Jumping Jacks

Small kids are not self-conscious. If they don’t understand how to do jumping jacks, they’re not afraid to give it a try and put their own spin on it. When Brian coached Logan’s pee-wee soccer team, very few kids completely understood the concept of jumping jacks as a warm-up activity. Most ended up dancing in […]

Choo-Choo Mall

Brian’s father — Logan’s grandfather — died in 2009, when Logan was just a few years old. But in that time, he introduced Logan to the world of toy trains. It quickly became a obsession with Logan. During his toddler years, he wanted to ride the Christmas train at South Park Mall in Strongsville as […]

Tell the Whole Truth

Just like Logan never knew Peyton, Brian never had a chance to know his older sister, Kimberly. She was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect. Surgery corrected the defect, but post-surgical complications claimed her life, two months before Brian was born. Brian’s parents seldom talked about Kimberly, unable to dwell on the pain […]

Zappos Just Gets It

Great business become great by examining the methods of other great businesses. That’s not to say you become a complete copycat, but you implement pieces of what you learn in the operations of your own business. Brian became intrigued by Internet retailer Zappos when boxes of shoes began showing up at the I.D. Images office, […]

Pay It Forward

There is great value in finding a mentor, and being a mentor to someone else. Brian had the ¬†fortune of counting St. Ignatius High School head football coach Chuck Kyle among his mentors. Brian played football for Kyle, helping St. Ignatius to a state title in 1992. A number of years later, Brian boarded a […]

The Ladies’ Man

From the day he was born, women have always been drawn to Logan. So it should come as no surprise that when Logan entered kindergarten, one of his first friends was a girl. At first, Logan came home gushing about his new friend and all the things they did together at school. But one day, […]

“This Just Isn’t Right!”

Bedtime is often a point of contention between parents and small children. It’s especially true in summer, when the Sun shines well into the evening hours, and there is no school looming in the morning. When Logan was five, Brian and Kelly bartered a kind of informal agreement with him for the summer. He didn’t […]

Trying New Things

Logan was four years old when Brian and Kelly signed him up for flag football. It took a good deal of convincing on Logan’s part, since the league included kids up to age 6. But even with the age difference, and the fact that a number of the 6-year-olds were bigger than Logan, Brian and […]

“Hi, Napkin! I’m Logan!”

Small child plus spaghetti usually equals a big mess. For a parent, it’s equal parts entertainment and teachable moment. Few things in family life have as much comedic value as a small child covered in pasta and tomato sauce, but the ultimate goal is to teach your child to be neater at the table. One […]

Get Curious

When Logan was five years old, Brian became a member of Columbia Hills Country Club in Lorain County, Ohio. As part of his membership, Brian was able to enroll Logan in a peewee golf class. It gave Logan his first taste of golf, and of golf terminology and etiquette. It was a completely new world […]