So I ended up picking up a 55-200VR, works quite well. Now it's time for a few classes to take some better pictures. I noticed a few shots I took at dusk fo the kids playing turned out ok, but there was a fair amount of them that were blury. Once thing I alread notice with the d5000 is that auto makes the pictures too soft and I prefer programmed mode with the setting on vivid. Not sure if anyone else has noticed that.