My very first kit was a BB English Brown Ale and I was more than pleased with it (very very tasty beer - in fact I drank a very good portion of it green) It was amazing when it was ready though...
The only time you want to 'pour' your beer from one vessel to another is like you said - when its going from the brew pot to the primary. (Before the yeast is pitched) this helps aerate the wort cause the yeasties like that. Anything from here on out MUST be siphoned as you dont want to aerate your fermented beer (it will taste like wet cardboard) If you so choose you can secondary your beer provided you have another vessel to do so. NOT your bottling bucket though. Your bottling bucket should only hold the beer long enough to get it into your bottles - not as a secondary fermentation vessel.
My suggestion for you - leave it in the primary for at least 3 weeks to a month then transfer it to the bottling bucket for bottling. Let your bottled beers condition in the bottles for AT LEAST 3 weeks.
Oh yeah, even several batches in I still like to watch my airlock bubble (and smell it) its a part of the experience! Welcome to the obsession!