Joey has always been a complete sweetie pie. When we were kids he had to be the coolest. Everyone knew and loved Joey. He has this way of talking to you like you're the only person in the room without being rude to anyone else who is in the room. He has worked very hard since he was a kid, and I'm so thrilled and proud of his accomplishments. I'm even more happy that he has an amazing family that completes him. How about those kids? Adorable Antonia is as sweet as sugar, beautiful inside and out. Gino is an exact copy of his daddy when he was young, and with Joey's help, he will be a chip off the old block in no time. How hysterical was it when Joey shouts out to Gino that he shouldn't clean up, because it was a woman's job? Gino's expression was definitely one for the record books! (Joey, I'm going to have a talk with you about that one.) Finally, and certainly not least, Baby Joey. What a little love bug. He's been causing a stir since he was born.
Which painfully brings me to the subject I've been avoiding through this entire blog, the christening. If I wasn't present I would have had an extremely hard time believing that this actually happened. How could such a beautiful, sacred day lead to the disaster you all saw unfold before your eyes. Yes, it was real, raw, and completely unexpected. You can't make this stuff up. As I watched and saw more than I had seen that evening, my heart broke and I cannot control the endless amount of tears that keep flowing. The hardest part for me was seeing my Uncle Giacinto's devastating expression and hearing the excrutiating pain in Joey's voice. Family is everything to me. You can't change things that have happened, but you can move forward. Let's all hope for the best.
On a lighter note, Rich and I have had a tons of fun taking our Latin dance lessons. So how did you like my daughter Victoria's glamor shots? We wanted to do something special for her when she turned sixteen, and we were so thrilled with how they turned out. Little girls never get too grown up to play dress up. My son, Joseph, is continuing with his serious collecting of knives from around the world. His interest began because he was able to share this with his grandfather, who was a collector. Both of my kids have a great appreciation and respect for weapons and safety. They have have both achieved the rank of black belt in Tae Kwon Do after studying martial arts for more than ten years.
We've had a great time so far. We've laughed, we've cried, and we've had some amazing adventures. I hope that you all enjoyed a glimpse into our wild Jersey world.
Lots of love!
See you next week!