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Audrey Kriss: Get to Know Mariah Brown’s Girlfriend

On a very recent episode of Sister Wives, the family met Mariah's girlfriend. Meeting the family can be a big deal, but that's even more the case when the family is comprised of polygamous reality stars.

Despite Mariah's very complicated family, things actually went really well.

But the episode left viewers wanting to know more about Audrey Kriss.

Mariah Brown and Audrey Kriss at the Game

As most viewers still remember, Mariah's coming out wasn't initially as well-received as one might hope.

Obviously, it went way better than it does for those LGBT kids who face violence or get disowned. But her mother, Meri, spent more time grieving her dreams of her daughter marrying a man and the son-in-law she always imagined she would gain than she did celebrating her daughter.

(Of course, not all straight daughters get married, so Meri had made a lot of assumptions)

But, as you know if you watch Sister Wives online, things are so much better now. And fans and viewers have now gotten to see Mariah introduce her girlfriend to her family.

And, though Mariah was clearly tense and ready for things to go horribly wrong at any moment, things went amazingly well.

Mariah Brown and Audrey Kriss in the Snow

Admittedly, Kody Brown did put his foot in his mouth -- no real shocker there -- by being dismissive of some of the women in his life going to a march.

Because he thinks that everyone's focus should be on legalizing polygamy, since he seems to believe that the push for LGBT rights is over.

He seems to be forgetting, of course, that plenty of states still allow businesses to fire employees for being gay, not to mention the many restrictions faced by the transgender community. Plus the prejudice and violence that too many LGBT Americans face every single day.

However, he does have a point -- many suggest the next political push in terms of marriage should be to legalize polyamory. Really, the only complicated part of that is taxes and inheritance.

But thankfully, the part of the episode where Audrey met Mariah's family went off without much of a hitch.

Mariah Brown and Audrey Kriss

And the episode came just in time for Mariah and Audrey's one-year anniversary, which was Monday night.

Audrey celebrated with a sweet anniversary post to Instagram, writing:

"One year. What can I say that would do this past year justice? Who the heck knows but I’ll give it a try."

A lot of people worry that they can't adequately express their emotions through words. Fortunately, love has many languages.

"This year has been one of the single greatest years of my life. I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have you by my side."

That is so heartwarming.

"You stick with me through thick and thin, even though I tickle you to the point you get mad at me."

Believe it or not, some people like being tickled. Mariah is clearly not one of them.

"I love you more and more every single day. Cheers to this past year and many many more to come!"

Mariah Brown and Audrey Kriss, Selfie

For her part, Mariah wrote on Instagram:

"Thank you for being the love of my life, for going on adventures with me even when you are sleepy, & loving me even when I’m being a brat."

That sounds so cute. A little self denigrating. But mostly just super cute.

"You make my life incredible."

But that post came a little before their Februarty 19th anniversary date. Well, that's the anniversary of when they went Facebook-official.

Meri Brown, Mariah Brown, Audrey Kriss

(As we said, Meri has really come around ... even though she's still not in a great place, marriage-wise)

Audrey Kriss is an artist, and of course a fellow Westminster College student. She's from Littleton, Colorado, but she lives in Salt Lake City where she works as a golf instructor.

Both Mariah and Audrey are dedicated feminists, attending women's marches (though Mariah couldn't make it this year) and striving to make the world a better and more equal place.

We have to say that it's a really good sign that their relationship is so secure that Audrey isn't weirded out by Mariah's family life. And to be clear, we don't mean the polygamy aspect so much as the reality star thing.

In fact, Audrey's publicly listed interests include Taylor Swift, Harry Potter, Apples to Apples, and Sister Wives.

That's one supportive girlfriend.

Sister Wives Season 9 Episode 6 Recap: Meeting Mariah’s Girlfriend

Mariah and Meri Brown have been on the outs for some time now. 

On Sister Wives Season 9 Episode 6, Mariah invited the family to join her and her girlfriend on a march for women in D.C. 

