Okay, let me start off by saying I'm sorry, I know there are probably hundreds of thousands of threads like this. But I've done so much research so many different times I give myself unbelievable headaches everytime I think about a new lens. By the time I'm done completing frustrating myself I've forgotten which lenses I even liked.
So anyway, I am not a professional, I probably on the low end of being a hobbyist. I have been using a DSLR for about 3-4 years now so I'm not a "beginner," I understand the basics, but everything is just or my pleasure and nothing more. My primary subjects are my children and my cats, haha. I have a Canon Rebel T3i, a 50mm f/1.8, and a very old 18-55mm that came as a kit lens with my old canon rebel XS that I no longer have. I literally never use the 18-55 because it is painfully slow and the image quality is very poor (in my opinion). My children are 6 years, 16 months and I am expecting a new baby very soon (June 29th) just to give you an idea of activity levels.
I would like something that I can take inside and outside and get good quality pictures with. I adore my 50mm, but it is really hard to work with indoors because most of the time I cannot get far enough away from what I'm shooting to get what I want in the frame, I end up with lots of tops of heads cut off and lots of very close up faces. I would love to not have to stand on a chair in order to get the new baby's entire body in frame when he's on the floor (I encountered this problem a lot with my 16 month old) even on a chair I sometimes had to cut off toes.
Sorry for the drawn out intro, basically what I'm looking for is a lens I can use everyday, inside or out, to take pictures of my kids. You would think that would be simple to figure out but I am having the most difficult time with it.
I would like to spend $1000 or less (less would be ideal, but $1000 is my max).
What would you reccomend?