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Hello again! I don’t know about you, but it sure feels like these weeks are flying by. It seems like yesterday that I was tapping away on my computer writing my blog for Episode 10, and here I am commenting on Episode 11 already! They say time flies when you’re having fun...well, are you having fun? I hope so.
How bout those Giudice girls? Have you ever seen so much confidence and "fabulous" attitude packed into such pint-size bodies? Between Teresa training them to be girly girls, and Joe's teaching them to be tough as nails, I have a feeling that no guy is going to stand a chance with them. They'll be looking gorgeous while telling him who's the boss and he'll probably have no problem with it at all.
I appreciated the fact that Joe makes an effort to spend some "daddy time" with his daughters. Not only does it give Teresa a well-deserved rest, but it also makes the girls feel like their doing something special with their dad. Love it.
I thought Joe was adorable as he showed Teresa the pizzeria. I got a kick out of it when he told her to put the apron on. Trust me, I've been there. When you're in the restaurant business there will be days where you'll be working in the kitchen wearing an apron. GUARANTEED. It's the nature of the beast, and sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. I'm willing to bet that if Joe really needed Teresa to work, she'd be right there beside him helping out. Granted, her apron would probably be a sequined leopard print, but she'd be there.
Joe commented to Teresa about moving into one of the apartments above the pizzeria in the event of an issue with their house. I'm not 100% privy to the reality of their financial situation, so I don't feel comfortable talking about it. I do know that there were investment properties that were impacted by the economy that may have issues, and I'm hoping that things get turned around for them. In any event, I think Joe did a nice job on the apartments, "sun roofs" and all.
Let's jump over to the scene in my kitchen (aren't they all?) with Jacqueline and Ashley. We heard it through the grapevine that Ashley was about to be charged regarding the incident at the country club. I wanted to give Jacqueline the heads up so she wouldn't be blindsided when the summons arrived. I've never had to deal with the issues that Jacqueline faces with Ashley, so I sometimes have a little less tolerance than Jacqueline has shown. I tried to convey to Ashley that she walked into a trap and now she may have some long-term consequences due to her actions. I'll say it again, WHAT ASHLEY DID WAS WRONG. You never, never have the right to lay your hand on someone unless it is in self-defense. But, if in fact she was carried away by the moment, and believed her mom to be in danger, then I get WHY she did it. Remember, this is an eighteen-year-old kid with a huge chip on her shoulder. I think her age and her pent up aggressions played a huge part in this. Again, doesn't make it right. I would have liked to see some remorse from Ashley, but she was strong in her convictions and she had made up her mind. I feel bad for her in one regard. She doesn't get it. She doesn't understand that in life you make decisions, and those decisions are based on a cause, and have an effect. Ashley is stuck on the "cause" and doesn't stop to think about the effect. I'm hoping that this will be a lesson learned. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Caroline, I just love ya! You are absolutely right about D wanting to hurt someone and Ashley walked right into her nasty web and got what she wanted. I am sorry for Ahsley, but for God's sakes it was a hair pull not a gun pull. How can D ask for everyone to forget and forgive her terrible, terrible crimes yet she can not forget a hair pull. Good heavens, is she in high school? You hang in there, I love your family!
God Bless you Caroline -- and your family. My husband is a doctor who once was told he wouldn't make it -- because he was studying in the 'wrong' major. Now people are alive because of his work. Albie will make a difference in lives in much the same way -- I know it. You plant potatoes you get potatoes - and you and your husband have done a great job with your kids. How could they turn out in any way other than great?
Hi Caroline: Once again you are right about the Ashley situation. I am so glad Albie is going to get a chancce to move forward with his education. kudos to you and your husband.
I admire you and your family for sharing a problem that is in every family and I wish him the best of luck. How he has dealt with this shows what a success he will be as a lawyer best of luck to him and all you family
I'm surprise u get why she did it what a statement that sure puts u in a different light. Please don't make any more excuses for Ashley.
You are so awsome....the reason why i try to watch as much as possible is because i really like you...you are family oriented and are a smart person...you remind me of my favorite aunt....she was as wonderful as you seem to be...I hope Danielle gets off her high horse and leaves everyone alone....
I dont know you obviously but keep up the good work.....you really seem to be a good person....
Also, in my opion....if I thought someone had attacted my mom (like Ashley) I would of done the same thing....actually Ashley was nice....let her know that...
You are such a good Mom Caroline - I'd rather watch a thousand hours of you and your family than 20 minutes of Danielle. You are fun to watch and your problems and struggles are ones that "real" people relate to. Bravo might want to take note of that and get rid of the one who ruins this cool show! Blessings 2 u and yours!
