Monday, July 11, 2011


About a year ago, my hubs and I were having one of those Life-isn't-any-fun-unless-we're-doing-what-we-love,-so-let's-figure-out-exactly-what-we-love-and-then-do-it talks.

Now, I'm lucky that I get to do what I love everyday - be home with the kiddos and write and draw and do all things crafty. Will, at that time, only worked. So I said, "Well, what do you think sounds like fun?"

And he said, "I dunno. Elvis impersonator?"

I'm not gonna lie, when Will and I met, and he told me he was a huge Elvis fan, I was like, "Oh. Really." Elvis fans are kinda weird. "Well, that's cool. I know a couple Elvis songs. Like that one UB40 sang in the mid-nineties."

And then I learned that Will has a LOVELY voice, and when hunky men with lovely voices sing Elvis songs to you, you quickly become a fan, I'm telling ya.

When he said he thought he might like giving Elvis impersonating a go, I thought how perfect. We're kind of on the wacky side of normal, and how fun to raise the girls with that in all of our lives. So he got a jumpsuit, a microphone, and grew out his summer buzz cut...

And... then he grew out the sideburns.

OMG, you guys, the SIDEBURNS. On the upside, 70's Elvis totally had that Regency hunk look to him, with those high collars and sideburns and that dark rumpled hair, and I *swoon* love Regency hunks with all my heart... but man. Those sideburns.

Our friend George owns a restaurant and every month Will... ahem, I'm sorry, that's WILVIS, does a show.

He's has been performing at George's and other gigs around our town for close to a year now, and it's really funny - we'll be out as a family doing non-Elvisy family stuff and people will come up to us, recognizing Will. Like, we went to story-time at the library and a woman said, "Hi! I recognize you from the Wilvis shows. I'm Priscilla." (she really was named Priscilla)

Another time the girls and I went downtown for a coffee and Annelie struck up a conversation with a 20-something guy who thought she was pretty darned adorable. The man making our drinks said to the guy, "You know who that is?" The guy shook his head. "That's Wilvis's little girl." And the guy was like, "Oh, yeah!"

That was a very odd, but awesome-for-my-hubs moment. (Also, after a family recognized us while we were all out for dinner at the pub, I realized just how small my city is)

AND I'm happy to say I have a song for you to hear!

He's pretty darned awesome, isn't he?

We have a lot of fun.

Happy Monday, folks!



SewSweetStitches said...

Ha that's awesome, you're celebrities!

Unknown said...

This is just too cool! Live your dreams :) And so glad you shared his dreamy voice with everyone! I have goosebumps!

Kathleen Leone (The Hockman Girl) said...

How wonderful! Way to go! :oD Livin' your dreams together as a family!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

How incredibly awesome is it that you guys live your dream and that an ordinary guy who loves Elvis can go ahead and be Wilvis -- have a great time doing it and entertain other people at the same time!

It's nicelic!!! (That's the word verification I need to fill in below, and I figure it means psychodelically nice!)

Meeling said...

How fun! Good for him that he went and did that. I think a lot of us have things we'd love to do but just never make the time or have the guts to go through with them.

Way to go!!

Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

What a unique story and way to have fun :) I always love when people live their lives in ways that will make them happy--and your husband sounds so awesome!!!

Alyssa S. said...

OK, so you already know I get a good laugh out of the fact that some Welsh dude (that being Will of course) is so obsessed with Elvis, but WOW, it's spooky how much he sounds like Elvis. He has a gorgeous voice. I still think it's funny he wears the jumpsuits though and that he's Wilvis...and that you guys are now famous around town :)

Laura Pauling said...

That's so cool. He sounded awesome! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks everyone!! :) He has a lot of fun, and the girls LOVE when they get to dance and sing into the microphone on stage, too :)

Alyssa - yeah, you and me both, sista!

Unknown said...

How freakin' awesome! What a great voice!

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

All I can say is...WOW!!! ;-)

beka said...

that's just too good.
and regency men? *swoon*

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Never made the regency connection, but OMG yeah! High collars, fancy-fanciness, total regency! Brilliant.

And I'm with Amy, Will's voice = goosebumps.

And I can now picture you folks around town. I so want to go to one of his shows! Maybe he has to come entertain for social hour when we do TPR IRL!

Thanks for this!

Cathy said...

wow, so, so cool! most people just dream of doing stuff they really love but never do it! you guys are doing it and rocking it by the sounds of things! how awesome! can't listen to Will on this computer (speakers broken) but will have a listen later on my laptop :) I'm a fan of Elvis' music and fascinated by the life he led (poor priscilla though) and i have a brother in-law who is a little obsessed with i'll make a good judge i think :)

Unknown said...

Hah! Too much fun. Sometimes life *is* about figuring out what you love. Like you, I'm lucky to wake up every morning and go to work doing what what makes me happy. But I still encounter those moments when I wonder if life is slipping by all around me. My bucket list isn't very long, but time's a-wasting, so we all better get to it!

Lacey J Edwards said...

OMG! He's awesome! And Elvis fans are not THAT weird. Except the fans who collect his toenail clippings. Those folks are kinda weird.

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