We've had yards before but now the kids are at the age where they can lose themselves in the backyard for some time without needing or really wanting adult supervision.
After a morning spent picking through the treasures at the Georgetown flea market then wandering through the neighborhood's historic streets, they went straight to the backyard upon returning home while I made them tater tots and bacon grilled cheese sandwiches no one ate.
It's a new and wonderful feeling to watch them play through the window over the kitchen sink. It's still pretty cold. High of only 50 today, but spring is coming, so I suspect this is only the beginning of good things to come.