My husband, three little girls and I have lived in our new home (new to us, but built in the 80s) for 6 months and are experiencing our first spring around the one acre yard. It has been a lot of work raking, seeding, mowing, weeding, and junking old things left behind by the previous owner. And aside from a startling moment when I ran into a garter snake while moving and stacking old bricks (I didn't kill it, knowing he'd come in handy catching moles in my garden), the entire experience has been fun, and has given me a sense of accomplishment knowing the yard is my own and that it's what I've always wanted.
This year I planted spinach, green onions, carrots, peas, stringless string beans and multi-colored bell peppers. I hope they come up. I'm not known to have the greenest thumb *chagrin*