Tuesday, August 3, 2010


five hundred. 500. D. quinientos. 五百. fem hundrede. cinq cents. fünfhundert.

this is my 500th blog post!! that's kind of crazy if you ask me.

wasted time? maybe.
boring posts? probably.
embarrassing antics? yup.
too much information? depends on who you ask.
lots of fun? for me, at least.

this blog started off as a digital window of sorts so our family and friends could peek inside and keep up with us as we moved far, far away to the sunny california coast. it still is that digital window, but it has grown and morphed a bit alongside this little family.

and really, it's not the layton family's blog. it's my blog. i think ryan has posted twice. leah has hijacked it a handful of times with my permission and the rest was up to me. so i'm officially taking over.

i'm changing the name of the blog. *read: changing the url*

i don't really want our last name in the url anymore, so this little bit of virtual space will henceforth and forever be known as:


that's this. mare. eats. oats.

do i need to explain? ok, i will.

when i was little, my dad used to sing me the song, "mares eat oats, and does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy. a kid'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you?" i had no idea this was a real song. no idea. i thought it was a little tune my dad made up because my name was maren and he was creating a nickname for me. one day, i wrote him a little note and signed it, "marsidotes." no one could figure out where in the world i got this so i had to explain that it came from the song he sang to me: mares. eat. oats...mare. si. dotes.

yup. i was that slow.

but the nickname stuck and i have forever been dubbed marsidotes. and whenever someone sings that silly song around me they always emphasize that mares eat oats and then proceed to laugh aloud. i might as well play along.

so: thismareeatsoats.blogspot.com

put it in your reader. bookmark it. burn it into your brain. however you prefer to remember it, just remember it! and leave a comment. i love comments. that's all i ask for my 500 posts.


  1. Don't feel too bad. The whole point of that song was that it sounds like "marsidotes and dosidotes and little lamsidivey." I'm sure that I would have had no idea what it was talking about it I hadn't learned it in a piano book (therefore it had the words with it). I still like singing it. "A kidlidivey too, wouldn't you?"

    Congrats on the 500th post! I have no idea how many posts I've done. Is it listed somewhere obvious and I'm just clueless? Maybe I'll go a-searching.

    And I'll change my google reader URL right now, because I don't want to miss anything!

  2. Congrats on the big ole 500! Keep the posts coming, I love to read them :)

  3. Cute...can't wait to read more!

  4. Mare, I miss you! You are amazing! - Laska

  5. LOVE your blog Maren. I've mostly given up on reading blogs, but yours? I still check in from time to time and always am glad that I did. Congratulations on the big 5-0-0.