When Mariah confirmed to her nearest and dearest that she was gay, Meri did not take it all that well. 

If you watch Sister Wives online, you will know that Meri has been an emotional wreck ever since the catfish scandal rocked the family a few years back. 

This changed Meri's stance with the family forever, and she has yearned to branch out and forge her own path ever since. 

Meri felt like she should have been told about Mariah's sexuality sooner, and that's why there are still issues in the mother-daughter relationship. 

Meri Brown Poses With a Chair

Despite this, Mariah wanted to work at the relationship, and Meri and Janelle were invited along to the march. 

Enter Kody, who was not impressed to hear about the march. The reason for all of it was that his friend was pressing on with a march of his own about legalizing polygamy. 

Without thinking, Kody admitted that the LGBTQ community already had more rights than their family and that they would be wise to focus on legalizing polygamy. 

Meri was not about to allow Kody to mess with her relationship with Mariah, so she told him she would be going to help Mariah out.

There was also the issue of their being drama between Janelle and Meri. The family will likely never get over the catfishing scandal, and that's why Meri is ready to move on. 

Mariah Brown, Audrey Kriss

However, Janelle shocked everyone when she did not invite Meri to a family gathering for her son coming home on leave. That was another insight into just how fraught Meri's relationship with the family is. 

Because of all of the drama, Meri and Janelle debated whether they should even attend the march together. The last thing they wanted was to find themselves in a fight. 

The two women decided to air out their thoughts about everything that had been happening. It was a therapeutic process, and the pair seemed to put the past behind them. 

Meri Brown photo

It was about time. They attended the March and were introduced to Audrey, Mariah's girlfriend. It all went well, but Mariah was on edge. She expected something to go wrong. 

It's always tricky meeting the parents, but Audrey was lovely, and the mothers could openly admit that. They were even happy with Mariah's signs. 

While some were out there, Mariah kept hers reserved because she wanted to send a message to the people they were protesting about. 

Janelle Brown in Black

How long will it be before the drama kicks off again?

Hit the comments below. 

Sister Wives continues Sunday nights on TLC. 

Sister Wives Season 9 Episode 5 Recap: PolygaMexicamist Wedding

It was finally time for the big day!

On Sister Wives Season 9 Episode 5, Mykelti and Tony tied the knot, and the day did not go to plan. 

The episode kicked off with the family meeting up at the Country Club to get things sorted for the wedding.  

Mykelti decided to keep Kodi away from the early preparation.

The reason?

She did not want her overbearing father complaining about every single thing she did. Weddings are stressful enough, so we are inclined to agree with Mykelti on this one. 

This wedding has been talked about for quite some time now. If you watch Sister Wives online, you will know that the family balked at the idea initially. 

Mykelti Brown & Antonio Padron are Married!

That's because both Mykelti and Tony did not know enough about each other to be getting that close so swiftly. 

While the wedding was scheduled to go ahead outdoors, they were forced to rethink that because the weather was just not going in their favor. 

They would have benefited from running through all of the possible things that could go wrong on the day, so they were prepared, but they did not. 

Luckily, the duo managed to find ways to keep everyone warm despite the horrific weather. They did the best they could with what little time they had. 

Mykelti Brown and Antonio "Tony" Padron

Just when it seemed like everything was going well, we got the revelation that Christine had forgotten Kody's shirts. Yes, you would think these people would be more prepared. 

Kody needed to be at the event on time because he was the one to walk Mykelti down the aisle. In short, the day could not have gone any worse. 

The wedding kicked off, and all seemed right in the world. They quickly got the wedding over and done with, but there was drama afoot. 

Kody was worried about any of the kids getting sick due to the adverse weather and made his thoughts known to Mykelti. 

Kody Brown Shows Off His Chair

Even though it seemed like everyone but Toni was worrying initially, we later found out that Toni was petrified of them running out of food. 

You can't have a wedding without food, right?

