The golden hour story begins

You know what the best time of the day is for our family? It’s in the afternoon, somewhere around four o’clock. I love everything about that time of the day. The light is golden. Angus is home from preschool, and Rick is almost always around. The boys are usually in a good mood. There is nothing to stress about, because we don’t have to be anywhere or do anything; we’re simply spending time together before nighttime begins (along with the whole dinner/bath/bedtime ordeal). We’re usually all in the mood for afternoon tea, so I try to prepare (somewhat healthy) snacks for everyone. In fact, I love doing afternoon tea because it’s easy. It’s relaxed. It doesn’t involve cooking. It can be as simple as I want it to be. Or it can be fancy, if I feel like being creative. And the look on everybody’s faces – along with the little shouts of delight – when they see the tray of food and drink that I’ve prepared is just utterly precious. It’s one of those rare moments of the day when I actually feel like a great mum. (Silly, I know.)

And so begins our golden hour story: a series of posts featuring the food and moments from our golden hour. I hope you enjoy this small glimpse into our every day life.

I prepared this particular ‘bento’ over the weekend, on our day off, while the boys and Rick were all enjoying their naps. Our pantry was rather empty, so I decided to just bring out some Fruity Bites and Cheerios from our cereal selection. I also grabbed the leftover fruit buns from earlier in the day, and hid them in the metal teapot as a little surprise. Our boys also love their fruit so bananas and oranges were added to the mix. Sadly, we’d run out of milk but we still had a carton of So Good left so as an extra treat, I decanted the remaining soy milk into the little glass bottles from Jamie’s birthday. I was slightly hesitant about the possibility of breakage but then I remembered how careful they’d all been – including Jamie – so I decided to risk it. Turns out, there was nothing to worry about at all – they all held their bottles perfectly and they absolutely loved the novelty of it! I’m guessing I’ll be using those glass bottles a lot more from here on.

p.s. Part 2 of the Snap Me Happy series will go live tomorrow! (Finally.)

41 comments

Mary July 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Hi Ronnie. Thank you for your beautiful comment on my blog months and months ago now(!). Bubba was born safe and sound although not quite as planned. As you can probably tell, I have taken a wee blogging break and am not sure how it will all work out but am happy to be back and reading your blog.

The afternoon tea bento is a lovely concept – what a lovely way to spend time with your family. M xx

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

Congratulations Mary, so wonderful to hear of the safe arrival of your baby!
Ronnie xo

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A. Jarrett July 30, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I love this time of year as well. And you have the most adorable family!

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thank you! So sweet of you to stop by.
Ronnie xo

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Katie*Belle July 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

This is so beautiful. I love not only that you’re aware that this is a special time for your family, but also that you make it so lovely for everyone.

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thanks Katie!
Ronnie xo

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Chantel July 30, 2012 at 11:32 pm

The lighting on that first shot is just amazing! I love how you made cereal look so fun! :)

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

LOL, Cheerios are always fun! :)
Ronnie xo

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Ariel July 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm

This is beautiful. You have such a beautiful family and I love the way you capture the simple bliss in your life. The first image melts my heart- so beautiful!

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

Thank you Ariel, and thank you for stopping by as well.
Ronnie xo

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Kristina @ Sarcire July 31, 2012 at 1:23 am

How beautiful! It makes me ache to have my family all in one place.

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

Kristina, I wish the same for you… it’s a real blessing (thanks for visiting here.)
Ronnie xo

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Erin @ Wild Whispers July 31, 2012 at 1:34 am

wonderful! I love this, Ronnie. Thank you for sharing the peace here with us!

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

Thank you, Erin. :)
Ronnie xo

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Shoko July 31, 2012 at 1:44 am

What a gorgeous idea. You come up with the most wonderful ways to make every day special – I admire that about you so much!

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

I’m not always good at doing it – some days I just want to lie on the couch while the kids watch television…
Ronnie xo

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Monica July 31, 2012 at 5:23 am

i really enjoyed this little glimpse. so much love and connection and nurturing, and yet all wrapped in simplicity.

