I loved that this episode began the same way I begin every day: with my four fabulous daughters! I wake up in the morning smiling, because I know I'm going to see their faces. They just make me so happy. We have crazy days like everyone does, but that's just part of being a parent. The fact that they're healthy and happy though puts a smile on my face no matter what. I love love love being their mom!
You saw me cooking dinner for them: Escarole and Beans. The recipe is in my third cookbook "Fabulicious: Fast & Fit!" and I'll put it up my website for you all: www.teresagiudice.com. It's a great healthy vegetarian dish, filling enough for dinner!
After that, we made cards for my dad who was going into the hospital to get a pacemaker. It was such a stressful time for us. You can see I could barely talk about it without crying. I still can't talk about my parents without crying. They are everything to me. I can't start my day without talking to them.
When I was growing up, like most kids, I thought my dad was too strict and my mom didn't know anything. Now they are my best friends. My dad is my shopping buddy. I adore him. I named Gia after him (his name is Giacinto). My mom is who I turn to for advice. She's always telling me not to let things upset me, that you'll make yourself sick with worry. We do have a small family -- it was just me, my brother, and my parents. That's why it was so shocking to have my brother not want to talk to me. I didn't grow up with lots of siblings -- some you talk to, some you don't. It was just me and him, and we never fought.