We've been working in our backyard since we moved in three years ago. Little by little, as the tax return allowed, we added the garage (and then had to wait a year to add the driveway and electricity), the brick walkway, the grape arbor and perennials, the basketball hoop and the irrigation system. This year we added a little garden, a little staircase and a whole lot of grass. It takes a lot of water, sure. But it's amazing for a house full of boys to be able to run and wrestle and play. And for me to walk in bare feet as I nurture the perennials and note how they are opening and blooming and breathing again. It all just goes together.