Caroline Manzo

Caroline talks Teresa and Joe's anniversary, Ashley's flippant behavior, and Albie's new career.

on Jul 27, 20100

 

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.

 

342 comments
Another architect
Another architect

I am an architect and mother of two youg children. I have recently been diagnosed with epilepsy. I would like to discuss this issue with another architect, especially with regards to construction site supervision. Thanks...

rezia callas
rezia callas

hi caroline...i adore you the way you handle your problems and the way you discipline your children...hoping that i can see you in person...albie is such a nice person and gentleman...

cm
cm

Caroline: I can definetly appreciate your strong, Italian family values. Especially since I share the same. I can also understand the struggles that Albie has gone through with law school. I went through the exact situation and I'm still going through something similiar. Thank you for sharing your life with myself and all viewers each week. Be well!

The Architect That Should Have Never Been
The Architect That Should Have Never Been

Hello Caroline, I am writing because I am deeply disturbed by the attitude some universities have toward students with disabilities. I live in NJ and I am currently an architecture grad student at NJIT and I am also a student with a disability. I did my architecture undergraduate at this same school and was consistently told by many professors that I should change careers because even if I somehow successfully negotiate their architecture program, they were sure that no employer would hire an architect with epilepsy. I was urged to follow interior design, furniture design and even secretarial school. It wasn't until years later that I discovered on campus the Student With Disabilities Counseling Center that has changed my life. I submitted my medical records as proof of my medical condition and in return I received the support of on campus ADA benefits. As a student with disabilities, your son is entitled to extended time for assignments, private testing facilities, an ADA representative to deal with professors who discriminate (a lot of them do) flexibility with attendance and so on. Like Albie, I too felt worthless and useless as a result of school. We are not...we may be different, but not less. I just wanted you to know in case you and your son have not have not been introduced to the program. As a side note, you should also know that ADA accommodations are made for the bar exam. They do it for the architecture licensing exam as well. In the words of Winston Churchill "Never Never Never Give Up" -The Architect That Should Have Never Been

Donna J.Raga
Donna J.Raga

Caroline, I have admired your role in the dynamics of all family members, it is obvious that they all look up to you for guidance. This is a bit crazy but all day while I was weeding my flower beds I grew more and more angry about the learnig disability that Albie has. testing place for example her in Ohio www.summitcountyeducationalservicecenter.org Albie as an adult can be tested for a learnig disability and the recieve accomidation and modifications to meet his learning syyle: Visual, Tactile,Auditory. Most universities have places that can test you becasue students are testing as practice and being observed by a prof. they can test to see what acdemic are he is struggling with and they can provide tutors, etc to help Albie figure out what his learnig style is and the HE WILL SOAR AS IF ON EAGLES WINGS!! I am curently not working I have had several braininjuries and the last one a special ed student grab my head and shookit pretty hard.

RealHousewivesFan
RealHousewivesFan

Forgot to mention - you look fabulous this season! I'm really inspired by you!

RealHousewivesFan
RealHousewivesFan

You & Al seem like great parents, as evidenced by how un-spoiled your children are. They seem like really great kids - kudos to you! I was not as fond of you last season, but you have grown to become one my favorite housewives of all the different shows. Can't wait to watch the rest of the season and the lost footage!!

SSuzanneT
SSuzanneT

Caroline,

Last season I just didn't get you. You seemed so harsh and unforgiving. As I've watched this season though, I've TOTALLY changed my mind. What looked harsh last year has come to light as protective of your family and just not wanting "drama" in your life. You have remained outspoken but very fair. You have become the rational star of the group! I love the show.

Jen1000
Jen1000

Caroline - you are brilliant. Probably the most level headed and wise one of the lot. You go girl!!!!

Bedoo
Bedoo

OMG! Your necklace at the christening was amazing! Where did you buy it?Just gorgeous!!!!

3 min dachshunds
3 min dachshunds

Dearest Caroline,

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

You and your family are an inspiration. I'm your age and always wanted what I believe is your type of family. I do have the most wonderful husband and 3 mini dachshunds! Thank you for sharing your family with all of us. You help to cheer and bring smiles to many. Depression is a tough thing to fight..you help. God bless all of you.

