Merry Christmas! Seems crazy to be saying that when it's 98 degrees outside!
I really enjoyed the kids in this episode. I don't know what made me smile more, their faces or their outfits. Too, too cute. Nothing was better than CJ calling Christopher out on the Santa bells fraud. I loved Chris and Jacqueline's reaction to him; they tried to convince CJ that it was Santa, but the kid's no dummy. Good try, Christopher, there's always next year. Plenty of time to think out a better approach.
My Uncle Lou is not a Manzo, he's actually my dad's brother, so he's a Laurita. Christmas Eve is spent with my side of the family, so the faces you saw were mostly Lauritas! If you were in the house you would have known immediately; it's all in the eyes, we all have the same exact blue eyes!
The kids loved the bracelets and the meaning behind them. We wear them every day and that makes me happy. Call me crazy, but I think a tangible reminder can sometimes prevent an unnecessary argument from happening. And let's face it, the majority of arguments with family members are unnecessary.
You are awesome Caroline......Thank you so much for always doing the "right thing". Your comment about "its not Teresas' party" was spot on. She is acting like a very spoiled little girl. We really need to find some redeeming qualities in her...she has definately taken a turn for the worse.
I love every scene with your family. It makes this show fun to watch. Thank you for showing the TV world that there are families out there that can love one another and stay together!
You put so much into your family and it shows! Look forward to your next chapter and fill it with love and laughter. What is it with guys proposing in cars?
oh my gosh, i really did laugh out loud at the jeff goldblum comment. thank you for not going the negative route!
You and your husband (and family) have such a beautiful relationship. You're a very smart, strong and admirable woman.
Loved the show- CJ was so cute, when he didn't believe it was Santa - maybe next year, you can have a cd with bells playing outside the window - that way all of the kids will "see" everyone?? Just a suggestion. It was great meeting you and your family - so sweet.... All of you - it made my day!!
You are lucky in love- and you deserve it!! Great to see such a nice marriage and husband for you.
Love love love you Caroline! You are a breath of fresh air. I agree with Jay Mohr.....I'd love to be part of the family. :-). Have a great summer.
Wow, Caroline. I wish I knew you better. You just continue to be awesome and I absolutely love, admire, and respect it!
Beautiful....nice to see a "housewife" who isn't mean spirited or judgmental. I LOVES your family! Way to go to you for raising them to have respect for themselves (Motherhood can be a very tough job...you make it look easy). Congrats on your marriage. I too married my best friend, I think we are successful (only 19 years) because we laugh.
Ms. Carolyn, you are a wonderful Mother and wife. Tell Bravo to let you setup a school for the other Housewives shows, the need a few lessons in being adults!
God Bless You, Caroline you have a husband who truly loves you for you that's what he fell in love with. As far as inviting the Walkies to the New Year's Eve Party. It's not personal it's business. I hoped Teresa got over it. Enough said...........
Caroline, I am your biggest fan. Of all of the Housewives on every single show, you are the most real and ladylike of all. A decent person! Wow, I admire your steadfast character. Your husband is a lucky man, and your kids lucky to have you as their mom. It is a breath of fresh air to see you and Jacqueline....really the only two genuine women on the shows. All the best. Good luck to Albi and the kids.
Caroline, Even though you are close friends with Teresa, I applaud your neutral attitude towards the whole situation with Melissa and Joe. You have treated them with honor and respect, and try to remain as unbiased as possible. You are a commendable person, and shed a great persective on the issues.
Hey Caroline! I must admit, the fist two seasons I didn't really care for you. But this season you are one of my favorites! Your an amazing wife and mother, as well as friend. I think that it's great to be able to tell your friends when they are wrong and embrace the people who come in your life who have good intentions. Keep up the good work and God Bless!
I think your wonderful and I've always enjoyed watching you and your family. Its sad that now I have a sick feeling in my stomach everytime you talk about Theresa. Whether you realize it or not your being awful to her and way too hard on a friend who is going through a difficult time, even if she can be stubborn. It's her issue and you are all too eager to throw in your opinions every chance you get. You always say that your just speaking the 'truth' the way a friend should. Maybe you have yet to realize that your truth and the way you see the world, is not every one else's truth or the way they see the world. Sometimes a friend should just be there for emotional support. Maybe all of this advice giving has gone to your head. And its fine if you invite the Wakiles to a party, but its the way you railroaded over Theresa's feelings that was the problem. You could have had much more tact. Wasn't it your family throwing someone from a party that you were not hosting not to long ago? Rightfully so, I should add. I really don't mean for any of this to be hurtful or malicious. I just think it might be high time for you to open your ears and take some advice. Basically, Jacqueline has the right approach to this whole situation - she's being kind to both parties and letting Theresa handle her drama. Your "baby steps" are stomping all over Theresa and its putting you in a very negative light. All in all though, I wish you the best.
