Wilt and everyone else,
Thank you also for all your help. This Saturday I have a project I need to complete (finish building a small HO train table for my grandsons), ages 3 and 5. They will both really enjoy it, but the 3 year old we will have to watch intently so he does not take something off to try and play with it himself.... he likes to sometimes throw toys!
I do want to try taking pictures indoors as well as outdoors. From what I am learning here, I believe I will probably not get the 8-16 but either get the Sigma 10-20 or Canon 10-22