's all to deflect from what's going on in her life and to make someone else look bad. . .but it does hurt nonetheless. My babies and my marriage are my life so I guess her goal was to attack the things closest to my heart because she can't fight fair.

I hope you enjoyed this season and I hope you had a fabulous summer!!! The fall is my absolute favorite time of year, so I say bring on football and cooler weather.

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