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Last Thoughts: Create (the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge)


Pure Joy – © 2012 Karina Chapman

“Create each day anew.” – Morihei Ueshiba

As always, the Friday Edition combines a quote with a favorite photo. I tailor these to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme, which this week is “Create”.

My long day started at 5:45 a.m., when I got up to go work out for 2 hours at the local health club. After that, a bit of time at home gave way to an all-day shopping epic, as my oldest daughter, now in 8th grade, really needed new summer clothes. After stops at Aeropostale and Marshall’s, she’s properly kitted out, and a quick run into Toys-R-Us netted us a new Wii game (Skylander) that my youngest daughter desperately wanted. At $30 off, and using the $25 gift card she has had since Christmas, the final cost was just $15. Not bad.

Afterward, we spent time at Barnes & Noble, just soaking up the literary vibe. I also used my Goodreads app on my iPhone–who knew I could snapshot the bar codes and store the books in my “to-read” pile with a touch or two on the phone?! If I hadn’t already become totally attached to this iPhone, Goodreads would have done it for me.

It was a lovely day spent together as a family, but as we went home, I bemoaned the fact that I had no idea what to do for the challenge today.

“Well, you can create some art when you get home,” my husband said. As tired as I am, that didn’t appeal. “I would like to use something from today, but how is that creating anything?”

Then it popped into my head:

We did create something. We created memories, as we do every time we’re out and about together, doing things as a family.

The photo above is my youngest daughter from last week, running with an expression of pure joy at the Eastern Promenade in Portland, Maine.

Below is a picture of my oldest daughter today, throwing up a “Shaka” (Hang Loose) sign, while trying desperately not to laugh–she had literally just taken a bite of her bagel at Barnes & Noble. I totally love her expression!

These are both great memories we’ve created–and I’m glad I have the photos so that they can remember them, too.


Shaka, sistah – © 2012 Karina Chapman

Shaka, sistah – © 2012 Karina Chapman

About AlohaKarina

AlohaKarina (aka Karina Chapman) is a Writer, Photographer, and Educator who teaches middle school Science and Social Studies in Southern Maine. A cohort of the Maine Governor's Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, and a National Endowment of the Humanities Scholar (Abolitionism studies), she is credentialed to teach K-8 (all subjects) in both Maine and California. Karina has worked as a photographer, weekly columnist, and reporter for the Eureka Times-Standard daily newspaper in Northern California. She has also written for both and (as K.M. Chapman). Karina's superpower is speed-pouring killer margaritas. If she had to choose where to live for the rest of her life, she would choose Kennebunkport, Hawaii Kai, and San Francisco.


13 thoughts on “Last Thoughts: Create (the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge)

  1. Beautiful kids you have there Karina!

    Posted by Jeff Sinon | June 22, 2012, 6:44 pm
  2. Such great energy in the first one! Love it!

    Posted by Sarah Harris | June 23, 2012, 3:36 am
  3. They are gorgeous kids… Created beautifully. :-)

    Posted by eof737 | June 23, 2012, 12:24 pm
  4. Creating memories! Great choice for the challenge!

    Posted by Claudia | June 23, 2012, 2:03 pm
  5. And the memories you created will be treasured by these girls forever

    Posted by Jo Bryant | June 23, 2012, 8:30 pm


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