Hello again, episode 12, time is flying by, and we're still going strong thanks to all of you. Just wanted to give you all a well-deserved shout out for watching every week. I APPRECIATE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU.
OK, let's get down to business. I think I’ll begin with Teresa and Joe playing Monopoly with the "ripped" board. How cute are those kids? I loved it when Gabriella told Joe that he should buy Teresa flowers and chocolates for their anniversary. Joe is constantly hugging and kissing those girls, they have him completely wrapped around their little fingers. They are Daddy’s girls for sure. My favorite line of the whole anniversary scene was Joe's, "The Hamptons are closed."
FANTASTIC. Wait a minute, I just remembered the poem that was great too. Teresa wanted to be "wowed" and I think Joe went above and beyond. As Teresa says, "Love is, everyone has eyes, F it, Joe is hot." Happy Anniversary guys, many, many more. Xoxo.
I just want to give a quick "way to go" mention to Jillian for stepping out of her comfort zone and singing in front of everyone. She was absolutely adorable. Good for her.
Ashley, Ashley, Ashley. What are we going to do with you?
As I watch week after week I am looking for a glimmer of remorse. I'm beginning to lose hope. I have to admit, we made huge strides today. I'm not sure how many of you have Facebook or tweet, but Ashley was giving live commentary throughout the episode. She acknowledged the fact that her behavior was out of line and she was embarrassed by it. Guess what? I'll take it. Hopefully as the episodes unfold Ashley will learn a very valuable lesson. As reality show participants we have the unique opportunity to view ourselves from the outside looking in. I'm hoping that Ashley will look at her behavior along with her attitude towards Jacqueline and make a conscious effort to move in a positive direction. I said it before, and I'll say it again. I see good in Ashley, I've been pretty accurate in my observations so far. Hey Ashley, if you're reading this don't disappoint me, I have faith in you, make me proud. Xoxo.
Your family is always so fun to watch because it reminds me so much of mine! You are such a great mother & everyone can tell how much your family loves & respects one another.
You have a beautiful family to be proud of Caroline! I have a family member in law enforcement and when he first started I worried about his safety. He took me on a ride along. You should try it! It ended up being a little scary, funny at times and very educational. I was very comforted afterwards so you need to jump in and sign up for one!
I'm glad you see how Ashley is coming across to the rest of us. I wish she would see it and stop the "I was justified" attitude. No one is allowed to put their hands on someone else. No Matter What!
As always, you are the voice of reason, Caroline. As I watched you during this episode, I noted your approach to dealing with serious family issues: You LISTEN. You then THINK about your response. And you understand that your remarks need to be made with TEMPERANCE and LOVE. What a wonderful role model for your children! It is not by accident that they are the young adults we see on the show - just wonderful.
As for Ashley - It is clear she doesn't understand the severity of the situation. It is also clear that she needs to be removed from the show. Please, Caroline....encourage Jacqueline and Chris to have her not participate from this point forward (I realize that the filming for this season is over - but NO MORE!). Ashley needs to get a real job, in the real world, or go to school. She needs to have strict boundaries enforced. She needs to experience something similar to Albie's police academy - learning to respect authority. Clearly, she does not at this point in her life.
You are the best, Caroline! Thank you for reminding us that everyone and everything is not out-of-control on "Housewives"!
I love you and your kids so much!! I always enjoy your family's time on air the most. Keep it coming!!
I give mom a great applause for raising 3 nice grown young adults. Albie will be a fine officer. Not only in uniform but in talking to people. You and your husband have done a wonderful job in raising and supporting your children in all their endevaors.
I loved watching your children play and laugh! You are right...the best sound in the world is your children laughing! You are such a sweet woman and mama who has the biggest heart ever. You also have the best advice for everyone, I just hope they take it and live by it! Good for Albie, I know you are so proud of him!! :)
Caroline, your still the best!!!
Loved the WWH poll in which viewers were asked who they would rather have as a mom. Hands down - Caroline by 70%!!!!!
