Okay, so Cody should be getting a review this week since the old managers didn't ever do one as they should have. With review typically come raises. If he gets the typical percentage for his old position, that would help so much that we'd be able to get by. It would also help boost his pay more if he gets back into the position he should have been in, which it looks like one might be opening soon. I'm afraid to hope though.
We really and seriously want to get out of this state at some point. The goal has been by the time Charlotte's 2 years old. Life in this state is like the song "Rent" from the musical of the same name. Everything is rent. Rent rent rent, good freaking luck ever owning without becoming a millionaire or living in the horrid central valley. We still have our sights set toward Pennsylvania. The family I love as my own and see as my sister and brother (though they're married, so brother-in-law?) and nieces, who we consider to be Charlotte's family, are there. We don't need big-city living. We are completely happy being "old folks" and talking plants and basically being boring. There are things we do love about California, like the ocean and palm trees and the family we have right here, but looking at the long-term, this isn't going to be the place for us to settle. We just aren't rich enough, nor do we ever anticipate being, to live comfortably here for the remainder of our lives.