2013 is now the first year that I live in a house with enough room to have a bee hive. On April 20th 2013 I picked up by bee package from the Ballard Bee Company.
My queen and her ~10,000 followers seem to be doing well.
At day 2 I opened the hive to make sure the queen made it out of her cage by eating through the mini-marshmallow. She made it out.
I will open the hive again on day 7 to see if she has started laying eggs.
Here are some pictures.