Caroline, You are as PRICELESS,and ADORABLE as your three kids! You are what every mother SHOULd be- devoted to the success and happiness of their kids, While making sure they become productive members of society. I love watching you with your entire family!!!!!!! Keep inspiring them and us!
You are just AWESOME! You are truly a pillar of wisdom in all the chaos that makes the show. What I don't think people get about you is that you are all about family, which is a wonderful thing. You do have to be careful and selective of whom you allow the opportunity to have a peak into your family, because everyone may not have the same morals and values as you.
I think you are a terrific mother, friend, and source of reason. I love you ability to rationalize everything play by play and give insight. That is awesome!
You are the best. I love to see how you are with your kids. They could not have asked for a better mother and father. Keep up the humor!! I have had a few conversations with my friends and how alot of kids today seem they have this "intitlement" attitude. Glad to see your children are down to earth and work for what they want. GREAT JOB!!! I think Ashley will come around after seeing herself. Stay strong Albie!! You have made my daughter look at her learning disabilty in a new light Thank you!!!
Caroline, It is a shame that Ashley won't listen to you on her behavior. I think Ashley is basically a good kid, just one that has been given much but not trying to give much back. She will learn if Jacqueline and Chris truly let go and let her fall. I disagree that Danielle should have pressed charges considering her past (that's another story) but I was hoping that it would be the eye opener she needed. I always feel like your advice is spot on because you are alot like my mom and she's awesome! Keep trying to reach out to Ashley and her family, maybe some of your common sense approach will eventually penetrate their brains.
Caroline, Thank you for always being grounded and classy. I'm 26 years old and I have a lot to learn about life. I really admire how you present yourself and handle drama. I've come to accept that you cannot always avoid drama, so I'm learning how to handle it with grace and class. You are my role model and inspire me to be a better person and take the high road rather than stoop low. I look forward to watching the rest of this season, and hopefully lots more seasons to come!
Texas Viewer, Amy
Caroline, You are awesome! :) I am a former Deputy Sheriff and Detective myself- Albie will be awesome! I know many of our State Attorneys not only did ride alongs but a couple of them- the REALLY GOOD ONES- were actually Reserve Deputies. I think it helps them to keep their feet on the ground, as they work side by side with the Law Enforcement Officers that they will be working with at their "desk" job. They know what we see, what we do, what we deal with on a daily basis- it gives a whole other perspective. I think that it's GREAT he's chosen to do this!!! :) Congrats on such awesome kids and family! PS You're definitely my choice for "MOM" :) Wish you were my mom- mine's more like Danielle and it's a hard life! Keep giving that great advice and lovin' you're family!
Caroline after last nights episode, watch what happens live came on and the voted question was: Who would you like to have as a mom? There were you, Teresa, Jaqueline, Kim G., and Danille. we had to text our vote. I voted you because i see how your kids have turned out to be and you are the voice of reason on the show. Luv the ham game. LOL! Wish Albie the best in his career. Hope Ashley learns her lesson. I miss Dina and can't wait to see her on next weeks episode.
Caroline, you are very smart and I hope that maybe Ashley will listen to you, because she's having problems listening to her parents. Watching you and your family every week is a fresh delight every family has their ups and downs but you guys are cool. Caroline you and your husband are good parents. Love Ya Caroline and take care.
You remain the voice of reason in the storm of unreal reality. We all watch for the drama. Have a sit down with Jacqueline. Who is paying for Ashely's car, her cell phone, gas and all the perks most girls don't have? I was going to suggest Albie check out Paralegal studies. I got a degree and so many of my classmates went sucessfully to law school with that experience.
THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for not saying the D word. I'm so over it- I like this much happier blog.
Your kids are a freaking hoot!
Interesting episode last night. I do agree that Ashley's attitude needs adjustment. She is too self centered and defiant just because she's 18 and thinks she can do anything she wants without bearing the consequences.Tough love is in order!
Glad Albie is getting on getting on and moving forward with something that is productive and challenging.He seems like a very sweet boy.
