Our family team for the March for Babies always has a theme. After walking as just a family of three the first year, I was so inspired by all the other family teams, I wanted to make one of our own to honor the twins and their fight. I noticed teams having matching colored t-shirts, clever names, and always an inspiring message. I wanted to incorporate all three of those things when coming up with our Family team.
Even though the day is about honoring the twins, premature birth awareness, and healthy babies, I wanted our team name to reflect our family and all three of my boys. While the twins had to struggle to survive, Mr. B had to be strong too. He had to stay away from his mommy overnight for the first time, had to deal with parents who were sad and upset a lot of the time, and had to learn how to be a big brother without even meeting his siblings for the first three months of their lives.
With that, the name Bex’s Brave Brothers became of family team name.
Year 1 theme
When I thought about brave, I immediately thought about super heroes. Who is one of the most recognizable super heroes and also one of the bravest? Superman.
I took pictures of the boys in Superman T-shirts, and used them anywhere I promoted our team. With the help of our T-shirt designer, Ink Designs, our theme really came to life.
While technically not a “good” guy, my boys have a weird love for Darth Vader. They call him Dart Vaddy, and can watch clips of Star Wars on my husband’s phone endlessly. Mr. B also loves all things Star Wars, so theme for year two was set. It also happened to be the year that “May the 4th be with You,” gained a lot more popularity…which is the twins’ birthday. How perfect is that?
My mom actually thought I came up with that saying. Ah, if only…
This Year 2016
It took me a long time to come up with this year’s theme. The twins are older, and have more definite opinions. Plus, as the Ambassador Family, we’ll be speaking in front of everyone on the day of the walk.
I kept trying to think of characters or people who were brave, and couldn’t figure it out. Then, I thought about people who are brave in real life, plus things that the twins like, and it hit me….Firefighters!
We went to our local fire station for their open house, and all three boys loved it. Plus, they love playing with fire trucks at home, and, of course, watching Fireman Sam (if you have a little boy and haven’t watched, check it out on Amazon.) AND, my Grandfather and Great Uncle were both Fire fighters. With all of those factors, how could that not be our theme.
So, without further ado…a sneak peek of this year’s T-shirts:
The March for Babies is coming up in less than a week. Please come visit our team page, make a donation, or share. Https://www.marchforbabies.org/shanneva
Which was your favorite of our themes? What should we choose for next year?
Sara Strand says
This year’s theme is my favorite! And I like the shirt! Very cool!!
Shann Eva says
Thanks Sara! 🙂
Aww!! Firefighters are special to me because my fiancé is one. So of course I LOVE you theme (:
My Urban Family says
I love that shirt design! 🙂
Christine Cox says
I also like this year’s theme. Maybe next year you could do something on a sports theme since you haven’t done that yet and I bet your boys will be into something by then!
Meredith Nye (semibalancedmama says
LOVE the theme! My little guy adores firefighters and he definitely approved of these shirts!! Good luck!
Becky @Disney in your Day says
Wow, looks great! Seems like the designs are getting better every year – though I do really love the Darth Vader one 😉
You rock! Such creative themes. I love the thoughtfulness you put into each year’s planning. Go team go!!
CourtneyLynne Storms says
Awwww love it!!!! Just love how much thought goes into this whole team process 🙂
Camille Metcalf says
Reading your blog for the first time and loved this post. Those T-shirts look great. My sister has twins that were born at 6 months, and you’re right, it wasn’t just hard for them but for their other two kids as well. Hope the march goes great!
Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig says
i love the idea of creating a theme–and yours are always so cute! and the shirts must be an awesome keepsake 🙂
I love this year’s theme! The shirts look amazing. I love how much thought you put into the themes!
Jenifer Wetterau says
Irina Vakulchik says
I love this years shirt so very much. When my Eve fell out of a second story window…. the fire department chief was the first to arrive and comfort us. They truly are real superheroes.
Ana Ojha says
Loved the fire fighters T-shirts but my favorite is Star Wars because you know it! 🙂