The two kids in two rooms sick bay idea worked for a further 20 until I got jack of having people yell 'MUUMMMMMMMYYYYYYYY' in stereo....
Decided drastic measures were necessary and put both kids in the car with a box of tissues between them and drove to the local video store.
Where I did something I promised I wouldn't do and bought Nintendo cartridges.
We actually own a DS. But it has K's English training software, my Japanese practice software and a whole lot of dust on it and nothing else.
So, while the girls were in the (unlocked) car with the windows cracked I raced in and picked up two second hand cassettes. I had hoped that we would now have one kid watching youtube on my ipod touch, one kid playing Nintendo and no 'MUUUUUMMMMMMYYYYYY!'.
I assumed you inserted the cassette, handed it to your kid and sat back and enjoyed the peace and quiet. I mean I know three year olds who can use them so no problem with a 7 year old right?
Meg had no idea what to do. 'MUUUUMMMMMYYYYY!'
'Just read the instructions.'
Seriously. I had not planned on spending my morning deciphering the instruction book.... So much for buying peace and quiet I just sold my parenting soul and got frustration and stress...
That was pretty much the theme of the day. Meg was feeling better and tetchy at being holed up, Amy was feeling pretty rotten and wanting to be babied- seriously babied as in mummy feed me please.... There was constant bickering and tetching and my flu prevention measure of not touching anyone's snotty tissues required pretty much constant harping to get them to dispose of them appropriately...
My neighbour of the year came in and sat with them (and taught them some Portuguese to boot) while I went to work for an hour and then to school to pick up Meg's homework. Yup, even sick kids gotta do their homework!
Meg was so excited to have her school books but by 5pm was a little worse for wear energy-wise and wanted me to sit next to her while doing her drill work. Of course this cued Princess Amy on the couch to need immediate blanket administrations and water and more tissues and a cuddle and.. and.. and.. agghhhh!!
So when K got home at 7:00 and sighed and said he had had a hard day and was really tired and might just need to have dinner, bath and bed tonight he was lucky all the heavy throwable objects were in another room!
Packed his butt back out the door to at least buy the milk I had asked him to bring home and that he had forgotten (that tough day and all you know...)
Oh well, no day lasts forever and tomorrow's a fresh start... and this time I get to go to work and K can stay home and 'rest' with the invalids.