Hello, everyone, sorry I missed you last week!
I'm going to start with the meeting between Joe and Teresa. After watching the two of them together and listening to what they had to say, I came to the conclusion that Joe's scars go very deep. He spoke about his children and how the feud has trickled all the way down to their level. I don't care if you love the guy or hate him, that hurts him, and you can see it from a mile away. His facial expressions and his body language actually said more than what he verbalized. I didn't feel like there was any true resolution. It seemed to me that they both were done with the conversation and just wanted to get out of each other's way. Sad.
The talk between Teresa and Melissa didn't go much better. On the surface it seems like they both were going to try and move forward, but I didn't feel it. Something was off, and I think they both knew it. It's sad, and I hope I'm wrong, but that's what I got out of it.
The radio show was so much fun, and I loved every minute of it. I really enjoyed talking to everyone, but I'm not going to lie, I was a nervous wreck! I had two fears -- first that I wasn't going to hit the mark with the commercials, traffic, and weather. I wasn't prepared to deal with the technical aspect of the show, and I didn't want to disappoint the radio station by failing to complete a very simple task. Second, I was terrified that no one would call! Those first few minutes were torture. I wasn't sure if I had to just keep giving out the phone number or if I should just start a dialogue to prompt listeners to call in. The good news is people did call in, and I got through it. A huge thank you to everyone at NJ 101.5 for the support and kindness, you guys are the best! Last but never least, how adorable is my trusty sidekick Lauren? I was happy to have her with me, and I think she secretly got a kick out of seeing her momma squirm a bit! Xoxo Love you, LaLa.
OK, let's talk about the Catskills. What a weekend! I first need to thank Joe's parents for their hospitality. They were literally bombarded with dozens of houseguests, the food was nonstop, and in the true spirit of Italian culture, they never made you feel like anything less than family.
I agree with you Caroline the quads scare me. to easy to get hurt.. the guns scare me too but i'd love to shot a gun at a watermelon upstate!! love you
I can relate to you when you say growing up with ten brothers & sisters since I too come from a family of eleven!! My house was crazy when I was growing up, there was lots of love and lots of fights too!! I too am paranoid when it comes to dangerous situations such as the quads, especially when people are drinking - I would've flipped out!! Since you are always the voice of reason maybe you could somehow intervene and help Teresa & Melissa, I truly believe Melissa would hear you out!!! All the best to the Manzo family!!
Caroline, I do agree that the initial mtg between Joe and Teresa didn't seem productive. Yet, I think Teresa used quite a bit from how you have tried to help her in her talk with Melissa. To me, I could hear your words and phrases coming out of Teresa's mouth. Maybe, just maybe, there will be peace and acceptance! I loved the whole scene from the Catskills and would also NEVER be able to eat a pig in that fashion! I thought your radio debut was absolutely wonderful and I loved at the end when lauren said, "thanks for taking care of my little girl." She is a keeper! This episode was actually fun!!!
Caroline, I rarely get posted but maybe this time. Love watching you on the show you are a great person and very genuine and I feel this season we are seeing a softer side to you and that is a bonus.
Teresa and her brother I agree the hurt goes way back but he really should of apologized to her for his words at the Christening it was so rude and embarassing and on national TV. I do not agree with family trashing each other on national TV no matter what that is why I am so upset with Melissa and Kathy I am sure they can be good people but not ok in my book! call me old fashioned but not classy behavior just horrible. Teresa is very genuine her mouth has no filter sometimes and that I am sure can be taken the wrong way but she has apologized so many times..*sigh* very sad hope it all works out...have a great week!
You are pretty out of control with the advice this season. Mind your business. It is supes clear you are picking sides. What happen to your whole loyalty bit?
BRING BACK DINA!
Caroline, always so objective and full of insight! Love your blogs and your out-takes on things -- fantastic!
In my family we had an expression (don't know how to spell it so it will sound it out for you)... "Scootch en Gool".... which loosely translated to english (from italian) means "Pain in the Ass".
Yes, we have may "Scootches" in our family too. haha
Team Teresa. Melissa and Kathy are aweful. How many times does Teresa need to say she is sorry. Melissa's eye rolling said it all. Why do you always looks so miserable?
