Lydia McLaughlin: I Just Want Everyone to Get Along

"I wanted to be there for my friend, but I also was the host and wanted to experience this amazing night with all my friends."

The last night in Iceland was tough. Peggy was in her room all day and not answering my calls or texts. As the day progressed, I started getting more and more worried about her. I knew she was having a hard time leaving Diko and traveling internationally for the first time without her family. I also wanted to enjoy my time shopping with the girls and everyone was finally getting along — it was bitter sweet.

Once we got back to the hotel, Peggy told me that she would meet me in my room to talk. I knew there was the big Viking dinner planned for our last night that I was super excited for. When Peggy showed up to my room in her pajamas moments before we all were supposed to be in the lobby, I was torn. I wanted to be there for my friend, but I also was the host and wanted to experience this amazing night with all my friends.

When Peggy expressed her feelings and told me everything that happened, I just felt bad for her. However, when she busted out the video tape, I wasn’t happy. I didn’t think that was a good call, and I didn’t need to see a video to prove her feelings were hurt. I knew all the videotape would do would cause more drama. Peggy watching it over and over just continues to hurt her, and the girls would be upset because they were videotaped! I just want everyone to get along, and I was glad Peggy finally decided to come to the dinner. She is a strong woman.

Once we arrived, it was awesome! All the men singing and all the girls laughing with one another was a good memory. I wish it lasted. I thought it was big of Kelly to apologize right when Peggy walked in. However, Peggy wasn’t ready to forgive and forget, and that didn’t go over well. She ended up leaving that night and I gave her a hug as she left the hotel. I knew she just needed to go home to Diko and her family.

As amazing as Iceland was with all its beauty, it was so nice to be reunited with my family. Doug and my boys are my biggest source of light and joy in my life, and I just soak up their little smiles, and it fills my heart with love. It’s hard to be away from them, especially when my time is filled with fights and drama.

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