Brian, I am going to comment on one part of your post, that be, to expect honey from a nuc or package of bees during the first year.
Number one, if you get ANY honey, consider that a super duper bonus. Go into your first year of keeping bees with the train of thought that you are not going to get any honey. Plain and simple. If you get some honey (and yes of course, you must take a little for yourselves, just for the wonderfulness of getting some to taste and have in your home), then consider that a total bonus. You must take a little bit for you and yours, just as a reward for working with the bees, and getting that taste of what will come in the next year.
Remember, this is only my opinion, you will hear others chime in that may say differently. But this is what I believe and I stick to it.
The first year with a group of bees, be it package or nuc, is in my mind the year of building up. It is the year that you will learn alot about your bees, you will delve into their homes, get to know them, they will not get to know you (remember that, you are an invader, they will not thank you ever for opening up their home, hee, hee). This is the year that the bees will build up to strong numbers for the wintertime. Strong colonies going into winter should be your goal. The stronger a colony the better they can overwinter. They can keep their cluster warm and be able to move around to get to the food that you will have left for them to eat over the wintertime.
Honey is the best food for bees. Allow the bees to keep enough honey to overwinter, you will discover as you go along, through learning, how much honey a colony should be left with for wintertime. If they have an overabundance of honey, then that can be yours. But, don't expect it....they will need lots of stores to keep them happy and fed well over the wintertime.
Take good care of your bees this year, they will take good care of you next year, that will be your honey year with the bees from the first season. And you will be pleased with the next year's bounty, if the bees have been looked after well in their first year of building up. Good luck.....you will enjoy and love this world that you have entered into, you will become very addicted and definitely under the "spell of the honeybee", beautiful day, love our life we live. Cindi