Hi Caroline, I'm a bit curious why you're always boasting about Melissa and Joe Gorga's daughter but you never mention Teresa's daughters? Gia had a gymnastic meet and you never even acknowledged it. I wouldn't have noticed if this wasn't the 2nd blog you wrote talking about the Gorga's (or Kathy's children) and Antonia.
I remember you saying how LOYAL you were and how much of a friend you are, I'm getting the sense that you've chosen sides and that would be just terrible if so. Jacqueline states very clearly that she doesn't get in the middle but that Teresa is her friend, Dina states very clearly that Teresa is her girl, you on the other hand have constantly talked about Joe and Melissa and not a word about what they've done to Teresa. It's one thing to stay out of it, but it's another to take sides.
I remember Teresa going to bat for you 100% against Danielle, no questions asked, she saw you needed her and she jumped in both feet. That's a loyal friend, someone who you would want on your side. Melissa rolled her eyes at the mere mention of her mother in law, how would you feel if you saw Chris or Albie's future wives do that about you on national tv? You don't find that disrespectful?
Sad to say that you're slowly coming off my list as one of my favorite housewives. Everything you boasted about and I admired seems to be disappearing right before our eyes. Sad.
I think Teresa was sincere, I don't think Melissa was. It was obvious by how she referred to the conversation when discussing it with her sister. If she herself claimed that she would accept Teresa's appology and move forward, countless times we've heard her state this, then she should have done so, by telling her sister, who clearly instigates, "you know what, she appologized, we agreed to move forward, and we hugged. I'm hoping for the best". instead, she said "aggrivating, i hope she meant it, b/c if she doesn't this is it." Melissa is full of Sh-t and I don't see how you could view her side at all Caroline.
Caroline, How come you've been so naive. Melissa and Kathy are trying to be friendly w you because they want to piss off Teresa and because they want more TV time. There is no doubt, Kathy is trying to get into the catering business and she will try to have you help her. Teresa is a good friend. You should not have betrayed her!
I don't undersatnd how you don't believe that Kathy is not causing a wedge between Teresa and Melissa. Did you read the blog she just posted. She keeps on digging into to Teresa and is and enabler to Melissa and Joe for not taking responsibility for their actions.
love you but you really need to lighten up and have some fun.. you seem like such a bore and not someone i would want to let loose with.
Surprised you passed over the detailed discussions of Teresa love life. Way to much information and a very classless act. Seems none of you address this yet the press is having a field day with it.
Caroline, Your such a wonderful person. I wish I had you as a friend so I can talk to everyday. You make everyday a good day. Love you!
Caroline, I think you really missed the mark about Joe and Teresa...his problems come from his parents...I do think that he feels that Teresa was more important to his parents then he was...They are very old fashion Italian family and she was the first born. I think he has been jealous of her his whole life...that's why he married a girl who he even said was so much like Teresa. I don't think Teresa did anything to them and if she said something they thought was rude or insulting, they blew it all out of proportion. I have noticed Teresa never will say anything hurtful unless she is hurt first by that person...if you look back at all the shows, you see she is really a very happy and good hearted person. Family means everything to her...so maybe Melissa did some things to contribute to the relationship going bad...I can see Teresa wants very badly to be friends and happy with them again, but I don't get that impression from Melissa. This Melissa has a lot to learn.
My goodness it is one thing to have opinions, it is another thing entirely to force your views on those around you and make them live their lives the way that you think they should; case and point ordering your boys whom are in their mid-twenties not to go quad riding, telling Teresa what to do and not do and ordering her to give you information. You are very aggressive when getting information and giving your opinions. Not everyone has your same background and people are people they are weak and flawed and by making strong opinions or setting these standards that set certain people up to fail/fall.
Caroline: My brother is a scootch too! Has been since the day he was born. But he's always there for me. There's eleven years between him and I. I often kid around and say I was the son my father never had until he came along. But, in the end, we're there for eachother. He took me to every chemo treatment when I had cancer in 2007. Through the grace of God, I am cancer free today and pray that I remain that way. Love you and your beautiful Family!
