Thanks for the suggestions! I read through my camera's manual last night, and was playing with just that technique today. We'll see if it worked.
That is what I do. That is also why I don't stand in the open, but directly in front of something that my camera can focus on. I then step into the frame basically where it focused. For the close up shots, I stick my hand out in front of the camera at the proper distance and focus on that...then stand in that spot.