Christine later got to belt her heart out to a song that her grandfather would sing to her grandmother. It was sentimental for sure, and it gave Mykelti a good feeling. 

Christine has been critical of the union for some time now. It was her way of confirming she was good with it. Christine had been battling anxiety over the performance for weeks. 

Christine Brown Sings

It took a lot from her, and she was happy she followed through with it. We are also pleased that we got to hear her singing voice once again. 

It wasn't great, but she tried her best, we guess. 

The rest of the day seemed perfect. It may have looked like the whole day was going to be as horrible as Kodi's relationship with Meri, but it all came together in the end. 

It's just a shame that the show is very likely being canceled if the rumors are true about all the wives leaving Kody behind. 

Hey, those rumors have been around since the show's inception, so we will believe it when we see it. 

What did you think of it?

Sound off below!

Sister Wives continues Sunday on TLC!

Sister Wives: Is the Show as Dead as Kody Brown’s Marriages?!

Things aren't looking so good for the Sister Wives crew ...

Or, well, they haven't been looking good pretty much since the first moment we were introduced to them, so maybe it would be more accurate to just say that things are looking worse.

Sister Wives Take a Selfie

Way, way worse.

We've been hearing for months and months now, maybe even years, that the four wives of Kody Brown -- Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn -- are unhappy with him and with their situation.

Combine that with all the cancelation rumors that had been going around about the show before the trailer for the new season dropped, and it's clear that things aren't well in the Brown family households.

It's a lot for one family, right?

Even one family that's sort of branched out into four different families, because polygamy.

'Sister Wives' Stars Celebrate Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas' 25th Anniversary

And now, according to a sad new report, things are about to get even worse.

As the Sister Wives insider explains, ratings were down last season, and TLC was "less than impressed" by the amount of viewers the family was pulling in.

So this time around, for the current season, "Kody told them he'd be willing to have the network slash his family's pay from $180,000 for each adult to $180,000 total if it meant they could make season 12."

"He put everything on the line to convince them it could still work."

It seems like there could be a little bit of negotiation somewhere in there, right? If Kody did offer that pay cut, then that's $720,000 less that the adults are making this season.

Kody Brown Listens

But then again, maybe it was smart for him to get as much money as he could for a show that's been doing so poorly that it's been on the brink of cancelation for over a year now.

"Three years ago," the source says, "the show could command 2.5 million viewers, but now fans are leaving the show in droves."

"TLC has broken the news to Kody that it plans to cancel Sister Wives after the current season because ratings have been so tepid. Kody can kiss any hope of a Season 13 goodbye."

And it's not just his reality television career that's failing -- another source claims that his "spiritual marriages" are also close to being canceled.

"His only real connection seems to be with Robyn now," and "the other wives have all but given up on him."

Kody Brown and Robyn Brown Pic

"They mostly see him as an ex-husband who turns up to help with the children," the source adds.

It turns out that this issues are sort of tied together -- in the beginning, Sister Wives viewers were intrigued by what seemed to be happy family living the polygamist lifestyle.

But now, "TLC has discovered you can only pretend things are all rosy for so long. Fans now realize the Browns are anything but a happy group."

The plan going forward, the insider says, is to develop a new show focusing on the Brown children -- so sort of like how 19 Kids and Counting morphed into Counting On.

If this were to happen, then Mariah, the only child of Kody and Meri, would be heavily featured, because "she's a favorite with fans because of her maturity."

"But will Meri will make the occasional appearance on the show, there are no plans to feature Kody," because "for him, things are very much over."

Is anyone else disappointed that since the show would be canceled, we won't be able to see episodes featuring the drama caused by the cancelation?

Sister Wives Season 9 Episode 4 Recap: Meri’s Crazy Idea

It seems like Kody Brown and his family are talking about weddings every single episode. 

But here we are. 

On Sister Wives Season 9 Episode 4, the family continued to prepare for Mykelit's wedding to Tony, and Kody had a lot to say about the looming nuptials. 

