I had it. So I took control. Got help. Attended a great photography workshop last weekend. Haven't shot in auto mode since. Ordered that 50mm lens with a 1.8 f-stop so I, too, could minimize depth of field in my shots. Look out, bokeh. Here I come. No mercy.
The happy Amazon box (containing the dream lens) greeted the boys and me the moment we returned home from karate this morning. By this afternoon, I had captured these shots of our four kids.