Hi Caroline! I have to say that I think your ego is taking over a bit this year. Why do you think that everyone who is discussing their problems is asking for your advice, like sweet Teresa, time and time again, you come out and belittle her and tell her off about her feelings and tell people you don't want to hear whatever-really-who named you the word police? You know, you still have a daughter at home, and yet you call yourself an emptynester-I think Lauren feels a little left out-you need to spend more time with her, for sure. Your answers on the radio show are so general and if you say "Guess what" once more in response, I think I will turn off the tv. When you demand that your grown boys can't use the quads, how do you think they feel, being on tv? You are very domineering and you need to work on that, Caroline. Oh, and bad choice on the outfit you wore up to the Catskills-a semi tight sweat suit? Not a good look for someone your age. Do you have any hobbies-you need to relax more-it seems you don't like to participate in anything anyone else wants to do-whats up with that? And please stop speaking like a mob wife-not an attractive trait. The good thing-I think your husband is a sweetheart! Now go forth and try not to be so uptight-don't be a Debbie Downer.
Hey Caroline, Rather than boo hoo about your empty nest how about volunteering at a hospital, senior citizens, homeless shelter. You don't need the money right...so why try to promote yourself and your "brand" rather than giving yourself to others, unselfishly...Just asking...
I think your a great mom you did a wonderful job raising your kids I myself have a large family too and I know how hard it can be i went from being a mom of two to a mom of five but I wouldnt trade it for all the money in the world. Just wanted you to know that man did a great job
I was not impressed on how all of you conducted yourselves when you went to the local tavern. All of you acted like you were better than the locals who make the Castkill there home. You, your friends and your sons appeared to enjoy making fun of the people in the bar. You were walking into their "house" and should have conducted yourselves as a guest rather than a bunch of rude people with inflated egos. Not classy at all.
Caroline, the chapel scene had me peeing my pants. The only think funnier than watching It was actually being there.everyones face was priceless. I thought the exact same thing you did. I'm from New Orleans & all I could picture was me & my friends drinking & parting at a Mardi Gras parade ,walking back home all liquored up discussing what time we were leaving to go to the Casino & then saying, by the way let's stop off at our homemade chapel & say hi to Jesus. It's ok because it's all in good fun & God has to have a sense of humor about this kind of thing. When I think back,it's not so much the chapel & the timing of the visit/service LMAO but the assumption that this was normal & no one felt the need to give you & Jacqueline even a small heads up. I felt no disrespect. I will never forget you & Jacqueline's deer in the headlights look when you realized what was happening. SLMAO ,Sleep tight God still loves y'all.
I can't remember how many laughing fits my sister and I had in church. Of course, we were children but it continued on even into our teens. I'm sure if she and I went to church together we'd still have our giggling fits to this day. Some people just rub your funny bone at the most inappropriate times.
Caroline, I think you are great! My favorite thing about you is that you are always you. No smoke and mirrors, no saying one thing to one person and something different to another. You're a mama bear in Franklin Lanes and in the Catskills if your babies are 2 or 22. I find you refreshing and I hope your show goes into syndication so I can hear it in Florida. You are an inspiration to those of us in phase 1 of raising children. It can be exhausting and sometimes overwhelming but the most rewarding job in the universe. Thanks for showing and sharing with us the fruit of your labor (Chris, Lauren, & Albie). I'm a mama bear too & you remind me that the work I put in is well worth it. God Bless:)
You are not overprotective on the quad issue. My husband is in the military and has had training on quads. After that training, he said that our kids will NEVER ride them because they are too dangerous. I agreed. It seems we read news stories at least every other month detailing a death/injury due to quads. Keep up the good work being a protective and caring mom even when your kids are older (mine are too).
