Time to party like it's 1999, squinterns. Today is Emily Deschanel's (Temperance Brennan) birthday, so naturally we shall be spending our afternoon fist-deep in human remains. Kidding! We've rounded up 5 reasons we love Emily to celebrate her 36 b-day in style, and obviously we suggest you read this while simultaneously stuffing your face with cake.

1. She's A Great Mom

Emily gave birth to her son Henry on September 21, 2011, and she makes one beautiful mama! Rumor has it that Henry visits the Bones set all the time, where he probably bonds with the genius baby known as Christine. Lucky kid!

2. She's A Fab Actress

Emily has brought so much to Brennan's character. She's nerdy, smart and funny yet she's also passionate and remarkably human for such a rational person. In other words, Em is an amazing actress –– we can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeves! And by sleeves, we mean lab coat.

3. She Works Her Funny Bone (Get it? Bones!)

Bones is a first class crimady, and it's all thank to our girl Em. She and David Boreanaz (Agent Seeley Booth) have such a great on-screen relationship, and the way they play off each other always makes us LOL. Except when they're covered in goo and bodily fluid. There's nothing funny about that.

4. She Loves All Creatures Great and Small

Emily is known for her work as an animal rights activist (she's also a vegan!), and often speaks out against animal cruelty. Her main interest? Factory farming! Sigh, we're so blown away by all the good work she's doing for our pals with paws.

5. She's Drop Dead Gorgeous

We'd love Em no matter what she looked like, but guys. Those cheekbones. Emily is gorgeous and glamorous, which makes her even more enigmatic on screen. Even when she's covered in vomit, intestines and unfortunate jumpsuits, she manages to look picture perfect!

Have a femurtastic birthday, Em!

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