I enjoy watching the show (most of the time). The bad behavior exhibited by some is apalling and uncomfortable to me.Some of the adults seem to think they have the right to behave as they choose without bearing the consequences, also.
Love your sense of humor and the grasp of reality you and Albert seem to share.I also miss your sister on the show.
With age comes wisdom. Ashley will figure it out soon enough - and if not - when she has kids of her own she will TOTALLY understand where her parents are coming from. And your kids - they crack me up too. I loved the scene in the gym - especially Chris. He reminds me of my little bro. :o)
Way to go Albie!!!! We are all pulling for you. You have a wonderful support system full of love and understanding. You are going to do great things!
Caroline - My first thought about Albie going through the police academy was that it made a lot of sense for him to want to understand law enforcement. As you suggested, it made good use of his time while he worked on getting back into law school. Then I thought that it wasn't right that he was potentially taking the spot of someone who really wanted to be a police officer, but your explanation of the volunteer officers also made a lot of sense, and it seems to be mutually beneficial for Albie and the Sheriff's department. Once again, the Manzos make good choices that deserve nothing but praise and respect! Thanks for setting a good example yet again! (PS - Keep trying to be a positive influence on Ashley. She seems to love, like and respect her cousins, so I hope she thinks about how any one of your kids might have acted/reacted in the same situation with Danielle.)
Caroline! I am a new viewer this season. I'm a newbie! I visited New Jersey, last year, for the first time. I came with my best friend, whose family lives there, for her sister's baby shower, which was held at the Brownstone! It was fabulous! The Brownstone was a class act! Great ball room, fantastic food, and staff! You guys even let us sit in the coat check room to fill balloons! SO-I had an opinion of the Brownstone, but not of the Manzos coming into this season. Let me say, I LOVE you guys! I am also the mother of three...two boys (15&12) and my baby girl(9). You are the mother I strive to be, and you have produced the kind of incredible people that I hope to. I believe that everyone is a product of the parenting they recieved. You and Albert are in there, everyday, involved, supporting, encouraging, disciplining and most importantly laughing and playing. Your children are beautiful people and I find myself beaming with pride watching Albie struggle and push himself through this situation, so I can only imagine how you must feel watching him! My oldest was also diagnosed ADD and Specifically Learning disabled. School has been a struggle for him, but he has come such an amazingly long way, and starts high school in August. I also know that high school and college will be an incredible amount of work for him. He knows it too, and continues to push himself foward,like Albie! Mine is motivated by football. He's tring out and I am praying he makes this team, because it means everything to him...like law school for Albie! So similar! LOL! Anyway- I do not usually comment on this things, but I always read your blog after every show. You ARE the most reasonable and balanced person on the show. Love and miss Dina too! Good luck to you and yours, Caroline! You are a fantastic mother and should be so proud!!
Caroline, I look at you and see how you respond and respect others. My sons are grown but it is never to late to change things for the positive and I find you as a roll model as to how to listen, observe and give advise to your children when and where it is needed. I have three sons and in watching you I have learned a few positive pointers... thank you.. thank you.. thank you. I see you as a voice of reason to the other ladies on the show... wish they would listen and take to heart what you are telling them. I don't know if you have seen Ashleys face book page but it is NOT a good thing. I honestly feel she should not be on the show at this point and time, she is immature and does not know how to deal with all the drama and issues that arise on this show, I feel it is doing her more harm then good as she takes no ones advice and gets very mouthy and disrespectful to her mom and dad (Chris), it is sad and hard to watch. It makes her look bad. As for Alby, well im just proud of him. What a wonderful job you and your husband have done raising your children. Keep doing what you do best.. just by being you. P.S. Tell Dina hi and she is missed.
Caroline, You are truly the rock of the show and the reason I keep tuning in! You're mothering skills are exceptional and love your family dynamic. As a lawyer in NYC I have to tell you that the bump in the road that Albie is experiencing is just that-a bump that 5 years from now will be a distant memory! He will be a successful lawyer. keep up the good work.
