What a joy it is to have six sick kids (try saying that 5 times fast)! I guess it was only 5 because neither Rachel or Derek got sick. We had a stomach bug come visit last weekend and it took about a week for us to completely exterminate it. The primary president said several kids asked where the Cates were since we rarely all stay home. We believe in sharing, but draw the line sometimes. Dad was annoyed because December is a counting month at church and we are 5-6% of the ward. :)
I did LOADS and LOADS of laundry, though not so many dishes and now I am thoroughly glad to be healthy myself and sleeping better at night again. We had six miserable up-multiple-times-with-multiple-kids or Jeffrey-sick-in-bed-with-us nights. I don't know how single parents do it--we at least got to take shifts. Now it's just the normal Jeffrey-wants-to-eat wake up. That we can cope with!!
The kids are so looking forward to Christmas and it's fun to see their eyes shine at each new thing--putting up decorations, St. Nicholas coming, Christmas music and lights, etc. Christmas is definitely more fun with little kids around.