“My baby girl’s getting married today,” the patriarch of the Brown family said. 

“[Your] wedding’s gonna come together, you guys are gonna do your ‘I Dos’ without a hitch, and even if you have a hitch, if the cake falls over, if drunk cousins come, nothing’s gonna ruin this day for you guys if you two stay connected in each other’s eyes,” he said.

Maybe Kody forgot that his very public arguments with some of his wives have made the news over the years, but he was still acting like he knew everything. 

Kody Brown Shows Off His Chair

Should we have expected anything less from this man? Probably not. 

But it did show that he was at least trying to be positive about the wedding because a lot of fans have been critical of the wedding. 

Mykelti and Tony have had demands for the big day that would send the wealthiest of families towards bankruptcy, but Kody and his wives seemed to try and accommodate the demands of the kids. 

As we said before, it must be difficult when it seems like there are weddings happening every few weeks on the show. 

Kody Brown Listens

The wedding rehearsal seemed to hit a lull pretty much off the bat, and that's not a good thing. 

As expected, Mykelti was starting to feel the heat. She and Tony had all of the visitors gearing up to attend the event, but what if something ruined the big day?

Thankfully, Kody's speech helped quell fears that the day was going to be a disaster and it helped everyone move past it. 

That's not to say Meri was off the hook, however. 

If you watch Sister Wives online, you will know that Meri has been struggling to find her place in the family ever since her daughter went off to college. 

Meri Brown Poses With a Chair

Given that highly publicized catfish scandal and the drama that came with it, Meri has seemed like a perpetual outsider, and it makes sense that she would want to branch away from the family. 

That's why she was rolling full steam ahead to open Lizzie's Heritage Inn. Yes, she seemed to brush off what her family said about the bed and breakfast. 

Could this foreshadow Meri's exit from the series? If anything, she had had some very public meltdowns on the camera, and she likely wants to move past it. 

Meri Brown photo

That could explain why her family was worried about her buying the new business in the first place. It ruins the purpose of the show if one of the wives leaves, right?

In all honesty, not much happened in "Meri's Crazy Idea." It was 120 minutes of filler in preparation for the wedding episodes which look sure to be filled with drama. 

Sister Wives continues Sunday on TLC. 

Aspyn Brown: Eldest Sister Wives Daughter Engaged to Mitch Thompson!

Rejoice or despair (or both!), because Sister Wives is back.

But as much drama as the new season is packing, some of the family's developments haven't even made it on camera yet.

And not all of those developments are bad things. One of the many, many children in the family has gotten engaged!

Aspyn Brown & Mitch Thompson, Engaged!

It's kind of funny -- the Duggars had a big reality series, 19 Kids and Counting, highlighting the scope of their ever-growing brood. The whole selling point to lure viewers was that their fertility cult has so many children.

The Brown family on Sister Wives has nearly as many children -- 18 -- and yet that's not the real focus.

In part because the big draw is that the series follows Kody and his wives, because their family is polygamous.

But also because the Brown family "cheats" by having multiple mothers give birth. That doesn't carry as much shock value as one woman birthing so many children.

Recent episodes of Sister Wives have covered Christine's daughter, Mykelti, as she prepares to marry Tony, her fiance.

And now another of Christine's children has gotten engaged.

Aspyn Brown & Kody Brown

(Here she is with her father on his birthday, just a few days ago)

Aspyn Brown is Kody's eldest daughter with Christine -- who is his third wife. (Sometimes it can be hard to keep track, we know)

Aspyn was born in 1995, and is just slightly younger than Kody's son with Janelle, Logan. 

As it turns out, Aspyn and her new fiance, Mitch Thompson, have been friends since childhood.

It seems that Kody had always wanted this pairing for his daughter, and joked on social media that he even "conspired" to make it happen. (Parents love to take credit)

Aspyn Brown and Mitch Thompson

Aspyn Brown tells People all about the great news!

"We are both so excited to start our life together"

And she describes their shared personal history.

