You’ve Got A Friend In Me

I always wanted a big brother growing up and I could have done with one on more than one occasion! I often think how lucky Ava is to have two who absolutely dote on her. Her very first friends!

Finlay and Ava shared a room this week whilst on our holiday to Cornwall. There are four years between them, but they will make up little games together and we often find them playing an imaginary game somewhere. So it came as no surprise to find them playing with their new Buzz and Woody toys in their bedroom together. We had to bring them on holiday of course!

Finlay’s favourite is Buzz and Ava definitely loves Woody so that worked out well. 

Toy Story to me is the ultimate childhood film of true friendship. The films are something we can all watch together when having a movie night and a firm family favourite. Unbelievably, Toy Story is now over 20 years old! Doesn’t that make you feel old?! And in anticipation of Toy Story 4 (I know you are just as excited as me!) being released in June 2019, Smyths sent us the Thinkway Toys Buzz Lightyear and Woody Two Pack

The action figures are the perfect size for little hands (12 inches) and little imaginations as they are so realistic. They have quickly become a favourite of both Finlay and Ava who have played with them together creating adventures. 

Childhood Friendships

Over the last year as Ava’s speech has improved, so have her friendships. It’s hard to form those bonds when you can’t be understood. I often watched from the sidelines, burning with frustration and sadness for her as she tries to navigate the already complicated world of friendships. To see other children run off before she has made herself understood is pretty heartbreaking. It isn’t a case of her not wanting to make friends, it has just been a little more difficult.

Next week we see Ava starting her second year of Pre-School and I have so many hopes for her forming friendships this year. She will now be able to tell us who her friends are for a start. But not only that, with the improvement in her speech she will hopefully be able to play with rather than alongside, which we know she loves to do. 

All we can do as parents is teach our children to be kind and caring and role model good friendships and relationships. We have to hope others they encounter do the same. I didn’t worry as much about the boys making friends, although with Kyle starting secondary school next year and moving away from many of his current friends, I’m sure that will all change. But watching Ava struggle, when she is naturally friendly and loving has been hard.

I hope for all three of them that they have friends who make them laugh, make them smile, raise them up and most importantly have their back when times are tough. I’m lucky to have some of these friendships in my life and I know how important they are to me. 

Win £50 to spend at Smyths

To celebrate back to school with new and old friendships being formed and continued. I have teamed up with Smyths Toys Superstore to give you the chance to win a £50 voucher. Enter via Rafflecopter below and for full terms and conditions. Good Luck!

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128 Comments

  1. Anthony Harrington
    September 1, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    I like Buzz the most

  2. Bev
    September 1, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Definitely Jessie!

  3. nearlydead
    September 1, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    Buzz is my favourite.

  4. Angela McDonald
    September 1, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    I’ve always loved Rex!

  5. Iain Maciver
    September 1, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    love woody

  6. Solange
    September 1, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    I love Woody.

  7. lesley renshaw
    September 1, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    Woody

  8. Rob Hutchinson
    September 1, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    My favourite Toy Story character is Woody.

  9. Kevin Honey
    September 1, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    Buzz Lightyear, To Infinity and Beyond!

  10. Angela Treadway
    September 2, 2018 / 12:50 am

    woody x

  11. sam macaree
    September 2, 2018 / 6:18 am

    I always liked Sid 😀

  12. Susan B
    September 2, 2018 / 7:38 am

    Buzz Lightyear does it for me every time. He is SO cute!

  13. Geri Gregg
    September 2, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Woody!

  14. claire woods
    September 2, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Jessie

  15. Sally Collingwood
    September 2, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Love Woody, he is so cute!

  16. September 2, 2018 / 10:37 am

    Slinky dog, the voice of reason lol!

