As the president of Reunion Tower, Dusti Groskreutz Taylor is a woman on-the-go. Especially when she’s juggling work and her three kiddos. And she and her husband love that they’re raising their family just east of Dallas in Rockwall. “Our neighbors are truly neighborly,” she says. “If I ask to borrow an egg and put out a text, 3 people would be at my doorstep within 10 minutes with a dozen each, the sense of community is fantastic.”
Favorite family restaurant: We really love going to Kyoto Japanese Steak House for hibachi. My kids absolutely enjoy watching their food being dramatically prepared right in front of them, and then trying to catch the broccoli in our mouths that the chef throws at us while he is cooking our veggies. 1599 Laguna Drive, Rockwall; 214/771-0688
Favorite local park: There is a great park and lake in our community; it is fun to take the trails or go fishing in the lake. We also love Harry Myers Park because we can stroll along their walking trails, look at ducks in the ponds, play at the splash pad and playgrounds, and look at the flowers. 815 E. Washington St., Rockwall; 972/771-7761
Favorite family outing: Lately we have been on a skatepark mini world tour in Dallas-Fort Worth. It’s great for the whole family because my daughter and my oldest son love to rollerblade, my husband skateboards, my youngest son can ride his scooter and I can walk. We have been checking out different skate parks from city-to-city in the metroplex. Plus, when the berries are in season, we like to go to Ham Orchards in Terrell to pick them and then have fresh homemade peach ice cream. 11939 County Road 309, Terrell; 972/524-2028
Go-to date night and girls’ night spots: Working for Reunion Tower, that is always my favorite girls’ night out spot because there are so many “Tower After Hours” events we host. And my friends love getting to come check out the views from the GeO-Deck., especially at night! For nights out closer to home or date nights, I love Zanata on the square in Rockwall; it’s definitely our go-to place, but sometimes the wait can get pretty long. Recently, we’ve discovered Giovanni’s at The Harbor Rockwall and love the ambiance; we also love that you can make reservations inside or outside. Reunion Tower, 300 Renuion Blvd. E., Dallas; 214/712-7040; Zanata, 202 E. Rusk St., Rockwall; 972/722-2822; Giovanni’s, 2091 Summer Lee Dr., Suite 111, Rockwall; 469/769-1968; The Harbor Rockwall, 2059 Summer Lee Dr., Rockwall; 469/428-7995
For self-care: My go-to recharge spot is to float in the pool on a sunny day while reading and listening to the wind blow and birds sing. It really helps me relax and forget about what’s on the never-ending lists. I also enjoy getting a relaxing deep tissue massage at Foot Palace in Rowlett. 6501 Dalrock Road, Suite 112, Rowlett; 972/463-3333
Get active: Club Pilates in Rowlett has become my new passion; the instructors are amazing, and I just love the whole mind and body wellness philosophy. Relocating from Seattle, we miss hiking but most Sundays we try to go for a family hike in new, undiscovered areas within an hour’s drive. My kids are always asking to go to Urban Air trampoline park to do flips. Club Pilates, 3616 Lakeview Pkwy., Rowlett; 214/235-3582; Urban Air Adventure Park, 5757 State Highway 205, Rockwall; 469/912-3117
Cool off: We have a pool at our house, so it’s always active during warm weather. Somehow all the neighbor kids and neighbors end up in our pool. I made it my mission to not be without popsicles so everyone can cool down. Also, my husband can’t survive the summer without his Sonic ice, and the kids love frozen fruit as a snack outside.
Give back: We donate and spend our time at Helping Hands Thrift Store in Rockwall. I love that all the money stays in the local community and provides food, shelter and care to families in need. Not long after I moved to Texas years ago, I became a member of Executive Women’s International where I have met so many fabulous and supportive ladies while supporting literacy focused philanthropic initiatives and scholarship grants. Helping Hands Thrift Store, 950 Williams St., Rockwall; 972/771-1655; Executive Women’s International
Why Rockwall is a great place to raise a family: Our neighbors are truly neighborly, if I ask to borrow an egg and put out a text, three people would be at my doorstep within 10 minutes with a dozen each, the sense of community is fantastic. The Rockwall school district also offers a great education for my kids.
Find your tribe: From my kids! Either from going to birthday parties starting in kindergarten or their sporting events, I met so many other great mom friends and allies. It truly does take a village to pull off multiple school, extracurricular activities and sport schedules at the same time.
Featured photo courtesy of Cassandra Grueber.