I am not sure we are quite as unschoolish as others on here but definitely more unschoolish than most other families in our area (deep south US). This thread is so great though and very encouraging and inspirational to me, particularly when I start feeling like maybe we are too lax and carefree with "school" compared to other families in our area.
DD1 (7 yo) has been really interested in history. Last year we tagged along with a homeschool history group once a week for fun and since then she has been enjoying it a lot. She asks me to read some of the chapters in Story of the World about Mary Queen of Scotts with no prompting at all. I got her a book about Queen Elizabeth (not the current one but Henry VIII's daughter) and she devoured it in one sitting. I think she is really enjoying some of these strong female real-life characters that are much deeper and more complicated than her beloved Disney princesses. It's been interesting to watch her interests change and mature a little over the past year.
We are also doing a homeschool group with some friends of ours once a week. We sometimes do science, history, art or a field trip. DD1 has loved the art and has been reading about famous artists on her own as well. She is so empathetic too about their lives, wondering why Van Gogh would be so sad. It has been good for my kids to make friends and be exposed to some new ideas and concepts.
We are so relaxed on everything compared to the other families in the group. They stress a lot about not covering enough math curriculum or picking the right spelling curriculum. We just read a lot and DD seems to pick up new words just fine, I didn't even know there were homeschool grammar and spelling curriculums. That's all well and good for them I guess but they seem amazed that my kids are "so smart" when we don't do a much formal curriculum at all. I am just glad I have learned (finally!) to just let her explore her own interests, then she is a total sponge. She may not know her multiplication tables but I don't know many second graders who know about Monet, Picasso, Jackson Pollack, Van Gogh, Mary Queen of Scots, King James, or Queen Elizabeth either so I guess we are doing ok.
And in all of this, DD2 (4) and DD3 (1) come along for the ride and learn as they go too! DD3 is almost walking though which is a scary thought...I have a feeling she might be a runner given the chance (gulp!)
I wish we could spend more time outdoors but it is dangerously hot here in the South. It is 100 degrees plus and very humid. Heat advisories in effect all over and it just isn't pleasant at all. Hopefully the in the fall we can resume our nature hikes and camping. I am not sure which is worse, being stick inside during the cold wet winter or stuck inside during the miserably hot August of the South. Blech. Growing up in NY and having lived in CO this is totally not my thing...I desperately want to move back out west.