Caroline, you show grace under pressure. Best of luck to you and all of your family. It is so evident the love you have for your children and Albert. All the drama this season has taken away from some of the family moments and I hope soon that we will get to see more interaction with your family! Thanks for allowing us to view a true loving family!
My first post to you. I adore you and your family. I am very "Family First" and love the way you and yours rally around Albie. It must make him feel very supported and loved to be able to overcome this bump in his road. After seeing tonights episode, I hope he felt a hugh amout of confidence to get him though this journey. My best to your family.
I am a medical student with a learning disability. I had lots of academic difficulties in medical school...then I took a course at Marshall University that teaches medical students with lerning disabilities the study and organizational skills to suceed in medical school. That course helped me to succeed. I think that Marshall has a program for Law students. I would really recommend this for Albie. The Programs is called the Marshall University H.E.L.P. program in huntington west virginia. good luck
All I say about your son's, your kids & you & your husband is you're all so lucky. I for one would have had a much better life with that brand of support & fierce defense you show for your kids.
You're great parents.
Now if you can just survive the BS on the show.
Caroline, I just think you are the coolest person. You are like my best friend, my mother (even though you are probably my age!) and my family all wrapped up together. You have a blessed life, wonderful kids and you all are FUNNY!!!
I love your attitude about life and you enjoy every second with the people you love. Thank you, it's a gift you give us every week!
KathyM - New Mexico
Caroline! I think every mother says that they are going to move into their son/daughters dorm room. I know my mother said that to me as well as my siblings when we went off to college. I did pick a place however that not only met my needs due to my poor vision but it was also a place I knew my parents would love to visit. I attended Catholic University in Washington D.C.
I am happy that Albie got the letter that gave him permission to apply to other law schools. As you stated in you blog that you got hundreds of letters of people expressing similar sentiments I have gotten votes of confidence from my peers and teachers throughout the years and that has helped me push through the bad.
Albie definitely helps me keep my eye on the prize and I look forward to seeing where he is attending law school next. much love
I am a medical student that has a learning disability. I had a lot of academic trouble in medscchool until I attened he Marshall University Medical H.E.L.P program in Huntington West virginia. I really recommend that You look into having Albie take one of their courses for Law students they have helped people with Learning difficulties graduate from graduate school.
Caroline, I usually don't like you but the last two episodes you're starting to change my mind. At leat you're honest with the Ashley situation.
Caroline, I know you are very protective of your family and I have no problem with that, but you can't be that stupid that you really believe the reason Ashley did what she did was because she thought Danielle had hit her mother. I do not believe anyone told her that, she came up with that lie to try and justify what she did. Also, if you are buying that story that Teresa was just trying to be nice, you really are naive. Look at the tape again, Teresa is full of crap that she was trying to be nice, she wanted to start something with Danielle and then have the nerve to say she didn't want to lower herself to Danielle, when as far as I'm concerned she is the "ghetto princess". It's not that I'm a Danielle fan because I think she causes some of the drama but right is right and wrong is wrong and what a crock you guys are spewing. You keep saying Danielle is coming after your family but all I do is see you guys coming after her. You also said Ashley gave Danielle what she wanted, again watch the tape and look at it without being partial.
I have never commented on any of these blogs, but felt compelled to do so now. I have a son in college who also decided, at age 20, to seek medical help for ADD. We tried the medication when he was 10, and it was awful! He immediately lost 10 lbs (that he did NOT need to lose) and at the end of each day he was an emotional wreck. We took him off after a month, and he did well the rest of the way through elementary, junior high, and was an honor graduate. He did have a lot of problems with talking and not staying still, and unfortunately was labeled, for a time, as a 'problem' child. He is very intelligent, he just has trouble focusing his thoughts. He says the medication does help with that now.
You should be so very proud of Albie, Caroline, and of the wonderful mother that you are! It is not easy to see our children facing difficulties, but as parents we can help guide them through those difficult times and come out on the better side. You have my utmost respect.
Dear Caroline, I am so happy and relieved that Albie is once again moving forward toward his dream of becoming an attorney. He seems to be a young man with a strong sense of direction and a good set of core values. I do wish i could say the same of Ashley. Bless her, I know that you and her mother dont want to see her have legal issues, but I have to say, it seems she needs some real consequences. Her apparent lack of remorse (e.g. her smirks and laughter when discussing the incident and potential ramifications; not to mention her comment that she "can do whatever she likes to do to Danielle) are a source of great concern.
I love you Caroline!! You are the pillar of sanity on this crazy show!! I hope your niece learns through her mistakes and grows up to be a wonderful women like you!! Also, so happy for you son being able to go back to law school. Way to go Albie!!
