I know how you feel. I am waiting on my first hives to arrive at the end of the month. Then my bees will arrive in April. Can't wait.
I am told you should start with at least 2 hives so you can compare one to the other.
I am starting with 3. Two nucs from one beek and one from another. I am doing all small cell and only medium supers for the whole hive.
I have also ordered additional hives in hopes of getting a wild swarm and will need a hive to put it in.
Best of luck and let me know how it goes if you don't mind.