Sincerely, 3 mini dachshunds

loyal viewer
loyal viewer

Caroline - I think you're an AMAZING role model for all women, young and old. You have such class and style. When I find myself in caddy situations, I ask, "How would Caroline handle this?" and then proceed from there. Thanks for choosing to rise above the nonsense and being a strong women. BTW...I just loved the comment from Albie..."I am my mother's son..." I can only hope that my 5 month old son will someday say that about me.

April Schnurmacher
April Schnurmacher

As someone who used to work in Patterson many years ago, it's nice to see the Brownstone still going strong...Snaps for Albert. hard business to run but he has always done a wonderful job. Your children are wonderful adults and yu should be proud....thanks for being the voice of reason on this show, it needs you. Despite Danielle/Beverly, whatever her name is, I watch the show for the time spent with you and yur family, Jaquline, Teresa and I miss Dina so much, she is so pretty and talented. Really enjoyed seeing her work at the Christening, Chris did a great job too. G-d bless and keep you all safe from harm and out of the way of evil minions who are jealous of you. Prayers for you and thefamily......

Nicka
Nicka

Caroline, love Albies new job. He seems to be a good young man. They all need to stay away from Kim G -- she is more dangerous than Dan. At least w/ Dan you know where she stands (you can read D)

DENISE/82go
DENISE/82go

I think that you are a very compassionate,caring,couragous woman. Your sense of family reminds me of mine(I am one of 11 children,8th child,5th sister).We are very close and there is noone or nothing that could ever come between us. Thank you for being an inspiration to large families. I wish you and your family the best,God Bless.

Denise

Caroline K.
Caroline K.

I'm 15 and love you on the show. You are one of my role models. I think you're a great mom. It's cool we have the same name 2. Caroline

Lindsey3333
Lindsey3333

Caroline, I don't know if you will read this or not, but I wanted to let you know that I admire you for believing in your children and telling your son to not give up and not to let someone tell him that he couldn't achieve his goals. I had my son when I was 17, raised him by myself, and he is autistic. When he was diagnosed, I was told that he would probably never speak, go to a regular school, or even know I was his mother. My son is almost 13 now, and he is on the honor role at a regular school and tells me that he loves me every day. I not only didn't listen to the "experts", I taught my son to never use his disability as an excuse to not give his best. I know what it's like to worry for your child, hurt for your child, but also have confidence in your child and know they will overcome whatever challenges lie ahead of them. I just wanted to let you know that I was touched by that scene, as it hits very close to home. Thank~you for your time.

lillie39
lillie39

Caroline, you are by far my most favorite Housewife. I love the way you can see through the fake people on the show..first Danielle and then Kim G. I think you need to go help your brother Chris out with Jacqueline, shes not as savy as you. I also love the way you are with your kids..you should be very proud of yourself and your family.

Viewer H
Viewer H

Hello Ms. Caroline you put C in class I hope you know that. You have so much class about yourself, maybe you can share some with I dear not mention the drama queen name. I hate to stop watching you and your family but, I really can not take her anymore. She is so fake everything from head to toe. But tonight I see why she envy you and your family; she never had one. If this was a kin of mine she would have been throwned away a long time ago. You are so wise, calm, and never loses your position as a LADY! Great Job.

pamala sampson
pamala sampson

hi i was wondering if caroline would consider mentoring women like me. starting my life over and not really sure how to be this woman of 44. i am the LOVE guru for my set of friends and i am the mentor of the group. however i am trying to blossom and not wanting to fail at this freedom stage of my life.i would like to meet her.i dont know...this is hokey for me cause im so strong and a freedom thinker. caroline is a strong woman and shes not black...i like that.it breaks the stereo types!!soooo....i thought i would ask. thanks for hearing me...:)

SashaSarah
SashaSarah

Hi Caroline, I think you are a fantastic Mom, but giving advice to Theresa and J. they are not kids or that much younger than you. I don't get it. Why don't you talk to Theresa about her behavior? YOU WERE LAUGHING WHEN SHE TOSSED THE TABLE, WHAT IF SOMEONE GOT HURT? BECAUSE YOU LIKE THEERESA AND ASHLEY IS PART OF YOUR FAMILY, DOESN'T MEAN IT'S FUNNY OR YOU SHOULD DEFEND THEM WHEN THEY ARE WRONG. YOU WERE RIGHT ABOUT KIM G, SHE IS PLAYING BOTH SIDES AND I HOPE YOU DON'T WELCOME HER INTO YOUR WORLD NOW THAT SHE ISN'T FRIENDS WITH DANILLE ANYMORE. YOUR HUSBAND IS SMART AND YOU MAKE A LOVELY COUPLE.