Caroline I am amazed of the behavior of Danielle. Although Asley responded incorrectly by being agressive against this typical bully toward an inexperience teenager, i repeat a bully not a victim against an inmature young woman. I am totally amazed by behavior of calmness and maturity on your part, Danielle should take notes from you in how to be a dignified adult. My question is there any way of getting rid of Danielle from the show and returning Dina on the show?
Danielle has never been a victim when the show started i though you guys were mean but unlike some of the inexperience in the group you were right on the money what kind of individual she was, the only wrong was that you were protecting your family and for that i must say you were right. For that you have my admiration but instead enjoying the show like did i continue seeing Danielle and wish she would leave so i can enjoy the show again.
Ps. tell Dina we miss her
I have to say, I look up to you so much! Besides my own mother, I don't call many awesome! I respect your efforts with your kids in the hopes that I can some day give my 10 month old the ideals and dreams you have raised your kids to believe in. Happy life to you and your family.
All the best to you and Albie and the rest of your family. I'm sorry for what Albie is enduring right now but,I have to believe it will make him an even better, more sensitive attorney one day.
What Ashley did was clearly wrong, I can understand her impulse to protect her mom. I do wish she'd be just a bit remorseful about it; however, had she confronted a sane adult in that way, they probably would have given her a "pass" and considered it her one youthful indescretion. That said, someone really needs to lay the law down with her. Hopefully, the court will sentence her to mandatory counseling.
I wish you all the best, it is clear you are the glue in the family, they will always need you, sometimes just knowing mom and dad are a phone call away is enough~
I love you and your family!! My hopes is that Bravo will see how much we all love you and your family (including Dina) and Theresa and Jacqueline and just dump Danielle.... I'm honestly not sure if I will continue to watch next year if she is on.....I'm actually uncomfortable watching her and those "bodyguards" around her, its not entertaining.
Caroline, you are a VERY CLASSY WOMAN!!!! Please stay with the show....you are the voice of reason and love your family values that you instill in your son Albie going through this difficult time..You are truly the meaning of a mother!
Great blog. I love how you add some perspective on all the shenanighans. You can feel the love in your house and for that I commend you. I have a mom much like you and because of that, I can say that your kids are truly blessed.
I just love you!!!!!! Tell Albie to keep up the good work. Hopefully someday he will be able to defend the people that are being wrongfully accused by Danielle! Stay strong you have an amazing support system behing you (your family). xoxoxo
I sincerely hope that Albie successfully completes Law School, and passes the state bar exam. He would be an incredible advocate for children with learning disabilities, especially those in the public schools system.
Your wisdom speaks volumes when talking to Ashley. This is not a joke and she needs to be held accountable for her bad behavior. Please keep trying you will get through! That also includes Teresa and Jaqueline!
Caroline, You are such a good mother and I love how you have detached yourself from the drama. You are a the rock on the show and it is obvious. I think you are fabulous and I am a huge fan. By the way I would hire Albie in a heartbeat to defend me. He is such a cutie!!
I couldn't even watch her tonight. I kept changing the channel everytime she came on especially when she was punching Teresa. What a load of crap. Bravo - I will not watch her, as much as I like everyone else, she is too self centered. Not fun watching.
I enjoyed reading your blog. I use to teach high school and while I have not been in a classroom in 12 years I am still amazed at the number of ill-informed people who think that learning disability is a cop out. I have also seen many parents who were not correctly advised of their rights to assessment and assistance for their children. I believe that your son's story has brought this to situation to light and given many people a different perspective on what a learning disability is.
I also want to commend you and your husband for being responsible parents who support their children in their life journey but also know that sometimes as hard as it is you must let they fight their own battles. It is the only way they learn and grow so that they become productive members of society. This should be every parents and teachers heartfelt desire.
I do agree with you Caroline. I am not much older than Ashley, but I must admit, I was a little like her when I was 18/19 years old. I was very defiant and I took everything as a joke. I was mean, and didnt really care about how people felt. Unfortunately I see my little sister doing this as well. We get along great with our parents so I dont know if it is just at this age that kids act like this. She shouldnt have done what she did to Danielle, and I read in the paper that she just got fined $100 some dollars for that. She is SOO lucky that is all she got. In Texas she would have been in jail for a few months at least. But because I kind of know what she is going through, I really think she might need to see a therapist, because it helped me a lot to talk to someone that I felt I couldnt say to family. I hope things get better between all of you. I miss Dina! Hope you all are doing well!
Usually I don't comment on the blogs, mostly because I'm a so-so fan of the show. However, I have to commend you on your love of family. You specifically, not the show in general. For those who think that Albie didn't do enough, wasn't enough, sometimes doing everything right isn't enough. Sometimes it takes time to find the a school that is perfect for what *you* need. He found out this school wasn't. That's to be expected, honestly, at some point in education.
