Teresa and Dina going through Teresa's house was nice to see. Teresa and Joe worked very hard to achieve their dream, and I enjoy watching how proud she is of it. Job well done, I wish them nothing but health, happiness, love, and good times for years to come in making their new house a home.
Dina and Lexi are a riot! Did you see all that candy??? Lex, what is up with that?! I'm happy that Dina finally made a decision regarding her career. It was her decision to make, and I applaud her for her courage to walk away from a glamorous career in order to be there for Lexi. It was a sacrifice on her part, and I respect her for that. Let's hope Lexi doesn't drive her nuts!
Someone posted in the blog last week that they were disappointed that Al got At'as from a breeder, rather than adopting. Well, as a matter of fact, I have adopted not one, but two Jack Russels...Harley and Davidson over the past few years. My sister Fran is a HUGE animal activist that is very heavily involved in animal rescues of all types...trust me I know, as she usually brings them over my house to sleep for a day or so until they get adopted!
Atlas was a gift from Al for my birthday last year. He is my gorgeous, dopey, beautiful puppy that I absolutely adore. He is also my protector. Although the scene may look a little extreme, you need to understand the nature of a shepherd - they are a working class dog that thrives on this. This is why shepherds are generally used by the Military and law enforcement. PS. Since taping I have a new member of my family. "Chaos" a female shepherd who is part of a litter that Bernie's dog Duke sired. Bernie and Hala gave me Chaos as a gift this past Christmas.
Im very disappointed in you especially. You being the oldest and suppose to be someone to look up to. Family is all you care about, don't matter if there right or wrong, but it's ok for you and your family to destroy and hurt others, as long as your family is the top gun. Italians is this the way you are. Stick up for the family even if it means to destroy others. Well I guess so for there known in history to do what ever it takes. I think the way you all treated Danielle was awful. You all jumped on her like a bunch of flies. Her past is the past, But I bet if someone in your family has something that there not so proud of came out, oh that would be ok. Your the type of neighbors I would love to live next door to, so I could ignore you.
Caroline, I admire you very much. You tell it like it is, and that's the way it is suppose to be. I don't know you but, I can see your Love of Family, compassion, sincerity, and wisdom. It is in your eyes. You are what Maya Angelou tells of a "Phenomenal woman" that is you. I have two sons & a daughter and when they hurt I hurt for them. Stay true to yourself and the gift of insight that God has blessed you with. I really hope you get this blog. JAS in Texas.
It is what it is. All of the women used the book behind the scenes to get Danielle before the cameras started. Everybody needs to take responsibility for starting this mess to begin with and not putting that on the person they are deliberately attacking. If you are going to start a fight you get the fight you start (it is that simple). I am not saying that Danielle's behavior is anything to crow about but neither is yours. To me you all come off as big bullies ganging up on the little guy.
Caroline, I commend your family values and the authenticity you show. Stop apologizing and defending your reactions to Danielle. It is much more entertaining to watch you and your family enjoy daily life than to listen to justification. In the end it all comes out and so too will Danielle's true spirit. Please continue to enjoy your family and life and allowing us the pleasure of seeing a postive role model for families today. Let Danielle be her own demise..as they say "give her enough rope and she will hang herself". "la Famiglia e molte importante!" Let me extend a family invitation, if you are ever in Rehoboth Beach, DE Come visit my family at Casa DiLeo's.
I have watched throughout the show and there are a few things which definitely bother me.
You said "we are as thick as thieves and we'll protect each other until the end"
So by saying this, how can you justify yourself by saying, you aren't covering for Dina? How do we know you are not protecting her until the end..?
Also when you do your interviews, I absolutely cannot stand it when you ask a question and then answer it yourself. You do it at least twice every episode. Just say your point.
