Just got back from hiving my first packages . . . whew . . .
Everything went really well. The only thing I would have changed would have been having a bee brush on hand. Those little buggers get everywhere you don't want them to be.
I had a surprisingly small amount a dead bees and killed very few in the process (that I know of)
Thanks to everyone for helping me through this first step. Thousands of bees flying at you and landing on your veil can be very intimidating. Your advice made it much less so than it should have been.