There's some more sunshine headed to Orange County thanks to a particular housewife. People confirms via sources that fan favorite Lydia McLaughlin will be returning for Season 12 of Real Housewives of Orange County, and, naturally, fans should be pumped. The 35-year-old, who originally appeared on Season 8, was known for her mellow attitude and quirky personality. She went against the usual Bravo show grain with a non-confrontational mindset and warm nature on Real Housewives of Orange County. Oh, and there was her marijuana-loving mom.
After being featured on the show, McLaughlin explained why she chose to leave after one season in her book Beyond Orange County: A Housewives Guide to Faith and Happiness. "Being on the show was everything the world tells us to desire, and it was what I desired," she explained. "[But] I knew in my heart it was not God’s plan for me to go back... God was calling me to walk away from the show."
It seems her gut was right, because she's been loving life and thriving. In that time, she continued her own blog, renewed wedding vows with her husband Doug for their 10-year anniversary, and welcomed a third son. Reports claim McLaughlin "seems really excited" to make her return, if she's really coming back, I can see why. In addition to watching her bring some happiness and zen to the show, these moments will remind you why you've actually missed her all along.
1This Dance Move
While most housewives are throwing drinks at each other, McLaughlin will be out there doing this.
2Her Hippie Mom
Perhaps Bravo's most virtuous role model.
3And Really Driving That Point Home
Her mom was really exuding #YOLO behavior, and I can see where McLaughlin gets it from.
4Yay For Marijuana
Judgement-free zone, always.
5Still She Laid Down Some Law
The expectations she set were clear.
6She Didn't Try To Fit Into The Housewife Mold
Always marching to the beat of her own drum.
7Her Insults Were Just Adorable
She's just standing up for herself, honestly.
8They Were Also Almost Philosophical
I can't even be mad at that. In fact, I'm enlightened.
9She Wasn't Into All The Hate
She barely made any enemies on the show.
10Like, Not At All
Bringing fans back to camp days as the voice of reason.
11But She Wasn't Afraid To Tell The Time When Needed
12Her Jabs Were Creative
Calm, cool, collected, brilliant.
13She Really Had No Filter
Which makes for excellent entertainment.
14She Could Manage A Huge Glass Of Wine Like A Pro
Basically, her return will be amazing.
Please, please, please let it be happening.