Sharon B
Sharon B

Caroline you are my all time favorite housewife because you have class and do not stoop to the petty levels as all the others. I love the way you stick to your guns and avoid somebody who is totally trouble. On top of that, I admire you as a mother. I love the relationship you have with your kids and how you teach them to handle life's situations. You go girl!

Bonnie from SC
Bonnie from SC

Caroline. Just wanted to let you know how much I admire you for being the way you are with your family. Your attitude is so rare these days and we need to see more people like you with the love and support that you have and the positive message you always give to those you care about. I love the way you always listen to everyone before giving advise. Keep up the good work. You are a great role model to us all. I love watching the show execpt for Daniele. I always DVR the show so I can fastforward past her parts. I just can not take anything that come out of her mouth. You and Dina have the complete right idea about her, just cut her out of your life and go on. It's her loss not yours. Again Love watching you and your family.

Donna H
Donna H

Caroline- I have watched the episode were you are feeling unneeded. I have the same feeling, my children are grown and living their own lives. My husband like yours does not want to retire any time soon. I feel your pain. I am a Jersey girl also!

mfsss
mfsss

Your family makes me laugh. Chris is a hoot! I know you are so proud of all three of them. I would love to sit around a dinner table and just listen to your whole family. Just remember your kids haven't left you they are just making their way through life. My daughter is married and lives in another state, and there is a day that goes by that I wished I lived closer to her. I am still asking for a grandchild.

NJ Resident
NJ Resident

I ask God to Bless all the Real Housewives of NJ.

JMA
JMA

Caroline- I appreciate your strength and the fact that you are the glue of the family. I think that if I had as much grit as you, I would be better off! I like how you stay out of the drama. You are definitely someone to look up to!

AlexisLally
AlexisLally

Hello Caroline,

As Im sitting here watching the episode I just had to write to you and tell you what a great guy Albie is. All of your kids seem to be great kids but Albie is my favorite!! Not to mention he is VERY good looking. You have done a great job with all of your kids. I hope that I can do the same with my son!! I admire you alot Caroline!!

Wishing you the best,

Alexis

Protect my family by any means necessary!
Protect my family by any means necessary!

Caroline, everyone is aware that you and your family does not like Danielle, but come on! What Ashley did was wrong and you know it, there are no excuses that can justify what she did................NONE! If it were Danielle who pulled your or any of your family members' hair, you would have made it to your good old friends down at the police station in a matter of seconds; the difference is, Danielle would have been arrested!

Protect my family by any means necessary!
Protect my family by any means necessary!

Caroline, everyone is aware that you and your family does not like Danielle, but come on! What Ashley did was wrong and you know it, there are no excuses that can justify what she did................NONE!

sarah v.
sarah v.

Caroline, you are such a wonderful mother! If I had you as a mother i would definetly be a lot stronger person than I am today. Not that my mother isnt great but you are amazingly supportive of your children especially Albie. He is a wonderful kid, as they all are. He just seems to be having more obstacles this season. GO ALBIE!!!

rhoal
rhoal

caroline, i know you have been such comfort and encouragement to many moms out there...including me. my son is recovering from a catastrophic injury and every time i watch the episodes with you and albie i see the same emotions and feelings in you that i'm experiencing. you are the best mom and so loved and cherished by your family. just wanted to encourage you today! can't wait to see what great things albie will do!

Proudmommy
Proudmommy

Caroline, I abosolutely cherish your level-headedness in all situations. I believe most of this comes from your wealth of knowledge. It is easier to make sense of a situation when you have more ideas of how to handle it. I have two girls (toddlers) and I'm wondering what you did with Lauren to keep your mother-daughter relationship so strong? I somewhat dread the teenage years. Thank you! Proudmommy of two adorable girls! :)

villas862
villas862

Caroline, your kids are terrific and it is clearly because of you and your husband. Boy, is Albert a gem, you both got lucky when you found each other. Best of luck.. and by the way, I think Albie's decision is very smart, he can get his JD after he becomes a deputy, it will look very good on his resume.

