Remember when birthday parties consisted of pin the tail on the donkey, cake and a few presents? Well, that was then and this is now. Or it was, back in May (yes, May), when we celebrated our little dude’s 4th birthday with snakes, toads and turtles. and a Caymen.We had Little Ray’s Reptiles come to the house to amaze all the little guests with their creepy crew. This girl was so awesome with the kids. Answered each of their 8 million questions and was even able to keep them fairly calm when she brought out some of her ‘friends’.There were scorpions:Adorable wide-eyed toads (this one was named Pee Pee, for potentially obvious reasons):Shirt-climbing lizards:A blazing fast turtle named Speedy:And the creepiest of all, the Caymen:I think back to how easy those parties were a generation ago. Gather friends, provide sugar, let children run free. Nowadays we plan, scour Pinterest for ideas and try to out do ourselves every time. But I’m not going to lie, I love every second. I’m a birthday lover on a grand scale. I love everything about the day. The kids energy as they wait for their friends, the look on their faces when the doorbell rings for the first time, and the sound of chaos as they race around and tear up the house. I remind myself that it is only for a few hours, and in those few hours, that birthday kid feels like the most important person in the universe and I will do everything in my power to make that happen for them – even if it means having peeing frogs in my living room.Happy 4th, Little Man. You are worth the risk of frog pee. Always.