Fans Are Loving This Sweet Throwback Photo ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Recently Posted to Instagram

If there’s one Food Network star who’s captured our hearts swiftly over the years, it’s Ree Drummond. Known as the “accidental country girl” who found herself living on an Oklahoma ranch after meeting her rancher husband, Ladd, Ree’s shared her best recipes on The Pioneer Woman since 2011. And fans can’t get enough of her comfort food, love of butter and cream, and stories of how she went from aspiring city girl to mom of four in the middle of nowhere.

Aside from her show, Ree also has a strong following on social media — and we can’t forget that she actually first attained fame through her Pioneer Woman blog. Recently, she posted a cute throwback photo to Instagram that her fans adored, and here it is.

Ree talks about her kids both on and off TV quite often

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They used to be tiny.

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There’s no doubt Ree loves cooking, but she also loves being a mother of four. We’ve watched Todd, Bryce, Paige, and Alex grow up right in front of our eyes on The Pioneer Woman — and we even remember many early episodes when all the kids would help her out in the kitchen. Nowadays, her children are growing up fast, however, and time spent with them seems to be limited. Alex and Paige are both in college, and her two boys have developed their own hobbies and are seemingly rarely around to help out on the ranch.

Thanks to Ree’s online presence, we still gets bits and pieces of what her kids are up to, though. She recently posted a photo of her and Ladd attending Todd’s eighth-grade football game, for example. And when she was sending Paige off to college and visiting Alex during her special Aggie ring ceremony at Texas A&M University, we also got glimpses into these special moments, too.

This throwback photo of her daughters is ultra sweet

Fans adore seeing all of the great photos Ree posts from her past onto her Instagram, and this one posted on March 11 was no exception. Here, Ree has her arms around her two girls while visiting Yellowstone back in 2003. “I had just dyed my hair dark brown, and Bryce was a sweet little 9-month old nugget whom we’d left at the hotel in Teton Village with Ladd’s mom that day,” Ree captioned the photo. She then added that even though Alex and Paige both caught a stomach bug, she knew she had to commemorate the moment with this photo. “Sweet times, happy times, and I’d go back and do it all again in a heartbeat if I could,” she added.

Fans obviously loved the adorable photo, as it captures a moment many can relate to. “Great advice. As the mom of a 29 year old, I’d love to have a few of those crazy little kid days back. Enjoy it while you have it…but, get ready for the next chapter; it’s kinda great too,” one of her followers commented. And another added, “I’d do it all over again. Worth every minute, even the minutes of lost sleep.”

It’s not the first time we’ve gotten a glimpse into her past

One of the reasons Ree has been able to attain and maintain such a serious fan base is because she’s opened up to her viewers about her personal life. We love the story of how she met husband Ladd, as it reminds us of how different her life might’ve been if their fateful meeting never occurred. She’s spoken of how shocked both she and her friends and family were when she decided to stay put in Oklahoma rather than move out to Chicago or another big city — but now, she’s certain she wouldn’t rather have it any other way.

Ree also frequently posts other throwback photos on her Instagram from her younger years. This photo of her first day of school shows her style as a teenager, and fans are also in love with this photo of Ladd holding Alex when she was just a newborn. As one of her followers commented, “You are beautiful inside and out.”

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