So apparently Nebraska has a wet season, and this year it happens to have coincided with the digging of our basement hole. After they poured the foundation it rained every day for weeks. So here we are, basically, a month later and all they've managed to do is tar the basement walls and backfill around the house, just this week. I guess I can't really blame anyone since it was mostly out of their control. However, if the hole would've been dug a month earlier like they said it would be, they would've had ample time to get these things done before the rain set in.
Next step is getting a plumber over there to do the rough-ins before they pour the basement floor. Currently, there is about a foot of water and mud in the basement, so we really need some consistently dry weather!!