How do I get the Dixi to post only blog excerpts?

Howdy,

I'm not sure that this is theme related at all. What I need to do is set up the home page to show excerpts of the blog entries rather than the whole articles. Ideally I'd have the following options (using Dixi).

First article is full length, with the following being excerpts. Or all excepts, if the client desires.

It would also be nice to be able to break it into two columns, either the whole length, or just the excerpts if the client chooses to have the most recent article be full length.

Thumbnails of images in the posts would be nice too, but maybe getting too custom?

I realize another theme might work better, but we've dialed this one in so that it's pretty close to what we want.

Thanks,
Joe