I had hope to celebrate by taking the wife to town for a couple chocolate shakes. Instead, on a whim, i put the veil on and looked into the 3 nucs. It turns out All 3 now have laying queens. One i knew about, the other 2 are new. So to celebrate I got to mark 2 new queens. Just as I finished that up the neighbor pulled up with the bee packages we had ordered; she got 2 and I 1.
Going into the fourth year will be 3 hives and 3 nucs. Although I might make a forth nuc out of frames from all 3 nucs. Then make Nuc #3 a full hive; they're comb building fiends. A guy at work has a bee tree of Survivors. He said I can set up swarm traps at his place any time.
Should make for a busy forth year.