Traci, that is a priceless photo and also a good story to boot.
I started out with the Sony Mavica and wasn't happy with what I paid for it and the slowness of it.
Last year I bought the Nikon D50 which I am still learning. I have both the kit lens and the 70-300 lens. On my SLR Nikon I had one lens, 35-200, and I miss having only one lens. I would say its been a bumpy road. On Memorial Day weekend I took my DD and her GF out for a photo shoot and discovered my lens kit is broken...yikes! I am trying to get away from the automatic mode but its been slow. It would probably help if I opened my new book, Understanding Exposure.
I also have a Kodak that I stood outside at Best Buy at 3:30 the day after Thanksgiving for. Well, my DD left it at her GF's BF and we have had one heck of a time getting it back. Well, last night after her soccer game we were near their house and got it....and its broken! GRRRR! Don't know if its just the display or if its the whole thing. Wanted that for a purse camera as well as golf, skiing and more.