Know what I can’t believe? In the city that never sleeps, you cannot yet e-file partnership city tax returns. Federal and State can be filed at the touch of a button, yet I had to chase down first our accountant and later my husband today, in the pouring rain, for actual hard copy signatures on a piece of paper for our Big Apple taxes. Mayor Bloomberg, how can this not be organized yet?
And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for…the big fight in the car. Or was it? The moment it happened, I knew we were doomed. Both Simon and our driver were, after three phone calls and pulling over twice to try to solve the problem, very angry at Mr. X. This mysterious Mr. X was convinced that he knew best and didn’t want to listen to either Simon or our driver. Finally, Simon (and the driver as well) blew a fuse. I had my head in my hands because I knew exactly what it was going to look like on TV. It actually had nothing to do with me and if roles were reversed I’d have been just as angry. Mr X. still owes Simon an apology and it hasn’t come through.
That said, let’s talk about the amazing parts of my birthday. I had had literally THE WORST DAY at work. By the time I walked out of the building to be picked up, I was shaking in frustration. It was great to be able to jump into a car without having to see anyone yet – I was able to decompress and get into a more celebratory mood, which was only made better by seeing Simon on the side of 5th Avenue with roses. Side note – this is, I think, the second time since we were married that Simon has given me flowers, so this was very special. Things just got better. We usually go into the Fragments store where Ray Griffiths' jewelry is sold, so I had forgotten that his studio and workspace is right around the corner from Simon’s office. Once we went into the building I had an inkling, and was very pleased to find Ray waiting for us with champagne! We had a fabulous time looking at all his new creations, and picked out an amazing pair of earrings which I wore out of the studio. When these two Aussies got together to plan a surprise the result was nothing less than spectacular.
alex, your sense of humor is dynamic and i love reading your blogs. whatever happens you give it a sarcastic twist. your composure also amazes me in certain situations. mario seems to bash everybody lately. he bashed jill and nobody gets away w that and comes out good. what is the deal w them pissed because of your pics. if i had your rockin body believe me it would be out there in pics and i wouldnt call anybody to warn them about it. what repercussions did they encounter from you not telling them. jealousy takes its toll. they will always have something to bitch about.
I love the show...huge fan!! I really admire the way that you handle the way others comment or critize you. I believe everyone is entitled to their opinion, however the way you handle yourself is a larger testimony of class rather than shoving it down peoples throat the way some do. This is only one persons opinion of course but if everyone can bash..I should do my part and point out your class!! Sometimes the whisper is more efficient than the shout...
Alex, I have to say that you show a lot of class, elegance and the qualities of a lady, because you never talk about anyone behind their backs. While the other girls seem to have lots of time to speak ill of others, you spend your time with family and other things that don't involve putting others down. So I am very very impressed. Might I say you lucky girl from being pampered so from your hubby!! Actually Simon speaks ill of no one either unless he is provoked! Thanks for setting that example! Also, I raised four boys. They couldn't sit still for very long. They just have to get that energy out! The greatest thing that you and Simon do is show your love for them and include them in so many family functions. The birthday party was adorable and Priceless!
Your birthday surprise was wonderful to watch. LOVED that it ended with your boys in hats and so excited to see you.
I just posted a comment on Simon's blog basically saying that the two of you are my friends' and my favorites on the show. We LOVE watching y'all but we all turn the channel the minute RaMORONa appears on screen. We'd rather watch a feminine products commercial or paint dry than see her twitch her eyes and spout her nonsense. She's such a hypocrite and she's BEYOND VAPID and ANNOYING!
You seem like a genuinely sweet person and both you and Simon treat the others on the show with FAR more courtesy, class and kindness than they usually deserve. Every you and Simon gain more fans and viewers.
All the best!
MizVooDoo and family
PS: Bethanny is better off taking YOUR dating advice than RaMORONas. If she listens to RaMORONa she might end up with a MORONario! Oh my!!! HAHA
Alex, I really appreciate watching a couple who actually love and respect each other, while putting their family first. I am equally impressed with the grace and humor that you and Simon display towards the others in the cast despite their sometimes horrid behavior and comments. Good luck finding employment, and please tell Simon "G'day" from me! :)
Loved the earrings, but felt bad for you during the 'incident in the car'. That being said, obviously imitation is the best form of flattery. Simon has been a major cast member since the beginning as well as blogging. Mario's insecurities are showing.. now he is constantly throwing tirades for air time and blogging. Maybe Ramona protests too much, and Mario feels threatened. Alex... frankly this season I do feel you are redeeming yourself. Kudo's to you for having your career, children, and family.. proving one can have it all! ~ Mary K
I am a big fan of yours. You really were not showcased too much this episode. Were any of the other housewives at the cocktail party for your birthday.
