So I wasn't impressed when I found out (at 2 o'clock yesterday morning!) that I would not be having my "child-free 5 hours." All three youngest girls had caught a tummy-bug, so none of them could go to pre-school. And all of them were very sick, as in making-messes-for-mummy-to-clean-up type of sick.
I left three unwell little girls in front of "Play School" while I washed out cleaning rags and mops in the laundry, and when I checked in on them Mousie was asleep. (With Yellow Mouse.)
I left two ill little girls in the rumpus room listlessly playing with their dolls while I stripped Mousie's bed and hung out the first load of washing, and when I came back inside I discovered that Teddy had put herself to bed. (With Baby Jo.)
I left one sick little girl unenthusiastically building castles with duplo blocks while I made up Mousie's bed with clean sheets and hung out the second load of washing, and when I returned I found Kitcat fast asleep on the sofa. (With her new toy cat Yawny.)
So while I didn't get my 'child-free' time, I still ended up having some peace and quiet after all.