"We were raised in the same church group, and I had a little crush on him."

Awww. Most childhood crushes don't pan out, but this one clearly did.

Aspyn Brown and Mitch Thompson Photo

But at first, it seemed that they both went their separate ways.

"We went different directions until a rally some of my family attended in Utah, where we both happened to be."

This rally was one to protest against laws that would impose harsher penalties upon polygamous relationships.

(If you want to oppose those scary polygamous cults, pass laws protecting children; micromanaging the marriage choices of consenting adults just seems downright un-American)

"My dad’s brother asked what ever happened between us, which was nothing, because neither of us did anything about it. So I decided to call him."

And, well, one thing led to another.

Aspyn Brown and Mitch Thompson Pic

Mitch (full name David Mitchell Thompson) decided to propose while the two were in Seattle.

He popped the question on December 30th.

"We got dressed up and took a walk to the waterfront before dinner, where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him."

And her reaction is so sweet.

"I was so happy, I said yes immediately and pulled him up to kiss me before he could even put on the ring."

The couple plans to keep their wedding relatively simple, though they don't know when it will be.

Sister Wives Season 9 Episode 3 Recap: I Will Survive

Another episode of Sister Wives can only mean one thing: More drama for the Brown family. 

When Sister Wives Season 9 Episode 3 got underway, Madison and Caleb had a shock announcement for their loved ones. 

The duo was in town with the family under the impression that they were there to celebrate Madison turning twenty-one. 

While they wanted the whole family there, Meri was still out of town trying to make her dream of having a bed and breakfast a reality. 

Back to the exciting news. Madison confirmed she was expecting a child with Caleb, and everyone seemed happy!

Madison called Meri to let her know the news, and while she was glad, she was too busy to allow the information soak in. 

She was crafting a life for herself outside of the family, but her loved ones remained skeptical about all of it. Meri has been through it all during her time on the series. 

Meri Brown Poses With a Chair

She deserves happiness, and it's clear she is not getting what she needs by staying close to the family. She has aspirations and wants to make sure her life is fulfilled. 

The reservations from her family are warranted, however. Utah was the state that ousted the family all those years ago. That's likely why some of the family members feel less than welcome there. 

As you will probably know if you watch Sister Wives online, the state went guns blazing for the family and even threatened to charge them for their polygamous lifestyle. 

There were lengthy legal battles as the family vowed to clear its name. They did not want to be seen as criminals, and they felt the state was criminalizing them. 

Christine Brown Sings

While the others were on the fence about the potential of moving back there, Christine was profoundly against it. But Christine was in a world of her own. She knew they were going back at one point, but felt like it was best to keep quiet about it. 

She had moved on and was not interested in having her life scrutinized any longer. She had a point. 

Elsewhere, Janelle was getting scared about the prospect of performing at Mykelti's wedding shower. It was only a lip-sync, but it was still a difficult thing to do for someone who is nervous. 

Janelle was worried that if she bailed, Mykelti would be mad because it would look like she did not approve of her getting married so young, and that was far from the case. 

Kody Brown Shows Off His Chair

While Janelle was fretting, nobody seemed to question whether Meri would be able to participate. It's not like she's been hanging around of late. Meri countered that she wanted something that meant they would mirror one another. 

Christine was against this because she wanted every wife to get their own unique take on things. Yeah, that's not going to go well. 

Aspyn stepped in as the event planner and wasted no time in getting stuff done swiftly. She ran a tight ship, and that could be the saving grace for this event. 

Aspyn was not amused with Christine trying to change things up at the drop of a hat and reiterated that she was the one in control as the event planner. 

Mykelti Brown and Antonio "Tony" Padron

The stars aligned and the bridal shower went off without a hitch. But there was trouble afoot: Toni's entire family bought Mykelti lingerie and that shocked Christine to the core. 

The wives were shocked, but they couldn't say anything because Toni's family had embraced their way of life, so it made sense for them to do the same. 