It's kind of like picking a place to live at 25 versus 40. What works at 25 may not work at 40. You have to move and adapt to another location, to find a place where *you* feel at home. I get exactly why he was frustrated, disappointed, but he's also smart enough to do and be better than what someone else thinks. It's part of being human.
And the joke about moving? I'm Southern and that's darn near expected around here. Heck, my godmom moved to Miami when her son went to college. Well, Boca. But she was close enough to help without being in his room. And he appreciated it half the time because she provided for and made his frat food, allowing them to be guys. She also went to two different schools while he did, for different things. One being nursing school.
So, for me, I took it as a joke. As was intended. Godmom is wanting to move out of our city now and I'm looking for places that fit both our criteria. Because we're family. And we stick together. We won't live together but when you're going somewhere new, it's nice to have someone to fall back on...just in case.
I commend the Manzo family! Caroline is an awesome mother and a fundamental mentor. I have watched the show immensely and it has been a challenge, testing analytical skills and trying to hold an impartial stance under each circumstance. However, in each instance the Manzo family and Theresa prevailed. How long and how many times can a person or family be expected to act honorably in reactionary response to an unstable person (using the word unstable loosely because there are more fitting words to describe Danielle however less appropriate). Carolyn, Albie, their family and all the women with the exception of Danielle, Kim G, and partially the owner of Poche are admirable people plain and simple. Bravo nor the show can ever distort that fact, more importantly nor can Danielle exploit the love the Manzo family have for each other (that includes Theresa her girls and husband- they are remarkable likewise).
I think they should do a show with just you and your family. Y'all are hysterical and so fun to watch. You have such a well rounded family and it nice to be able to get a glimpse of that. Thank you!
You are an awesome mother and friend. You have the ability to tell people what they need to hear and when they need to hear it. I enjoy watching the love that you share for your hubby and your children. Though I know you all seem to get put in less than desirable situations concerning a proverbial storm- you handle it with grace, humility, and most often a sense of humor. I hope you and your family are doing well and that you can see that beautiful warm sun glow strewn sky that always follows the worst of storms.
I feel for Albie and wish him success. I am a little confused - "After exhausting every effort to receive accommodations in law school" - Does this mean the school didn't offer or witheld accomodations?
Caroline, I am happy to see that Albie is fighting this situation/fought this situation, because he deserves the modifications to give him the same playing field as all the other students in law school. The one thing that I have learned from being a parent of an 8 yr old w/Asperger's (high functioning autism) is that unless someone walks in your shoes they have no idea what life is like for us or our children. And since dealing with school districts and trying to get my son services that he needs and seeing him spiral to the point where he will be going into a special program this fall, I am aware that there are alot of educators, doctors and other so-called professionals who really have no idea what our children struggle with and what they really need. I think Albie is amazing and is a great role model for younger people who are being told that they will never achieve their dreams because of their disabiliies. I miss seeing you and your family, I am really tired of seeing the same crap about D.
Caroline, I think that you should do yourself a favor and exit the show too. The path that is has taken lately is so low class, and it seems that almost everyone involved comes off looking bad. I do think that you have managed to keep yourself above the rest, but I am not sure that I would want to be identified with a show that has gone so off track. I do feel for you and the "empty nest syndrome". It is in my near future, too. I just think that it is hard to stay positive with so many negative people surrounding you.
Caroline- You are a pleasure to watch. I wish you and your family all the best with all your goals and dreams. When I saw the fashion show massacre my 13 yr old daughter and I both looked at eachother and said 'it is never ok to put your hands on another person.' TY for sharing that sentiment. I didn't hear Ashley, Teresa, Jacqueline or either of the Kims reflect on that. There doesn't seem to be any accountability, only finger pointing and deflection. Teresa is no one I would want to influence my daughter.
I really admire you for being so level head.You avoids any contact with the drama queen. I love your standards. Keep up the good work.Just get your family to see what you see when it comes to the drama queen.
Caroline Bravo Bravo, you are a great mother and you always show your kids how much they mean to you. Albie is a figther like his mamma. He will get far, he should never give up!
I am a recent law school graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. It is the largest ABA accredited law school in the United States. There are four campuses all in Michigan. They give people an opportunity to become a lawyer when other schools would not. Don't know if your son found another law school but it is a school worth looking into. There are a lot of students from NY and NJ. Hope this is helpful.
i truly respect how u put family first an the fact that u say what u mean an mean what u say you are a strong woman an i respect that i was on the fence at first but i am totally on your side with the danielle thing you are the only one that saw her for what she was from the beginning i wish you could get the rest on board and i respect that you stand behind not dealing with her when i know that is hard when you want to protect your family an good luck to your son albie you are being a great mother to him standing behind him no matter what he decides to do