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Big Mistake

Caroline talks Danielle drama, responds to threats, and recaps Fashion Week.

 

So, here we are, week three. I feel like the entire episode focused around Danielle Drama. Quite frankly, I’m bored with it. I do know however, that there is a light at the end of this tunnel. There are good times ahead, promise!

I do feel the need to elaborate on one thing from last week. I think that I make it abundantly clear from week to week that I am my own person with a backbone who is not afraid to accept responsibility for things I say and do. I will say it again ... my comment on Danielle’s children was not an insult to them, rather an observation about Danielle and her parenting. The girls are beautiful, bright, respectful kids. I would never go there. However, Danielle found the need to insult both Jacqueline and Teresa’s children, two weeks in a row. Secondly, I believe that Danielle has threatened me once again. First was last season when she said to all of us that she would "come knocking" and she wouldn’t be alone. Last week she suggested that I made a "BIG MISTAKE." To me, that’s a threat. Please take note that I have NEVER in any way, shape, or form threatened Danielle. I told her what I thought of her to her face. No threat, no underlying message, no stalking her house, and yet she fears me?

Give me one example where I have bullied her, threatened her. If speaking my mind and standing up to her threats makes me a bully, then so be it. I’d rather be a bully than a coward.

Read Jacqueline's blog, the one who gave her a chance, the one who went against everyone has a lot to say ... 

 

Jacqueline and the boys are too cute for words. She’s very hands on with them and is dedicated to their well-being. I felt bad when CJ said he didn’t like to see Jacqueline and Ashley fight, so did Jacqueline. However, it was a good thing for all to see, one of those moments when you look at yourself from the outside in and learn from it. I haven’t spoken to Ashley to see how she felt, but I’m guessing she would agree.

Dina, Dina, Dina ... Trust me when I tell you, smudging, sage, and beads is not the answer. If only life were that simple! Having said that, who am I to question what gives her peace of mind? If smoking out a bracelet brings Dina tranquility, then go for it!!! Whatever makes you happy! I tease her about this all of the time. One of these days I’m gonna get a face full of sage, I just know it!!! That wouldn’t be very Zen of her, would it? All kidding aside, she’s a tough cookie and finally realizes that sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! WATCH AND SEE.

Dinner at Teresa’s was great! I could not believe all of the energy she had! It was like watching the Energizer Bunny, she just kept going, and going, and going! Joe was late getting home and the kids were exhausted, but it didn’t stop them from putting on multiple "shows" throughout the night. The food was great, and the company even better. Watching those kids is like looking at a real life cartoon. Their huge eyes and over the top outfits along with their larger than life personalities is never dull, trust me! As Teresa says, "Love, love, love them!"

The shopping scene with the girls was a little intense; thank God I only had one! It was like a feeding frenzy, snakeskin and zebra leggings everywhere!!! I don’t think Teresa allowed Gia to get all of those clothes. Good for her for putting the kibosh on it, the last thing you want is to start a pattern of overindulging, especially with a house full of girls!

Gia rocked the runway, as expected! I was so happy for Teresa; she was a very proud mommy. I still can’t get over how she looked, nine months pregnant, wearing a mini dress and five inch heals! Only Teresa...

 

I felt bad to see Christine get sick on the runway. I’m sure she was embarrassed, but truth be told, it’s very difficult to stand in one position for a long time. That coupled with nerves, and an empty stomach is all you need to have that type of reaction. It’s behind her now, I hope she’s moved forward and hasn’t looked back; it’s one of those things that she will probably laugh about down the road. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

I think I’ve covered everything. As always, thank you so much for watching, you are all appreciated more than you know!

Xoxo
C.

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Hello Housewife friends!  Welcome to the jungle baby! My first reunion was a wild ride. Call me sick and twisted, but I had an unbelievable time at the reunion when most, I have been warned, dread it. I felt like it was “The Great Purge” and when I went home I was felt relieved of any built up tension. I don’t care if anyone has a grudge against me, my slate is clean and I harbor no ill feelings towards anyone. I love to argue my point, and I truly stood by all of my convictions this season, so I was ready to say exactly what was on my mind, and then some. 

I know the twins and I went at one another pretty hard, but that is what the reunion is all about. It is an opportunity to get it all out and potentially understand one another's position better. Then we can each make our own decisions as to where we want to go with our relationships. I am very much the type of person that can say some of the meanest things and sling mud, but hug it out at the end forgetting anything negative that was said. It just rolls off my back. I actually think it is healthier to say what needs to be said, and then move on.

One thing I did question after the reunion was if Dina actually has a heart or if I should start calling her the Tin Man. I actually have not figured her out yet. Is she really just a coldhearted bitch, or has she been hurt so many times that she has become warped and jaded. I feel I don’t owe anyone any reason as to why I call cancer “the cancer,” but I will give it once more anyhow. “The cancer” is “the monster” to me. It is a way for me to take away its power and to minimize it. “It” destroys lives, so “it” does not deserve a name. It is just “the cancer” -- it was “the monster” or “the dragon.” Although Dina claims to have an understanding of how devastating cancer is to a family, her actions and blatant lack of empathy proves otherwise.

In addition, I did not think it was appropriate for me to interject into family quarrels at the reunion; however, this is something that I feel strongly about. I have met Jaqueline and I have spoken to her on many occasions. In the very short time that I have gotten to know Jaqueline, I know and have empathy with the struggles she has caring for Nicholas. I felt that Dina’s interpretation of her nephew was callous and completely out of touch with reality. The only thing that keeps playing in my mind is, "You know nothing John Snow."  No, thank God, he is not hooked up to machines with cancer; however, what the Laurita family goes through is extremely difficult on a day to day basis that will continue on for a lifetime. It is emotionally and financially devastating. Although, Dina "visits" children with cancer, at the end of her visit she gets to go home, leaving it behind and goes on with her daily life. Since Dina does work with children with cancer, I pray that she can abstain from a self-absorbed lifestyle and become a loving, involved aunt. 

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