What did you think of all the action?

Sound off below!

Sister Wives continues Sundays on TLC.

Sister Wives Season 9 Episode 2 Recap: Groomzilla

The drama is never far away from the Brown family. 

On Sister Wives Season 9 Episode 2, Mykelti went dress shopping, and Tony went along for the ride, and Meri was shocked when she let the other sister wives view the B&B she wanted to purchase in Utah. 

Christine Brown Sings

When the episode got underway, Christine and Mykelti were getting ready to look at some wedding dresses. The date was fast approaching, so they needed to try and get ahead of things. 

However, Christine took issue with the fact that Tony was joining them, and it's understandable why. It's not exactly traditional for the husband-to-be to go along for the process, but Tony seemed dead set on doing the opposite of what everyone wanted. 

While Mykelti and Anna were looking for the dresses, Christine made sure Tony was proving his worth. She wanted to know whether he had sorted the pinatas out. 

He admitted that he wanted life-sized pinatas of himself and Mykelti, and he wanted his new wife to break his open. 

Yes, that did not go down well. 

Mykelti Brown & Antonio Padron are Married!

The conversation quickly turned to the dress Mykelti brought out, and not everyone was impressed with it. The negative comments put a dampener on the whole day. 

Then, Tony went one step further and started to make comments about the way he wanted Mykelti to wear her hair on the big day. Again, the mothers disagreed with him. 

After that, Christine went to a voice lesson to somehow improve her voice before the big day. Yes, she was still making it known that she was singing at the wedding. 

Elsewhere, Meri continued to get over-enthusiastic about the whole running a bed and breakfast. If you watch Sister Wives online, you will already know that Meri is one of the most out there wives, so it makes sense that she's not giving up on her plans.

Meri Brown Poses With a Chair

The house she wanted to purchase to run the business was her great-grand parent's house. The house did go down a treat with the other wives, but it became clear Meri wanted to keep it in her family. 

Kody continued to be cynical about it, and he may have a point. There were only four rooms to rent out, so it's difficult to imagine the place turning in much of a profit. 

Then, they found out that one of the rooms is haunted, and the wives seemed to get on board when they heard about it. The reason? More money. 

But things did not go down well when Meri said she planned on having an apartment there in case she was in town. The other wives thought this would mean Meri would be away from them for good. 

Meri Brown photo

Meri said that it would make her happy to have the business, but reiterated that she would not leave the family. Meri made her best point yet: She had no kids at home, so she wanted to challenge herself. 

Finally, Maddie returned home with Caleb and dropped a bomb of epic proportions:

She was pregnant! 

This represented a milestone because it would be the first grandchild in the family.  It's hard to believe, we know. 

What did you think of the episode?

Hit the comments!

Sister Wives continues Sundays on TLC. 

Meri Brown: 19 Shocking Facts About the Sister Wives Star!

Meri Brown has been a key cast member on Sister Wives ever since the premiere of this controversial reality show.

But just because she's been in the spotlight for a number of years, that doesn't mean she's a known commodity.

Far from it, in fact.

Scroll down for a list of Meri Brown facts and figures that may come as a shock, even to those who watch Sister Wives online (or on television) each and every week...

1. She Was HOW Old When She Married Kody Brown?

She was how old when she married kody brown
Only 19, way back in 1990. Meri was studying to be a psychologist at one point, but gave it up once the reality show became a hit after its 2010 premiere.

2. For How Long Did She Know Kody Before They Got Married?

Meri brown poses with a chair
Just four months. They got engaged after just two months.

3. She Has HOW Many Siblings?!?

She has how many siblings
Six in total: four sisters (Teresa Barber, Rebekah Barber, Elaine Barber, Deborah Barber) and two brothers (Adam Barber and Marc William Barber).

4. Meri and Kody Struggled with Infertility for Years

Meri and kody struggled with infertility for years
They tried to have kids from the very beginning, but it took them nearly a half decade. Finally, Meri and Kody welcomed their first child, a daughter named Mariah Brown, on July 29,1995.