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

Thanks Mon, I’m glad you enjoyed this post.
Ronnie xo

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Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos July 31, 2012 at 7:00 am

Beautiful, Ronnie.
I’d like to be able to have a relaxing afternoon tea like that. It’s looks so inviting.
Unfortunately that time of day is flat out for me, as I have to clean out my wildlife cages and feed the animals, and then start dinner for my family.
Everyone’s lives are so different aren’t they?
It’s nice to get a look in! :)

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

Absolutely, that’s why blogging is so fun – can peek into what everyone is doing. :)
Ronnie xo

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lamina @ do a bit July 31, 2012 at 7:45 am

Such a lovely idea… Love it :)

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Latrina July 31, 2012 at 8:09 am

So so so sweet, Ronnie! You ARE a great mom, no doubt about it. I truly get excited about the thought of one day being a mom whenever I read your blog entries like this!… I just love it. :D Such a sweet family. <3

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

Oh thanks Latrina, can’t wait for you to be a mum too! :)
Ronnie xo

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Katherine July 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

lovely time to spent with family…

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eskimo*rose July 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

Ooooooh Ronnie, I missed your lovely blog and gorgie photos last week while I was away … I just have enough time to squeeze in a little visit to see what lovely stuff you’ve been doing before we head to France at the crack of dawn on Wednesday! xxx

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

How exciting Emma – hope you all have the best time together!
ronnie xo

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Gina July 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

Your blog is GORGEOUS. Thanks for dropping a comment – now, I’ve found a new favorite blog!
Definitely going to bookmark & follow.

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xo

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

Thanks Gina, so glad you stopped by.
Ronnie xo

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Grace July 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm

What a great idea, Ronnie! I know what you mean about how it’s such a golden hour. Love how the sun beams and it’s just not quite ready to say goodbye yet and yes, my boys are usually in a good mood too.
I’m going to have to try your afternoon tea bento idea. I don’t think it’s going to look quite as creative as yours…but I’m going to give it a try :) x

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

The other day, I just did toast and cheese. :)
Ronnie xo

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rooth July 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Tea is a tradition I really wish we picked up in the States. After look at your pictures, I want it even more!

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

So what do you guys do in the afternoon?
Ronnie xo

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trishie July 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I love your description of golden hour – it’s beautiful and simple and lovely. I do love the afternoon sun at 4pm too

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Elisa {With Grace & Eve} August 1, 2012 at 1:31 am

This is gorgeous! Your boys will remember these memories you are creating! Beautiful x

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

Thank you Elisa! It’s definitely a special time of the day for our family.
Ronnie xo

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Charlotte August 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

“It’s one of those rare moments of the day when I actually feel like a great mum. (Silly, I know.)”

Not silly at all! It’s wonderful that you feel valued as a mother, as you should!

These pictures are lovely and it sounds like a simple, sweet snack. I’m sad that Americans don’t participate in teatime.

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Pink Ronnie August 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

I’m really intrigued – what do you guys do in the late afternoon then?
Ronnie xo

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Charlotte August 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm

When I was growing up, sometimes we’d have an after-school snack. But it wasn’t an official thing like tea time, just something you would grab to start your homework or relax. My mom usually had us wait until dinner though – we would have dinner between 5 and 6 pm. I’d love to have tea time with my family though. I think it’s a great tradition to start! If you have a proper tea time, when do you have dinner then?

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Pink Ronnie August 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

We still try to have dinner about 5.30pm for the kids. As long as they have their afternoon tea by about 3.30pm or 4pm, we find that they still eat a good helping of dinner!
Ronnie xo

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Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl November 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Wow. Just wow.

I read once that Julie Andrews was a big fan of afternoon tea – she said the thing she liked most was knowing most people were at work so it felt extra-indulgent. I agree.

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Pink Ronnie November 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Thanks for sharing that piece of trivia with me Lottie! Now I shall feel extra indulgent tomorrow when I poor myself that afternoon cup of tea. :)
Ronnie xo

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