7 Tips on How to Survive the 1st Trimester of Pregnancy : When You’re a Basketball Coach’s Wife.

How to survive the 1st trimester of pregnancy, when you’re a basketball coaches wife.

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     Let’s be real honest. I love basketball. I prayed hard when my husband and I got engaged that I would fall in love with basketball, and over the past three years, it has happened.
Basketball never stops.
Josh has a shirt produced by Nike that says just that. It’s real, you can google it.
He has basketball practice at 7:30 am with junior high, 6th hour practice with high school, then Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights, are game nights.
I also no joke, have woken up in the middle of the night to him shouting  “GET ON THE FREE THROW LINE”. I swear during basketball season he makes layups, or coaches with his body during his sleep.
So in all actuality, basketball never stops.
So for all of you ladies who just got the big ol’ positive on that pregnancy test you just took, and also happen to be head over heels in love with a basketball coach, I have created a few tips to help you survive this season of life.
1. Scarves.
Preferably ones with no holes. Why you ask is this the first tip? Scarves help cute up that huge top you’re wearing, but most importantly, scarves are the easiest and best way to cover your nose from the constant surprise of smells that come along with basketball season. Farts, the rush of body odor you weren’t expecting, weird court cleaner smells, and concession stand BBQ sandwiches that come from a tub…. my nose during 1st trimester is similar to spidey senses. I can’t tell you how many times scarves have saved me from an embarassing yammy in my handbag. ( If you don’t understand this reference, please watch ‘ I’ll be home for Christmas’ with Jonathan Taylor Thomas, if you don’t have time for that, yammy translates to vomit)
2. Snacks.
I don’t care what you read on Pinterest about your snacks needing to be blah blah % protein, or whatever % vitamin something. Pack a purse with whatever snacks you know you will eat. Have a variety, I switch from salty to sweet on just a thought, so have both. An empty belly makes 4th quarter of the last basketball game seem like an torturous eternity away, and also amps up the nauseous feelings. Take your prenatals, drink water, but always have snacks. I’m not kidding friends, go get them now.
3. Cash
The only time I carry cash is during basketball season. Carry it with you now, so juuussssst in case your snack stash runs out, OR by a God given blessing from heaven above, the concession stand has warm, salty, pretzels with cheese, and you can buy one and not be cranky.
4. A good stadium chair.
Save your hunkus now girls. I don’t care how old it makes you look to carry a chair and take 3 minutes to get it set up right. I have one like this I really like, handed down to me by Josh’s mom.  This will save your sit bones from piercing through your skin during the 3rd of 4 games of the night. If you don’t get one, you will want to stand up even when the other teams cheerleaders are asking. Just bring it.
5. Fold Up Yoga Leggings
Like these. I know you’re not big enough for maternity pants yet, but that button on your jeans will feel like a steel death trap, after sitting in a bleacher seat all bent up on your bloaty, too many pretzel’s tummy. These leggings I think are appropriate with running shoes, and can be worn with boots to be a tad more stylish. They are legit. Buy 7 pairs. I only have 2 right now and they are always in the dirty clothes.
6. People to sit by who make you laugh.
I am so very blessed by the friends I have made though basketball, and that they share my same humor. They make the nights shorter, and give me something extra to look forward to when I’m zoned out at 3 o’clock putting on my makeup to get ready for the nights games.
7. Get your emotions in check.
Pregnancy hormones are the real deal, and will sneak attack you. I have almost cried, during the first few games when our team would run out, because I was already so proud of how hard they had worked to prepare themselves for the season. I have wanted to scream remarkably to the point obscenities at clock keepers calling my husband a jerk, parents making false statements about my husband on social media, and my husband himself for not doting on me like a princess because he’s so incredibly emotionally and physically exhausted from teaching/coaching, and I feel like I’m set on the back burner every now and again. Have a mantra, a joke, or just plain tell yourself ‘wow your crazy pregnancy brain needs to get it together’ 
I wouldn’t change being a coaches wife for anything in the world, watching Josh coach, especially when I catch him doing so off the court, always makes me remember how remarkable of a man Josh is. When the boys on the basketball team found out, they seemed almost excited as we were, and I can’t help but think about all the really cool older brother figures this kid is going to have : )
If you are a basketball coach’s wife, and have any life saving tips for being pregnant during basketball season, or have a 5-9 month old during season, please send them my way!!! lindsey@lenaephotography.com
xoxoxxoxo
Lindsey
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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever.

I was determined.

I am 97.6% sure I am successful.

These are always a winner at holiday parties and I have to wait until riiiiiiiiight before the party almost to bake them, or Josh eats them all!

Here is the RECIPE ( aren’t you a lucky duck?)

1. Heat oven to 325* – oven racks at upper and lower middle

2. Mix

2 cups and 2 Tablespoons of flour (I know it seems like a lot, but I think this is key for fluff)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.

-set aside-

3.  In a separate bowl mix

1 Cup brown sugar packed

1/2 cup granulated sugar

4. Melt 1 1/2 sticks butter in the microwave

5. Pour butter over sugars and mix well.

6. Add 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk ( I usually separate the yolk out by cracking the egg and letting the white fall into a separate container moving the yolk back and forth between shells)

7. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla and mix well.

8. Add dry ingredients and 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips until all is mixed smooth.

9. take 1/4 cup dough at form a ball. break in half and place rough sides up on the baking sheet.

10. Bake until cookies are set around the outer edges, yet centers are still soft and puffy. Around 11-13 minutes. Cool on cookies sheet.

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Little One McClennahan : The story on how we got here

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Around April earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop called The Beautiful Art of Balance, created by my sweet friend Shannon Ho. The workshop was Christ focused and had allotted quiet time with God ( which I had been absent from due to my busy ‘I own my own business’ working hours) this specific quiet time we were inspired to be ‘expectant and waiting on the Lord’  for him to speak to us, to be quiet and listen, instead of being full of requests.

