Ree Drummond may be the star of Pioneer Woman, but she’s all about being the mom of her four children. Since being invited into her home in 2011 with her show on The Food Network, fans have watched Ree and her husband, Ladd Drummond, dote on kids Alex, Paige, Bryce and Todd.
The food writer and her love tied the knot in 1996 and quickly became mom and dad when their eldest child, Alex, arrived the following year in 1997. Ree then gave birth to her second kiddo, Paige, in 1999, followed by son Bryce in 2002. The longtime lovebirds completed their family when they welcomed their youngest son, Todd, in 2004.
Since Ree and Ladd began raising their kids, the famous family has lived and worked on a remote cattle ranch in Oklahoma, which fans have seen plenty of thanks to her successful program. The blogger also looks after her own hotel, The Pioneer Woman Boarding House, which she and Ladd opened in 2018.
While her career takes up much of her time, Ree is the type of mom to choose her family over anything. Even on days when parenting feels the most difficult, the Food Network star makes sure to always look on the bright side.
“That’s what motherhood is [about],” she once shared in a video titled “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” on YouTube. “If you can just embrace the chaos and the funny parts, and really just kind of hang on and enjoy the ride.”
Considering her kiddos are now getting older, Ree is also preparing to experience the days when Alex, Paige, Bryce and Todd are ready to start their own lives. At the time the Christmas Cookie Challenge star sent her second eldest daughter, Paige, off to college, Ree couldn’t help but get overwhelmed and emotional.
“Red nose, trembling chin, tight throat, aching heart. Leaving your child at college is no picnic. I’ve done it once before and thought maybe this time would be a little easier,” Ree wrote alongside a photo hugging Paige. “I think it’s a little harder. But through all the tears, I see this clearly: What a joy it is to usher her into the next stage of her life. Paige, I’m so grateful to be your mom.”
Ahead of the sweet sendoff, Ree revealed just how sad she was to see Paige start her independent life at the University of Arkansas. “My sweet beautiful girl leaves for college this week. I have no words,” the doting mom penned on social media. “I actually do have words, but I can’t let them out right now for fear the dam will break. More later.”
Fortunately, Ree still has her two youngest boys at home!
Scroll down through the gallery below to meet Ree and Ladd’s four kids!
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