Hi Baby Dolls!
It was so weird to see the girls going back to school this episode since that's what they did last week, but a whole year later! Milania just started 1st grade, Gabriella went into 2nd grade, and Gia is in 6th! I'm glad you got to see some of my Gabriella's personality. I told you she's not shy with her sisters, she just doesn't run for the cameras! She is so funny and she's like an old soul. The things she says amaze me. I love her, like I love all my girls. I'm just happy you got to see a little more of her this week.
I also loved seeing them with Antonia and Melissa. Milania and Antonia have been best friends since the day they were born, and it hurts Milania a lot not to get to see her cousin as much as she used to. Since Melissa is so much younger than her sisters, my girls are the closest cousins that Antonia has. I love that little girl so much and would do anything to have her over more. We'll keep inviting her and our door is always open. Hopefully her mama will let us have a play date soon. We've haven't filmed in a year, and coincidentally, we haven't seen Melissa and her kids in a year (except for Melissa's solo appearance at Gia and Milania's birthday party in January). Maybe if the cameras come back around, we'll see "all-about-family Melissa" again too. Fingers crossed!So I had my Fabellini launch party after the Napa trip. I didn't invite Jacqueline, because I didn't want her drama there. You'll see in the next few episodes, Jacqueline was not ready to be friends with me again. She was... well, you can watch and decide for yourself. She did hurt me. (I can't believe I said "hurted" on TV! Oh my gosh! That's what happens when I think in Italian but speak in English!) Caroline, well, that's obvious. I invited Kathy, but she was in D.C. with her family. And of course I invited Melissa and my brother. They chose not to come. I haven't seen my brother, for a whole year, until the reunion this past Friday... you'll see what happens there... Yes, I did lose my voice, yes I did sing On Display (I hope those two things aren't related!), and yes it was a reunion to remember!
I invited all of my friends to my Fabellini party, which includes and always has included Dina. I invited other Housewives from other cities, my best friends from In Touch, Andy was invited, everyone I love! We had it at the Brotherhood Winery where Fabellini is made, and it's an hour and a half outside of Manhattan, so I get why everyone couldn't come. I was delighted to see Dina though, as we're always there for each other.I have been friends with Dina for over 15 years -- I met her when she was pregnant with Lexi! -- and I was friends with her first. She introduced me to her family. She's Audriana's godmother. When she decided to leave the RHONJ show, I publicly and privately supported her, as I do with everything she does. I think she's beautiful and talented, and I love her. When she had a falling out with Caroline, she stopped talking to me too for a while, not because we were fighting, but because she knew I had to film with Caroline and Jacqueline and she didn't want to put me in the middle. I have Dina's back, but I learned a long time ago not to take sides in family fights, because when the family makes up, you look like the jerk. I have always hoped Dina and Caroline, and Caroline and her other siblings, would get along. For Caroline to say I have anything to do with her and her family's fights is just crazy. Crazy, crazy, crazy. Dina said herself I had nothing to do with it. I don't know why Caroline can't just own up to her own problems, but I guess blaming me for everything helps her sleep at night.
I'm happy that the Fabellini party was such a success and the drink itself too! It's doing so well and we're about to go national! We have a new website with information about the drink (it's only 127 calories per serving with 12% alcohol!) and where to buy it. Thank you all for supporting me... for better or for worse! Here's to a future full of better!PS: Last night on Watch What Happens Live, I high-fived Perez Hilton for losing weight naturally and not getting a lapband. I know Lauren thought it was a random dig at her, and I'm sorry for that. It came from a big conversation we all had at the reunion. You'll have to wait and see what we said, but I didn't mean for it to spill over. I guess I'm still a little delirious from a weekend of reunion madness...
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Love, love, love you all!