5. When Did Meri and Kody Get Divorced?

Meri brown sister wives star geting emotional
In 2014, after almost 25 years of marriage. But she has remained on the show and by Kody's side ever since.

6. Wait... What? Why and How?

Meri brown and kody brown
She only agreed to the divorce so that Kody could adopt Robyn's three children from another marriage, which is something which Meri hinted at during an episode of Sister Wives, saying: "If ever I'm having an emotional moment about what I've lost, I just think, it's not about me, it's about the kids."
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Sister Wives Season Premiere Recap: Wedding Panic Mode

It's hard to imagine it's been a year since Sister Wives aired a new episode, but Sunday's Season 8 premiere ended the dry spell.

While some things have undeniably changed since the last time we saw the beloved TLC family, many things remain the same:

It wouldn't be an episode of Sister Wives without Kody Brown freaking the hell out about the latest wedding he has to foot the bill for. 

When Sister Wives Season 8 Episode 1 got underway, Kody and his wives were the ones who went venue hunting for Mykelti's wedding. 

If Kody is the one handing over the cash, he wants to make sure he can get things for the best price possible, and that's a good thing. 

Far too often, reality stars squander the money they make from appearances and wind up in horrible shape when the cameras stop rolling.

We're looking at you, Speidi!

Mykelti Brown & Antonio Padron are Married!

Tony and Mykelti were going for a whole different theme for their wedding, one that combined their nationalities and heritage.

Mykelti said to the cameras:

“The theme of our wedding is going to be Mexican vintage because I think it sounds cool and what I’m trying to do is bring two cultures together."

“Mexican is Tony, vintage is me."

"We don’t want to serve a $50 plate for everybody. We’re going to do something simple, inexpensive: a taco buffet.”

But Tony thought that came with some big drawbacks, namely that the Brown family is not good at making tacos. 

Kody Brown on TLC

Tony admitted:

“When you go to Mykelti’s house, and you want a taco, a really white taco comes out… we want street tacos with like, real steak."

This was music to Kody's ears because he likes to keep spending to a minimum, but if something sounds too good to be true?

It probably is, and true to form, the venue then dropped a bombshell on him - that inside caterers absolutely had to be used. 

Christine Brown told the cameras in response to that: “We want to give Mykelti this awesome wedding, but 400 people is a lot."

"She has to realize somewhere in her mind that that’s really expensive. We don’t want to feel like we’re being taken advantage of.” 

Mykelti Brown and Antonio "Tony" Padron

“We want to give her the nice awesome wedding that she and Tony want," she added, "but 400 people is a lot.”

The inside caterer also charged $30 per plate so 400 guests would amount to a pretty hefty figure, no question.

“We’re just starting out here, but I’m standing here in a bit of shock thinking that we could deal with the reality of 400 people,” Kody says.

Maybe he should set up a GoFundMe page?

Meanwhile, Meri was still trying to move on from the whole catfish scandal and decided it was time to make some changes.

What did those entail?

Meri Brown Poses With a Chair

She wanted to open an inn at her family home in Utah, and she seemed ecstatic at the prospect of it. 

As expected, Kody was less than enthusiastic about all of it. He wanted to know the ins and outs of it before agreeing that it would be a good idea. 

“Going through this process, this is my first reaction, and I’m very sorry for this–what value is this to us, even to Meri?” Kody said in a confessional. 

“It’s three hours away. How is she going to manage it, how is she going to run it?"

"The reason my concern is there is because every bed and breakfast I’ve ever known of is family-run," he added.

Kody Brown Shows Off His Chair

"It doesn’t have affordability to have employees," Kody said.

"You have to do the work yourselves.”

Food for thought, to be sure.

Will Meri's business venture get off the ground running? Will the wedding live up to Mykelti's expectations?

We'll have to see when Sister Wives continues Sundays on TLC! In the meantime, hit the comments below!

