Friday, November 13, 2009

The Power of Ree

I am going to get back to blogging about my life on a state park soon I promise. Actually, I had planned on posting pictures from our Civil War Weekend last weekend, but Pioneer Woman threw me for a loop!

After her posting about her book signing in Little Rock, all that sweet red head did was put a link to my post about my trip to meet her and KABOOM! My little blog was HOTTER than my hot park ranger pictures.

To all of my new followers, thanks for joining the chaos. And, I am thankful to all of you that have stopped by, all 8447 -- update: 9722-- you in the past 24 --update: 35 hours. My little blog did not know what to do, that is CRAZY!

Thanks to Ree, she has the Midas touch, and I am not talking mufflers.

So, for all of you that are first timers at The Park Wife, here is a quick glance at my life so that you will know what it is that I blog about.

***I reserve the right to change my mind and redirect my whole blog, I was thinking of taking up underwater basket weaving and telling the world of the interesting cricks (aka creeks) and ponds where I work on my masterpiece's. Then I remembered that masquito's love me and I don't love them.

I am the wife of a wonderful man that happens be to be a state park superintendent. He is an extraordinary man who walks with integrity and lives his life for the Lord. We have a wonderful love story, just like my "old internet friend" Ree. By the way, Ree and I are not old, just been meeting up on our blogs for what is considered a long time for bloggy world. I have not been invited to the ranch, maybe one day, but I think she is a little busy right now. I was saying, I am married to a hunky ranger (he will kill me if he reads that, don't tell him). He is an extraordinary dad, I could not have asked for more.

I am the mom of two little buckaroos that I homeschool, no we are not wiccaans (yes, some people think that and many other stereotypes of homeschoolers). Actually, we are Christians who are trying to raise our boys to be hard working, honest, adventure seeking warriors who love the Lord. I do think that flying on a broomstick might be cool, but my hair would look like Weird Al Yankovic's everywhere I went. Just Eat It! (that song will be stuck in your head all day, sorry).

No need to debate private school vs public school vs homeschool here, I think we all need to get along and respect that we are all doing what we feel is best for our kids, enough said. Now, let's all be friends and sing cumbaya.

I grew up a Mississippi Belle. I learned to sparkle at an early age. I try to still adhere to the most basic belle rules, like do not chew gum in public, no velvet after February 14, no white shoes until after Easter, if you wear sandals your toenails must always be painted, how to make ther perfect sweet tea, even though I don't like tea, oh mercy me. And yes, one of our sons is named Big Buckaroo's grandmother's maiden name. Now, since living on a state park in a rural area, I have let some of the other belle rules slide, but not so much that I would end up on peopleofwalmart dot com.

I believe in community involvement and teaching our children that they can make a difference in our community, in people's lives, in the world. We just started a Farmer's Market. Four years ago I could not keep anything alive, I couldn't even grow a Chia pet.

Did you know there is a new Chiaobama, nothing says Go America like a chia pet of our President. You can choose between the "Happy" or "Determined" poses - for the amazingly low price of just $19.99 (three seed packs included!). I am not kidding about this.

ANYWAY.....I get off track sometimes. Now I am growing veggies to sell to the public. I have also helped to start a community library in our small town and have just held our first community dinner in the street (we blocked it off so cars nor horses and buggies would run over our food or kids, you know, the important stuff). It is fun to be able to tell your kids to go play in the street, watch them play with a huge group of kids, and visit with your neighbors.

I love the holidays! I want our holiday's to be like a Norman Rockwell painting, but usually end up like a Griswold Christmas Vacation. Every year as the holiday's approach, I forget the chaos of the year before and set about my Rockwellesque plans.

We are building a cabin in the mountains. As you are driving up to the cabin site, there is an old rock well, that, along with my idealist tendencies had us name our place Rockwell. Yep, an idealist through and through. I have followed the journey from clearing the land until the roof going on which is the point we are at now. Stick around and help me decorate the inside, no dead animals on the walls, I prefer my wildlife in the wild.

There is more wackiness to be found at The Park Wife. Thanks for joining me, Ree's old Internet friend (yes, I was very excited when she wrote that).

Ch Ch Chia,
The Park Wife


Anonymous said...

Well, I did not find you from The Pioneer Woman, but I am glad you posted this-I feel all caught up now. :) I just started reading in the past week-Congrats on all your visits! Can't wait to read more!

Tracie said...

When I read her post and saw that, I knew that somewhere on a state park you were having a freak-out moment!! :)

upnorth said...

I went to our local Walmart(30 miles away) today and her book was not there!!! I was horrified to say the least! I was all set to buy 2 and now I have none!

Rachel said...

LOL, congrats on the web traffic--PW made you famous! :) Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog. It is definitely going to be a tough 6 or 7 months while he is at Basic and Officer Candidate School. We'll take all the prayers we can get!
PS--Your kiddos are adorable!!

bakery92 said...

Had to join the Park wife. I had to find out if it is as crazy living in a state park as it is living in a National Park. lol

Christie said...

Your life is Fab! Why wouldn't we want to read about it?

Viki said...

I came over from PW's site the other day and bookmarked your site. I'm happy you reintroduced yourself. Sounds like you live a very interesting life.

Life with the Akin Clan said...

Oh, we are up on your area all the time! We LOVE it. We have actually discussed camping there in the spring. That's why no more soccer for us!! We want our Saturdays back. If we decide to come up your way, we will give you a holla'!

Oh, and I can't find her book!! I am so sad!

Indie said...

I am thrilled that I found you and will be following your site from now on.

Thanks so much for posting at my blog. I am a newbie (7 months on the blog thing) and I really appreciate your comments.


MrsMama said...

Thanks for the Stand-in-Line-to-Meet-Ree survival tips. I didn't even think about snacks. Yes, snacks are essential, especially since we're meeting in a book store and can't run over to Aisle 2 for sustenance. :)

I enjoyed browsing your blog and have added you to my RSS feed. Hope you don't mind!

Kiana, AKA MrsMama

Marge said...

Okay, now am I supposed to call you PW1 and PW2 or what? And which is which and who is who?

Dawn said...

Just remember that I was a faithful follower long before all your PW glory!!! LOL

(You are still speaking to the little people, right???)

How fun for you - enjoy your new found sparkle! Ha ha!

Thanks for the new pic of the cabin progress. Can hardly wait to see more.

Leslie Young said...

What a HOOT, girl! I got so tickled when I saw the link to your blog on Ree's -- I said, "Hey, the Park Wife? She's MY blog friend too!" How fun! Enjoy!

Susie said...

I love the Pioneer Woman too! My sister was in the same line you were in L.R. I would have died if I had seen her pic on your blog. That would have been funny!

Gina said...

Love PW - which is how I found you -- and promptly placed you in my Google, um, Google Reader with other AR bloggers. :) I'm a Christian, homeschooling, AR bloggin' momma, too (live in LR). I was out of state when Ree was here and am soooo bummed I missed her! Fun reading about your adventure to meet PW and now to read your point of view on life!

Heather of the EO said...

Oh boy, I bet that was a fun sitemeter day :) she has just a couple of readers, huh? so glad you got to meet her.

Merry Christmas!

Karen said...

It sounds like you have a WONDERFUL life!

And I think homeschooling is THE way to go.

Stopping in from SITS to say hello! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Jenny said...

Stopping in from SITS to say hello! What a bunch of cool stuff you have here! I like the diverseness of your blog! And I'm glad you got to experience the power of Ree. Sounds like a fun time! I'm your newest follower.