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!
It's interesting reading back through these blogs. In one paragraph, you're dogging Teresa out and in the next paragraph in response to Joey's outburst, you say "family is everything." Hypocrite much?
First I wanted to say that you and your husband are adorable, and your family is lovely.
Holy baptism! What a scene. Watching Theresa's brother go at it reminded me of the Theresa table flipping scene seasons ago. Seems like a lot of pent up issues and tension that aren't being dealt with the correct way. I felt sad for everyone actually.
This season sure looks like it's going to be one heck of a roller coaster for sure. I'm so glad Danielle is gone and I hope to God they don't let her do little appearances throughout the show.
Love the new girls!
I am already a huge fan of yours - love your down to earth personality and your husband is a blast!
Also - you have the prettiest blue eyes!
Horrible TV tonight. No one wants to watch family fight!
Hopefully, the next episode gets better. I detect jealousy is the problem. Please be the nice one like Caroline.
Love Teresa....just saying!
Hey Kathy, Your so cute! I hope you have a blast on the show ! You and Caroline have a lot in common I hope you both become friends! I hope you and Tersea become closer keep your head up! Good Luck on the Show! Have a great season!
it's so funny that you would take their side, who wouldn't exspect that?? I think instead of makinf the situation worse you and your husband should try and help them mend thing's out as brother and sister should. Melissa??? Melissa who?? She look's like a fake barbie doll and sure act's fake! You being the age you are along with your husband should try to help them not put more harm into it.
It’s nice to see a new mix of women in NJ. I am disappointed that as family; no one has put you all in a room to hash things out. If you were close to Teresa as you say you are...than maybe you could extended the hand of help . But we are only on the first episode. I hope the family issues are resolved by the reunion. My hunch...probably not. -Bronx Momma!
I didn't think I would like you but I do. Your husband is great too.I think he should've laid it on thicker with his teasing Theresa. She couldn't learned something. Like you can have a great life with nice things within your means. It's not the most expensive stuff that makes a home. Loved you on the bike. That's when I knew you're not some spoiled rich person and you have real kids that are stuffed in Barbie and Little Lord Fauntelroy outfits. Basically, you look like you have a great life, a great family, good fortune, but also, less ostentatious and more down to earth than both T and M. There is something about the "keeping up with the Joneses mentality that T. has and M. appear to have that is off putting.
Kathy, I think you are very beautiful and behave like a lady. You seem to bring a more positive light to the show unlike Melissa. I look forward to watching the show and getting to know you. I have a feeling you will remain classy throughout the show, this is my hope for you new girls!
You should be a mediator, not a catalyst. I think you are trouble and don't know how you can say you value family.
It's very obvious your husband is head strong on whose side he's on. You and your husband needs to stay out. I would advise that you and your husband love and support both family members.
Welcome...Love the fact that you ride a bike to do your eco friendly shopping, but still waiting to see if you're going to really be about supporting family or just stirring the pot of boiling trouble. I can tell you right now, Melissa seems like a real trouble maker and spinner on situations and words to her favor - I THINK SHE IS AT THE CORE OF ALL THE TROUBLE IN THE FAMILY, and I think Teresa's parents know it, but are too polite to say anything. And Joe Gouda Cheese, left a gross impression so far - No regard for the children whatsoever - He's disgusting. However, your husband Rich- he's hilarious. He should have his own show, without you in it though - because I have a funny feeling you would wind up trying to make it your own show, which would be boring. How many different Italian women, that are all the same, that we need to watch every season on the NJHW. Do us a favor, tell your cousin (Melissa's husband) to stop acting like a drama mama ego maniac - he looks absolutely foolish, or maybe he needs to be admitted. And by the way, on the coming attractions, you're the one that looks a little Coo-coo, Coo-coo - scary.
Good Melissa has someone in her corner, cause if Theresa flipped a table on her she couldnt get up! Remember that yall are family and should act as such. Just because someone makes a comment doesnt mean you have to reply.
Why are you talking about Caroline throughout YOUR Blog. Don't you have anything thought pertaining to the show relating to you? Why are you hiding behind all the Caroline Fluff? Bring it, as to WHY YOU are here. Otherwise Bravo may boot you off, for not contributing, and trying to get by under the radar. Let me clue you in, viewers are watching you, and certainly can read between the lines. Loved your quote "Now that's funny!...Talk about a Jersey accent, jeez!"
Hi Kathy I read ppl pretty well and I can tell that I'm going to like you. You seem down to earth and real. And BTW when you made the comment about your hubby "that your either going to love him or hate him"...I LOVE HIM..I GET HIM...He's too funny :) I wish you both lots of luck on this crazy show...
I would advise you to avoid stirring the pot, it seems like that may be a role you fall into... Your kids look amazing and you are definately an improvement of Ms Staub.
You have a lot going for you. I like your calm demeanor. NEVER give that up. Please suggest that your cousin get help. I cannot believe what Teresa and Joe have gone through and neither one seem to be getting professional help. Not everyone goes that far into bankrupcy....and by the looks of things, neither one has stopped digging that hole!
Looking forward to getting to know you better!
