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Meeting The Pioneer Woman

Posted by Bryce Wend on November 14, 2009

I’ve been following The Pioneer Woman’s blog for the last couple of years.  In fact I stumbled upon this little gem of a blog three years ago, proceeded to bookmark it and have watched it rise to enormous popularity. 

Since the beginning, Ree (aka The Pioneer Woman) has always come across as one of the most candid and genuinely creative people I have ever met.  I would frequently check in as she wrote about her life on the ranch, sometimes laughing hysterically at the stories that she would conjure up out of daily life. 

Her site is FULL of inspiration from motherhood to remodeling, gardening to graphic artistry.  I’ve learned a lot from the Pioneer Woman and over the years have come to really enjoy her as a friend. 

Now I use the word friend cautiously and realize that this would imply that we have a friendship.  And this is where it gets weird for me.  I feel like I know this person because she has opened up her life to me through her blog.  Yet I have never met her and I realize that I am one of thousands of readers that follow her blog.  However, I can’t help but call her a friend because anything else doesn’t seem authentic. 

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found out Ree would be traveling through Phoenix on her cook book tour the same time that we would be there for our vacation.  Casey was stuck with joining me since it was literally on our way from the airport to the hotel. 

I had a feeling that there would be a lot of people at the book signing but WOW, it was a little crazy.  A couple hundred people, mostly women and babies with a few lone husbands sprinkled throughout, gathered in a small section of this local bookstore waiting for Ree. 

 There was a camaraderie of people and the excitement really filled the air.  When Ree was announced the crowd erupted in cheers and clapping, I got goosebumps and the woman next to me started crying. 

Now THESE are what you call some serious web groupies!

The whole experience was a little surreal.  I felt dorky and awkward for being a “fan” but super excited at the same time to meet Ree in person.

While I was waiting I got the chance to meet her sister-in-law Missy who was just as adorable as Ree describes her on her blog.  Casey made me ask her to sign my book to and I’m glad I did. 

Casey was the ever-dutifull husband snapping pictures along the way.  Here I am waiting in line, getting closer… really I can’t remember the last time I felt like such a geek. 

And meeting the one and only…

I think this was about the time that we realized that her 7-year old son is named Bryce too!

Ree was even more adorable and sweeter in person than I would have imagined and I’m thrilled that I finally got to meet her. 

If you have some time, head on over to meet The Pioneer Woman, I promise you won’t be disappointed! 

P.S.   Here is Ree’s post of the first part of her tour recap.  In the Phoenix group photo you can see Casey standing in the back of the room in a blue shirt!


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Posted by Bryce Wend on July 31, 2009

… but he was still hungry.

On Saturday he ate through …  one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami…

…  one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake AND one slice of watermelon…

That night he had a stomachache!

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Gut Check Tuesday – Daily Gratitude

Posted by Bryce Wend on June 9, 2009

As I was running around the house this morning in a harried attempt to get out the door I noticed the book Simple Abundance on my bookshelf.  

It has been over ten years since I originally read the book in its entirety, yet after several decluttering exercises it still remained on my bookshelf.  In hindsight this book has made an impact on my life.

The author, Sarah Ban Breathnach suggests that you write in a daily Gratitude Journal as you read along in the book.   This exercise proved to be an enlightening daily ‘gut check’ on what makes me happy and what is really important in life.  

So in honor of this, my first Gut Check Tuesday post. 

Today I am Grateful For:  

  1. The financial ability to live in one of the most prosperous states in the most prosperous nation
  2. The health of my family
  3. My body’s ability to conceive and carry a child (no I am not pregnant again!)
  4. That we can afford a house cleaner
  5. My fellow countrymen and women that serve and protect my freedom
  6. That my wonderful husband is present in the raising of our son
  7. My job and the good opportunities it has brought me to grow and develop my character, particularly my integrity
  8. That the plain, fixer upper starter house that we bought five years ago has finally blossomed into a home
  9. My Cole Haan black patent leather peep toes.  I may not wear them very often but they make me happy whenever I look at them
  10. Time spent with old friends and the ability to just pick up where we left off regardless of how long it has been

What are you most grateful for today?

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