Amber and I have been friends since third grade, and it's been so nice to raise our kids together. Her little girl Paige turned 4 on New Year's Day, and for the second year in a row they had a birthday party with wild animals. No, I'm not talking about preschoolers, I mean actual ANIMALS. Lauren wanted nothing to do with touching any of the animals. Which I though was surprising because last year she was all about the albino hedgehog she got to hold.