Don't you just love the fall? It's my favorite season. I love the crisp smell, the coolness in the air, the beautiful changing colors of the leaves falling on the ground, lighting my fall scented candles in the house, and being able to add a cute sweater or light jacket to hide the muffin top that's jutting over my pants. I just love it! The October Fests are always fun, and it's such a great family time to go apple, berry, and pumpkin picking. And who doesn't love pumpkin slinging, going through corn mazes, enjoying pony and hay rides, making scarecrows, and putting out Halloween and fall decorations. The kids love it! We have a huge wall calendar with pockets to countdown to Halloween, and we put little candies and Halloween related mini things in there for the kids. We got it at Potterybarn.
When I said I love when CJ brings me candy, I meant it. I was one of those annoying kids still trick or treating in high school. I figured I was only 5'3", so people might think I was younger. I was going to try and milk it as long as I could. I remember filling a pillowcase! The trick is to go toward the end of the night and dump out most of your bag so people think you're just getting started. Then they feel sorry for you and give you more. Plus they get tired of answering the door by then and just want to get rid of their candy. I had it all figured out.
Anyway, I hope it didn't sound like I send my kid out there trick or treating on his own. Of course Chris and I are always with him. I put the pumpkins in the yard (sort of a homemade pumpkin patch), and the kids go pick their favorite pumpkin to carve. We love roasting the seeds and eating them. It's good family fun!
I was really sad and blown away to hear from Teresa what happened at the christening. It just didn't seem to make sense or seem real. All I could think was, "Aren't you supposed to congratulate the parents at a christening? Why did her own brother call her garbage?" And the banging on the table thing? Must be a Gorga trait. Something in their DNA maybe? It just wasn't adding up. Was I missing something? Teresa never talked that much about her brother or Melissa with me. I'd seen them at all of her parties, but never noticed if they talked to each other. I think I just assumed that all was well. Up until this point I hadn't heard anything that would make me think there were such deep issues between her and her brother that he would call her garbage. (By the way...I just love Joey Gorga in a dress!)
You and Caroline are my favorites. I hope you and Ashley are able to bridge your relationship, give her a few years.
I believe Kathy was trying to do the right thing as well.
After watching tonights episode and seeing Kim G....I was wondering if you are still friends with her? Last season she was portrayed as a "nice" older lady...tonights episode she seemed snobby and not acting her age..trashy!!!
Jacqueline you looked stunning on the runway! My daughters & I loved your dress. You walked with class....not everyone has to look like they practice in front of a mirror for hours(hello Melissa!)
I changed my mind about you after seeing how aggressive you tried to be at the reunion. Tonight I watched you on Watch What Happens Live and I thought what you did with the ham was distasteful. Why are you changing? I really liked you in the past.
Jacq I Just love you..your blog was the voice of reason. Please beware of Melissa I think she's a trouble maker and the one who drove the wedge between Teresa and her brother. Hang in there with Ashley..she has a lot of growing up to do.
Still love you Jacqueline!!! I wish you the best with your daughter. I have every faith that you and she will be fine.
You are AMAZING!! You have a wonderful husband and beautiful kids as well. I have so related to you because I too have a daughter (the same age as Ashley) and watching the two of you is like a carbon copy of me and my daughter. We have the very same issues, including the stepfather dynamic. They both are beautiful girls and have good hearts and every once and a while they show glimmers of hope for a promising future mother/daughter relationship. You are my favorite housewife ever!!
Hi Jacqueline it looks like you lost some weight and your looking great but I thought you always did look great happy you and the girls are back I'm not to crazy about the new girl's don't like them at all they seem to love drama . If it wasn't for you ,Tresa and Carolyn I wouldn't watch the show anymore ,and Kim G was not being to nice she says's to the girls should we boo Tresa when she walks the cat walk she needs to grow up ,I hope you 3 girl's have a great season and I'm happy things worked out for Ashley in court . bye
I'm with you! Why did her brother call her garbage? He needed to be picked up off the floor for that!
I love ya Jaqueline and wish you and your family nothing but the best. I don't feel Kathy approached this with good intent because it was the wrong place at the wrong time. Also, she came at Teresa like she had something to apologize for when in fact she did not. It was Teresa who was attacked by her brother and Melissa's sister and I felt horrible for her. Teresa's brother has issues and it was he who allowed his temper, drunk behavior and attitude to ruin his son's christening along with his wife's sister who was nothing but a trouble maker,gave attitude and rude comments . I feel it was jealousy by Melissa and her talking in her husband's ear that broke the bond between them. You can see Melissa loves attention and wanted badly to be on the show long before actually being put on and allowed that to fuel things. I truly believe that. It is said that instead of celebrating Teresa they envy her and her relationship with you and Caroline. They wanted to be in the spotlight and I recently heard Teresa say on Wendy Williams that her brother had mentioned many times about being put on the show and Teresa has no authority to put them on, it is Bravo's choice. I feel awful for Teresa and Kathy did not help matters. Stay beautiful and who you are, love ya!