You are my absolute favorite of all of the housewives. I admire your love of family and I think that you are very much a gracious woman. Good luck to you!
i'm the oldest girl too. I would do the same thing you did for your family. what most people dont understand is that italian women will always take care of the family. My mother and father groomed me to be a good wife and a caring individual.. I like you and your sister and your family. BTW I own an italian restaurant....we love all things with passion and we also hate with a passion...Danielle is a troubled/ misquided soul...she has alot of issues but i think your strength will be a positive example. I know she "drools" to have what you have...but you already know that....
by the way...when it used to rain and thunder did your dad say its raining "lombies and thronies?" lmao (lightening and thunder) love you wonderful girls...
Caroline, THANK YOU for being real. You exemplify the "Old School" Italian heritage, not some broad but a LADY with brains and beauty! It's your familia and you have the heart for all of them. There are so many rifts and broken relationships in my family, watching you fills me with hope for better days. THe BLACK dress you are wearing .........where did you find that stunning dress. All your clothes are so youthful, yet age appropriate as well as accentuating your assets without baring the girls for all the world. I am a red headed Italian built like you...yes mine are real too........my husband thinks you are the bombe and he wants me to find your black dress...he will buy it no matter what the cost! Please come back next season. Your sensibilities and loyalty are so refreshing in this age of climbing and using people. Ciao ....Therese Marie
Hi Caroline, I loved the show and think you are great. I live here in NJ also. I was wondering what family ties, if any, you have to the Michael Manzo that was arrested for corruption this morning. As I am watching the news conference and see the Manzo name, I immediately said "Oh my gosh, is that a relative of Caroline's?" Hope you are enjoying your summer!
Caroline ,I've watched this show from the beginning, It is my opinion that none of you had room to judge Dannielle's fitness to be friends with Jaqueline, Whatever Danielle did when she was young and crazy can not match your familys alleged connection to the mob then and now.Dannielle said it best, you were afraid of what she knew about you all,Dina included.Protecing your family, loving your family, it is what all of us do,but to go around trashing some one's reputation, digging up hurtful things to prove your point and hurting innoncent children(Dannielle Daughters) that was an unforgivable act of evil. What was the real reason yoou hated Dannielle and don't say to us that something she did 25 years ago when she was so young is the reason. I'll pray for all of you,because you guys need it.So much hate,it's sad.
Caroline, I respect your style and although I am almost a world away in KS...hold similar family values. Your class is evident in your approach to difficult situations and feel a sense of humor with children is great! Maybe KS can get a housewives chance as well...lol
What happened to the sausage and potato recipe post?!?!? I've been waiting for you to post....I would love to try it!!
Caroline, I love you, Dina, Jacqueline, and Teresa. I miss the show so much. Danielle did bring a lot of drama to the show, but she did make it interesting. I think everyone should maintain an open, objective mind about everyone else. As for me, I wish I was your sister!!! Please come back next season. I'm a die hard New Yorker, but now I feel like part of me is a Jersey girl!
I LOVE YOUR NO NONSENSE APPROACH TO LIFE. IT IS HOW I LIVE MY LIFE AS WELL. NEVER EVER TRUST SOMEONE UNTIL YOUR READY. DANIELLE IS A LIAR AND A SNEAKY BITCH. I HATE HER. I LOVE YOU ALL AND MISS THE SHOW TREMENDOUSLY. I HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK SOON. XOXOXO YOUR #1 FAN.
Dear Caroline, I think you're terrific and I'm a big fan. I love your honesty- there's not one fake bone in your body! Please post your sausage and potato recipe - I've been waiting for it!! Claudia
Caroline , I think you are a really good person. I grew up in a large family too and my family is very close. I applaud the way you told the truth about the book and remained true to yourself and not fake in the last show.I felt so bad for you when you got upset that I wished I could put my arm around you for comfort. It amazes me that some people still think "Poor" Danielle. What a nightmare.She is a mess and will probably always be a mess. A true Narcissist.I think you have a great family and I also really like Dina. She also seems very down to earth and real. Actually I liked everyone on the show right away except Danielle. It was obvious right away that there was something not right with her. Good luck to you and your family. p.s. I also grew up in New Jersey.
Concerning all of the "Housewives of NJ"; I am from NJ & I wouldn't dare act like any of you. The only person that had a heart & feelings toward mankind was Jacqueline. All any of you did was run behind the other one trying to be better or spend more money. I never saw any of you lift a finger that looked like "housework".
