We made a mobile for baby this weekend, foraged for leaves at the Arboretum and went to the art supply store to buy fishing line and dowel rods and paper-thin pieces of plywood.

Then we went home, traced the leaves and cut them out of the plywood, drilled holes near the stems and cut out the shape of a tree with an exacto knife for the center. We colored the leaves with pastels, laced thread through the h0les, and tied them to the dowel rods, then balanced the pieces. It was the first time since college we’ve ever made anything together. Besides this baby I mean. We’re both stubborn, horrible in the kitchen together, impossible at team games. But yesterday we were golden.