My favorite birthday would include my boys, too. "Mommy, I love you!" is the best present anyone could ask for. Your boys are adorable and behave appropriately for their ages.
Alex, luv ya girl!!! No matter what the situation was in the car, I felt bad you had to go through that and I don't think Simon handled it well at all.
Jill's dig about your boys was uncalled for and mean. I think you and Simon are doing a fabulous job with your kids and are great parents!!! I loved watching you celebrate your birthday with your children and I thought it was so sweet of Simon to set that up :)
Happy Birthday Alex Wow I can't believe I'm reading a blog that isn't she said this and he said that and I'm this and I'm that. Thank you Alex You and Your Family have a Great Day and hopefully some sunshine. It's rainy in D.C. today.
Alex, you are always so nice. You are a class act. Being the mom of a boy (who is now 15), and a daughter who is now 17, you can NEVER EVER compare the two sexes. Give me a break. My son would have NEVER been able to sit quietly at an adult dinner party at that young an age. Any therapist will tell you that children should not be put into situations where they clearly do not belong and be expected to behave quietly. Question: What external stimulation was there at the "pocketbook boutique" for Kelly's daughters to act inappropriately??? Answer: None. Perhaps if they had been 8 years younger waiting at a restaurant for 1 1/2 hours for food and they were tired and starving, things would have played out differently. Here is some advice Alex.... DO NOT EVER let people speak poorly about your children. How dare people be judgmental; especially when they have not walked in your shoes. I think you are terrific.
Alex, you and Simon are not practicing good parenting skills by my standards nor do I think by most people's standards. You let your kids yell and scream and do not require of them to be polite or respectful from what I see. I have raised two children who are now 8 and 10 and I can tell you that when they were your children's ages, they were NOT acting like yours. I had high standards and did not allow temper tantrums or use age to excuse their behavior. Things were dealt with immediately and consequences were paid if they did not act appropriately. People are constantly complimenting me on how well my children are behaved and I am proud to be the mom I am. If you are do not get in control of your children now, you will regret it later.
Alex- you missed the point about what Jill was saying. This was not about how Kelly's kids behaved and how old they are it was about how Kelly parented in response to their behavior.
I don't enjoy housewives any longer except when you and Simon are on...the others appear to be acting...it seems you got a new job and if so congratulations.
Alex, I am liking you more and more each show and blog. A few of the other housewives I'm liking less and less after each show and blog. I don't like anyone speaking ill of my parenting skills. In my opinion I'm the best mother in the world, and that's how I'm sure you feel about yourself. Jill had no right making such a comment about your children and your parenting. My kids have thrown tantrums in public before and thank goodness there were no cameras there to witness it. Will they evers ever stop complaining about the one night your kids were at dinner? Wow, If this is going to keep being brought up from one entire season ago, we're all doomed to have to keep hearing about that rediculous tennis match!
Hi Alex. I didn't feel as if the "argument" in the car seemed like an argument. Just seemed that Simon over reacted. The people who cut and past the show didn't show the whole story. It was nice to see that your boys were included in the celebration. You two are growing on me. i thought Simon was a great sport to fill in for the tennis match And what is with all the complaining about his attire? He looked fine to me. Ramona and Mario seem to be a little bit off the rails re the tennis match. Ramona just seems to be rude to Simon. I hope you get a new job soon. Also, I hope we get to see your home after the renovations.
it’s already been said, but let’s repeat it: jill’s point was that when your boys misbehaved, you and simon ignored it and didn’t address it directly. she also implied that you would have been embarrassed to deal with it in front of others, but that’s what a good parent does.
I just wanted to say that the comment that Jill made about your kids and Kelly's kids was kind of rude. You have a great point. 2 girls at 6 and 8 vs. 2 boys and 2 and 4. You can't even compare. Boys are a lot more rowdy than girls. If you had your kids at a remote control truck show, they would be very interested and focused on the trucks siting still wanting to see more of them. Kids are kids, and they should be. You are doing fine, and your kids will grow up remembering fantastic CHILDHOOD memories.
I wish I could send this to all the housewives. I watch your show to see you lives good or bad, not watch an hour long infomercial. This week your spot was the only one that was not self promoting. It's great that everyone has something going for them, products, books, etc., I just don't want to spend my hour hearing about it over and over. It's about the clothes, the parties, and managing your lives in New York. Please back off the advertising.