  17. Hannah Scudder
    September 2, 2018 / 10:59 am

    I like Mr Potato Head

  18. susan smith
    September 2, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    Woody

  19. Tracy Hanley
    September 2, 2018 / 2:59 pm

    We just love Lotso the bear

  20. Samantha O'D
    September 2, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    Jessie

  21. Annabel Greaves
    September 2, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    I love Woody x

  22. Sean eccles
    September 2, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Buzz lightyear

  23. Rebecca Sutton
    September 2, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    i like the sausage dog out of toy story

  24. Kelly Hirst
    September 3, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    My favourite Toy Story character is definitely Jessie

  25. Jules Eley
    September 3, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    I love Woody!

  26. JULIE WARD
    September 3, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    Mrs potato head,, my son calls me potato head

  27. Laura Walker
    September 3, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    My favourite is Woody

  28. Stephanie Coals
    September 3, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Has to be jessie

  29. Hayley Louise Colburn
    September 3, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    Rex 😀

  30. jennifer l
    September 4, 2018 / 12:10 am

    My favourite is Woody

  31. Martha Chisholm
    September 4, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Buzz Lightyear is up there with the best, but I suspect that I’d have to choose Jessie…..

  32. Lindsey Stuart
    September 4, 2018 / 9:54 am

    I love Woody, I think everyone needs a friend like him 🙂

  33. James McLaughlin
    September 4, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I love the little aliens from the claw machine.

  34. Rebecca Cusick
    September 4, 2018 / 10:50 am

    My favourite is Woody x

  35. Alica
    September 4, 2018 / 11:26 am

    I love the green aliens! oooooh!

  36. gemma hendry
    September 4, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    buzz is my favourite

  37. maria blythin
    September 4, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    rex he is so cute x

  38. September 5, 2018 / 6:50 am

    I love Bo Peep, ‘why don’t I get someone else to watch the sheep tonight..?’ Lol

  39. Kirsty Ward
    September 5, 2018 / 3:23 pm

    Woody!

  40. sarah m
    September 5, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Mine is Woody because he looks out for his friends and goes above and beyond for them!

  41. September 5, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    We love HAMM the piggy bank and SLINKY DOG both super funny characters in all the movies! xx

  42. Debbie Finnerty
    September 6, 2018 / 9:13 am

    Woody or Stinky Pete but my son loves Rex!

  43. clair downham
    September 6, 2018 / 10:03 am

    woody

  44. cheryl hadfield
    September 6, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Woody

  45. Ash R x
    September 6, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    Woody 🙂

  46. LESLEY BRADLEY
    September 7, 2018 / 7:33 am

    Wheezy the Penguin

  47. Maggie Ali
    September 7, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Jessie! She’s of a strong character and that’s what a girl should be.

  48. Helen Stratton
    September 7, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    Bullseye – he reminds me of my dog!

  49. Sam Parkes
    September 7, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Buzz lightyear to infinity and beyond

  50. sue leake
    September 8, 2018 / 10:36 am

    Woody

  51. stacy sorrell
    September 8, 2018 / 10:53 am

    i love Bullseye

  52. deanie gillies
    September 8, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    Slinky ….. how i would love to be in two places at the same time!

  53. Kellie Collister
    September 8, 2018 / 5:20 pm

    Buzz

  54. September 8, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Buzz is my favourite.

  55. Emma Whittaker
    September 8, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    I love Slinky the Dog

  56. Judith Allen
    September 9, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Slinky dog – I loved my slinky. And my dog.

  57. janine atkin
    September 9, 2018 / 8:59 am

    woody is my favourite 🙂

  58. Zoey H
    September 9, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Has to be Woody

  59. Carole Nott
    September 9, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    buzz lightyear

  60. Natalie Gough
    September 9, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    Bullseye

  61. Mary Campbell
    September 9, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    Buzz Lightyear – because everyone should feel that life is an exciting challenge, one where positive mental thought can take you to infinity and beyond!

  62. olivia280177
    September 10, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    I like Jessie, yeeehaaaa!

  63. Rebecca Mercer
    September 10, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    Has to be mr and mrs potato head

  64. mandydoherty65
    September 10, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    Has to be Woody

  65. Carrie-Anne Brown
    September 10, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    has to be rex!

  66. Andrea Johnson
    September 10, 2018 / 11:06 pm

    Buzz! And Slinky

  67. Lorna Ledger
    September 11, 2018 / 8:02 am

    Mrs potato head, I lurve my other half too!

  68. Kay Broomfield
    September 11, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    I love Mrs Potato Head – she fusses round her husband like I do!