I was embarassed to say that I was from New Jersey. I hope that was the only season your faces will be on Bravo!
Admit it Caroline, You were jealous of the friendship Jacqueline had with an outsider. You were afraid Jacqueline was going to tell some family secrets and you couldn't have that. You conspired against Danielle until you convinced the other two sister-in-laws to turn against her. You knew you had to present something drastic and down right disturbing for Jacqueline to turn against her as well. So you decided to dig up something, anything you could find to convince Jacqueline that she is not a person that would fit in with your rich impecible family. You Caroline is the definition of "Drama" you started this whole mess. I have a saying too, "Ain't no fool, like an old fool" and you are an old fool.
I want to start off by saying I love watching my Jersey girls (yep I'm born and breed Jersey girl and proud of it). Everytime I see you it reminds me so much of my mom. I'm not sure why but there is something about you that I can relate to my own mom (love her beyond any words I can put it in). Do you know when you'll be posting your recipe (as referenced in your above blog)? I hope you'll allow us viewers back into your homes and lives for years to come. Can't wait for Season 2. Have a great summer. Take care.
Caroline I LOVE YOU!!! From your first episode i agreed with everything you say. If everyone thought like that i feel there could actually be more progress in the world. this is my first blog ever. thats how moved by you. love you!!!!
I never had one moment of misunderstanding of your perspective from the very beginning. I thought that you, Dina and Teresa were clear enough given editing.
I thought all of it involving Danielle was more than creepy to say the least. I cannot help but wonder what the viewers are thinking when they defend Danielle. The transcripts of the case against her are all over the internet. I realize that one can be charged with things one did not do just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time but her case is not that. She was recorded threatening the life of the guy being held for ransom in the gone wrong drug deal.
The way she was looking around at everyone during the filming of that last part of the reunion made my blood run cold.
As for Dina, she is a doll. That Danielle tried to have her daughter removed from her custody sickens me. Disgraceful is the least of that action. I cannot help but admire Dina's true heart and her dedication to becoming a good and decent person. "The Power of Now" is not lost on her. She rocks.
Jacqueline is still on my list. I find her one of those women who stirs the crap. If I understood what you and Dina were saying during the last supper episode, why in the hell didn't she. She heard what she wanted to hear and I have little doubt that she is as passive-aggressive as can be. I see her as enormously jealous of not only her daughter, but Dina, also. I know you adore her, but I do not.
All of the kids are great and like Dina, I will pray for Danielle and her lovely daughters.
I watched this every time it came on. I'm Irish and THICK with my family also, but when your wrong, your wrong. I would have fights with you too because you think you RUN everything and everybody,,,,shame on you. All 4 of you treated Danielle very low and nasty. So she had troubles in her life, I really don't know many people who haven't and need LOVE and UNDERSTANDING. If you only loved others as you do your little family, you would be ahead of the game girl. "Do onto others"???? Danielle needs a helping hand here, I only hope none of you gals ever have BIG problmes in your life and need a understanding heart. Love and peace to all of you,
If ever there were a true example of how family Italian or otherwise ) should be... you are that example.... Gongrats on the popularity of the show... Good things happen to good people. Keep your family close all will be well. HUGS
I really did like you to a certain point, until the book issue. I can't believe you flaunted this book around town, and you were so proud of this, especially knowing it was hurting Danielle. I think deep down you were hopeing this was going to break her & your sister in-law friendship up so badly(haha, it didn't work). get a life. You are the drama starter. You really saddened me. You and your sister are such bully's.
Sorry Caroline for your pain. It really showed last night. However, I gotta say:
What on earth made you think you could trash that woman around town and on national television and not give a second thought to how and when she would attack. You play with matches you get burned. You should have know she was going to go for the juggler. She did and it hurt. While I agree that Danielle is in dire need of counseling, YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!
You guys need to get over it or either cancel your contract with Bravo.