The blow out was what it was. The earrings were spectacular on you. Really gorgeous and it was so sweet to see how much they pleased you. The birthday with the family was so charming and warm. Your family really is lovely to watch. Didn't get to see much of you at the Zarin Fabrics do, but you seemed to be so unaffected and natural. Have you a new job? You and Simon should have your own show.
Alex- You are by far the nicest housewife. I thought Simon's b-day present to you was so sweet. What a great family you have.
Alex, you are the nicest of them all. As I've said before you are the only one I would be friends with. I can tell you are a genuine person and calm and a great listener. The combination to make a great friend. Keep up the good work. The other one's true colors are coming out on each show. Kelly is just wasting air time, I change the channel when she's on...what a waste. Anyway, take care and Happy Belated Birthday!
Alex! Happy Birthday! Your earrings are stunning and I think you and Simon are kind and good people..the rest of the cast could learn alot from you. Thanks for your honesty and keeping things real all the time.
Alex-you and Simon always show such class, the others need to stand back and observe. Also, the remark Jill made about Kelly showing you how to raise the boys infuriated me. First of all, I am a mother of two wonderful boys, and girls are different at that age, they sit like little princesses. But give those girls a few years and she'll be wishing she had boys. Also she is making them hush their personalities, they act like little robots. You, on the other hand, are letting your sons personalities develop and guiding them with gentle hands. I love it!!!
Alex You have begun to grow on me this season as you seem to have real class. Though i must say that Jill was spot on about your parenting skills. In fact aside from bringing Simon to an obvious "girls night" dinner, the end of last seasons dinner party is what really turned me off to you . You allowed your child to scream incessantly throughout the meal as well as remaining silent when one of them destroyed Jasons burger. I know you blame editing for alot as i'm sure that is often warranted, however, it looked to the viewers that you neither acknowledged this behavior nor disciplined them for it. There is nothing more annoying to me than a child with horrible manners,no matter the age,and a parent or parents that do nothing to change them.
How romantic and sweet your birthday was. Good job Simon. The champagne and treats at the jeweler was a nice touch.
I thought it was very rude of Mario to be dogging Simon's attire. Why does it mean so much to him anyway? Personally, I think he is wanting a bigger part on the show, and his obnoxious behavior is succeeding with that.
Oh Alex Happy Birthday
You the toughtest job or being a parent is other peoples comments. You have to beautiful little boys, enjoy them at this age they are so much fun. Jills comment well Kellys girls are older and well sorry my sons are thier age and would of been bored to tears. And as feel your poor hubby is the whipping post for Ragmona, (watch out she just might have the hots for him). Poor Simon lol my husband would of went off far worst if that was him. So enjoy what you have Darling, I loved those earrings
Alex! I wasn't sure about you, your personality and your family when I saw the show at first. But I have to say now- you are the only one normal there. You are charming, pretty, smart . And helpful too. Rest of them can share a lot of unnecessary gossip, drama and catfights. And I think your husband is fine, but you have very adorable boys and their behavior is normal for such a little kids. I wish you the best!
To Leslie, I'm sure Alex and Simon will not lose any sleep over not meeting your parenting standards. I have never met a toddler who does not meltdown at that age, especially when sitting through a long dinner at a restaurant. They do it anytime, anyplace, and don't care who is watching. According to your standards, everyone in America is a bad parent...how tough for you. Having kids 8 and 10 raised? I don't think so...you still have to go through teen years. I bet your kids would never rebel either... Get over your "parenting" crap
You are the only normal woman on this show. You are obviously too nice for this show. I like having you on the show because you are warm and serene. You are not a back stabber or petty like some of the other women.
Keep being who you are. Don't try to become like the other self-absorbed rich women. Love you, your husband and your kids!!!!
Tell Simon, I loved the tennis match and the look on Ramona's face when she realized he was playing.
Alex, you're right about the unfair comparison of your boys to Kelly's girls. Anyone who has never parented a little boy should refrain from commenting on your kids' behavior - including Jill and Ramona. Raising a single daughter is nothing at all like raising two boys. BTW, I think you and Bethenny are the most intelligent women on the show.
Alex I loved the earings you chose and everything in that collection which we only got a glimpse of looked wonderful. It was sweet to see you with your children enjoying those cupcakes.
I am glad you are ok about Jill's remarks about your boys-no one should expect a child to be perfectly behaved at a) that age and b) at an adult function. You are right to think it's no comparison to older girls looking at handbags!
Jill has one child, correct? A girl? Well then there you go!
I admire your ability to handle things so gracefully.
Alex, good for you to stand up to that busybody Ramona she is out of control. It's none of her business whether you posed nude or not. I love you and Simon's relationship he's truly a gentleman and a romantic at heart. Keep up the appearances!
