This week's episode you will see Donn and I go on a date night, which actually turned out to be a comedy of errors with all the "bloopers and blunders" that happened. Either way, it was a lot of fun and we have really made attempts to make time for each other this year. I feel that is where we got off course the last few years and really became distant with each other due to not spending time with one another. I think a "date night" is so important in a marriage, because with lives being so busy as they are with most couples, it's good to have that one on one time with one another with undivided attention.
I was so surprised when Donn pulled the new diamond ring for me out of his pocket. I had NO idea that he bought me a new replacement ring. The ring that we initially bought when we were in St. Thomas actually turned out to not be the quality we were told it was and sent it back. I recommend anyone going to St. Thomas to buy diamonds, but be sure you know what you are doing before you purchase anything. Once again Barbara Parker Jewelers in Ladera Ranch took care of my "bling" like she always does.
I heard what Gretchen said that I remind my cast members that "I have to work" too often, and to tell you the truth I really don't care what she thinks anymore. NONE of them have a job where they go to an office every day with staff and deadlines to meet. They expect me to drop everything all the time to go to Tupperware parties and cooking parties mid-day, and that's NOT my reality and therefore I won't participate in those things anymore. To me, it's NOT fun to be doing stupid things like that anymore.Every time they all get together, all they do is fight anyway, so why would I rush to be with them? It's a complete waste of my time!
When I heard Gretchen trying to tell Lynne how to raise her kids I was sick to my stomach. Gretchen does not care about Lynn'es kids anymore that Lynne cares about Slade. She is trying to play the "good cop" when she has no business doing so. Gretchen barely knows Alexa, and I feel it is 100% wrong what she was trying to do. I know how much Lynne loves her daughters and she is trying to find the right way to get through to these 16-18 year-old years that they are in the best she knows how. Every child is different and every child needs to be raised and disciplined differently, and personally I think it's none of Gretchen's business to butt into Lynn'es family the way she has. If she ever tried to do that to my kids and me, it would NOT be a pretty site. Can you say "gloves are off" girl?!
I have been very fortunate on raising two very responsible and loving kids. It did not come without a lot of hard work and discipline. Mike and Briana did not have sleepovers when they were in high school and if they did it was at our home with one person only. I kept them both involved in sports or activities, made sure they did well in school, made college a requirement and not an option, and their curfew was based on the year they were in high school 9th grade - 9:00, 10th grade - 10:00, 11th grade - 11:00, and 12th grade (senior) 12 midnight. It worked out well for us and my kids both are college graduates, and responsible young adults. Maybe it was luck or maybe it was my strong discipline, but either way I'm a proud momma.
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