Sofia came to me on Sunday afternoon and said, "Mommy, there's a tree in our yard that we didn't plant". Well, not exactly, turns out this one just tipped over with the winds. We had to remove one of the pine trees in the front after our first winter here when it had rained a lot and we could see the ground bulging. Now we just have the one pine tree left (that is propped up by a metal rod) and another one of this type (not sure what they are). We may end up removing those too. Planting trees next to this retaining wall doesn't seem to be working out. Looks kind of naked out there. I'd hate to lose the pine tree, it provides some privacy from the street.
Oh and by the way, that's our lovely smoky air, not bad picture color. *cough*, *cough*