When you see Kathy and her family getting ready for Christmas Eve it was very sad. The situation between her mother and my father-in-law happened a very long time ago, but you can see there must still be some hurt there. Zia Maria's eyes watered up very quickly. It was like she could feel all the lost time she had with him over a silly reason. Why? Why does this happen in families? I know we are not the only ones, right? There is something about when an immediate family member hurts you, it hurts so badly.
So some of the christening moments came back to haunt us, which might explain some of my sister's hard feelings and a lot of mine and Joe's. My whole family was just trying to help and hold people back, Joe Giudice's family was actually throwing punches. Joe's reluctance to go to Christmas Eve at his sister's house was because Joe Giudice's parents were going to be there. He was still hurt by what they did at the christening; he was in shock because they were like an aunt and uncle to him growing up. He loves Christmas Eve and wanted to feel comfortable and not on edge all night. That's why I had to give him a little push to go to his sister's house. I knew it was the right thing to do. We needed to just suck it up for his parents so they can see their grandchildren on Christmas and the kids could be together. I am trying so hard to make this work. This is just what needs to be done. Besides, I'm really looking to get along with Teresa now, I want her in my life and I really just want for us to enjoy being together. For the first time in a long time it doesn't feel forced.
Christmas Eve at Teresa's house seemed perfect to me. We had all of our favorite foods, and I was so happy that we all worked it out in time for this holiday. How beautiful were the kids? OMG, they are one more beautiful than the other. The four of us are all so blessed to have beautiful and healthy children. Thank you, Jesus! They had so much fun together and my in laws looked so happy. I was so happy and I know Joe was too. How funny was my mother-in-law as Santa? We never did that before and Miliania and Antonia had her number! The pictures we took that night will last forever. This is what life is about. I even brought pignoli cookies!