I literally couldn’t remember the last time I had done that, if ever.

So I listened to my worship playlist I had created and sat quietly, writing all the thoughts that ran through my head. My little journal soon looked like a jumbled mess,  which wasn’t a big surprise, Josh says I’m great at ‘ water falling’. Soon enough the thoughts of ‘The Plan’ starting running though my head. Since we were married, Josh and I have always been on ‘the 5 year plan’, we knew the pressure would be on, both of us being the oldest children in our families to have little ones, and we wanted to make sure our families didn’t get over anxious. ( they did anyway… love you guys!….)

During this quiet time, God kept telling me that it wasn’t my choice, there was never a perfect time to have a child, I needed to give up on  ‘the plan’. At first I was hesitant, I’ve always wanted kids but the unknown has always freaked me out a little.What if we have an emergency and a huge NICU bill? What if our house is never cute enough or big enough and I can’t take cute photos of my kids in it? ( yes that was a real worry) What if I literally, never in my life have a body I’m proud of? What if Josh dies and I have to do this alone?

There was no solution to any of these problems, no possible plan I could come up with.

No solution except to be obedient to what God was asking of me. Obedience brings blessing,  disobedience brings discipline. I fully believe this heart and soul.

He was asking me to give up my worries, my stress, and my plan, to him.

I put it off. I put it off a week, and felt absolutely sick about it. Josh and I went over it, prayed over it, and finally decided to follow God’s word.

We were now on the no plan, plan, or God’s plan, plan. It was scary, exciting, and nerve wracking.

It took 5 months. That’s all. I knew in my heart the week before we took a test that it was real. We were both super nervous to see the results. Josh even came home from basketball practice early to get our nerves over with! I videoed the reaction I promise, and did so everyone’s reactions pretty much as we got to tell our families over thanksgiving about the new addition to come June of next year.

Through everything though, it still hasn’t really hit me. I mean sure, I’m super crazy tired, am the pickiest eater ever now, and get a little sick every now and then. Seeing the live ultra sound and hearing the heart beat got me a little closer, but it’s just crazy hard to believe that in about 195 days Josh and I will be parents, and get to be constantly entertained by the amazing blessing God has given us.

I pray almost non stop for a health. Lots of my family has joined that prayer now, so I feel better.

So here we go, trusting God to carry us every step of the way.

Please continue to pray for our little family. Pray for health, financial stability, our relationship when my hormones make me cranky, for us to continue to follow where God leads us, and know when he is speaking.

I am so thankful and in awe of the response of excitement that our announcement produced. We are so fortunate to have such amazing people in our lives who celebrate with us every step of the way.

Love,

The McClennahans

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Photos by Amanda Watson Photography 

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Owen and Kelcie Engagement Photos

You might have seen a few weeks ago when I posted my little brother Owen’s proposal to Kelcie  photos .

Such little cutie pies.

SO this last weekend we went to a new location I wanted to try out, ( it’s good to have family willing to get stickers in their shoes and drive out into the middle of no where for a good photo ) near Guthrie.

I love love love them, the photos, and Oh and Kelc face.

I can’t wait until next December for their wedddddinnnnng!

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Video Portraits described, by Lindsey of Lenae Photography and Video Portraits

After many many many videos of other lovely people I FINALLY got it together and made my own video!!

Please take a little watch it’s only a minute and forty seconds!

I would personally like to thank Aubrey Proctor , Spenser Sakurai, and Shannon Ho for donating their time to press the record button and film me while I acted goofy and struggled to get words out right.

I would also like to thank all my friends and past clients who made cameos in the video!

Jenny Collier

Sara Moore

Heidi and Marshall Walker

Rian and Garrett Grimes 

Christina Tiller

Lily Venables toes

Jessica Woods

Kylie Morgan

Paige and Bryce Dunsworth

Josh McClennahan ( my sugar sugar sweet love)

Jennifer Faught

and Stephanie Creekmur

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Happily Ever Henson | Bonham, Texas Wedding

Dylan and Cassidy. Love them. : ) each wedding I shoot there will always be something different that stands out, at the Henson’s wedding I don’t think I’ll ever forget just how sweet Dylan and Cassidy’s relationships are with their friends and family. The photos below where they are being prayed over by their closet friends, and the precious moments before the ceremony with their families get me every time.

I pray you two have many, many, many, blessed years of crazy wild happiness together!

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Something Detailed with Jennifer Faught

So not only is Whitney English an amazing business woman, she’s also a brilliant connector of people. Whitney introduced Jennifer and I so I could come to Chicago to shoot Stationery Academy. Then Jennifer let me come stay with her in Nashville and shoot this beautiful video portrait and some fun shots of her and her boys!!

When I’m with Jennifer I feel inspired to tackle lots of ideas I’ve always had running though my head. She’s got a head on her shoulders that girl, and I loved hanging around town with her and meeting all the interesting people we ran into in Nashville ; )

If you’re planning a wedding and need stunning custom invitations.

Call her. Right this second!

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Stephanie Creekmur | Video Portrait

I was a little creeped out when Stephanie Creekmur picked me up from the airport and started talking to me, not because this was the first time we had met in person, but the fact that we are EXACTLY THE SAME.  She laughs with her whole body, and a lot of the way we feel about business things are alike also. We also laughed. All day. I was so tired as we sat at Panera and ate our food. She probably thought I had gone crazy. I think what we got out of the day was pretty great though : )

Thank you SO much Jennifer Faught for introducing us.

Also to read the super kind words Stephanie said about me on her blog check it out here : ) 

Stephanie Creekmur from L. Lenae Photography on Vimeo.

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