Ooo, a new camera, fun! I use a Nikon D40 and I love it--it's user-friendly enough for a novice like me but still takes great shots and lots of them quickly (imperative when dealing with antsy kids!). I bought it early last year on eBay from a certified re-seller--it was refurbished, was just like new and came with everything, and was a fraction of the price of a new one!Good luck!
I just got a Canon Rebel XS along with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. LOVE them both and not too pricey. I almost never use the kit lens. I went with Canon over Nikon because certain lenses won't autofocus with the lower end Nikons.