Nolan Woodruff Stokes, CFP®, RICP®, CASL®, CLU®

Wealth Management Advisor


Team Stokes 2019 Summer Update!

After getting his RICP designation in March, JP is taking a break from his studies for the summer. He’s been enjoying time with the family this summer (photo below). He is currently spending a week in Rome with them, after which he is headed to the Amalfi coast for a few days soaking in the rays! Then, he’s heading to Australia in September for a bucket list two-week trip full of hiking, snorkeling, and surfing (Brian and Katie are vying to see who can fit in his suitcase…). Being single certainly has its perks :)

Spring and summer in the Grissom household has been a fun and eventful time! The end of the school year marked a significant achievement for their oldest son, Nate. He graduated from John Champe High School with an advanced diploma and will be headed to the United States Coast Guard in August (photo below). Their son Craig is starting his Sophomore year of high school and their daughter Teagan is headed into second grade. After graduation celebrations, the boys headed to Florida with their dad and Brian and Stephanie took off for a week of fun in the sun! They enjoyed swimming with sea turtles, relaxing on the beach, exploring caves, and playing with monkeys on the amazing island of Barbados! Upon return, Stephanie underwent a hysterectomy and is doing well in recovery. July will be all about slowing things down and relaxing before the school year kicks off again. They are planning to enjoy the beautiful sights of Maine this summer as well!

Lauren and her family are eagerly anticipating the arrival of a second child, a baby girl due August 8 (only five more weeks!). The house has been a whirlwind of preparations this summer. Lauren has been enjoying the pregnancy and being a working mom and is excited to see her family growing. She took her last pre-baby trip a few weeks ago - she and Norah flew to Boulder, Colorado to visit her sister where she ran the Bolder Boulder 10K (photo below). She is happy to report the run was a success, even at 28 weeks pregnant :) She and Alex have also taken up biking this summer and are enjoying many weekend excursions exploring the trails in Northern Virginia with little Norah in tow in her Weehoo trailer (photo below), and are even planning to do a few biking holidays in the future. And of course, there have been many of the requisite summer splashes at the neighborhood pool!

Katie started off the summer spending a few days on the Outer Banks with her family, a favorite moment of which was a private movie night with her nephew (photo below). Otherwise, she has had a chill summer at home focused on studies and summertime projects so far but is looking forward to some upcoming visits and local excursions with friends and family.

The biggest news in the Stokes family is that Nolan and Kathy’s son Ryker graduated from Gonzaga High School (photo below). He heads off to the University of Denver (DU) in August and the family is looking forward to many future Colorado visits. Just after graduation they celebrated by taking Ryker and some friends to Turks and Caicos for a sober beach week. It was a terrific trip and included kayaking, scuba diving and kite surfing! Meanwhile, their daughter Lee has her driver’s license, a car and a job at South Moon Under. They don’t see much of Lee these days as she is loving her newfound independence. Nolan and Kathy do anticipate seeing more of her once her senior year at Georgetown Visitation starts this fall. Nolan loves summertime and the many adventures it brings. He just did a three-day moto ride from VA to Maine riding thru the Poconos, Catskills and Berkshires. He left his bike in Maine and flew home wearing his full riding gear thru the airport and onto the plane. Thankfully the TSA staff were very accommodating! Next week he departs for a moto trip to Nova Scotia. He hopes his family will make time to visit him in Maine in August and welcomes anyone who is interested to come visit.

Well, that’s it from our side. We look forward to hearing all about your exciting (or chill) summer as nothing makes us happier than to know our clients are out enjoying life. After all…that’s what we’re here to help you do :)

From our families to yours – Happy July 4th!

Team Stokes (07/03/2019)


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