Caroline.. I just love watching you and also hearing what you have to say. You truely are sincere in everything on and off camera.. I just want you to know.. I fully agree with your issues over the 4-wheelers.. I have always been one to worry but never more so now in my life than lately.. Within literally 30 minutes just a month ago in two seperate situations (freak thing, neither groups new each other nor were riding together or even in the same state) I nearly lost my Aunt due to a 4-wheeler accident and in turn lost a dear friend (who left behind a beautiful wife and 3 wonderful children) due to a dirt bike accident..Talk about getting one phone call after another that shakes your world upside down! Neither circumstances were due to people who were not experienced, but more so due to sudden circumstances.. in either incident NOBODY was wearing a helmet (which I noticed on the episode as well!) Helmets wont always save your life, but PLEAE PLEASE PLEASE do what ever you can to make sure that if they ride they wear the helmet and always remember to ride safely! As far as the pig thing... Not a vegetarian either, but I remember attending my very first pig roast.. Needless to say.. I didnt eat that night!! When you see your food displayed sometimes, it just hard to eat it! as far as the laughing in the chapel.. Been there done that.. My cousin and I used to get the gigles all the time for no reason.. one would start and the other would follow.. I remember being at Sunday mass one time and she had the hiccups and LOUD.. I couldnt help it.. I laughed until I cried.. She started laughing .. Never will I forget the look on our grandmothers face as we sat with tears rolling down our face and snickers popping out faster than we had a chance to try and stop them! Happens sometimes.. Cant wait hear more from you, see more of you and your wonderful family!!
Caroline, it's very noticable that you didn't commend Teresa for trying with her brother and sister-in-law. Like Kathy, you seem to be bringing some of your personal feelings about Teresa into this situation. If Joey's face was sad it's because he's been put in an impossible situation by his wife. In order to show loyalty to his wife, he must "pretend" to hate his sister until she gravels to Melissa. OH, and also make her mother kiss Melissa's butt. Husbands will stand with their wife against their sister even when they're wrong. Remember your brother Chris telling that pyscho Danielle she was WELCOMED in his house anytime. This is while that witch was trying to ruin Dina's life. And he did that because of Jacqueline. Remember where you live (glass house) if you're thinking about throwing stones at Teresa.
CAROLINE, YOU ARE SO ADOREABLE AND LOVEABLE. I CAN SENSE THE CONCERN YOU HAD FOR YOUR BOYS ABOUT THE QUADS, I WAS WONDERING IF YOU WERE REFERING ABOUT AN INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED I W CALDWELL, MANY YEARS AGO TO A YOUNG BOY AT THE POWER LINES. IF SO, I REMEMBER THE TRADGEDY VERY WELL. AS ALWAYS, VERY GOOD MOTHERLY ADVICE. LOVE YOU MUCH
Caroline, I have liked you from day one. I always thought you always said the right thingS. I thought your instincts were dead on about Danielle, however I feel you to be very different this season. I don't know if it's because there's been a lot of drama surrounding Teresa or what, but you have clearly shown in your blogs the distance you are trying to keep. I think you got upset when when Teresa said she was the "MATRIARCH" of her family. I think since you heard that you haven't commented on Teresa at all positively. It's sad that the children have been affected, but if I heard correctly Melissa pulled away from Teresa and stopped answering her phone calls, not that justifies Teresa not trying to be involved in her neice and nephews lives. However you are showing some true colors with the way you write your blogs, and it all stems I think not from your wanting to understand both sides, but really just you choosing a side because you are upset with Teresa. You compliment or comment on all cast members in some way, except for Teresa. Even this week you commented on Antonia (who by the way did and AMAZING job), but why not Gia at her gymnastics event?
Caroline, watched you on WWHL and after reading your blog you seemed to be becoming a lil anti-Teresa? What is that about? Are you upset because Teresa has grown closer to Jacqueline than to you?? I think it's pretty clear that Teresa was the one trying in both meetings - with her brother and Melissa. Then Melissa went on to bad-mouth Teresa after both meetings.
Caroline, it was GREAT watching you in the Catskills episode. You really seemed like a fish out of water, but made the best of it and had fun doing it. Your brother was HILLARIOUS with the goat head, and it was fun to watch a brother and sister goofing around like that. Your boys looked like they were in their glory up there, and it was great to see them having fun.
As far as the Teresa and Melissa saga goes. You know that they are both responsible for doing things to each other and are not afraid to say it. I respect your opinions because they cut to the chase, and you don't take sides like Kathy and Lysa do. I will say, however, that you did come across as cold, callous and insensitive to Teresa with your "put your big girl panties on" comment, and speaking to her like she was eight years old. Now that you're on the radio, I hope you don't lose that warmth, compassion and understanding that made your opinions so welcome and endearing. Teresa is your friend, and even though she is one tough cookie... she still has feelings just like you, me and everyone else. I'm sure your attitude was simply driven by being tired of all the drama. I still think you're great, and all the best with the radio show.
