Jacqueline Laurita

Jacqueline talks about Dina and Danielle's confrontation, her relationship with her daughter, and poker night hazing rituals!

on Jun 18, 2010


Sorry this blog is a little late. I have been a busy woman lately. It was driving me crazy looking at myself in one of my interviews because I had pink eye during it. Can you guess which one? I tried to get out of filming that day but the crew came over anyway with gloves on. They show no mercy. LOL. I have also noticed that in just about every scene I am eating something. It's like my body doesn't realize that I'm not pregnant anymore. I will just have to work extra hard to tone up my body because food is something I really enjoy and I'm not willing to sacrifice a whole lot. I like being able to eat what I want and when I want but in moderation of course. Chris and I are really passionate about food. We enjoy shopping for it, preparing it, eating it, sharing it, entertaining with it, celebrating with it, mourning with it, the list goes on. Food is such a huge part of our lives. It's something that we thoroughly enjoy together as well as with our family and friends. For those that have asked, I'm 40 years old, 5'3", 118 pounds. I'm doing OK.

During Dina's goodbye confrontation with our fifth housewife, I feel that Dina handled herself in a calm, civilized and mature manner. I understand and respect her desire to bring closure to the negativity that a certain person brought to her life. I think Dina quickly realized that you can't reason with an irrational person. She tried her best. I give her an "A" for effort. Will we sincerely miss seeing Dina's beautiful face, listening to her witty sense of humor and watching her silly cats to decide whether or not Grandma Wrinkles is cute. (I voted 'so ugly that it's cute,' like Yoda.) Dina has said her peace and has now retreated to her place of Zen. I wish her happiness and the ability to enjoy the serenity she finally has and deserves. We love you! We will miss you on our show, but as your family we will continue to see you as usual.

Alstede Farms is a farm we go to every fall located in Chester, NJ. We have enjoyed going there as a family for years. They offer pumpkin, berry and apple picking, corn mazes, hay rides, hay stack climbing and tunnels, horse rides, jumpy things for kids to play in and on, food stands, a country fresh market full of great fruit and vegetables among other things, and of course, as you know, a petting zoo. OK, OK, I know I should have never made that animal comparison especially in front of my son. CJ is much too wise a child for me to try to escape that one after it rolled out of my mouth. I really need to work self-control. All I could do at that point was to admit I said it, point out the reasons why it was a mistake, and move on. I am sure there are worse things mothers have said and done in front of their kids. I just made a note to self: Self, stop teaching kids how to act ugly by showing them how I act ugly. Do as I say, not as I do, remember kids? Doesn't always work like that.

I DID find it a shame that our day was filled with so many special, fun, family moments that I'm SURE you would have enjoyed, as well as with other scenes that we have filmed this season, but it seems what gets highlighted are the brief, unimportant moments where the fifth housewife is mentioned. It's a little disappointing. I guess TV viewers love watching drama and dysfunction. I'm glad that we can provide that for your entertainment. We ALL have a little of that in our lives. You're lucky you don't have cameras catching those moments and highlighting them on national TV. In the reality TV world, you can't be afraid to put it all out there. You have to be OK with yourself enough to allow a large scale of people judging you and your actions. If you are a private person, if you are trying to hide from the past or from something in your life now, or if you are sensitive to criticism, I don't recommend you do what we do.