Met with the architect... Finally!
This isn't worthy of being on the discussions side, but the long awaited mtg with the architect happened yesterday. Overall, it went well and we're meeting May 12th to see his prelim drawings. I honestly felt like he was taking everything we were saying respectfully. Even some of the ideas that he questioned, but still understood our request for them into the plans.
Since I started coming to this site many, many months ago looking for advice on the MIL addition above a new garage, you have listened to my constant gripes about the missed mtgs, etc. I'll scan pics when he brings them so you guys can finally see what I'm talking about :)