Hi caroline, watching you in the center of ALL of that crazy, is a pleasure. Your husband, a real sweetie, your boys cutie pututies, and laran i enjoy watching her grow into the young woman she is becoming.i wish you and your family the best.
I am surprise Caroline that you considered yourself to know everything about family, however, you cant see that Melissa dont want anything to do with Teresa. Her attitude, her rolling her eyes all the time showed that she doesnt give a S.. about what Teresa thinks. I am sure that Melissa would be glad having her husband separate from his SISTER which is ashamed.
Caroline, I have always LOVED, LOVED, LOVED you on the show because you've always been the voice of reason and your advice about things is always unbiased, which is why I was a little disappointed to see you barking at Teresa to "put YOUR big girl panties on... that's YOUR job". The situation between Teresa and Melissa is a two-person problem, THEY BOTH need to put their big girl panties on. Unfortunately, the relationship between the two of them, is never going to change because Melissa is incapable of being honest with herself that she has contributed to the problems in ANY WAY. Regardless of whether or not we FEEL any sincerity in their words, I have to give Teresa A LOT of credit... at least she is TRYING to make amends; the letter to her brother, the sit-down with Melissa, accepting responsibility for her behavior and apologizing (more than once)... that's more than I can say for Melissa.
Caroline, I loved this episode. Your reaction to the dead food was just as mine would have been. I love seeing the love between your bother, son's and sister in law. ... and Albert, forget about it, di nim
Caroline, You and Albert are the cutest. I love Abert!! This was a funny episode and hopefully there will be more like this. You and Jaq.. o my god, I knew EXACTLY WHY YOU WERE LAUGHING. I also loved when you were shopping and Teresa said her kids would be happy to just get a couple of things for Christmas, and she is right. I am glad she said it. when you get older you never remember the gifts, you remember the fun and love your surrounded by, and isnt that what it is all about??
The scene with the pig and goat, PURE AWESOMENESS!!! Your family is a treat to watch, it feels like my own!! Keep having fun and giving us your insight, we love it!
Your advice consists of two Carolisms: "Guess what?" and "End of story." Not original. Notice viewers' comments are diminishing in number or probably theones being printed are only the positive ones - very short list. Listen to yourself. Get over yourself.
I think you are right on target about Teresa, Joe and Melissa. I do not believe anything has been resolved. They were all just pointing fingers and making accusations like immature children. Melissa obviously has a chip on her shoulder for some reason and Joe is going to support her no matter what. I am not a fan of Teresa, but she is not going to put up with any of Melissa's nonsense and I applaud her for that.
I think you have a good outlook on life, and are blessed with so many things. I do think, however, that you and Jacqueline were acting childish and giddy when entering the chapel. We all got the dichotomy, but you were rude in laughing out loud to your hosts, who clearly were proud to share their home place of worship. I mean, how many people have their own chapel, despite the craziness in other parts of their lives??? I am sure there are things in the Manzo family's past that might present a dichotomy when they now walk into a big, beautiful, perfect home in Franklin Lakes.
Caroline, I thought yours & Jacqueline's behavior in the Chapel of Saint Michael, The Archangel, was disrespectful and rude! Would you have the same reaction in a Synagogue or Mosque ? Shame on you both! This is proof of what truly is inside your hearts and soul, all the wealth in the world can't change mean...I'd rather be poor!
Watching this episode made me laugh so much. Who hasnt laughed while inside a church and couldnt stop? You laugh more because you know you shouldn't be. You all seem great together. Loved it. Thats what its all about being around the ones you love and having a great time.
Hey Caroline..Let us know what your problem is with Teresa, it's obvious there is one..You are so biased toward Melissa Joey and Kathy in your blogs it isn't even funny...First of all you "talk" about Joeys "pain"..please the man made no sense at that sit down ans never apologized to his sister for his disgusting behavior and calling her names in front of her daughter, let alone on nationa tv..How about Teresas pain she showed pain..Melissa in no way wants this fued to stop you saw her roll her eyes, you heard her in her talking head and speking to her sister at her home..Kathy is just fueling this fire and wants no part of Teresa she bashes her own cousin week after week in her blog... As i said you are upset with Teresa for whatever reason,and it shows..Really disappointed in you..