It's no wonder Albie is trying to be a good example to his siblings....look at the wonderful job his parents have done in their example! I know we only get a "window" into your world, but from what I have seen, your family is the kind of family most people trive to be like! Thank you for letting us share in the love & warmth.
Side note.....now that everyone knows the county where Albie will be patrolling...I see a lot of women speeding up when they see a police car in the area!!! (In safe situations, of course!)
Sometimes we are so busy defending ourselves, that we can not see what is in front of us. When things calm down, and Ashley has time to reflect, hopefully she will have an Ah Ha moment.
The family bond that you and Al set out to form when you started your family is precious! I can only imagine what the world would be like if every family had your bond. Peaceful, definately. You are always saying how proud you are of your children but you and Al should be proud of yourselves as well. I hope you are!
I don't typically leave comments but I just wanted to say to Caroline (well Albie, really) that I really respect Albie making the choice to enroll in the Deputy school -- that is a super wise decision and I respect him loads for it. Good for him. Way to go. *high five* Just goes to show you how dedicated he is to his dream -- you can't do better than that!!!
Caroline, As I watched the episodes with your son and his difficulties with law school I was especially moved as I am going through some things with my daughter. She has such problems in school and has an appointment at the doctor for testing coming up (my daughter is 12). I felt your pain so much when he looked so defeated. It's a tough thing to watch your child go through. She thinks she's stupid and she thinks she is the only one that has problems. I don't let her watch your show (some of the stuff is not appropriate for her) but I tell her about your son and how well he is handeling everything that has been thrown in his lap. God bless you both. You're an inspiration to me and to many others I'm sure.
Thank you for showing other parents how to raise your children the right way. Bravo to Albie for looking at the big picture and finding a way to continue to pursue his goals and sharpen his skills. It is refreshing to see that not all of today's generation are drifting through life only looking for their 15 minutes of fame and the next wild party. Your children know responsibility and most importantly respect for their family, their community and themselves!
Caroline - I love you and your family! Albie is adorable...and Chris and Lauren are his cheering team...how adorable is that.
I totally agree with you on so many fronts. 1. Joe and his girls are too cute. Joe went over the top for T on their 10th anniversary. He is precious 2. Kim G stirred the pot and was a friend to no one. 3. Ashley has been so disrespectful to her Mom and your brother...I was appalled at Ashley's attitude and giggles--even if they were nervous laughs. But, like you--I see good in Ashley. She loves her family. 4. Yes Jillian did a good job singing...she is a child and deserves the kuddos
Love and blessings...Connie
I love you kids too! Albie is serious, Chris is a crackup, and Lauren is gorgeous! ALl your kids will be successes in life; they already are! Ashley needs a reality check which life will give her sooner rather then later. I know it's tough as a mother to watch your child make mistakes and not listen to wisdom but Jacqueline and Chris will be there to speak into Ashley's life when it all goes south.
Caroline, your son's dedication to his education is truly inspiring. The ADD-like symptoms that came from my post-traumatic stress disorder had caused me to lose hope in ever being able to finish college. My parents once had hopes that I would be a doctor, and now I am struggling credit-by-credit to get an Associate's. Yet here is Albie, who is not only fighting through law school, but enrolling in the police academy to pass the time and gain extracurricular knowledge for his field! It makes me ashamed that I have given up so easily, and last night's episode really got me motivated. While I still enjoy laughing at Teresa and her kids and rolling my eyes at Danielle, I think its great that there are some deeper lessons to come out of the show as well. Albie is truly awe-inspiring. Keep up the good work, handsome! Good luck to him and the rest of your family!
Love you, Caroline. Thank goodness for you and your sense. The irony is, that if everyone listened to you, there would be no show to speak of! Good luck to you and your family.