Caroline Fan
Caroline Fan

I have enjoyed the HW of NJ most of all because of Caroline and her family. You have class and I admire you and your family. You are all great role models. If you were not on the show I would not watch. I however get very sick of watching the danielle parts. I just tivo those parts of the show! The fast forward button really comes in handy. I almost stopped watching when they allowed the trashy scenes in and Danielle. But I still love you and your family and that part of the show.

jst
jst

While my sons (25 and 27) are not really fans of the show, they are sort of captive audiences as I DVR it to watch Tuesday when I get home from work and eat dinner. As weall eat together, they kindly sit and watch quietly. Over the last few weeks with the heightened drama and your position on things, my sons have dubbed you the "lady who is a genius"! It surprises them that not more of your castmates heed your advice! Might I add that they are rooting for your son to succeed and felt his path was a great idea! Keep it up Caroline, we all need the voice of reason!

CarolG
CarolG

Caroline- I admire your strong family unit, your love for each other, and how you all work towards the best for each other....I especially liked the way you and your husband handled Albie's situation with the Law college. I truly empathized with this issue as my daughter is going through something similar...and you are so 'RIGHT'...you don't let anyone take you down when GOD has placed certain giftings inside of you! Kuddos to you!!!

Viewer In Washington state
Viewer In Washington state

I think your family is great and you are a great mother.I am gay and would like to know more about your gay brother.My name is Michael and would be willing to send picture and information if you like.If he is anything like the rest of you I would like to meet him.Michael....

Mona
Mona

Caroline, I love you and your family. You are my favorite housewife. Composed, confident and wise describes you perfectly. Thank you for rising above the drama and being so grounded.

girlygottalent
girlygottalent

Caroline,

I just adore you and your family. You seem to be the glue that holds everyone together. Honestly, watching you and your family has made me become a better mother (not to say that I'm not already a wonderful mom lol), but there is always room for improvement. You always have wonderful advice and you stick with your family throughout thick and thin.

Suzanna
Suzanna

Thank you for always being a "CLASS" act and for being a positive role model.

SINYviewer
SINYviewer

happy to see not one inkling of negativity in this blog, I wish I could say the same for theresa. Poor woman, she needs to release that or it will infect her!

Mrs. Fuzzy!!!
Mrs. Fuzzy!!!

Hi Caroline..you are by far my favorite on any of the housewives shows! I even have my husband watching.. My family resembles yours! We laugh, play games and joke and give lots of hugs/kisses! oh and EAT! thanks for sharing your family with us.

Lisa M.

ANETTE 777
ANETTE 777

Hi Caroline, you are my favourite housewife on the show,you are such a strong woman and an inspiration to all young women out there, i love that you hold family values so high. keep it up.

sspare
sspare

Caroline I absolutely love you and your family. You are always the voice of reason. I think Albie is just the cutest thing ever- he looks just like you!

NJ Gal
NJ Gal

Caroline, I saw the photo of you and Albert in Italy. You both look so happy and relaxed and in love. I am so happy for you both. Maybe now, Albert will make more of an effort to spend more time with the woman he fell in love with!

About Ashley: You seem to be the best one there with enough power and influence to make a difference with that girl. Why not encourage her strongly to apologize to Danielle and make her vow to not only stop the war but also to remove all the vile photos and comments left on the her Facebook page by her fans. Can you imagine what an outpouring of support and the legions of new fans she will gain from apologizing and calling an end to her war with Danielle? Read the message boards. A very large percentage of people are not only upset with her for her actions and lack of remorse, but also with the enabling going on by her mother and....you.

It is one thing to call her on the carpet for her behavior. But when you agree she had a good reason, it smacks of excuses. There is never a good excuse, regardless of intentions, for hitting someone unless you are trying to defend yourself. Period.

Come on Caroline. We all know you are capable of changing this situation. Woman up!

cutie
cutie

I think you making excuses for Ashley.She is 19 and she knows right from wrong.You keep calling her a 19 year old child and that Danielle should just let this go.What planet do you people live on.She better learn self -conrol before,someone teaches her it in the wrong way.She needs the book thrown at her!

Theas Luna
Theas Luna

Hi Caroline, I LOVE the scenes with your kids. They are so smart, sweet and loving. The gym scene was great, I laughed so hard. I am so glad that Lauren in on the show more, she is so sweet. You are blessed to have them, and they are blessed to have you. Ashley does have a lot of good in her. I think she was just caught up in a bad situation at a young age, and seeing what was being done to her family just pushed it too far. She will learn from her mistakes like we all do. All the kids on the show are great, they make the show so much fun to watch. God Bless

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