I support sammy888 on this. Well said.
Would like to add my opinion. Since you're very new to photography, I don't encourage you to spend thousands of dollars throwing in the cash to get a DSLR, lenses and accessories. You need a lot more than this.
I would advise to get a prosumer series, like Canon G6 or something. It has those 'dummy' functions point-and-shoot, as well as advance features for Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter Priority (Tv) and Manual (M) settings. When you're getting adventurous and are comfortable with these manual settings, then consider a DSLR.
In this case, the leap won't be that big, although you still need to change, but the price you pay won't be that great. In the digital world, there's nothing like spend one time and that's it. You need to upgrade when you're ready!
This is definitely better than you spend the money in getting the DSLR system, and later found that you only use point-and-shoot functions most of the time. Not worth a single cent!