Caroline; This is a long time coming. I am an older (yes, older than you) viewer from the midwest. I have never watched "housewives" before and don't know why I watched this one, but am so glad I did. You are an amazing woman, wife and Mother and don't ever let anyone come between you and your family. As the younger ones get a little more experience under their belt they will realize what an insiteful and inspirational 'sister' you are. You have delightful kids and your husband is lucky to have you. I hope to see more of you, but truly understand what it took to get thru those weeks of taping. The finale was great to watch but difficult for all of you. My heart broke for all of you. Be true to yourself, Caroline, and keep laughing!!!!
I admire you so much and i was so happy that you stood by your family the whole way. I love my family too and i would have done the same thing. You are the best, When she brought the book out i thought it was so rude if she decided to go to the dinner party atleast don't bring the drama but she did and i think that when she brought the book out she was looking for trouble you are the best and i stand by you all the time.
Caroline I think iu are great. I love the way you stand up for your family if more people did this I think the world would be better. I hope that you will publish a cookbook soon. I love to cook. Thank you for being o honest and forthright . Best of luck to you and yours.
YEAH for your new addition to the family!!! You are a true inspiration as a mother. You are very kind and light hearted. I truly believe that by you "cutting the cancer" you are making the best decision for yourself and for your family.
Caroline, I really respect you. My posts never get posted. I hope you continue to be the way you are.
None of you have any reason to apologize. Someone new comes in, of course you're going to hold them at arms length. I don't care what anyone says, they would have done the same thing.
As far as "the book" "falling in your lap"; I don't doubt it. Had it been me that knew about something like that with the person hanging around someone I knew, I would have asked it to be passed on as well. Danielle would be lucky to have friends like that, that watch her back.
I don't know any 40 year old women that would dance like that with a friend's nephew or brother in law. It's wrong. I can understand her needing an ego boost but you don't crap in your own backyard so to speak. Can't wait to go to her blog...
Keep being yourself.
What bussiness was it of yours to bring the book to the salon. If you had wanted to make your family aware of her and the book, that was one thing, You (your sister) just wanted to hurt Danille's reputation, if I were her I would sue all of you. She was not given the chance to speak at that dinner, you all kept interupting., you took the blame for your sister, shame on all of you.
Beautiful, very courageous, loyal, jovial, smart, strong, nurturing, and a highly discerning/protective soul... all wonderful qualities I saw in you on TV. Best to you and your loved ones.
You and your sister and Teresa (even if shes a jokester) are the BEST! I have 3 kids (17, 19 & 22) you made me realize that even though they are grown for all intents and purposes that they need me now more than ever. You ladies are not trying to "show off" your money or what you have your just real!
Caroline, you need to OWN UP to your own mistakes. YOU hire a private detective to find out about Danielle. YOU get a copy of the book. YOU show it to your family and others at the hair salon. And then the preview of part 2 of the Reunion show, you have the nerve to blame Danielle for causing a riff between you are your brother? Let's face it, if you had not "dug up the dirt" on Danielle, none of this would have happened.
Caroline, I loved you from the very 1st show.. For all of you that question why they tried to tolerate Danielle the answer is family.. She was Jaaqueline's friend and for that reason you try. Danielle was a cancer to your group. It wasn't her past that was as much of an issue as her current activity.. She tried to drive a wedge between you all and Jaqueline by playing the victim and exaggerating things with Dina. She is jealous of all of your bond. I like your strength, love of family and honesty. We all strive to be honest and above the crap but sometimes you get pulled in.. Jaqueline was manipulated by Danielle and she was too nice to see it..
I wish I had a sister like you! You are LOYAL, loving, protective, and you tell it like it is. You have beautiful, happy children and you have obvioiusly been a wonderful influence in their lives. As far as Danielle - invite her to dinner and serve her up as a hearty snack for your new German Shepherd :) LOVE YOU!!
Caroline You are such a neat classy lady; I respect you on how you handled yourself as well as the “book” situation. I told my partner joking around that “When I grow up I want to be like Caroline” he laughed and said I would need a sex change. None the less I think your great!