Sister Wives: New Season (And New Drama) Coming Soon!

It's been a very, very, very long time since we've been blessed with a new episode of Sister Wives.

How have we even survived without seeing the Brown family and all their wild and crazy polygamy drama?

Sister Wives Take a Selfie

It's a mystery for the ages.

Believe it or not, the last new episode of Sister Wives aired all the way back in January. Yep, it's almost been a whole entire year since we saw anything new from these people.

We've barely heard anything about them, either -- sure, there have been plenty of rumors, and of course the big things like Maddie's new baby and Mariah's new girlfriend are going to go public.

But besides those few stories and the odd report that Meri, Janelle, Christina, and/or Robyn have finally come to their senses and plan on leaving Kody ...

Well, it's been a dark year for Mormon gossip, we'll say that.

Thankfully though, 2018 is really looking up!

A Sister Wives Pic

After months and months of cancelation rumors -- and no real word one way or the other from the Browns -- TLC went and dropped a trailer for the new season yesterday!

The premiere will be on January 7th -- less than a month away!

The trailer opens with footage of Mykelti's wedding, which happened nearly a year ago to the day. We see Kody walking her down the aisle, and it really does look like a beautiful ceremony.

Next, we see Mariah work up the courage to introduce her girlfriend to her parents!

"Yep, Mariah has a girlfriend," Christine acknowledges in an interview -- and she doesn't really seem too happy about it.

Which is kind of hard to understand, because in the brief bit of footage we see of Mariah with her girlfriend, they look pretty happy and adorable together.

Maddie Brown is Bumpin

Next, Maddie gathers the whole family -- or most of them, anyway, it's kind of hard to do a quick headcount when five spouses share 18 kids -- to tell them she's pregnant!

She unzips her hoodie to reveal a little "Baby on Board" sign she slapped on her stomach, and everyone is very excited.

All of that is great and wonderful and lovely for sure, but where's the drama? Where's that good ol' Sister Wives strife that makes the show worth watching?

Don't worry, Meri is about to bring it!

In the next little section of the trailer, Meri tells Robyn that she plans on opening a bed and breakfast back in Utah (remember, the family moved to Las Vegas a few years ago).

She seems really excited about it, but later we see Christine tell her "You've been struggling to find your place in the family. Do you think that having something like this ... it's not going to make you more connected, and you haven't really been connected."

She sure hasn't, and for good reason.

Meri Brown: Sister Wives Star Geting Emotional

All the way back in 2015, she and Kody, the only ones who were legally married, divorced so that he could legally marry Robyn. That was the only way he could adopt her three children from her previous marriage.

They made it clear that it wasn't a traditional divorce -- they'd still be spiritually married, it's just that Robyn needed that legal marriage more than Meri did.

But you could still tell that it hurt her feelings.

Even before that though, she seemed to be pulling away from Kody and the rest of the family. Part of the issue was likely the fact that she was only ever able to have one child, Mariah, and she's all grown up and out of the house now.

So while the other wives had their houses full of children and Kody's attention on their little ones, Meri lived all alone except for the couple of days a week she was able to spend with her husband.

It's no wonder she ended up getting catfished.

Not Merry Meri

It's been over two years now since Meri admitted that she'd been in an emotional relationship with someone online, and that that person turned out to be a woman who'd been lying to her.

And, as we're seeing now, that relationship is still causing issues for Meri, and also for her relationship with Kody.

Elsewhere in the trailer that keeps on giving, Kody reveals that "Meri's ready to go back into a deep and intimate relationship, and I'm not."

"I don't know what's going to happen," Meri says later. "And I feel like I'm just kind of walking in the dark."

It's all very sad, but in a sweet moment, her sister wives pull her aside to tell her that "No matter what is happening with you and Kody, we still love you."

And then finally we see Maddie giving birth in a bathtub at one of the Brown family homes.

It's ... it sure is something.

Can you even wait to see this family back on TV?!