First of all Caroline, I would just like to say that I admire you and absolutely love your family. You and Albert have done a fantastic job at raising your children and the love you all share is so touching, so honest, and so refreshing. It often makes me feel that I would love to be a part of your family. I just wish that I could step into the 'frame' and be one of you. I really enjoyed this last episode most of all with the Christmas festivities that all the Housewives shared with us viewers. All the homes looked so lovely, the children so grand in their outfits, the super decorations, and REAL snow! A few things saddened me a bit however and that was Teresa's attitude towards Melissa still, and her cousin Kathy. From what I can see both of them are trying and Teresa still seems to be holidng onto a grudge that she won't let go of. Joe G. is not of any help either with the horrible remarks he makes about Melissa and others. I don't blame Joe Gorga for wanting to take his family and leave to go to Kathy's house. I would have also. The most hurtful thing however that I noticed on the show was Ashley's attitude towards her mom and Chris. I do hope that Ashley is growing up since that last episode was taped. I also hope that she has reflected on her behavior towards her parents as they treat her like a princess and show their love for her in so many ways. It's hard to believe that she is so selfish and uncaring towards them. I feel very sorry for Jacqueline and Chris as they deserve so much better! I think that you're a real dynamo Caroline and I just love how you intervene and take charge when taking charge is needed. Such as with Kim G. She's just abominable and really did need being put in her place. It was obvious that she was there to cause trouble and bring grief along with her. I wish you all the best with your radio show and hope that you have much continued success with it. Yes, you are very fortunate that God blessed your life with Albert. He's a gem. Your knight in shining armor! God bless you and God bless your family. You are all brilliant!!! :-)
I LOVE YOU, and I LOVE how you say WHAT it is, and HOW it is whether it hurts a "friend's" or the "viewer's" feelings! GOOD JOB CAROLINE! You are absolutely right about everything you mentioned in your blog. I am so happy that at least ONE popular cast member beyond belief is saying it how it is....regardless of whether Teresa stomps her feet or viewers call you "disloyal". It's time to snap some people OUT OF IT! I think you make the MOST sense here. You have the right eye for things. DEFINITELY!
Ps: You have a WONDERFUL family. I am SO happy for you.
I just love you!!!!!!!! All of the housewives are great in their own little way but, you a real and honest at all cost. I was so proud of you for inviting Kathy to New Years. We all see how your a great friend to Tersea but, you have to have your own mind which we can clearly see that you have. I agree about the mending but, some people can't leave a sleeping dog along (Teresa). As for Albert does he teach a Romance 101 class? Just asking I wanted to send my husband if so. Love you and stay drama free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Caroline..ok here we go, I have read your comments trough the beginning good and bad. Sometimes you seem like a caring soul,but some of your comments you should practice what you preach..remember ''baby steps" ,calling out others for calling names such as 'witch" when in fact you called the dirtiest names of all to a woman who clearly had emotional issues. um clown,and garbage. How can you give advice when you cant show compassion to all? I read somwhere the reason Danielle wasnt asked back is because if she was back on the show,you would walk,and take your entire family and the "followers" with you. Caroline lighten up,dont become a know it all,or a bully! Be the fun loving Caroline who was riding with the biggest smile and a laughter that sounded like beautiful ringing bells while interacticting with the man she loves.
Once again Carolyn is the only mature voice in the crowd! Way to go! I just loved what Albert did for you! You are so very blessed
I loved watching your Christmas Eve dinner. Your family is lovely and you are such a lady whether you are wearing sweats or a ball gown.
Love you Caroline - and love your family. You are the reason I continue to watch the RHONJ. God Bless you and your beautiful family!!!
Caroline - You are my most favorite housewife. I love your sass and spirit. Your family is just lovely and you all make me both laugh and cry! I was crying right along with Lauren, when you gave out the bracelets and I was crying with you, when Albert gave you the ring. Love and kisses to all of you! Merry Christmas! ;)
Wow, Caroline. I wish I had the chance to know you in person! As always, you continue to be AWESOME and I am so awed by your real-ness, kindness, wisdom, and honesty. Of all the things that the Real Housewives series' have given the world - i.e. handbags, couture clothing, Skinnygirl, and charity benefits (all not created equal) - YOU and access to your advice is the absolute best thing. I know they never predicted it, but, regardless, I am grateful and can't wait to see more of you and your family!
Caroline, You absolutely did the right thing by inviting Kathy. Also, I don't think you need to justify that decision to anyone. You are one of my favorites!
