Ground PlumbingDon't get technical with me. I'm no tradesman. But I can tell you that the plumber came and ran a whole slew of black pipes all over the ground. They are poking up everywhere. All kinds, for toilets, sinks, showers, floor drains, utilities, appliances.

I can't remember the last time I got this excited about plumbing. OK, maybe I can. But still, it was a thrilling milestone.

The layout is starting to take shape. You can see where the bathrooms (three in the basement: two for the girls and one for guests in the rec room and pool area), kitchenette, laundry room, and utility area are going to be.

There was a little mishap in the garage. The plumber forgot that the workbench area in the garage is going to include an in-floor mop basin. But eventually he figured out a way to install it by chipping away at some of the extraneous footing cement.

We're one step closer to pouring the slab! Feel free to break out in the happy dance.