  69. Christopher Read
    September 11, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    I like the aliens 🙂 Thanks for running this comp

  70. September 12, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Woody because he is so loyal and dependable.

  71. Joanne Benham
    September 12, 2018 / 10:53 am

    I love Mr Potato Head.

  72. Emma Fox
    September 12, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    We like Mr Potato Head 🙂

  73. tina Glover
    September 12, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    I love slinky the sausage dog and rex they are both really cute characters.

  74. Rebecca Whatmore
    September 12, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Mr and Mrs Potato Head – their characters remind me of me and my husband!

  75. Amy Bondoc
    September 12, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    My favourite is Woody

  76. Rebecca Powell
    September 12, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    my favourite is Rex

  77. Katie Mcginley
    September 12, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    Mr potato head

  78. Gill Mitchell
    September 12, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I love Buzz Lightyear, he’s so funny and cute!

  79. Sylvia Paul
    September 12, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Buzz Lightyear is my favourite xx

  80. Adrian Bold
    September 12, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    Buzz is my favourite. Thanks for the great competition!

  81. paul jackson
    September 12, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Woody

  82. paula cheadle
    September 12, 2018 / 11:01 pm

    I love Woody

  83. Rachel Craig
    September 12, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    Woody.

  84. Rebecca Smith
    September 13, 2018 / 5:54 am

    Mr Potato head

  85. Anneka Avery
    September 13, 2018 / 6:56 am

    My favourite Character is Jessie!! Rootin Tootin Cowgirl!

  86. Jo F
    September 13, 2018 / 7:25 am

    I love the green aliens that Mr potato head rescues

  87. janine wainwright
    September 13, 2018 / 8:03 am

    woody woody woody x

  88. Naomi Williams
    September 13, 2018 / 9:03 am

    My favourite is Woody

  89. Ellen Stafford
    September 13, 2018 / 9:09 am

    Woody!

  90. Lynn Neal
    September 13, 2018 / 9:13 am

    I like Woody!

  91. Marisa R Foster
    September 13, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Woody 🙂

  92. September 13, 2018 / 10:14 am

    Slinky dog because he has a wobbly bum just like me!

  93. Kristin Burdsall
    September 13, 2018 / 10:14 am

    It has to be Rex

  94. Danielle Pooley
    September 13, 2018 / 10:20 am

    Woody is def my favourite

  95. Nicola Marshall
    September 13, 2018 / 10:47 am

    We love Buzz Lightyear.

  96. melanie stirling
    September 13, 2018 / 11:11 am

    Mr Potato Head

  97. Carla Carthy
    September 13, 2018 / 11:44 am

    I love them all but Rex Just pips it!!! 🙂 🙂

  98. September 13, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    I really liked Bo Peep so was sad when she wasn’t in the films anymore!

  99. laura frost
    September 13, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    woody

  100. claire sen
    September 13, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    It has to be woody, he’s down to earth and a all round good guy. Pretty much like me! 😀

  101. carol boffey
    September 13, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    i love woody

  102. Jeanette Leighton
    September 13, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Definitely buzz light-year

  103. adrian price
    September 13, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    has to bewoody

  104. Laura Findlay
    September 13, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Woody because he’s kind and cute x

  105. Ruth Wollerton
    September 13, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Jessie because girl power ROCKS xxx

  106. Hayley f
    September 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Love Jessie x

  107. September 13, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Slinky the dog is awesome! Fabulous giveaway thanks for hosting and good luck everyone x

  108. Amy Jo McLellan
    September 13, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Jessie!

  109. September 13, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    We love Woody, he’s such a friendly, loveable chap!

  110. Deborah MacKenzie
    September 13, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    I love Buzz……

  111. Fiona jk42
    September 13, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    My favourite character is Woody

  112. Sue Jestico Carter
    September 13, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Woody!

  113. Charlee
    September 13, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    Cj loves Toy story deffo a buzz fan

  114. Kirsteen Mackay
    September 13, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    I really like Buzz

  115. Kay Tee
    September 13, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    I love Jessie, Girl Power!!

  116. Tee Simpson
    September 13, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    Woody is my favourite.

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