Carolina, you are one classy lady and my most favorite house wife on the show. You tell it like it is and you raised your children the right way. Cudos to you. I am glad that you didn't let anyone influence you on who you invited to your party. I love watching you. May God bless you, and I know he will because you are very special.
God Bless your beautiful family, you are all a real inspiration to the viewers. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Caroline, I hope that my marriage is as happy as yours, and my family as close-nit in twenty years. Yours is a family that is to be admired and modeled, and it is pure joy to watch you each week.
I heart everything Manzo! Caroline you are an amazing mom, wife, business woman and just all around amazing person. Keep doing what your doing!
Caroline..I think that you are a little two faced..I understand how you would want to invite the Wakilies to your party but when Jac. said that Teresa wouldn't want you too you did not have to be rude about it and scream "WELL ITS NOT TERESAS PARTY"! After all Teresa was your friend for 10 plus years, and it is HER family that now apparently you love more than your friend for who knows how many years..anyways stop always trying to be the good guy..cause your not.
I read your blog post, and personally, I don't think I could add anything more to what you've said. I agree with everything you hit upon, and hope that every issue that came up in the Christmas show is resolved by New Year's.
The portion that touched my heart was when Albert got down on one knee and "proposed" to you, in the exact same spot as when it happened the first time. I loved it even more that he proposed to you with an "updated" version of your engagement ring. That man is one in a million for sure, but it takes two people to make a good relationship work, and that has to mean you're just as amazing as he is.
Love you, "Papa Smurf"! :)
I admire you very much..probably because we are very much alike in our approach and attitudes regarding the love of a good man we happen to have been blessed to marry, our children..hold them up and let then find their own way in life. Encourage them in what they choose to pursue,applaud their acheivements. I particularily admire how you utilize common sense when it comes to friends as it is easy to get caught up in their dramas. You are right not to get personally involved in other people's feuds, however when it comes to family you are the lioness protecting what is dear to your heart. I guess there is something to say about our Italian heritage even though you are East coast and I am West coast. There are many similiaities as well as differences in our traditions. But no matter what...family is always at the core. Continued success in all of your endeavors and many blessings~
"Loyalty to a friend doesn't mean do what I say, it means doing the right thing, and sometimes the right thing is telling your friend when they are wrong".... THIS is great advice Caroline!! You and Jaqueline are my favorites because no matter what others say, you do what you think is right and aren't afraid to tell it like it is. Very inspiring. Much love from Biloxi!
I cried like a lil girl watching you and your husband the second time around!! Both of you are very lucky to find each other and to have such a wonderful family! However, I'm sure a lot of hard work and time to do what y'all have done!! Thank you for sharing with us that special moment!!
I loved the scene where your kids opened their bracelets. It was obvious they were all very touched. I noticed that even the next day in the scene where Albie and Chris are talking about the concert later in the evening, Chris was wearing his bracelet. I think it's great that you and Albert care so much about keeping your family together. And you have this understanding that you don't always have to agree or get along, but you need to love and be there for each other at the end of the day. What your family has is rare, so treasure it with all you have.
Caroline, you have been and always will be my favorite HW. Your comment about not having to always agree with your friends was a great statement. So many people think in order to be friends and even family that you have to agree with the person at all times. Your statement is perfect! I loved your family Christmas. Out of all the houses I would have loved to have been at your table. You understand the true meaning of family. God bless!
I totall agree with everything in your blog. Enjoyed watching the fun of the holiday season. Sorry to see and hear things that were not in the spirit of the season. From the previews, looks like the New Year's Eve party was memorable. Looking forward to watching the episode.
Caroline, I LOVED this episode, especially of your family. I have been married for 7 years and I only wish that the next 23 years will be filled with as much love and admiration as you and Al have when we hit the big 30. It brought tears to my eyes and a happiness in my heart. Al is an awesome guy and you are so lucky to have him as your husband. I wish nothing but happiness and health for you and your family
Caroline - I just think the world of you! Your love for your family is evident in everything you do -- and you have raised 3 wonderful children to be strong, independent adults any parent would be proud to have. I loved watching the 2nd proposal between you and Al under the overpass - it was beautiful and touching! Though I have only been married a few short month (since 2/25/11) I feel the same way about my husband as you do about Al - I don't understand why he loves me like he does, but I am so thankful for him! I respect your voice of reason and the calm wisdom you bring to the drama that often unfolds among the other cast members - you are truly a class act!!
You don't want to get "on the hate train" but your blog had hate for Teresa all over it. Why do you feel the need to control everyone and everything? Get over yourself Caroline. Seriously lighten up!!!
It really seems like you aren't being a very good friend to Teresa this season...ddid something happen? I know you want to be fair, but friends first!!!