Jacqueline, I have to disagree with you regarding the advice you gave Teresa about her brother. For what I can see, Joe Gorda is a spoiled, immature brat. Teresa has already endulged him to much. That's why he's behaving this way now. It appears (by his own comments about Teresa ignoring him) that if he doesn't get all of her attention, and his wife get all of her attention, they have a problem. It seems, they (Joe and Melissa) are upset about Teresa growing/blossoming beyond just their family unit. Joe (the brother) is jealous of Teresa's relationship with you and Caroline's family. That's obvious. Interesting that you said, Teresa doesn't talk about them to you, unlike all of the bashing Melissa sisters and Teresa's cousins are doing about her. I feel so sorry for her that this is her family. They don't have back.
You're personally one of my favorite housewives and I think that your relationship with Ashley will get better over the years. I have a hard time understanding why her brother called her garbage too... seems to me that the Gorga family preaches about how "family is everything" yet they want to call their family garbage? I think Kathy was trying to start something with Teresa and then made it seem like it was Teresa's fault when she got defensive about Audriana. Melissa and Kathy are nothing but drama queens who need to go be friends with Danielle and Kim G.
Jacqueline you are one of my favorites you and Caroline and I hope all is well with you and your family..And continue to be yourself that's what I love most about you
Thank you Jaqueline for calling it like it is. I also feel that the problems within their family is a communication issue. I also do not think that Kathy was intentionally trying to start something, I think honestly it comes from a desire to make things better. And yes, the gorgas do have an issue with tables, I swear tables cringe in fear when they walk by! My hope is that by the end of hte season, as we the viewers also get to see more sides to Melissa and Kathy, I think most people will come to the very same conclusions you did. And I am very happy you stayed out of the drama this time around. :)
It was inappropriate for Kathy to bring that subject up at the Brownstone. Knowing how heated everything was, talking about it in public was stupid. She could have invited Teresa and Joe over for dinner like she did Melissa and Joey? I feel she was showboating. I liked Carolyn's comments about Kathy - I am Teresa's friend and Kathy and I won't be close until this whole thing is straightened out. I almost puked when I saw Kim G. Bringing in the thungs to attack Teresa is bad enough, but Kim G is scraping the bottom of the barrell. Be a friend to Teresa and stay away from Kathy & Melissa. They only want to hurt Teresa. That is obvious so far.
I agree, you and Caroline are my favorite housewives of all housewives! I love that you both truly come from a real place. Oh, and you have the best sense of humor!!! You always make me laugh. :) Ashley will come around eventually, once she has a family (I know that sounds like a long time away). I was the same way and now I can't live without talking to my mom and asking her her opinion on everything! Lots of Love!
Jaqueline!!!! Great show! You were reading my mind and doing what I would have done! I actually got laughing here... after hearing you 'say' the words I was thinking! LOL Love You and your family! Look forward to you every week!!! Gently pinch the baby's cheek for me... he's a doll baby!
You can be my friend anyday..you have a wonderful heart and are a good mother...I think you have done a great job raising Ashley, she is just rebelling and thats not your fault. She will learn to value you opinion someday and come looking for it...You'll all look back on this and laugh one day. Hugs
Teresa is lucky to have a thoughtful friend in you. It's interesting that you say that you've seen Melissa and Joey at all of Teresa's parties, but part of Melissa and Joey's issues is that they haven't been invited to the parties. I would be careful of Melissa -- she loves the limelight and doesn't mind dragging her family through the mud to be sure she's got the spotlight on her. The issue she has with Theresa is that Theresa got there first.
What were you and Teresa doing with that ham? Not classy and besides you could tell you were pissing Andy off!!
Jacqueline , you are a beautiful lady and great on the runway. You are kind sweet and that comes off on TV as beauty -- real beauty.
I just wanted to tell you, I admire you and look up to you. I too have a daughter (who is 8 going on 18) from a previous relationship. I am now married to a wonderful man and together we have a 4 yr old, 19 month & 4 month old. Watching how you and your husband handle issues with your daughter has helped me prepare for how to work things out when mine gets older.
Thank you for being such an inspirational woman.
