Re: Hi from California (originally from Norway)
Welcome aboard Royalalbatross. Please indicate which area of CA you live in. You do not need to be city specific, but later advice will be different if you live in say Sacramento or San Diego.
You will probably be able to harvest enough beeswax to make candles around your third year. Your first two years should concentrate on hive growth and keeping them alive from one year to the next. Be careful, beekeeping can be very addictive and what starts out as two or three hives can easily become ten or twenty.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.