Family Theme Song and Reunion T-Shirt Idea

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Last week we met up with my family for a reunion in Missouri/Illinois, and since we’d be in a place with lots of people, we thought we make a matching T-shirt for all of us. Right around that time, I was contacted by Allied Shirts to review their process, and I’m delighted to share it was quite seamless and so easy to design our own! This is only the 2nd time we’ve done matching shirts in my family, and the first time, we came up with a title, “Mighty, Mighty Hills” that we wanted to duplicate. We got the super, super soft TriBlends t-shirt, which we chose in gray, among other colors. Read on, to see why we chose that.

Family Reunion Matching T-shits and theme song video

When we were  younger, my dad used to sing us, my siblings and I, a little song when we’d go on adventures, and it was an echo type song where he’d start, and we’d echo whatever it was that he’d say. My maiden name is Hill, so that definitely helps to know when I share this song! It’d go something like this:

Dad: Everywhere we go!

Kids echo: Everywhere we go!

Dad: People Want to Know

Kids echo: People Want to Know

Dad: Who we are…

Kids: Who we are….

Dad: So we tell them

Kids: So we tell them

Dad: We are the Hills!

Kids: We are the Hills!

Dad: Mighty, mighty Hills…

Kids: Mighty, mighty Hills….

Dad: We go to New Orleans…

Kids: We go to New Orleans…

Dad: To have lots of fun…

Kids: To have lots of fun…

{and it goes on and on and on with whatever it is my dad wanted to add, and we’d repeat it}

family reunion tshirts ideas

That song is also the reason we name our sibling website (that has been on a hiatus since our mom passed away) PeopleWantToKnow.com I’m really hoping to re-vamp that soon.

I digress!

When we were trying to decide on a custom design for these shirts, we knew we wanted it to be around the Mighty Mighty Hills, and something to do with where were were going–Nauvoo (a church history site). I was quite overwhelmed with my to-do list, so I passed that on to my awesome sister-in-law Kim, and she came up with a really cool SUN on the River design, signifying the SunStone (popular Nauvoo symbol) along the Mississippi River. She just created it in photoshop, and BAM! we had our design.  It was a simple upload to the AlliedShirts.com site, and we had our order on the way. {You don’t actually have to have a design, you can create with text or clip art that they have on their site if you don’t do design work}

Custom Allied Shirts

With the softy Tri-Blends, we had 9 shirt colors to choose from, but chose gray, thinking it would a) pop the best with the bright design and b) not get so dirty like white would. The Tri-Blend didn’t come in kids sizes, so they got a standard gray shirt, which was a touch lighter than ours. AND, I should note, we made the gray baby onesies ourselves, hoping that will come to Allied Shirts site soon!

For these pictures, I set up a tripod, and hit the timer setting, and ran back into the picture. 2 poses, just 2 shots each, and it worked out pretty well! Here is our 2nd pose (which we actually did first).

Family Reunion Pictures

I just liked the “people layout” of the top picture best.

Here we are in each of our individual families. I have shared before, that I’m the only girl with 3 brothers, so you know who my “blood” is below. I am so grateful for AMAZING sister in laws that are truly like sisters to me. Maybe I’ll share our girls’ outing pictures in the next post.

Birth order from top left, clockwise (I’m #2) but I had kids first.

Family Reunion Tshirts

Right now, we have perfect symmetry with grandkids. My younger brother and I have 2 boys and 2 girls, with my oldest brother having 3 boys and my youngest brother having 3 girls! How crazy is that??? It SEEMS as though we all feel our families are complete, so likely no further cousins/grandkids, but never say never, right?

NOW! For the grand finale….are you ready to hear our SONG with us SINGING???

 

For those of you that have followed my site for a while, you know that my mom passed away unexpectedly last November, so this was our first gathering of ALL OF US since then. My sister in law, Rachel, (bottom left) was heavily pregnant with her adorable Emma at the time, and wasn’t able to travel for the services.

This post was sponsored by Allied Shirts, and provided the t-shirts as compensation, but all opinions are 100% my own.

One of my favorite family pictures are the Beach Ball Family Pictures which was our last family pictures before my parents mission.

beach ball extended family pictures

I also wrote a post about family reunion pictures and planning clothes for that

Family Pictures Clothing Ideas

Finally, I’ve got a series all about What to Wear in Family Pictures, to help with clothing ideas and colors.

What-to-wear-by-color


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  1. Jacqueline says:

    Aww, what a great way for your dad to instill a sense of family in you all growing up. So fun to hear you all singing it that song!

  2. Loved this post Kristen! Lovely to see how the kids have grown up through your various family pictures!

  3. I love this idea and this design! It’s so cute and perfect for summer! Thanks so much for posting this!

  4. The shirts came out very nice indeed. Sounds like you guys had an amazing reunion!

  5. This is a really cute idea! Love how simple it is. Thanks for sharing!
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  6. Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing that November. It’s nice that you all were able to come together as one again for the first time since that happened.