I have enjoyed the New Jersey housewives the most out of all of the Housewives series; I’m looking forward to seeing you tonight on the reunion.
You criticize Danielle for brining the book to dinner? I can only imagine what would have happened to Danielle if she brought out something bad from the past about one of your family members. . .Oh wait, there's nothing that anyone can speak publicly about. . .
You're not Edie Falco sweetheart. . get it through your head.
Disagreeing with Trixee soon to be in LV or something,,
Did you not see Caroline at the dinner "party"??? Caroline isn't afraid of Danielle, she is keeping her distance. Why wouldn't she? I personally think that the things said in that book is true, Caroline knows it too, Danielle doesn't want to admit it because she has kids, and she is denying it all because she wants to forget all about it. I don't care if it all happened, it's all over with now, but at least be honest about it, OWN IT!!! Thanks Caroline for being tough!! and REAL!
You are one CLASSY lady. I admire you greatly, as you carry yourself with ABSOLUTE CLASS. I also admire the manner in which you have raised your children. They may be privilged, but obviously understand the value of a dollar and display UTMOST RESPECT for their parents. You have much to be proud of. Keep it up!
let me start off by saying that you are a class act and I really like and admire you. You are a great leader who has a very strong personality who commands respect, had you not facilitated at Teresa's dinner party I think it would have been far worse. I admire you self control, it was classy ...a personal goal that I am working on. as for Dina, you have nothing to prove to me or anyone else, but...consider that fact that even when you "owned up" to you part.Dina continued looking for support by pulling in Jacqueline. After the table flip when Joe called everyone for drinks she continued with cheap shots with whom ever would listen still running circles in and out of the room. She even told Danielle when she drove off your "lucky your still in one piece' If she's so tough why didn't she take the lead and own up to her own part ? or leave earlier when she was so digusted ? She hasn't been consistent that's why I think the general public through her own behavoir felt that Dina is a coward that hides behind you.
When I first started watching, I was actually jealous of your family and wished I had a mother like you. My view has completely changed. You have gone from someone I look up to, to someone I pity. I mean really. What were you thinking? It's one thing to protect your family, but to go around town showing this book written by an ex-husband, without giving Danielle the opportunity to explain herself was LOW. Is this really the example you want to show for your kids? Putting yourself on television makes you not only an example for your family, but an example for women and children across the nation. I certainly hope that in the future you conduct yourself in a manner that shows kindness toward others. You made yourself out to be very trashy and very much a bully and I hope you change your attitude or my children will not be waqtching your show anymore.
You are a real next door kind of person. You enjoy your family and seem to be a fair person. I loved the way you kept saying let her talk. Too bad Danielle does not have manners and know the time and place for discusssions such as "the book". Keep on being Caroline.
I wish I had watched this show from the beginning... I enjoyed it because everyone has a different persoanlity yet you all share a connection, except Danielle. As far as the book, well, I don't see what the problem with reading it. Danielle is obviously ashamed by it and craves to be apart of your group. Everyone has a past, and everyone has either done something, or has had something done towards them that they wish to forget. However, If the bond was tight before the book, reading it wouldn't affected the friendship(s). In addition, the book should't have been "addressed" during dinner. It should have been private with just the girls. And the fact that Danielle made a comment about Dina's past was wrong. That was just Danielle's way of bringing someone down with her. As far as Teresa flipping the table, well, that was hilarious!!! Comments have been emphasized about Jersey woman and New York Woman, well I don't see the point in that because I enjoyed the show and I am A TRUE BRONX GIRL, and proud of it. But... I don't use that in putting other people down! People should be happy with who they are without trying to make others seem beneath them.
I truly believe that you were the one who showed the book. You protect those you love and that's admirable.
Your such a strong person. I admire you for doing the right thing, I would have revealed the book also. I don't understand the big fight over who revealed it, isn't it available to the public? Please explain why Danielle was asked to give Theresa permission to have her (Theresa's)children leave the room. If it was me, there would be NO way I would wait for permission to remove MY children. That really bothered me.