Tuesday, August 3, 2010

five hundred

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.


Launi said...

hey, my name's not even maren and i always thought it was maresidotes, too! i have a friend named mary that i always called that nickname. funny!

dani said...

I'm going to be singing that all day now. Our url is Chris' full name. He posted the first 3 times and then said I should be in charge. Why did we all think our husbands would be in on this? So dumb.

Shannon said...

Happy 500th. love the new url. changes are done and done on my side. can't wait to see what august brings on marsidotes blog :)

Jenny said...

Ok, really, who didn't think it was maresidotes? I mean, really. Just like Olivia Newton John, in Grease...when she's all dolled up at the end says, "Tell me about it...stirred." Little did I know she said, "Tell me about it stud." But, ya know, stir it up Olivia! And then, you know, the Pledge of Alligiance can be tricky too. I always thought it was: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And to the republic for Richard Stantz..." I had no idea who Richard Stantz was, but he sure was important...and I never wanted to ask because, goodness, I should know who Richard Stantz is...he's in our pledge of allegiance. Oh goodness. I have millions of memories flooding my mind of all my mixed up lyrics and words. Oh well. Anyway...love you Maren!

chrisbrems said...

I'm sure ryan is in some awesome tech support position for the blog, right?

mj said...

right. right.

Ryan said...

it hurts to be voted off the blog. it really does.

Jessica M said...

K, that's hysterical.

JAZKK Low said...

Congrats on 500 blog posts! I love the new name. Love that song. And I LOVE your new picture of Mare eating oats. Clever. :) You are amazing! :)

John and Bethany said...

Ok, I'm already addicted and thoroughly enjoying reading your blog tonight. So fun to find it through Jenny's. I couldn't stop reading the posts from all those amazing women. Inspiring to say the least. Interesting side note: John and I spent the whole day a few Saturdays ago at a fundraiser for Rett's syndrome here in Rexburg. John played in the volleyball tournament and we learned a lot about it.