Caroline Manzo

Caroline reflects on Dina's departure, poker night at Jacqueline's, and more!

on Jun 14, 2010


So, here we are again, another week has past and we’re already on episode seven. I can’t believe how quickly these days are flying by!

So, the million-dollar question: How many of you predicted Dina’s departure? I think the writing was on the wall for a while, wouldn’t you agree? I’m proud of how she handled herself. It clearly was an uncomfortable situation, but Dina remained calm and poised throughout. I believe she made the right choice by leaving the restaurant when she did, because it was about to get ugly, and she knew it. I also like that she respected the other patrons in the restaurant right to have a peaceful dinner - no need for a scene. I think we’ve had enough scenes for a while, don’t you?

Dina is doing fine and is very happy with the choice she made. Lexi just graduated eighth grade this past Friday and will be going into high school in the fall. She is growing into a beautiful young lady and I completely understand Dina’s decision to keep her out of the fray. Now, for those of you who are in panic mode, RELAX! I would be willing to guess that you’ll be seeing glimpses of Dina and Lexi here and there, how could you not? We're talking about my sister and my niece; obviously they’re not only a huge part of my life, but the lives of Jacqueline and Teresa as well! Keep an eye out folks, they’ll be like the Where’s Waldo? of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, you’ll never know where they’ll turn up!

The pumpkin-picking trip was fun! We look forward to going every year, and it seems the group just keeps growing! Everyone gets involved - brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, Grammas, Grandpas, boyfriends, girlfriends, and all the new babies too! Not only do we pick pumpkins, but also we pick apples and berries and usually go home and bake our asses off for days! It was Derek’s first field trip with all of us, and guess what? He survived, and had fun too! I know we look like a bunch of lunatics that guard our "inner circle," but the truth of the matter is we just love to joke around, and our bark is definitely worse than our bite when it comes to the kids and their boyfriends and girlfriends!