We all have family we can't stand, but how we handle it is up to you. I think you/Melissa/Teresa need to let it all go. I just show up at family affairs, put a smile on my face and have no problem keeping it there knowing I only have to deal with these people for a few hours.
When you hold hate for someone you are drinking the poison but expecting the other person to suffer.
Hi Kathy, it's great to have a few new faces to the Jersey housewives!!!!!I welcome u....i just want to remind u of a comment u made about family....go back to ur words!!!!yes Teresa has made some mistake with her brother and u, but at the end of the day u as an older family member should try and get Teresa and her brother Joey to reconcile cause life is short!!!!!!but instead u seems as if ur loving it....i'm very good at reading people, so by nxt wk i will sum up all of u....for the record i.ve never miss an episode of the housewive's; i have seen everyone of them and i'm never wrong about any of the characters....again i will say, there is a old Jamaican saying, blood is alway thicker than water u just remember that....just as how Milessa is tight with her Sisters i think u should follow her and do the same....oh and another thing never, i mean never get ur joy out of an other person tribulation....u said something in ur blog about ur cousin and their misfortune!!!!life is a ball that goes around and thing happens to all remember that the sun not only rise on the unjust it also rise on the just aswell.
Kathy, I share you sentiments about your poor uncle! I was so concerned about his health during that ridiculous fiasco! But, with Theresa, it was NOT unexpected! I think Joey took it too far but I do understand his feelings! It was such a shame it had to happen at a christening, for God's sake!
I think you and Melissa are going to make GREAT additions to my FAVORITE Housewives..the Jersey Girls..both of you are family oriented (I guess being Italian, that is a given..) and gorgeous! Watching the dynamic between Melissa and Theresa is really gonna be a fun ride and I can't wait....your family is lovely...Victoria is breathtaking and Joseph is a definite "keeper" and I "got" your husband right away...he is hilarious! I believe your family, along with Caroline's, will be the stablizing influences this time around...welcome aboard and I can't wait to see how this season plays out!!!!
The only thing I have to say to you is, I hope you do not write "Just sayin'" in any more of your blogs! It is a nauseating reminder of Danielle Staub!!!! So glad the witch is gone that when I read that in your blog, I nearly threw up!
Love your comment that "Jesus was born in the Middle-East" wish we could all understand this concept and get along regardless of one's religious background
I really like you already!!! Please, please remember to be yourself and take care of yourself. I would love to see you become the nuetral girl of the group unless something is directly said about your or your own family. I realize that did happen at the Christening party. Please stay calm and cool when you can! I hate to see families that are broken and I hope more pieces do not break off. Husbands and wives are families too!!!
Kathy, love you and Rich! What a refreshing addition to the show. Your kids are beautiful, you have a great family. Rich seems like he has a great sense of humor! Best of luck to you all in the reality tv world. Love, Love, Love you!
Kathy, Thank you for taking the children aside and comforting them! Thank God for the voice of reason which you displayed in this episode. You appear to be a level headed woman, and someone I will grow to respect. Kudos! Your hubby has won my respect as well. As I stated on another blog, if Rich does 50,000 negative things this season, he will still rate in my book for being the man who "joked" that Teresa spends too much money. Good for him. You know what they say about Karma....and Teresa has certainly gotten hers.
You know what I'm sorry about my previous comment.....but instead of fault finding with Teresa....talk to her make peace & love her tell her what you all feel....become family again....that's what Jesus would do and really she doesn't need the division she needs her families love!
Welcome to the show! I enjoyed reading your blog and it appears that you are going to be a solid new cast member...just what this crew needed! I look forward to reading your blogs and of course, watching you in the weeks to come!
Welcome Kathy to the Jersey Housewives! Tonight's season opener was a slam dunk! Bye bye to boring old Danielle, LOL!!! Looking forward to getting to know you and your family.. and Joey's and Melissa's. You guys are wild!! Ha ha!!
keep up the great blog. I love you and Melissa and Joe and her pretty sister so far on the show. Sick of loudmouthed egotistical Teresa. Ugh. You guys are soooo refreshing. Hugs to you and your beautiful love of family.
Welcome Kathy!! I really enjoyed "meeting" you on the show! I know it's only first impressions, but I bet you become as popular as Caroline. The voice of reason and you manage to see things clearly through the chaos.
You guys were just what the Dr ordered!
Honestly I can understand why Theresa says what she does about family. If you and the sister-in-law is the best she has in family then I wouldn't want any part of you both. So really don't flatter yourself.
I love you already...you seem the most level headed person and the voice of reason. Your husband is too cute and so are you children. Welcome and I look forward to see you one the show
did you come on the show just to trash your cousin? some family. So far not a great impression of the new girls!
You are a riot! Love the bike and you are correct about the food we eat. Hopefully you can bring some levity to this group, the only one with a sense of humor is Jacqueline.
You are a great addition to the show! I'm not gonna lie at first I was skeptical of having 2 of Theresas relatives replace Danielle, but you and your husband are very down to earth, good people- your voices of reason will definatly balance out the crazy. Good luck and I look forward to seeing more of you and your awesome family!