Caroline: Your post was great (as usual), and I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You for being the sane one in this group. I'm sure the outcome of Ashley's issue has already been settled at the time of this posting, and I really hope for her sake and that of her families, that she understands the ramifications of her actions. Not only to herself, but to her family that loves her. I have to also thank YOUR parents. You and Dina show such class in your approach to life, and that is a reflection on your upbringing. Also, your brother Chris is a class act. Kudos to the Laurita parents.
caroline, i appreciate you so much on this show. you keep out of the drama as much as possible, which means that you don't feed into all the hype and publicity just for fames sake. i also appreciate that you tell your honest opinion about ashley and the drama that is happening. and also that you still compliment jillian for her bravery, even though her mother is not your biggest fan. i am not a fan of danielle, but i do think that her daughters are their own ppl...not a replication of their mother at all. i think your family is great..and i love watching them. i'm so happy for you guys, and it is so nice to see a close knit family just enjoy each others company. i wish you all the best!!
Caroline - you're the best - in many ways! A straight shooter, but you always have a positive perspective. Keep on blogging!
I voted for you to be my "mom" Caroline. You have such a great family dynamic....it's inspiring. Thank you
I wish the show was more about you and your family and less about drama. I liked it better when it was you and Dina. Maybe Bravo will give us viewers a little credit and give you and Dina your own show. I'm losing respect for some of your cast mates quickly. Stay the voice of reason.... this show desperately needs it.
Caroline, you are the best!
You are the most grounded and most real housewive on any of the housewives shows. It shows in you relationship with your husband and especially your relationship with your kids. Although they have grown up privaleged, they are not stuck up or entitled. They are all hard working and have goals. I too have a child with ADHD who just made the Dean's list!!! Supporting Albie positively is just one more reason you are the best of all mothers. You give sound advice and you pull no punches. You tell it like it is. How anyone can call you a bully is insane. You were the first (and the smartest one) to pull away and remove yourself from the Drama. Keep showing the world how a real, loving and caring family functions!
Caroline, You are a class act through and through! Your children are a pleasure to watch on the show and make me laugh every week with their funny antics! They remind me of me and my siblings!! Congrats to Albie on his dedication and determination...he will most certainly get to where he is supposed to be! And instead of sitting idle waiting for the world to go his way, he takes steps to make sure that it will and he has the support of all of us as well!
Love you Caroline. Your kids are so great. They are so driven and you have done such a great job raising them. I hope to be a good mother like you to my two year old. You are their biggest Chearleader! As far as the Danielle situation, you have been the biggest person on the show this year. You are staying out of the drama and focusing on your family. Instead of people giving Danielle praise they need to be giving you praise. The difference between you and her, she keeps talking about it and pushing buttons and you are just staying away. And tell your sister Dina we miss her! I loved when you all use to get together!
Hey Caroline! I just wanted to tell you that you looked beautiful in the interview/commentary portion of the show last night. Not that you don't always but that blue made your eyes sparkle and your red hair . . . it just screamed HOT! I seriously hope you went out after that and strutted that look around; you definitely rocked it!
As for Ashley, it seems that a lot of viewers forget that she is only 18 years old. Even though society says that she's an adult, she still has a lot of maturing to do. Right now, her social life and what her friends think of her is still front and center. At that age, being accepted and cool in the eyes of your peers is what drives you to say things or act a certain way. My guess is that she's acting like she doesn't care and being disrespectful to her mom because she doesn't want to seem weak or submissive. Eventually she'll grow up and realize how silly she looked and how stupid her actions were. We've all made mistakes and if we think back to being that age, I'm sure we'd all be embarrassed about how we acted. The only difference is, Ashley will actually get to watch herself and SEE with her own eyes what we're all seeing now!
Have a great week!
Caroline, I must say that @ the begining of the show and last season I thought you were mean as hell and not one of my fav people. but I stand corrected you are the best. I love your mature approach to the danielle drama, the love you have for family and how you genuinly respect everyone. I will say you are just a lil older than me but we can always learn a thing or two and I think you taught me three :) thanks keep up the good work look forward to seeing you next week.
Caroline you are the BEST! What a terrific voice of reason. Good luck to Albie and his quest to become a lawyer. Sometimes it is the things that are hard for us to gain that we appreciate the most. As for Ashley, she needs a reality check sorry to say. Perhaps her parents should let her foot the bill for all of this nonsense especially now that Danielle is suing both her and Teresa in civil court.