This is our little backyard a few days before the massive yard attack of 2013.
Basically we've been so crazed with the inside that everything got away from us, including these really annoying vines that were totally taking over. We (The Yankee, really) sprayed some weed killer in the front to prevent the vines from creeping forward and taking over our house/bed/faces.
Our fabulous friends came over and in a few hours, did THIS:
Those hearts are not real, just in case you're wondering.
Because we can walk from the FRONT of the yard to the BACK now, unemcumbered and freeeee, a friend identified this hidden gem:
A FIG TREE. A FREAKING FIG TREE
As you can see, there's still a TON of work to be done but this was a HUGE HUGE help and can't show enough appreciation for everyone's time and effort.