You and Teresa and Caroline are the best. I wish they'd give you more air time over that overacting and over reacting, annoying, and horrible Melissa-icka!
Your blog is refreshing to read. I alway's feel you truly tell us the truth and have no agenda. I also felt Kathy was not being insulting to Teresa. Teresa the drama queen has anger issue's which seem to run in the family. We witnessed this last week with her brother. Love watching you on the show. Ashley will grow up eventually I have found it is usually around 27, Then she will become a good friend to you. You look great this year as always.
YOU ARE AWESOME! I hope you are able to fix your relationship with your daughter. Unfortunately, i'm not sure if she's just a tad bit spoiled but I'm glad your husband is there for her as well. He's a really great father and you are a great mother. Keep doing what you guys are doing. Like you said, communication is the key.
Also, I agree with your blog. Unfortunately, I dislike Melissa (so far) because she is a manipulative person. She seems too materialistic and conceited. I think she is the one to blame for Teresa and her brother not being able to maintain their relationship. I think Melissa is insecure and jealous of Teresa. But as you also mentioned, I don't know their family history/drama so I can't really say anything or place blame on anyone, but from what us viewers watch, it just seems like she is the source.
Good luck with your daughter, I have three adult ones and still have to walk on eggs when I say things so they don't take it wrong.
I find Jacqueline to be an amazing women. and Ashley to be extremely disrespectful, as a teen what should we expect. In a couple of years she'll totally see where her mom was coming from. All Jacqueline can do is stay strong and keep her daughter in check. It's a damn if you do damn if you don't situation but in the end all we parents can do is what we can do
As I said in Caroline's blog well said! But you have to admit that there is a time and place.... it was not the right time......
Jacqueline you look GREAT!!!! You are a great parent. When are kids get to a certain age they think they know it all.. The older they get the more the realize how smart we are. It's something every parent goes though.. I just cant believe how smart my parents of become.. Never change..
J - you make this show worth watching, but i cannot handle that theresa, god how do you do it? Anyway - your awesome and your right about Kathy. You were great on the runway - I think you are beautiful.
Love ya, but when it comes to Kathy, you should listen to Teresa. Even Teresa's mom knows her and got upset with her. I'm not sure you are watching what the rest of us are, because Teresa doesn't owe them an apology for what they did to her, and Kathy needs to butt out. She was wrong to bring that up. Private room or not, there were cameras running and Teresa has had to defend herself more than anyone else on Housewives. I can see where she is tired and fed up with people like Kathy, Melissa. They both feed into and egg Joey on in hating his own sister. It makes me sick.
Jacqueline you are a fantastic mother. I have a black mother and she would have popped me in my damn mouth long time ago. So you are doing an awesome job walking away.
jackie i know what you are going through with your daughter. it seems that it's hard for her to talk to you. bridge that gap with her be for it's to late.the bad behavior and the talking backing it a cry for you to show her some attention and telling her you care. Don't be mad at your husband i like the way he tried to defusion the sitution between the two. if it is easy for him to talk to her than may be you should ask him talk to her to see what is the problem between the two of you.let him be the ref this might draw all three close It's there trust me
I've been in your shoes as far as Yours and Ashley's relationship. She will never grow up until you make her. You need to do what we did set her up in a place pay her first and last months rent and let her live her life. We helped with rent and sent over food for a few months but only gave our daughter the bare necessities. We didn't talk much because either she called to ask for money or made me feel terrible by how she treated me. I finally was honest and told her I didn't want to talk to her because of that. I didn't invite her home to visit and told her why. It was a big wake up call for her to know she had to earn a relationship with us. You can love your daughter from afar but you are entitled to be treated wit respect. That won't happen until you demand it. Ashley needs to learn and grow, unfortunately by experience. You love her and did the best you knew how. That's all you can do. Now it's time to let her grow as a person and stop enabling her. She will thank you for it in the future. I know have a wonderful relationship with my daughter and that is worth everything to me and all the guilt and worry of making her accountable for herself. I hope you find the strength and love to help your daughter and yourself.
Your belly button comment is about the cutest and wittiest way to describe a button after childbirth I've ever heard.......EVER! How Funny! I enjoy your sense of humor so so much. Very quick! But then......all Army Brats are.....Hooah!
Hey Jacqueline, You and Teresa have been my favorites from season 1!!! I loved you two on Watch what happens live!!! I wish you and Ashley the best!!!!
PS: Fall is my favorite time too!
you have a nice family, your daughter Ashely is very sensitive and pretty, she is just been a teen, it will get better between the two of you. You are a good mom and very nice. Love the show. Ciao