Just wanted to add my own welcome.
I think it's somewhat fortuitous when two complete couples click like you guys have, so I'm impressed (and happy for you). I have good optimism that the kids will be okay, they are often better at "adapting to the unusual" than we adults are.
That's tough living seven hours away from the other couple. It sounds like you're coping with the distance pretty well, though.
Glad to have you amongst us.
Love means never having to say, "Put down that meat cleaver!"