I just had to say that I was very impressed with your grace and composure during the "heated" car ride. Although the audience was not privy to all the background details, the tension was completely palpable! I wondered if I would have handled myself the same way had it been my husband and my honest answer was "no"! I would have been questioning the problem and even if my intention was to help or smooth the situation over, your reaction was the perfect one - to not react at all. I must remember to use that in the future!
As for your birthday.....the sight of your two little boys screeching "happy birthday Mommy" with such excitement in their little pointed hats was perfect. It was sooooo sweet. I in no way have any of the priviledges or abilities that you or friends in your circle have. Your show is a glimpse into a world that is just a fantasy to me. Therefore, it was nice to see such a genuine moment of love as you sat there in your home which is (was) a work in progress, huddled around a little table, eating chocolate cupcakes and saying "I love you". That's something money cannot buy.
Looking forward to the next show!
All the best, Wendy
There are seven children in my family. Yes, we did have to behave at certain adult functions, but kids have to be able to run wild and have fun, too. That is a very important part of childhood ... and the most fun! Your kids are adorable. Personally, even at eight or ten I don't think I could have sat still and enjoyed myself looking at handbags, even those that cost sixteen thousand dollars. Pleeeaaasseee! Thank God for you and Simon. Wish we could see some of your work. Thank you so far for a great season.
Lovely earrings, unfortunate about scene in car but sh*t happens to everyone. Happy Bday to you! Cute kids but I would keep them off camera and therefore off radar for snarky comments from others.......they are little kids for pete's sakes! This season, I have become fans of Silex....and I love Bobby! Kelly- oh, go away, she ruins the mix for me, I usually do something else when she's on air. Feeling bad for the Countess,also....he hubby no class a$$. And I agree with other posters re: mario. He is trying to scene steal and comes off as an obnoxious boor..... Hope you find a fabulous job soon!
Love the way Simon alway's takes the time you make you event special. The boy's are adorable, and you are exactly right on the age difference between Kelly's daughter. Kelly needs manners in acting like a teenager at Jill party. I hope Mario and Ramona get over there insecurities... You and Simon are a class act. You are a joy to watch this season...
I think Alex, Simon and family are great!!!! And Happy B day Alex! Don't stress over work - it's just a job, there are more important things in life...like your wonderful family.
Alex, you are so sweet! You have gotten a bad wrap from the rest of the wives. As far as the trip in the limo, it was obviously sensationalized. I can see something like that happening to me and my husband. He put so much effort into it, and then BAM! We're only human, and sometimes we get disappointed. So what if he "forgot" about the cameras. It just shows that you're real people.
As far as the nude thing, who cares! That's such a joke that some of the wives are trying to act like they are better than you. What a joke! Do they know it's 2009? It wasn't porn, for God's sake!
I love that you let your boys be kids, and I'm sick of others putting down your parenting. When your boys aren't in rehab in their twenties and have well-rounded lives, you'll have the last laugh!
Keep up the positive vibes!
Hang in there Alex. I would go flippin' bonkers if I had to watch someone make a snarky comment about my child/children on television. I think you're great, and obviously trying hard to take the high road. You and Bethenney are class acts ... the others belong on one of those over-the-top MTV spring break specials.
Hi Alex! If that's as bad as Simon gets when he is pissed off, then you will be fine! I thought it was so cute that he was so upset for the driver ruining the surprise! I am sure that anyone who hates on the 2 of you are just jealous of your relationship! Who ever says they wouldn't want a husband like simon is full of it! I love you guys! And your boys are adorable!
That birthday party was a great thing for you all to have together. Really much more memorable that a 16 THOUSAND dollar bag. I liked the bag, don't get me wrong. Those earrings were a real hit with the party hat. The link to your jewelry designer is not working in Simons blog.
Alex,What a wonderful surprise for your Birthday! I just wanted to say I LOVED the earrings, they look beautiful on you! Best wishes to you!
Your boys should be part of your birthday it shouldn't be a surprise. And you really should teach them manners and why is Simon making seeing you with the kids.
I don't like Kelly but she was right in correct her daughter in the shop! That bag Jill got was expensive and her new car wasn't good enough because the iphone didn't work in it give me a break!
Hey, Alex. You keep your head up amoung that group. You and Bethenny are REAL. You are not fake.
Your young men were a bit much at the dinner party, but I would prefer that to how Kelly is raising her daughters. Kelly's daughters are so scared they don't know what to do for fear of the gestapo mom they have.
I don't get the issue with a nude picture. I am so glad Simon asked the difference from Ramona hugging a Playboy Bunny to you.
If you are looking to climb the social ladder, so what. Apparently you are not the only ones.